Book Group: "Citizens of London" by Lynne OlsonThis is an open group. Everyone is welcome!
The North Conway Library's Book Group is reading "Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour” by Lynne Olson and will discuss it on Thursday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the library.
This is an open group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member.
The acclaimed author Lynne Olson reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain.
Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family.
Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written, Citizens of London is a new triumph from a fantastic writer who is one of the finest in her field.
The Library Book Group is an open book discussion group that reads both fiction and nonfiction and meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library in North Conway Village.
Contact the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 for more information or to reserve your copy of Citizens of London.
“Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie”- NH Hiking Program with Dan SzczesnyPresentation at Obs-Weather Discovery Center at 7 pm
Please join the North Conway Public Library for a program by Dan Szczesny, author of the hiking memoir “The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie.” Mr. Szczesny will talk about his experience attempting to hike the little known NH hiking list called “The 52 with a View” with his then nine year old ward, Janelle.
Their journey started off as an accident, with a simple hike up Mount Kearsarge, and led to a year long trek over 225 miles for the duo. While the book serves as a travelogue and covers the hikes the two make, it is also an in-depth look at the relationship and bond that develops between Mr. Szczesny and Janelle along the way, a bond that will go on to change both of their lives.
“It's about 80 percent memoir and 20 percent guidebook. Dan's stylish, heartfelt prose is sure to touch the hearts of all readers, whether a peakbagger or an armchair hiker,” says Mike Dickerman, Dan’s publisher at Bondcliff Press.
Dan Szczesny is the associate publisher of The Hippo, New Hampshire’s largest in-circulation weekly newspaper, and is a long time journalist and writer. He is a member of the AMC’s 4,000 footer club and has written on numerous occasions about hiking and the outdoors. Recently he spent a month in Nepal trekking the Everest Base Camp and is now writing a book about that experience which he will present at a future Library program in January 2015.
Please join us on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussions. There is no charge for the program, although donations are greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be served. Coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway. No reservations necessary.
For more information about the library or the program, please contact the library at 603-356-2961.
Author Luncheon with Julia Spencer-FlemingAt Black Cap Grille
Author Luncheon & Library Fundraiser with Julia Spencer-Fleming
The North Conway Library has teamed up again with Independent bookstore White Birch Books for an author luncheon to benefit the library. Award-winning Maine author Julia Spencer-Fleming will talk about her latest riveting book, Through the Evil Days on Tuesday, May 6, beginning at noon at Black Cap Grille in North Conway, near LL Bean. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the bookstore and the library.
Through the Evil Days opens on a frigid January night when Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping - which is the very last thing Russ needs. Currently he's struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: a week in an un-electrified ice-fishing cabin. The vestry of St. Alban's Church has called for the bishop to investigate Clare's "unpriestly" pregnancy. She has one week to find out if she will be scolded, censured, or suspended from her duties.
As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they've never encountered. In the course of this one tumultuous week, the lives of the Millers Kill residents change forever.
Readers have waited years for Through the Evil Days and Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.
A former military brat, New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Julia Spencer-Fleming grew up in places as diverse as Montgomery, Rome, Stuttgart and Syracuse. A graduate of Ithaca College, George Washington University and the University of Maine- School of Law, she took up writing while still a stay-at-home mother of two. During the time it took to finish her first novel, she got a full-time job at a Portland, Maine, law firm and had a third child. Julia didn’t want to write yet another lawyer-sleuth, so she used her army past and a keen eye for the goings-on at her Episcopal church to create Clare Fergusson, the first female priest in the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill and a former helicopter pilot in the Army. The resulting series has won or been nominated for every American mystery award available, including the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Agatha. Now happily quit of the law, Julia lives in the Maine countryside with her husband and daughter.
Black Cap Grille will offer three choices of entrée, topped off by a yummy dessert. Selections include Turkey Rachel, Mediterranean Chicken Wrap, or Caesar Salad and Creamy Tomato Basil Combo. Dessert is a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake.
Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance by May 2 through the bookstore or the North Conway Library. All ticket proceeds will benefit the North Conway Public Library. Spencer-Fleming will discuss Through the Evil Days, answer questions, and be available to sign books as well.
For more information or to purchase your tickets, call the Library at 603-356-2961or White Birch Books at 603-356-3200.
Annual Book & Art Sale: July 12 & 13Whole weekend of great deals for books, CDs, DVDs, art, etc.
Annual Gigantic Book & Art Sale
The North Conway Public Library is having its Annual Gigantic Book & Art Sale on Saturday & Sunday, July 12 & 13. The sale will be held on the library's property on Main Street in North Conway Village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.
There will be thousands of books from every category: adult, children, fiction, nonfiction, antique & rare books, coffee table books, hardcover, paperbacks, and audio books (CD). We will also sell DVDs, music CDs, and some computer games and software for children and adults.
Outside, on the front lawn, there will be a huge art show with local artists and crafters, who exhibit and sell their art, and a face painter.
Space is still available if you are an artist looking to exhibit alongside other artists and crafters; contact the library immediately to reserve your space!For more information call the North Conway Library at (603) 356-2961
Donations can be accepted until Thursday, July 3, 5 pm.