Tinkers by Paul Harding

Do you ever love a book so much that you just really can not stop talking about it? That's how I feel about Tinkers by Paul Harding.  I've talked about him on my personal blog.  I've written a review of the book for The Quarterly Conversation. I've also interviewed him for the July issue of one of my absolutely favorite online literary journals, Bookslut

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Henry James

By tom on July 04, 2009 | Add a Comment

Washington Square by Henry James
Zeke called to ask if I was kidding about reading Henry James-- trying to raise my street cred as a serious reader.  I said I was serious, so now I'm trapped into actually reading some.  The good news is Zeke's going to read Washington Square along with me, so I'll have someone to talk with about it.  Feel free to join us.  Or, read some other classic this summer--your brain deserves it! read more
Beowulf On the Beach by Jack Murnighan

We want Portsmouth to read smarter this summer!


Hey!  We challenge you to elevate your reading this summer.  We'll help you find engrossing, entertaining beach reads that are still literate, educational, and maybe even challenging.  We're calling it Summer Smarter Than Others, and we want you to join us.  Personally, I'm planning to read a bunch of Graham Greene that I've been meaning to get to, and at least one book by Henry James (it's true, I've never read him).

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The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Rief Larsen

We've been getting alot of calls about wunderkind Reif Larsen's novel, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, ever since the Boston Globe gave it a great big write up this week.  Well I'm happy to say that Michele, our events co-ordinator, is way out ahead on this kind of thing, and has already secured Larsen for a booksigning on June 26th at 7pm.

You can read the Globe article here.

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It's probably no surprise that most booksellers are also writers themselves.  We're very proud of our very own Jody Hetherington, who just was named a winner in the 2009 Maine Literary Awards, sponsored by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.  You can see her superb poem, winner in the Individual Awards for Unpublished Work Poetry category, below.  Jody also received an Honorable Mention for her fiction, "House of Words", in the Individual Awards for Unpublished Work Fiction category. Go Jody! It's only a matter of time before we're hosting her as a featured reader and published author at RiverRun!

either oar


First, find a boat. It helps

to have a dream of water still

lapping in your ears and the salt

of regret in your eyes. Stay

within thought of the ocean, and listen.

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