Sneak peek at summer series

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Summertime is here, and it is time to start thinking about enjoying some excellent summer reads, either while on vacation or just to unwind.

Summer in Warner means the annual Tory Hill authors series, where well-known New England authors visit town hall for an evening of readings, signings and desserts. This is organized by the Warner Historical Society, and here is the wonderful line-up of visiting authors on the schedule this year. Each event provides the unique opportunity to meet some of the best authors out there, and enjoy an evening in beautiful downtown Warner.

For more information about the four evenings in Warner, visit toryhillauthorsseries.com. As former Warnerite Jim Mitchell said, “Something wonderful is happening in Warner,” and along with hiking Mt. Kearsarge, visiting its many museums, restaurants and shops, you will want to put the Tory Hill authors series on your calendar.

Anita Diamant

On July 8 at 7 p.m., bestselling author Anita Diamant will come to Warner. She is the author of The Red Tent, a ground-breaking novel now celebrating it’s 20th anniversary having sold more than three million copies. It is the fictionalized retelling of the life of Dinah, daughter of Jacob in the Bible. Her most recent bestseller is The Boston Girl, the story of Addie and capturing life for women in Boston 100 years ago.

Mary Azarian

A very special treat will be to welcome the renowned woodcut printmaker Mary Azarian on July 22 at 7 p.m. Winning the Caldecott Medal in 1999 for the now-classic children’s book Snowflake Bentley, she forever introduced us to the world of Wilson Bentley, the photographer who showed us the miracle of each unique snowflake. She’s illustrated many children’s books over the years and her prints are world-famous. Her most recent book is the grateful celebration to our local farmers, Before We Eat: From Farm to Table.

Gwen Florio

Meet veteran journalist Gwen Florio, who has covered stories from Afghanistan to the Miss America Pageant, on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. Nominated three times for the Pulitzer and The Pushcart awards, her mystery series finds us following former war correspondent Lola Wicks, as she takes on murder and mayhem in the Native American territories of Montana, Arizona, North Dakota and Wyoming. If you think Tony Hillerman meets Nevada Barr, you can see how entertaining and insightful these books are.

Paul Doiron and Kristen Lindquist

It will be a magical night when we welcome Paul Doiron and Kristen Lindquist, the husband and wife writing team from Maine, on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. Doiron was the editor for Down East: The Magazine for Maine for many years, until turning full time in 2010 to writing his bestselling mysteries that feature Game Warden Mike Bowditch. Beginning with The Poacher’s Son, the eighth book in this fabulous series, Knife Creek, will be released this month. Lindquist is a freelance writer, photographer and environmentalist with two books of her lovely poetry now published.

(Katharine Nevins is co-owner of MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, an independent, family-run, community bookstore since 1998.)