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Norwich author and educator sees schools as a reflection of communities
05-03-2024 10:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

By his own account, Ken Cadow was a reluctant student.His father had been a teacher, but went to work at IBM to earn enough to raise a family. Cadow grew up mostly in Rhode Island.“I learned a lot of stuff with my dad in the shop,” Cadow said in a...

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Bookstock literary festival grew too big to manage
05-24-2024 5:32 PM

By ALEX HANSON

WOODSTOCK — Last year, the organizers of Bookstock, the literary festival begun here in 2009, set out a lofty aim.“Our goal,” they wrote in a funding application to the Woodstock Economic Development Commission, “is to make Bookstock one of the most...


Book Notes: Upper Valley Girl’s new book aims to inspire
11-02-2023 7:55 PM

By ALEX HANSON

It seems an odd lapse that the newspaper that coined the term “Upper Valley” has never published a word about a writer known as the Upper Valley Girl.If I have to offer an explanation, it’s that newspapers don’t often write about other newspapers, and...


Art Notes: Words will be celebrated at Woodstock’s annual Bookstock
06-21-2023 10:54 PM

By ALEX HANSON

The world of books is nearly as vast as humanity itself. It’s too big to fit into a three-day literary festival.But Bookstock, the annual festival opening Friday in Woodstock, is making an effort. While the organizers have always tried to include a...


Book lovers rescue 17,000 tomes in Strafford collection from landfill
06-20-2023 4:18 PM

By ALEX HANSON

SOUTH STRAFFORD — For four days, Bruce MacPhail sat at a table in an open garage bay and talked with people as they walked by with boxes, bags and armloads of his books.He had put out a call last week for people to stop by and select from his shelves...


Former Strafford book collector looks to re-home 17,000 volumes
06-14-2023 5:33 PM

By ALEX HANSON

SOUTH STRAFFORD — A collection of books is a big impediment to moving.When Bruce MacPhail moved to Massachusetts, in 2000, he left most of his collection in South Strafford. It’s still there, around 17,000 volumes.Now in his 80s and having sold the...


Former Strafford book collector looks to re-home 17,000 volumes
06-13-2023 5:24 PM

By ALEX HANSON

SOUTH STRAFFORD — A collection of books is a big impediment to moving.When Bruce MacPhail moved to Massachusetts, in 2000, he left most of his collection in South Strafford. It’s still there, around 17,000 volumes.Now in his 80s and having sold the...


Same author, new chapter with bookseller’s return to Upper Valley
04-13-2023 10:23 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

WEST LEBANON — Barnes & Noble is coming back to the Upper Valley.More than five years after Barnes & Noble College closed the Dartmouth Bookstore in Hanover, the national bookstore chain will open a new shop along the busy Route 12A commercial strip...


Subterranean nightclub planned in downtown Hanover
10-05-2021 4:50 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

HANOVER — Hanover has never been a town known as a destination for nightlife, but an ambitious project now underway in the basement of the former Dartmouth Bookstore on South Main Street may change that.Hanover developer Jay Campion is building a...


Founders sell Norwich Bookstore to Seattle couple
04-30-2021 6:23 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NORWICH — A new chapter is in the works at the Norwich Bookstore.Founders Penny McConnel and Liza Bernard, who have owned and run the independent bookstore for nearly 27 years, are selling their business to a Seattle couple who will take over next...


Academic publishers thrive after closing of University Press of New England
03-06-2020 5:28 PM

By SARAH EARLE

On a visit to Brandeis University Press a few months ago, Doug Tifft, former production coordinator for University Press of New England, made a heart-warming discovery: The entire UPNE archive was on display in the new director’s office and all up and...


Upper Valley author tells a fuller story in new book
02-15-2020 10:25 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Stories don’t always follow an easy trajectory from beginning to middle to end. Life doubles back on itself and what might look like a conclusion turns out to be just another plot point.Here’s an example: In October 2016, Jeff Sharlet was in a small...


A writer whose restlessness comes through in his stories
07-18-2019 10:00 PM

By EMMAJEAN HOLLEY

The world may have lost a future lawyer the day Peter Orner, then studying to become a criminal defense attorney at Northeastern University, first tuned out his professor’s lecture and worked on some creative writing instead. But the world also gained...


Famed Editor Maxwell Perkins Loved Windsor Best
06-10-2016 10:02 PM

By Kevin O’Connor

After a long day at the office, some people lose themselves in a good book. The late editor Maxwell Perkins — the man who discovered such talents as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe — had to find solace elsewhere.In his case, the...

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