The Hippo


Jul 19, 2019








Want more author events?

If you like readings and book signings, check out local author Jed Power discuss his Dan Marlowe detective series on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Ashley’s Gift Shop in Hampton; author Joe Smiga will talk about his book Blackest of Fridays on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Manchester City Library; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be at The Music Hall in Portsmouth on Thursday, Sept. 29, to talk about his book The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities; see Sandy Hook teacher and school shooting survivor Kaitlin Roig-Debellis at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford on Saturday, Oct. 15, as she talks about her book Choosing Hope; get to see two authors at one event as NHPR personality Virginia Prescott interviews the celebrated Colson Whitehead and Ben Winters at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on Sunday, Oct. 16; and if you love romance novels, get your fill at the New England Romance Reader/Author Conference at the Best Western Plus in Manchester on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. It will include workshops, panels with authors, social events and, of course, books.

Literature Lovers


46. The 2nd Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. Organized by the art institute and the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, the festival will feature panels, workshops and of course readings with some of the best-known poets in the nation, such as Ellen Bryant Voigt, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, January Gill O'Neil, Cate Marvin and Wyn Cooper. General registration is $120, but students pay $55 and New Hampshire Poetry Society members pay $95. Register at

47. Author Nathan Hill will be at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. to showcase his breakout novel The Nix. National reviewers are calling Hill a talent in the same vein as John Irving and Thomas Pynchon. The story is about an adult son abruptly reunited with his decades-estranged mother, who left the family when he was a boy. The mother returns after a crime she committed is making headlines and causing political unrest and she needs the son’s help while he struggles to reconcile competing narratives about who his mother really is.
48. Londonderry author Peter Langella will be at the Toadstool Bookshop, Lorden Plaza, 614 Nashua St., Milford, to sign his historical fiction series of books on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. The “A Warrior’s Heart” series spans three books, Battle for the Ancient City, Labyrinth of the Sun and his most recent The Golden Bow. A blending of myth and history, the story is set during the Trojan War re-imagined as occurring in 1200 B.C. and focuses on the quests of a Thracian archer named Angelus as he confronts supernatural beings, palace intrigue and the savage wilderness to prevent a war orchestrated by shadowy conspirators. 
49. Learn about a murder mystery that has haunted New Hampshire locals for nearly 150 years from author J. Dennis Robinson as he speaks about his nonfiction book Mystery on the Isles of Shoals: Closing the Case on the Smuttynose Murders of 1873 at the Hampton Falls Free Library on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. He tells the story of two Norwegian women who were murdered with an axe on Smuttynose Island in the late 19th century, the questions surrounding the investigation and trial of the fisherman who was hanged for the crime, all amid a backstory of a luxury hotel development threatening to destroy a centuries-old fishing village.
50. WMUR-TV News anchor and author Jennifer Vaughn will present her new book, Throw Away Girls, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. The crime novel follows an ambitious network TV news reporter who teams up with a down-on-his-luck alcoholic detective as they try to track down a serial killer stalking area nightclubs for prey. The reporter follows her instincts dangerously close to the killer, who knows he’s being tracked by her. 

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