RiverRun is only an hour north of Boston, which means that we've become a literary hotspot for author tours. We host over 100 events a year, and feature authors at our store and in bigger off-site venues around town. We're proud to partner with The Music Hall, South Church, the Portsmouth Public Library, and other community leaders to bring interesting and important authors to seacoast New Hampshire.
If you can't make it to one of our many readings, order a signed copy! We can even get it personalized for you if you want. And check out our Gallery page for photos from past events.
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 7:00 PM
When she was eighteen, Barbara Hesselman joined the Army to finance her nursing education. A little more than four years later, and with less than six months of nursing experience, she was assigned to the 24th Evacuation Hospital in South Vietnam.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM
Teach Us That Peace opens a door on a dramatic American moment when a vision of racial harmony began to be more than a dream. From the summer of 1962, when the powers in Albany, Georgia, stymie Martin Luther King Jr. and aerial photographs first reveal missiles in Cuba, to the March on Washington in August, 1963, Susan and Arthur Mermelstein, mother and son, high school English teacher and high school student, journey from sheltered innocence through the contradictions and complexities of race, politics, and history.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:00 PM
A year in the life of one New England family as they work to preserve an ancient, lucrative, and threatened agricultural art--the sweetest harvest, maple syrup...
How has one of America's oldest agricultural crafts evolved from a quaint enterprise with "sugar parties" and the delicacy "sugar on snow" to a modern industry?
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Children’s author Layne Case will be telling her story of Charlie, the first in the four book series. Charlie is a story about a little dog whose three foot tail makes him different from other dogs and causes lots of problems. This charming tale is the perfect springboard for a conversation about emotions and decision making. Those attending will have an opportunity to become “illustrators” and make a Charlie bookmark. All of the “Charlie” books will be available for purchase. Appropriate for ages 3-10.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 7:00 PM
In this striking poetry collection, poet David Lawton surges and purrs in narrative poems touching on rock 'n' roll idols, beat icons, jazz and power, with a full-throated voice full of humor, warmth and soul. He explores Iggy Pop and other pop icons, as well as his own coming of age in Boston with startling insight and tender intimacy.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 7:00 PM
Newmarket, a quaint seacoast town incorporated in 1727, has long been a hotbed of industry, recreation, and culture. Bordered by the Lamprey River, the town is known for its mill buildings, which essentially make up the architectural backbone and industrial fabric of the downtown area. The earliest settlers took to fishing, lumbering, and shipbuilding on the banks of the Lamprey as their principal means of income and survival; the mills would later provide the town with economic stability through textile- and shoe-manufacturing enterprises.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:00 PM
Back from a tour of duty in Vietnam, Benny Finn, eldest son in a large Irish-American family, strives to find his bearings amid the everyday life of 1973 New England. At a Benedictine abbey in rural New Hampshire, Sister Clare, a young novice, confronts the day-to-day realities of a cloistered existence. Linking these two is Isabel Howell, a college student soon to discover that she must chart the course of her own life in a way she could not have imagined.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 7:00 PM
When most of us think of self-sufficiency, we think of growing a large garden, and maybe keeping a few chickens for eggs or meat. While this is certainly part of the picture, unless you live on a large acreage or happen to be a permaculture god or goddess, it is unlikely that it will be enough to allow you to completely break free from the corporate food machine. Wild foods are the ideal solution to bridging the gap between what you are able to produce to feed yourself and what your family needs to survive.
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM
Have you ever dreamed of living at a ski resort, living in the mountains, and walking out your door to hike, ski, or mountain bike? This is exactly what happened when Kristen decided to take her first job working at a ski resort at 29.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 7:00 PM
At the edge of a woods, on the grounds of a defunct “free school,” Ava and her brother, Fred, shared a dreamy and seemingly idyllic childhood—a world defined largely by their imaginations and each other’s presence. Everyone is aware of Fred’s oddness or vague impairment, but his parents’ fierce disapproval of labels keeps him free of evaluation or intervention, and constantly at Ava’s side.