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Author Signings

Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm in The Gallery

      

Please join us in celebrating the release of

                 

            professional storyteller

 

           Simon Brooks'

 

 first book of Folk and Fairy Tales

 

                       

 

Under the Oaken Bough

 

Uncommon folktales and a few old favorites revived and retold for young people and tradition keepers. Folk and fairy tales celebrate different cultures and ways to see the world.

A collection of the author's favorite folktales from his professional storytelling repertoire, retold in contemporary jargon for young reader, UNDER THE OAKEN BOUGH is an anthology which breathes new life into the folk and fairy tales of old. Professional storyteller, Simon Brooks, has written the stories he loves to tell in the style he uses on stage, whether at a library, school, college, private event or festival. Each story concludes with brief notes about the tale. This wonderful little book is a must have, not just for young people entering the realm of folk and fairy tales for themselves, but for parents who love to read to their children, teachers and librarians. The book includes a Q & A section with the author, a guide on how to tell stories, suggested reading, and a list of vocabulary words and their meanings. Half of the eighteen stories come from Europe, the remainder from the rest of the world. Some of these stories are old favorites, but inside you will find stories which can be hard to find, and seldom told. Join Simon Under the Oaken Bough and step into another realm, far, far away.

 


SIMON BROOKS was once an English Army Cadet with hopes of joining the Royal Marines. These plans were quickly scrapped when Simon discovered his talent for ticking off his drill sergeant. Instead he studied photography at college. He has photographed a few famous people, a bunch of regular people, and a bunch of stuff. Simon became a professional storyteller in 2003, entrancing young and old alike. He performs at over 100 venues a year, and has recorded a number of successful storytelling CDs of his own, and audio books for others. Simon is a nationally recognized storyteller and voice actor with awards from Storytelling World and Parent's Choice.

 

Join us for an engaging afternoon from one of our best storytellers! 

All Welcome

Under the Oaken Bough: Folk and Fairy Tales Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781624911101
Availability: Backordered
Published: Parkhurst Brothers Publishers Inc - November 1st, 2017

On Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm

 

Join us for a Special BookEnds BookGroup Event as we will joined by the author of

 

 

A Girl Named Truth

 

 

by Alethea Kehas

 

The author's story begins with her formative years, when her mother left her father and went into hiding with the Hare Krishnas.  Months later, the young Alethea finds herself living 3,000 miles away from her extended family, living in Henniker and then Canterbury, trying to love a new father and forget the one she left behind.  Only she never forgets...A Girl Named Truth is a story of loss, love, and the redemptive power of awakening in a silenced voice.

 

Alethea Kehas lives in New Hampshire with her family of four humans and four hairy quadrupeds. She is the owner of Inner Truth Healing, where she helps people discover, heal and live their truths. To learn more about Alethea, please visit her website: www. aletheakehas.com

 

 

 ~ All Welcome ~

 
A Girl Named Truth Cover Image
$13.16
ISBN: 9780692921579
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alethea Kehas - August 29th, 2017

 

Sunday, April 29 at 2 pm

 

Please join us in celebrating the release of their new book and collaboration

with local children's authors

 

Deborah Bruss

&

 

Matt Forrest Esenwine

 

 

Don't Ask a Dinosaur    

 

Deb and Matt will be reading and signing copies.

Join us for the fun!

 

 

Don't Ask a Dinosaur is about a party that goes wildly awry when a pack of dinosaurs with very unique physical attributes attempt to help set up.

Written in a masterfully-executed rhyme, the book presents a cavalcade of lesser-known dinos and pairs their odd characteristics with little tasks that are hilariously impossible because of those features. "Don't ask Deinocheirus to set the forks and spoons," because his hands were enormous, "Therizinosaurus cannot blow up balloons," because he had very long claws. In the end they find the one thing everyone can help do is to blow out the candles on the cake...but will it create yet another mess?

Matt Forrest Esenwine has had several adult poems published in independent collections around the country, and in 2012 his poem, "Apple-Stealing," was nominated by the Young Adult Review Network (YARN) for a Pushcart Prize. Meanwhile, his children's poetry can be found in numerous anthologies including Kenn Nesbitt's One Minute till Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016), Lee Bennett Hopkins' Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams Appleseed, 2015), and J. Patrick Lewis' The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Children's Books, 2015), among others, as well as "Highlights for Kids" magazine. Born just outside of Baltimore, MD, Matt lives in Warner, NH with his wife and kids.

 

Some children know what they want to be when they grow up. Not Deborah Bruss. Her passion for writing did not develop until after she had read thousands of pages out loud to her two boys. Once she discovered a love of writing for children, her career took off. She has written humorous, educational pieces for a newspaper on subjects ranging from a porcupine bent on revenge and some seasick children on a whale watch, an award winning picture book, and a board book too. For six years she also worked as a librarian at a small public elementary school, and is also collaborating on an historical fiction middle grade novel. In 1999, Deborah, her husband and two sons adopted two girls. All of her children have grown up. She now lives in Concord, NH, with her husband and rescued-dog.

 

Don't Ask a Dinosaur Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781576878415
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: POW! - April 17th, 2018

Big Box for Ben Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781595722652
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Published: Star Bright Books - December 31st, 2011

Flashlight Night Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781629794938
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Published: Boyds Mills Press - September 19th, 2017

One Minute Till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep Cover Image
By Kenn Nesbitt (Editor), Christoph Niemann (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316341219
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More Than 200 Poems with Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom! Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781426320941
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Published: National Geographic Society - October 13th, 2015

Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781419710377
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 3rd, 2015

School People Cover Image
By Lee Bennett Hopkins, Ellen Shi (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781629797038
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wordsong - February 13th, 2018

We are thrilled to welcome back best selling author

 

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas 

Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm in The Gallery

 

as she presents her just released book

 

The Hidden Life of Life

 

  

     An iconoclast and best-selling author of both nonfiction and fiction,  Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing, thinking, and writing about the cultures of animals such as lions, wolves, dogs, deer, and humans. In this compulsively readable book, she provides a plainspoken, big-picture look at the commonality of life on our planet, from the littlest microbes to the largest lizards.

 

    Inspired by the idea of symbiosis in evolution—that all living things evolve in a series of cooperative relationships—Thomas takes readers on a journey through the progression of life. Along the way she shares the universal likenesses, experiences, and environments of “Gaia’s creatures,” from amoebas in plant soil to the pets we love, from proud primates to Homo sapiens hunter-gatherers on the African savanna. Fervently rejecting “anthropodenial,” the notion that nonhuman life does not share characteristics with humans, Thomas instead shows that paramecia can learn, plants can communicate, humans aren’t really as special as we think we are—and that it doesn’t take a scientist to marvel at the smallest inhabitants of the natural world and their connections to all living things.

A unique voice on anthropology and animal behavior, Thomas challenges scientific convention and the jargon that prevents us all from understanding all living things better. This joyfully written book is a fascinating look at the challenges and behaviors shared by creatures from bacteria to larvae to parasitic fungi, a potted hyacinth to the author herself, and all those in between.

 

About the Author
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, an anthropologist and animal behaviorist, has published thirteen previous books, including the New York Times best seller The Hidden Life of Dogs, Dreaming of Lions, The Tribe of Tiger, The Old Way, and The Hidden Life of Deer. Her most recent book is the current best seller Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind, coauthored with Sy Montgomery. She live in Peterborough, New Hampshire. 

 

We are lucky to have shared some time on Earth with Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. Like a shaman of words, she connects us as if by magic with other worlds hidden on our own planet. And she is the last best writer to have deeply witnessed with her own eyes the people at the cradle of humanity. Reading her is like looking through a telescope and realizing that the brightness you see actually happened long, long ago and has taken all this time to reach your own eyes.

Carl Safina
Author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

The Hidden Life of Life: A Walk Through the Reaches of Time (Animalibus #13) Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780271081014
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penn State University Press - March 15th, 2018

Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781603587556
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 4th, 2017

The Hidden Life of Dogs Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780547416854
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - September 10th, 2010

Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781603586399
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - February 23rd, 2016

Join us at the Annual Spring Symposium for NH Master Gardener Association, on March 17.

 

There is a great line-up of authors and presenters!

 

Click HERE for more information.

 

Tovah Martin will be presenting her just published book,

The Garden in Every Sense and Season. 

In The Garden in Every Sense and Season, Tovah Martin mindfully explores her garden through sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste. She sees the bright yellow daffodils of spring, smells summer's pungent roses, hears the crows in autumn, and tastes winter's juicy citrus. In 100 evocative essays, Martin shares sage garden advice and intimate reflections on her own garden. The Garden in Every Sense and Season, from one of the greatest garden writers of our time, urges gardeners to inhale, savor, and become more attuned with their gardens.

She is a fanatical and passionate organic gardener and the author of The Indestructible Houseplant, The Unexpected Houseplant, The New Terrarium, and Tasha Tudor's Garden, as well as many other gardening books. Visit her at tovahmartin.com. Kindra Clineff specializes in location photography and regularly produces feature assignments for national magazines; her images have appeared in numerous books, including several with Tovah Martin. She lives in Essex County, Massachusetts.

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Kelly Orzel is a horticulturist, writer, photographer, speaker and grower of green things. With more than 15 years of experience, she specializes in kitchen gardening, 5 senses and cottage garden design. While she is an expert in growing herbs, forcing bulbs and branches, container gardens, terrariums and native coastal plants, give her anything and she’ll grow it. Kelly began working at a local nursery as a teenager and fell in love with dirt. She believes gardening is a simple pleasure and should be enjoyed by everyone, let her share how easy it is to grow your own fruits, vegetables, herbs and more! In 2008 Kelly earned her Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Texas Tech University and moved to Maine from New Jersey.  She is a Master Gardener and a freelance writer and photographer for national garden magazines and newspapers. Kelly has also appeared on local television hawking the virtues of horticulture. Kelly's website is http://bowerybeachfarm.com/.

Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic and Education Center, nestled in the pine forests New Hampshire. She has been working with herbs for more than 20 years, is certified by Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, and a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Maria devotes her business to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. She is the author of the award-winning book Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and a regular contributor to Herb Quarterly and other holistic publications. Her second book on medicinal herb gardening hits bookstores in 2019. Learn more about Maria and herbs at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.

 

Also presenting will be Dr. David Patrick, the new Director of Conservation for the Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire. Patrick oversees the conservancy’s growing portfolio of science-based conservation work across the state, including land, freshwater and marine strategies. Patrick, who holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine, Orono, comes from Paul Smiths College in upstate New York, where he was an assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife science. For the past five years he also served as executive director of the college’s Center for Adirondack Biodiversity, whose mission is to use ecological research as a vehicle for undergraduate education and mentoring, and to contribute towards efforts to conserve biodiversity in and around the 6-million acre Adirondack Park.

The Garden in Every Sense and Season Cover Image
By Tovah Martin, Kindra Clineff (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604697452
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Timber Press (OR) - April 4th, 2018

Tasha Tudor's Garden Cover Image
By Tovah Martin, Richard W. Brown (Photographer)
$37.00
ISBN: 9780395436097
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 5th, 1994

The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants That Everyone Can Grow Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781604695014
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Timber Press (OR) - July 1st, 2015

The Backyard Gardener: Simple, Easy, and Beautiful Gardening with Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781493026579
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lyons Press - April 1st, 2017

Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781612125350
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Published: Storey Publishing - March 22nd, 2016

Sunday, February 11 @ 2 pm

 

Please join us in welcoming author

 

JAMIE SAYEN

 

Discussing and signing his new book

 

YOU HAD A JOB FOR LIFE

 

His presentation will include a slide show of life in the mill,

and short clips from the interviews of former mill workers.

 

 

The Life and Death of a Mill Town, Groveton, NH

Absentee owners. Single-minded concern for the bottom line. Friction between workers and management. Hostile takeovers at the hands of avaricious and unaccountable multinational interests. The story of America's industrial decline is all too familiar--and yet, somehow, still hard to fathom.

 

Jamie Sayen spent years interviewing residents of Groveton, New Hampshire, about the century-long saga of their company town. The community's paper mill had been its economic engine since the early twentieth century. Purchased and revived by local owners in the postwar decades, the mill merged with Diamond International in 1968. It fell victim to Anglo-French financier James Goldsmith's hostile takeover in 1982, then suffered through a series of owners with no roots in the community until its eventual demise in 2007.

 

Drawing on conversations with scores of former mill workers, Sayen reconstructs the mill's human history: the smells of pulp and wood, the injuries and deaths, the struggles of women for equal pay and fair treatment, and the devastating impact of global capitalism on a small New England town. This is a heartbreaking story of the decimation of industrial America.

 

You Had a Job for Life: Story of a Company Town Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781512601398
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University Press of New England - December 5th, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that the Keynote Speaker for

 

the 16th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference

 

will be internationally acclaimed MD and author

 

Daphne Miller

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Sunday, March 18 at Merrimack Valley High School in Concord

 

 

Daphne Miller is a practicing physician, author, and professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For the past decade, her writing and teaching has explored the frontier between biomedicine and the natural world. Her first book,

The Jungle Effect, chronicles her nutrition adventures as she travels to traditional communities around the globe.                     

In Farmacology she sets out to learn health lessons from sustainable family farmers. Miller has contributed a health column to the Washington Post as well as other newspapers and magazines. Her medical degree is from Harvard University and she studied medical anthropology as an undergraduate at Brown University. She lives (and gardens) in Berkeley, California.

 

 

CLICK here for the line-up of authors and workshops,

including Philip Ackerman-Leist

discussing his just released 

A Precautionary Tale;

How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement

 

 

and Michael Phillips, author of Mycorrhial Planet and The Holistic Orchard.

 

offering workshops on Fungal Consciousness, and Home Orchard Care.

Michael Phillips is renowned for helping people grow healthy fruit using herbal protocols. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found at www.GrowOrganicApples.com provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. He is the author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard which recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society. His work has been compared with Sir Albert Howard and J.I. Rodale’s classic books on organic gardening. Michael’s latest, Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together to Create Dynamic Soils, will rock you!

 

Check out the NOFA-NH website for additional information on the latest additions in speakers and workshops and to register.

 

 

 

And We'll See You There!

 

Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062103154
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - March 15th, 2016

The Jungle Effect: Healthiest Diets from Around the World--Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060886233
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - June 23rd, 2009

A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781603587051
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - November 9th, 2017

Mycorrhizal Planet: How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781603586580
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - February 28th, 2017

The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781933392134
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - January 10th, 2012

                                                Sunday, January 14, 2018   

at 2 pm  

 

We are so pleased to have David Carroll return

 

for a continuation of his discussion of poetry. 


                                        
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David M. Carroll will present a continuation of last year's reading and discussion of poems and prose-poems written in
English and the four languages he pursues: Spanish; Italian; German; and Russian.

These brief works are experimental in nature; and foreign language pieces will be followed by
English translations.

He will discuss his process, a blend of creative writing and language-learning.

He will talk about some of his favorite poets from various cultures and periods,

and the valuable role that dual language editions of poetry can play

in one's learning a foreign language.

Discussion, comments, and questions from the audience will be most welcome.

 

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David Carroll is a nationally recognized naturalist, artist and author, a 2006 MacArthur "Genius" recipient, a 2009 National Book Award Finalist, and recipient of the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing.

 

 

Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780547069647
Availability: Special Order
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 1st, 2009

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Swampwalker's Journal: A Wetlands Year Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780618127375
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2001

Sunday, November 12 @ 2 pm

 

Meet authors Julie Boardman

and Dan Allen

 

 

From 1849 to the present 219 hikers, climbers and backcountry skiers have died in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Although many of these fatalities occurred on Mount Washington, in recent years, more have taken place elsewhere. Most of these deaths didn't have to happen.

 

They were the result of an oversight or one or more bad decisions.

 

Julie Boardman wrote Death in the White Mountains in the belief that by studying past fatalities and identifying the mistakes that caused them, we can learn how to be safe in the mountains.

 

Dan Allen wrote Don’t Die On The Mountain primarily about the decision-making process necessary in hiking, with the premise that a solo hiker must have the experience, strength, and knowledge that is expected of a leader.

 

Julie Boardman will discuss her book with a PowerPoint Presentation about the fatal errors that were made by many of the victims, and share some interesting facts from her research. Besides identifying the nine causes of death, she offers advice to help keep your name off the fatalities list.

 

Julie is also the author of When Women and Mountains Meet, which presents the stories of some remarkable women who shaped the rich history of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, all women of courage who had an abiding love for New Hampshire's White Mountains.

 

Please join us for this free, informative and important presentation

 

for all current and prospective hikers.

 

 

Death in the White Mountains; Hiker Fatalities and How to Avoid Being One Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781931271349
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bondcliff Books - November 30th, 0002

Don't Die on the Mountain Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780966269000
Availability: Special Order
Published: Diapensia Press - January 1st, 1998

When Women and Mountains Meet Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780970832412
Availability: Special Order
Published: Durand press - January 1st, 2001

Warner Hometown Holiday

 

 

Saturday, December 2

 

 

Join Warner in our

annual celebration of

 

Traditional Caroling,

Artists and Artisans,

Food,

 

Farmers Market, Storytelling & More

 

 

 

Here at MainStreet BookEnds we will have the Gallery

 

overflowing with activity.

 

 

 

11:30 am ~ A special concert from

The Northeast Catholic College Choir

singing carols on the terrace in the Jim Mitchell Community Park
 

 

 

 

Efner Tudor Holmes reading her children's classic

 

The Christmas Cat at noon in The Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Followed by The Gear-Up Homeschoolers

 caroling at 12:30 pm in The Gallery

 

 

 

 

Readings of The Night Before Christmas all day by the woodstove

 

 

Artist Nan McCarthy with her paintings and fine art prints

 

The Christmas Cat Cover Image
By Efner Tudor Holmes, Tasha Tudor (Illustrator), Efner Tudor Holmes (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780690012675
Availability: Special Order
Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2000

The Night Before Christmas Cover Image
By Clement Clarke Moore, Tasha Tudor (Illustrator)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780316832717
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2009

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