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After a rocky try-out period in Detroit and Washington, no one was prepared for the rave reviews and the lines-around-the-block business that “Hello, Dolly!” received when it opened at the St. James Theatre in New York in January of 1964. The show won a record 10 Tony Awards and became the longest running musical in Broadway history until it was surpassed by “Fiddler on the Roof.” Carol Channing’s performance even eclipsed her memorable turn as Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” She would play Dolly Levi more than 5,000 times, winning a Tony over a formidable new star on Broadway -- Barbra Streisand, who would exact a sort of unintentional revenge five years later when she was cast over Channing as Dolly in an expensive and ill-fated movie adaptation. (Read more...)
Selecting a book is easy when it's something you're interested in. We gravitate toward that which appeals to us, and avoid that which does not. Sadly, this approach does not lend itself to a well-rounded perspective. Here are three tips for selecting something beyond your usual bibliographic fare. (Read more)
What do Harry Potter, Captain Underpants. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Anne Frank and Catcher in the Rye all have in common? They have all been a Banned or Challenged Book.
Many are personal favorites: Feed by M.T. Anderson; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (on the Top 10 Banned/Challenged of 2014), Totally Joe by James Howe and And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson. Authors include Chris Lynch, Laurie Halse Anderson and Laura Ingles Wilder.
While we all pretty much know Go Ask Alice (another favorite) and To Kill a Mockingbird did you know Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle; Drama by Raina Telgemeier; The Amazing Bone by William Steig and a bookstore favorite, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell were too? Not to mention even Dr. Suess and Hop on Pop?
Many have also been made into popular movies such as Paper Towns by John Green. A number of required reading lists have had one or two titles challenged/banned: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
Reasons for banning a book range from language, sexuality, sexual situations, race issues, violence, or even “I have not read it, but I have heard….” Every book is not for every reader (or perhaps, every reader is not for every book) but there is a colorful selection out there and hopes that you will someday find it and put it on your “Must Read” and not a “This Book has Been Banned/Challenged” list.
To celebrate this years Banned Books Week (September 26 to October 3, 2015) you can find these, other banned/challenged books and just old-fashion good reading on the shelves of the Northshire Bookstore (conveniently located in Manchester Center, VT or Saratoga Springs, NY) or here on our delightful website!
Both before and during my many years of full time employment here at the Northshire Bookstore, I have been what one might call an “aspiring writer”. As those of you who partake of the craft of writing can attest, it is not a simple thing to do any serious level of writing on a part-time basis. Yet we write on, as time, energy, inspiration and faith allows, writing what we can, when we can. Some may dream of bestseller lists, some write for the sheer love of the creative process, some may just wish they had more time to pursue their writing- be it children's stories, sci-fi fantasy, memoirs, the world's greatest novel or another genre. All face the simple yet daunting task of “keeping the faith” as they face the challenges of finding sufficient and consistent time to practice their craft, of not being fatally discouraged at the inevitable rejection letters, and of finding, in their daily lives, the essential emotional support needed to keep them “on the path”.
The Northshire Writers' Support Group meets monthly here in our conference room at the store. This is an opportunity for writers of all ages, experience levels and writing interests to make connections with fellow writers, to find an interested and supportive audience for their works, and to commiserate over the challenges- and share the joys- inherent to being a writer.
If you would like to join our group, or have any questions please send a note of interest to me at email@example.com. All are welcome!