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The Bookshelf features authors from around New Hampshire and the region, as well as books about New Hampshire by authors from anywhere. Covering mostly fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, it also features literary conferences, events and trends. Hosted by Peter Biello, The Bookshelf airs every other Friday on All Things Considered. What's on your bookshelf? Let us know by sending an email to books@nhpr.org .

Latest Episodes

The Bookshelf: Poet Marie Harris and 'Desire Lines'

If you've ever been on a college campus or a public park, you may have seen desire lines. Those are those well-worn paths carved by travelers who, for whatever reason, preferred a route that diverged from the ones carefully cured in concrete by city or campus planners. Such a metaphor proved irresistible to Marie Harris. The Barrington, New Hampshire poet's new collection, Desire Lines, keeps these paths in mind as it explores aspects of her own life. Harris, a former New Hampshire poet laureate

13 MIN2 d ago
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The Bookshelf: Poet Marie Harris and 'Desire Lines'

The Bookshelf: N.H. Writers Face the National Novel Writing Month Challenge

This November, writers across the world are participating in National Novel Writing Month. Organized by a non-profit, its goal is to encourage anyone who has dreamed of writing a book to just do it...over the course of one month. With a little more than a week remaining, NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with writers from New England giving it a try. Elisabeth Jewell of Penacook has been trying to find time to put her feet up on her couch, open her laptop, and work on her novel. "I like fun books, so I

4 MIN2 w ago
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The Bookshelf: N.H. Writers Face the National Novel Writing Month Challenge

The Bookshelf: Author Alex Myers Challenges Gender Norms in New Novel

Novelist Alex Myers came out as transgender in the mid-90s, when society's understanding of what it means to be transgender was less clear than it is today. In his new novel, "Continental Divide," Myers writes about 19-year-old Ron, who was born female, and grew up in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Ron decides to reinvent himself as a man by moving west to work on a ranch in Wyoming. Alex Myers is an English teacher at Philips Exeter Academy. NHPR's Peter Biello stopped by his classroom earlier this

8 MINNOV 9
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The Bookshelf: Author Alex Myers Challenges Gender Norms in New Novel

The Bookshelf: Nelson's Stacia Tolman On Her Debut Novel

Writer Stacia Tolman worked for many years as a high school English teacher at a private school in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region. Now, she’s drawn on her observations of high school social dynamics to write her debut young adult novel, The Spaces Between Us . The story centers on the relationship between Serena Velasco and Melody Grimshaw, high school students and best friends with a common goal: to escape their dull, lifeless hometown in rural New York. Serena is from a middle-class family,

5 MINOCT 26
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The Bookshelf: Nelson's Stacia Tolman On Her Debut Novel

The Bookshelf: Joe Hill on Collaboration: 'Story is Our Family's Private Language'

When Joe Hill launched his career as a writer, he didn't want anyone to know about his famous writer parents, Stephen and Tabitha King. Rather than ride their coattails, he wanted to find success on his own—thus the pen name, Joe Hill. Now, more than a decade since his first collection of stories was published, Hill is comfortable with publicly discussing his origins as a writer—so comfortable, in fact, that his introduction to his newest collection of short stories features descriptions of

18 MINOCT 12
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The Bookshelf: Joe Hill on Collaboration: 'Story is Our Family's Private Language'

The Bookshelf: The 'People's Book' Showcases New Hampshire Writers, Artists

This week marked the launch of the second annual edition of The People's Book , a collection of literary works and visual art created by New Hampshire writers and artists. The book is edited by Concord resident Kelsie Collins. She, along with poet Brianna Coykendall, have been working to build a community of writers who collaborate, edit, and inspire each other. Coykendall is the founder of The Central New Hampshire Writer's Circle , which played a hand in the editorial process for The People's

8 MINSEP 28
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The Bookshelf: The 'People's Book' Showcases New Hampshire Writers, Artists

The Bookshelf: Enfield Author Marko Kloos on War and Human Nature

For much of human history, human beings have waged war against each other. In the new novel by Marko Kloos, that tendency to wage war remains as strong as ever more than a thousand years into the future. Aftershocks is an adventure story as well as a portrait of a technologically-advanced civilization struggling to maintain the peace after a devastating war. Kloos spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello. Read Marko Kloos's Top Five Reading Recommendations: 1. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd. "A haunting

5 MINAUG 31
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The Bookshelf: Enfield Author Marko Kloos on War and Human Nature

The Bookshelf: In Debut Memoir, Jennifer Militello Upends Time

In Jennifer Militello's debut memoir, Knock Wood , time moves in more than one direction. The relationship between cause and effect is upended as Militello explores her memories of illicit love, domestic violence and dangerous influences. Militello, is the author of several books of poetry, and she teaches at New England College. She sat down with All Things Considered host Peter Biello to talk about her new book. Read Jennifer Militello's Top 5 Reading Recomendations: 1. Come Closer and Listen

6 MINAUG 17
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The Bookshelf: In Debut Memoir, Jennifer Militello Upends Time

The Bookshelf: Miriam Levine's Poetry of 'Loss and Consolation'

Miriam Levine's new collection of poetry is, as she describes it, a book about loss and consolation. In Saving Daylight, poems recall small moments: a chance meeting outside a theater, an encounter with a mosquito, watching a harmless spider walk across someone's hair. Levine lives in Concord for part of the year, and she sat down with NHPR's All Things Considered Host Peter Biello to chat about her new collection. Read Miriam Levine's Top Five Reading Recommendations 1. Dart by Alice Oswald. "A

6 MINAUG 3
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The Bookshelf: Miriam Levine's Poetry of 'Loss and Consolation'

The Bookshelf: New Sources and New Liberties in Volume II of Civil War Graphic Novel

Freeman Colby was a young schoolteacher from New Hampshire who joined the Union Army during the American Civil War. For the first nine months, Colby kept detailed notes of his service and wrote to his family members. Marek Bennett of Henniker drew on these rich resources for his graphic novel, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby. In that volume, Bennett stuck close to Colby's exact language. Recently, he's published Volume II, in which he takes some liberties and draws on new sources for

8 MINJUL 20
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The Bookshelf: New Sources and New Liberties in Volume II of Civil War Graphic Novel

Latest Episodes

The Bookshelf: Poet Marie Harris and 'Desire Lines'

If you've ever been on a college campus or a public park, you may have seen desire lines. Those are those well-worn paths carved by travelers who, for whatever reason, preferred a route that diverged from the ones carefully cured in concrete by city or campus planners. Such a metaphor proved irresistible to Marie Harris. The Barrington, New Hampshire poet's new collection, Desire Lines, keeps these paths in mind as it explores aspects of her own life. Harris, a former New Hampshire poet laureate

13 MIN2 d ago
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The Bookshelf: Poet Marie Harris and 'Desire Lines'

The Bookshelf: N.H. Writers Face the National Novel Writing Month Challenge

This November, writers across the world are participating in National Novel Writing Month. Organized by a non-profit, its goal is to encourage anyone who has dreamed of writing a book to just do it...over the course of one month. With a little more than a week remaining, NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with writers from New England giving it a try. Elisabeth Jewell of Penacook has been trying to find time to put her feet up on her couch, open her laptop, and work on her novel. "I like fun books, so I

4 MIN2 w ago
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The Bookshelf: N.H. Writers Face the National Novel Writing Month Challenge

The Bookshelf: Author Alex Myers Challenges Gender Norms in New Novel

Novelist Alex Myers came out as transgender in the mid-90s, when society's understanding of what it means to be transgender was less clear than it is today. In his new novel, "Continental Divide," Myers writes about 19-year-old Ron, who was born female, and grew up in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Ron decides to reinvent himself as a man by moving west to work on a ranch in Wyoming. Alex Myers is an English teacher at Philips Exeter Academy. NHPR's Peter Biello stopped by his classroom earlier this

8 MINNOV 9
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The Bookshelf: Author Alex Myers Challenges Gender Norms in New Novel

The Bookshelf: Nelson's Stacia Tolman On Her Debut Novel

Writer Stacia Tolman worked for many years as a high school English teacher at a private school in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region. Now, she’s drawn on her observations of high school social dynamics to write her debut young adult novel, The Spaces Between Us . The story centers on the relationship between Serena Velasco and Melody Grimshaw, high school students and best friends with a common goal: to escape their dull, lifeless hometown in rural New York. Serena is from a middle-class family,

5 MINOCT 26
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The Bookshelf: Nelson's Stacia Tolman On Her Debut Novel

The Bookshelf: Joe Hill on Collaboration: 'Story is Our Family's Private Language'

When Joe Hill launched his career as a writer, he didn't want anyone to know about his famous writer parents, Stephen and Tabitha King. Rather than ride their coattails, he wanted to find success on his own—thus the pen name, Joe Hill. Now, more than a decade since his first collection of stories was published, Hill is comfortable with publicly discussing his origins as a writer—so comfortable, in fact, that his introduction to his newest collection of short stories features descriptions of

18 MINOCT 12
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The Bookshelf: Joe Hill on Collaboration: 'Story is Our Family's Private Language'

The Bookshelf: The 'People's Book' Showcases New Hampshire Writers, Artists

This week marked the launch of the second annual edition of The People's Book , a collection of literary works and visual art created by New Hampshire writers and artists. The book is edited by Concord resident Kelsie Collins. She, along with poet Brianna Coykendall, have been working to build a community of writers who collaborate, edit, and inspire each other. Coykendall is the founder of The Central New Hampshire Writer's Circle , which played a hand in the editorial process for The People's

8 MINSEP 28
Comments
The Bookshelf: The 'People's Book' Showcases New Hampshire Writers, Artists

The Bookshelf: Enfield Author Marko Kloos on War and Human Nature

For much of human history, human beings have waged war against each other. In the new novel by Marko Kloos, that tendency to wage war remains as strong as ever more than a thousand years into the future. Aftershocks is an adventure story as well as a portrait of a technologically-advanced civilization struggling to maintain the peace after a devastating war. Kloos spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello. Read Marko Kloos's Top Five Reading Recommendations: 1. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd. "A haunting

5 MINAUG 31
Comments
The Bookshelf: Enfield Author Marko Kloos on War and Human Nature

The Bookshelf: In Debut Memoir, Jennifer Militello Upends Time

In Jennifer Militello's debut memoir, Knock Wood , time moves in more than one direction. The relationship between cause and effect is upended as Militello explores her memories of illicit love, domestic violence and dangerous influences. Militello, is the author of several books of poetry, and she teaches at New England College. She sat down with All Things Considered host Peter Biello to talk about her new book. Read Jennifer Militello's Top 5 Reading Recomendations: 1. Come Closer and Listen

6 MINAUG 17
Comments
The Bookshelf: In Debut Memoir, Jennifer Militello Upends Time

The Bookshelf: Miriam Levine's Poetry of 'Loss and Consolation'

Miriam Levine's new collection of poetry is, as she describes it, a book about loss and consolation. In Saving Daylight, poems recall small moments: a chance meeting outside a theater, an encounter with a mosquito, watching a harmless spider walk across someone's hair. Levine lives in Concord for part of the year, and she sat down with NHPR's All Things Considered Host Peter Biello to chat about her new collection. Read Miriam Levine's Top Five Reading Recommendations 1. Dart by Alice Oswald. "A

6 MINAUG 3
Comments
The Bookshelf: Miriam Levine's Poetry of 'Loss and Consolation'

The Bookshelf: New Sources and New Liberties in Volume II of Civil War Graphic Novel

Freeman Colby was a young schoolteacher from New Hampshire who joined the Union Army during the American Civil War. For the first nine months, Colby kept detailed notes of his service and wrote to his family members. Marek Bennett of Henniker drew on these rich resources for his graphic novel, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby. In that volume, Bennett stuck close to Colby's exact language. Recently, he's published Volume II, in which he takes some liberties and draws on new sources for

8 MINJUL 20
Comments
The Bookshelf: New Sources and New Liberties in Volume II of Civil War Graphic Novel
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