Author Signings

Mary Lyn Ray's Release Party for Friendship Book

Sunday, Dec. 8 at Noon

Please join us for the Release Party of

The Friendship Book

the companion to last year's

The Thank You Book

and a major book event!

We are so thrilled to have

Mary Lyn Ray

back to celebrate this newest book,

sure to become another children's classic.

She will be reading and meeting with all her devoted fans. 

Bring the kids,

as we might be able to convince her to also read

The Christmas Farm

The Friendship Book Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328488992
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - December 17th, 2019

The Thank You Book Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780544791367
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

Christmas Farm Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Barry Root (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544105096
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2013

Stars Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442422490
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - October 4th, 2011

Go to Sleep, Little Farm (lap board book) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781328770042
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

A Violin for Elva Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780152254834
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 27th, 2015

Deer Dancer Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442434219
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Published: Beach Lane Books - May 6th, 2014

Red Rubber Boot Day Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780152053987
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2005

Goodnight, Good Dog (padded board book with flocked cover) Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Rebecca Malone (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781328852427
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 29th, 2018

Mud Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152024611
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2001

Warner Hometown Holiday Celebration w/ Rebecca Rule

Warner Hometown

Holiday Celebration

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

 

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.

 

The Gear-Up Homeschoolers

 

caroling at 11:30 am in The Gallery

 

 

Rebecca Rule at Noon!

Reading Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!

Bring the kids to hear our foremost NH storyteller reading her delightful children's book. 

Rebecca Rule is a full-time writer, humorist, and storyteller. In her just released new book, That Reminds Me of a Story, she tells some of the best (and funniest) stories she’s collected over the course of twenty-five years of spinning and gathering yarns at libraries, historical societies, rotaries, clubs, church groups, campgrounds, and charitable organizations.

 

 

1 pm ~ A special concert from

The Magdalen College Choir

singing carols on Main Street in front of the bookstore.

 

 

The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! Cover Image
By Rebecca Rule, Jennifer Thermes (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781934031889
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Islandport Press - November 9th, 2012

That Reminds Me of a Funny Story;  A Memoir, How-To, and Compendium of Yankee Humor Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781939449214
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hobblebush Books - September 8th, 2019

Headin' for the Rhubarb!: A New Hampshire Dictionary (Well, Kinda) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781934031445
Availability: Special Order
Published: Islandport Press - September 1st, 2010

N Is for New Hampshire Cover Image
By Rebecca Rule, Scott Snyder (Photographer)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781934031681
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Islandport Press, Inc. - November 3rd, 2016

Susan Ware ~ Why They Marched

Join us at Hopkinton Town Library

We will be there as the bookseller!

Sun., Sept 8 at 4 pm

Historian Susan Ware

WHY THEY MARCHED; 

Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

 

 

Looking beyond the national leadership of the suffrage movement, an acclaimed historian gives voice to the thousands of women from different backgrounds, races, and religions whose local passion and protest resounded throughout the land.

For far too long, the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born. But Susan Ware uncovered a much broader and more diverse story waiting to be told. Why They Marched is a tribute to the many women who worked tirelessly in communities across the nation, out of the spotlight, protesting, petitioning, and insisting on their right to full citizenship.

A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, Susan Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history. Educated at Wellesley College and Harvard University, she has taught at New York University and Harvard, where she served as editor of the biographical dictionary Notable American Women: Completing the Twentieth Century (2004). Since 2012, she has served as the general editor of the American National Biography, published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies

Ware has long been associated with the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study where she serves as the Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian. The Library of America will publish a women’s suffrage anthology edited by Ware in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780674986688
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Belknap Press - May 6th, 2019

Adi & Rebecca Rule ~ Battle of the Book Launches!

Sun., Sept. 15 @ 2 pm

Battle of the Book Launches!

Adi & Rebecca Rule each have a NEW BOOK!!! 

It’s a Mother/Daughter Face-Off between Two Granite State Authors!

In this corner, champion of yankee culture, weighing in at over a dozen books with fat awards, it's Moose of Humor Rebecca Rule! She’ll be launching THAT REMINDS ME OF A FUNNY STORY, a memoir/storytelling how-to/compendium of yankee humor. Appropriate for all ages, but especially grown-ups.

 

In that corner, wielding princess power and the magic of friendship, weighing in at three books with sparkly covers, it’s Adi Rule! She’ll be launching HEARTS OF ICE, a wintry fantasy perfect for ages 8-12 and anyone young at heart.

Yankee and Princess/Prince costumes welcome

Prizes for our favorites!

Hearts of Ice

by Adi Rule

     A dazzling adventure full of magic, snow . . . and sisters!
Evangeline has been lonely her whole life. Her mother rarely lets her play outside . . . especially not when it's snowing. It's almost as if she wants to hide her daughter from the world.
For as long as she can remember, Evangeline has felt someone missing, like a best friend who moved away, or an imaginary friend she's forgotten. She knows it sounds crazy, but the thought has always given her comfort-the idea that there's someone waiting for her, looking for her. Someone who cares about her.
On her birthday, Evangeline finds her window has blown open, and her room is full of snow. There's a message written in the frost. One word.
HELP
Evangeline learns that she has a sister, a twin, in fact. They were both born in another world-a land of snow and music and ancient magic. Now, someone is calling Evangeline back, and will stop at nothing to lure her into the magical realm where danger lurks.
 
Adi Rule is the author of The Hidden Twin and Strange Sweet Song, which won the 2016 NH Writers Project literary award for Outstanding Young Adult Book as well as the Vermont College of Fine Arts Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Prize (St Martin’s Press). Her middle grade debut, Hearts of Ice, comes out in September 2019 from Scholastic. Adi earned her MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she still haunts the campus in search of cookies. She has led workshops throughout New England for groups that include 826 Boston, the VCFA Young Writers Network, and the NH Writers Project. Her work has appeared in Hunger Mountain journal of the arts and NH Pulp Fiction anthologies. She also contributes essays and features to New Hampshire Magazine. She lives in a swamp with cats who dislike each other. Visit her online at www.adirule.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

That Reminds Me of a FUNNY Story

by Rebecca Rule

In her career as a yankee storyteller, Rebecca Rule has traveled throughout New England telling stories and gathering them. One story leads to another. At town halls, historical societies, churches, and senior centers, people have shared stories that connect them to this rocky old place we call home. They’ve shared stories of family, country living, adventures and misadventures, triumphs and “what the heck was that just happened?”

This book is the capstone on a twenty-five year career; the best of the best of these stories are collected here. It is also a memoir of how she came to be a storyteller, why storytelling matters, and what she has learned about the craft in the hundreds of performances she has given.

It’s a book full of characters, insight, heart, and good humor. Careful where you read it because you will be laughing out loud.

Alan Lomax traveled the world collecting folk songs. Becky Rule is the Alan Lomax of New England humor, having traveled the region for years, collecting and retelling stories that are as old as Bunker Hill and as new as last week’s town meeting. More than just a compendium of funny stories, this is a memoir, lexicon, how-to manual and homage to the characters who live here, conveyed with charm, wit, and generosity. This is a book to get you through a long New England winter, sipping slowly like hot cider. To use a favorite word of Becky’s, it’s a cockah. Ken Sheldon, humorist and author of novels for adults and children

Those of us who tell stories for a living wish that Becky Rule would stop giving away the secrets. For everyone else, this book is a treat—hilarious stories, how-to manual, Yankee lingo, and her own story, told by a real Yankee with solid maple credentials. It’s a book to get you through a long New England winter, sipping slowly like hot cider. To use one of her own favorite expressions, it’s a cockah! Fred Marple, author of Welcome to Frost Heaves--semi-true tales, rumors, and outright lies from the most under-appreciated town in New Hampshire.

Rebecca Rule is a full-time writer, humorist, storyteller, host for 10 years of the NH Authors Series on NHPTV, currently host of Our Hometown also on NHPTV. She’s been telling stories in New England, especially New Hampshire, for more than twenty years. She hasn’t visited every town in the Granite State, but pretty close — speaking at libraries, historical societies, rotaries, clubs, church groups, camp grounds, and charitable organizations. She says she likes collecting stories because “they’re free and you don’t have to dust them."
 
She’s the author of a dozen books including N is for NH, an ABC book with photographs by Scott Snyder. Other books include The Iciest Diciest Scariest Sled Ride Ever!, a picture book, illustrated by Jennifer Thermes;  Headin’ for the Rhubarb, A NH Dictionary (well, kinda); and The  Best Revenge, named one of five essential NH Books by NH Magazine and Outstanding Work of Fiction by the NH Writers Project. Sixty Years of Cuttin’ the Cheese: Joel Sherburne and Calef’s Famous Country Store takes a look at the beloved institution of the general store through the eyes of an amazing (and very funny) man who’s worked in one for sixty years and counting. Her new book, That Reminds Me of a FUNNY Story, will be published this fall by Hobblebush Press.
That Reminds Me of a Funny Story;  A Memoir, How-To, and Compendium of Yankee Humor Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781939449214
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hobblebush Books - September 8th, 2019

Hearts of Ice Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338332742
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

Strange Sweet Song: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781250036339
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 3rd, 2015

Headin' for the Rhubarb!: A New Hampshire Dictionary (Well, Kinda) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781934031445
Availability: Special Order
Published: Islandport Press - September 1st, 2010

N Is for New Hampshire Cover Image
By Rebecca Rule, Scott Snyder (Photographer)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781934031681
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Islandport Press, Inc. - November 3rd, 2016

Live Free and Eat Pie!: A Storyteller's Guide to New Hampshire Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781934031179
Availability: Special Order
Published: Islandport Press - June 1st, 2008

Special Poetry Workshop w/ Marie Harris

THIRD SUNDAY IN OCTOBER DUE TO THE WARNER FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL

 

Please join us for a very special Poetry Workshop this month, as we are joined by

Former NH Poet Laureate

MARIE HARRIS

Celebrating and Discussing the Release of her latest book of poetry

Desire Lines

 

 

Sunday October 20 @ 2 pm

DESIRE LINES is Marie Harris' fifth book of poetry—work written over more than a decade. The collection also includes poems commissioned during her tenure as NH Poet Laureate as well as other public poems that have appeared on sculptures, in parks, on postcards and billboards, and even on Twitter!  She is an anthologist who, with her co-editor Kathleen Aguero, edited one of the earliest multicultural anthologies of contemporary American poetry: AN EAR TO THE GROUND (Univ of Georgia Press). She has written three children's books: G is for GRANITE, A NH Alphabet Book; PRIMARY NUMBERS, A NH Number Book; and THE GIRL WHO HEARD COLORS a book about synesthesia. It was named Outstanding Work of Children's Literature by the NH Writers Project in 2016. Marie's research on the alphabet book led her to discover Henniker native Amy Cheney Beach, America's first female composer, herself a synesthete, and she has created a performance in words and music based on the composer's life.

 

Marie will be joining our monthly Poetry Workshop, led by former UNH English professor

Deborah Brown, author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow

and the just released The Human Half

Deborah will be offering a monthly Poetry Workshop

designed to combine lessons and exercises on aspects of craft (image, diction, metaphor) with a small amount of critique and in-group writing.

For the novice to the published.

Join at the beginning or when you can.

Free and All Welcome

Desire Lines Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781939449207
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hobblebush Books - October 1st, 2019

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G Is for Granite: A New Hampsh (Discover America State by State) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781585360833
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - December 1st, 2002

The Human Half (American Poets Continuum #173) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781942683803
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: BOA Editions - May 7th, 2019

Walking the Dog's Shadow: Poems (A. Poulin) Cover Image
By Deborah Brown, Tony Hoagland (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781934414477
Availability: Special Order
Published: BOA Editions - March 29th, 2011

Ian Rogers ~ Living and Working in Japan

Join us Sunday, August 18

@ 2 pm

 

 Warner-born and raised

Ian Rogers

 

 

 

 

returns to present a photo slide show about life for foreigners in Japan,

"What's it REALLY Like to Live and Work in Japan?",

a fragment that was captured in his Chapbook

Eikaiwa Bums

 

"A few months ago I achieved a longtime dream in getting my first solo print publication -- a chapbook short story issued by Blue Cubicle Press in Texas as part of their Overtime series about the working world.  It's called 'Eikaiwa Bums,' and it tackles the uncertainties of working at a for-profit English conversation school in Japan.

 

Join us for this fun afternoon discussing living and teaching in Japan.

THAS ~ Peter Miller

Four Summer Evenings with Nationally Known Authors
Presented by the Warner Historical Society 
 

Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street
7:00 p.m.  Tickets $10 each or 4 for $32.00

Available at MainStreet BookEnds

We are pleased to once again be the booksellers for The Tory Hill Authors Series, sponsored by the Warner Historical Society. It is an annual summer event showcasing locally and nationally known authors reading and talking about their books and personal experiences.  Each event in the series is followed by a dessert reception with live music, a book signing and an opportunity to meet with the author. 

 

Peter Miller - Saturday, August 24 @ 7 pm

Picture

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Miller is best known for his black and white photographs of rural Americans and rural scenes. He is more of a documentary photographer, but his black and white images decorated the walls of many homes. He has written and photographed and published 6 coffee table books. He grew up in Vermont and documented the state since 1951, when he graduated from high school.

He was an assistant for the Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh while he photographed art celebrities in Europe. He has been a Signal Corps photographer stationed in Paris, a reporter for Life Magazine, a ski editor and author of many magazine articles for national publications, a stock photographer but most of all he has documented the life in Vermont.

Peter lives next to Ben & Jerrys in Colbyville, Vermont, a small hamlet of Waterbury. He has won many awards for his books and his photographs have been solo exhibited in New York City, Oklahoma, Boston, Tokyo and Japan.

Excerpt from a speech by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate floor:

A Lifetime of Vermont People, is another testament to his tenacity and tact as a Vermonter. A product of over a year’s worth of photography, fundraising, and self-publishing, this book is truly a labor of love. His addition of background stories helps provide greater insight and meaning to the photographs included and through his photography and the recent addition of writing to his repertoire, he gives a face, and a voice, to Vermonters.
 
A Lifetime of Vermont People Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780974989075
Availability: Special Order
Published: Silver Print Press - July 1st, 2013

THAS ~ John Porter

Four Summer Evenings with Nationally Known Authors
Presented by the Warner Historical Society 
 

Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street
7:00 p.m.  Tickets $10 each or 4 for $32.00

Available at MainStreet BookEnds

We are pleased to once again be the booksellers for The Tory Hill Authors Series, sponsored by the Warner Historical Society. It is an annual summer event showcasing locally and nationally known authors reading and talking about their books and personal experiences.  Each event in the series is followed by a dessert reception with live music, a book signing and an opportunity to meet with the author. 

 

John Porter - Saturday, August 10 @ 7 pm

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Porter was raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science, and then went on to get a master’s degree from Cornell University in Animal Nutrition and Farm Management. In 2005, he earned a master’s degree in Education Administration from Bob Jones University.

He served as a Dairy Specialist for the UNH Cooperative Extension from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. He still works part-time for UNH, specializing in structures and farmstead planning.

​In 2001, he co-authored the book Preserving Old Barns; in December of 2007, was editor and contributing author of The History and Economics of the New Hampshire Dairy Industry; in 2011 was a contributing author of Crosscurrents of Change, an updated history of Concord, NH; and in 2019 published the new edition of Preserving Old Barns.

 

Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource

by John C. Porter
With photography by Lowell H. Fewster

 

Readers’ Comments

“Barns tell an important story about the history of agriculture in the Granite State. My heart is lifted each time I see one that is being renovated.”

—Shawn Jasper, Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, former owner of a poultry farm in Hudson, N.H.

“John Porter is surely the most recognized scholar of farm buildings in the Northeast and he shares his wealth of knowledge on the construction, usage, and now, the protection and re-purposing of these vital resources.”

—Steve Taylor, former N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food, agricultural historian, dairy farmer in Meriden, N.H.

“This updated and expanded new edition of Preserving Old Barns will inspire and inform old barn fans everywhere. The popular first edition spurred property owners and communities to rehabilitate and care for these architectural wonders —treasured icons of our heritage and working landscape.”

—Lorraine Merrill, former N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food, writer, and co-owner of a dairy farm in Stratham, N.H.

“A must-read reference book for barn owners and barn lovers.”

—Stephen Bedard, Bedard Preservation & Restoration, LLC; Gilmanton, N.H.

 

Description

Preserving Old Barns is a wonderful resource for barn owners to assess, care for, and celebrate their special structures. This illustrated, full color second edition features over two hundred pictures, one hundred pages of new information from author John Porter, and barn preservation techniques from timber framer Arron Sturgis. It provides a practical understanding of the history, function, and preservation of old barns.

About the Author

Author John Porter writes from the vantage point of one who grew up on a dairy farm, working every day in 1850s barns. He spent his career working as a Cooperative Extension Educator, helping people retrofit old barns and build new ones to meet the changing demands of agriculture.

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