A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters
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A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters

Join us for the 2023 Annual Celebration of the Humanities

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Wednesday, November 8 at 5 pm
The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover Street, Manchester

Jodi Picoult & the Writing Life:
More Than a Great Story

Join us for a heartfelt and lively on-stage conversation between New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary as they discuss Picoult's long career as a virtuoso of the human story. Often set in rural New Hampshire, Jodi Picoult's novels are an expanding archive of the controversies and dreams of 21st-century America. Hear about Picoult's writing and research process, her collaborations with other writers, including her daughter, what brings her joy, and what it's like to see the disparate reactions to her books, which have been both banned and adapted into popular films and an off-Broadway musical. Glance into the remarkable work habits of a prolific writer of 30 novels, who, when asked what she considered her greatest accomplishment as an author, said she had "literally worn the letters off two consecutive computer keyboards."

A public reception will begin at 5:00 pm with appetizers, refreshments, and a cash bar. The program starts at 6:15 pm sharp. Ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to submit a question for a possible live response from Jodi Picoult, New Hampshire's own novelist of the world!

Orchestra: $50
Box: $45
Balcony: $35

Reserve your tickets HERE!


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Please join us this Saturday, October 14 for a free public reception, refreshments, author talk, and book signing!


This fall, we're bringing over 5,000 Granite Staters together to read and discuss The Bear by New Hampshire author Andrew Krivak. On October 14, join us at the Bank of NH Stage and meet Andrew at a free public reception, author talk, and book signing!

New Hampshire and the
Becoming of "The Bear"

Saturday, October 14, 2023

1:00 pm Reception / 2:00 pm Author talk followed by a book signing

Bank of NH Stage, 16 S. Main Street, Concord

How do stories shape our past, present, and future? Andrew Krivak will take up this question when he discusses writing The Bear, a novel in which Nature serves as a protagonist, and how living in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region brought that vision to life.

1:00 pm: Public reception with the author and light snacks

2:00 pm: Program starts promptly and will be followed by a book signing.

This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is strongly recommended. We are now offering a virtual option as well as an in-person registration. The Bear will be available for purchase at the Bank of NH Stage from Gibson's Bookstore.



Finding Your Way: 
The Night Sky 

Friday, November 3 at 5:00 pm on Zoom   

From the 12th century BCE to the present, poets have turned to the night sky for metaphors to express uncertainty and loneliness, but also adventurousness and the awe that people feel when starting out on something new. Connecting The Bear to these literary traditions, poet Midge Goldberg will lead us in discussion using select passages about the night sky in The Bear, exploring how the story grapples with the journeying into the unknown, and will share poems from her anthology Outer Space: 100 Poems. Together we’ll examine how writers and poets, here in New England and all around the world, create stories from the night sky.   Register now


The Mindful Storyteller in You

Presented by Alexandria Peary 

Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am
Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene 

What stories connect you to the Granite State? This workshop, led by New Hampshire State Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary, will focus on jumpstarting your most important place-based stories. You'll practice mindful writing techniques to find a fresh way to start a story you've contemplated telling for a while and discover completely unexpected stories. Developing an openness to the present moment, you'll free yourself from thinking there are stories you should write. You'll practice moment tracking to develop a map of where your piece could head. The session will close with strategies to continue the creative momentum at home and finish the story. We'll talk about how to remain receptive to changes in the draft, keeping an open mind about its final form through genres like flash nonfiction, the personal essay, and prose poetry.  Register here


Community Project Grant-Funded Programs

One Book One Valley 

Now in its 17th year, the Mount Washington Valley strengthens community ties and promotes literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. MORE INFORMATION 

If the Earth Told Stories 
Wed., Oct. 18, 6:30 pm, Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth 

Storyteller Andy Davis will talk about the role oral folklore has played in traditional societies in instilling the value of a sustainable relationship to the natural world, as part of the One Book One Valley program. 

Experiencing the Wild 

Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 pm, Conway Public Library 

Jo Radner will examine how we make meaning of our lives in relation to the wild and the natural world as part of the One Book One Valley program. 

An Evening with Andrew Krivak,
Author of The Bear 

Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:00 pm, The Majestic Theatre, Conway 

The 17th One Book One Valley culminates in a valley-wide evening with Andrew Krivak, author of this year’s One Book One Valley title, The Bear. Krivak will talk about the book, his writing, and answer audience questions. This is a hybrid event. 


Other Grant-Funded Programs

Nebizun: Water is Life Exhibit 
Open through Oct. 31, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner 

Nebizun: Water is Life draws its inspiration from Native American grandmothers who have been doing water walks to pray for the water, and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. More information is available at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum website. DETAILS

Expanding the Canon 4:
A Play Reading Circle 

Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm,
theatre KAPOW, ZOOM 

In the fourth presentation of this program, theatre KAPOW is focusing on contemporary playwrights uplifting the disabled voice. In November, they will discuss I Never Slept with Helen Keller by Raymond Luczak, a Deaf playwright. Stephanie Barton-Farcas, a theatre artist and author of the book Disability and Theatre: A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts, will facilitate this discussion. Sign up in advance to receive an emailed PDF of the play, a dramaturgical packet with contextual information, and the zoom link for the meeting. RSVP

Story Book Trail 
All Persons Trail at Cardigan Lodge, Alexandria 

The Appalachian Mountain Club recently opened a Story Book trail at the Mount Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria. This trail is an accessible All Persons trail so people of all abilities can enjoy nature. Read more about the project.


Fall Deadlines for Community Project Grants:  

WORKSHOP: Learn how to apply for a Community Project Grant on November 15 at 3:00 pm RSVP

Major Community Project Grant draft proposals (up to $10,000) and budget are due Dec. 15, 2023. Final application is due Jan. 15, 2024. For more information and to access the application materials, click here. 

Mini Community Project Grants applications (up to $2K) are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here.  


Attend a Perspectives book group near you!

Perspectives book discussions take place across the state and we invite you to attend one in your community or join us online! See below for upcoming discussions, and RSVP to the host organization to reserve your spot and your free Perspectives book prior to the discussion. 

October 23, 10:00 am, Randolph Public Library (Virtual) 
The Coffin Ship: Life and Death at Sea during the Great Irish Famine by Cian T. McMahon  DETAILS

 October 23, 7:00 pm, Orford Public Library 
Beneficence by Meredith Hall  DETAILS 

 October 25, 6:00 pm, Sandown Public Library
The Women With Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck  DETAILS  

October 30, 6:00 pm, Pease Public Library
Black Elk Speaks by Nicholas Black Elk  DETAILS

For more information about the books and scholar facilitators, visit www.nhhumanities.org/Perspectives or email us at bookgroups@nhhumanities.org.


For even more programs and events happening across New Hampshire, visit our online calendar! 

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