I Read Banned Books. Do You?

Have you read any of the following: Little Women by Louise May Alcott? A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein? A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle? For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway? Anne Frank’s DiaryJames and the Giant Peach by Dahl? Home for a Bunny by Garth Williams? The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie? AviHarper Lee? William Steig? Mark Twain? Judy Blume?

I have read a few, but in some places we wouldn’t have been able to. Because at one time or another all these books and authors have been banned from some school and library shelves. Not “a long time ago” but as recent as this year. In 2011 the Huffington Post put together a list of some banned books. The most unusual? The Dictionary. Both the Merriam Webster and American Heritage have had editions banned. Along with, Grapes of WrathSylvester and the Magic PebbleBeloved; and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? (READ MORE)

Interventions - three quick questions for author Richard Russo.

In what many perceive as a coldly relentless digital age, Pulitzer-prize winning author, Richard Russo has teamed up with his daughter, artist Kate Russo, to create Interventions, their tribute to the printed book. Don't miss the event - Friday, June 22 at 7 PM!

Northshire: You must go to jail – you can take one book with you – which one?

RR: Well, if you're doing time you'd want a long book, something that's overly optimistic about justice being done (because of course I'd be innocent).  Bleak House, I guess.  I could think of myself as one of the wronged plaintiffs in Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce. (READ MORE)

A new challenge

Anyone here at the Northshire will tell you that I am modest to a fault, but I suppose the added responsibility of the magazines -- following the unbridled success with changing light bulbs and putting out the event sign -- was inevitable after 12 years. I only bring it up as a clever segue into some observations about magazines in general. I guess I hadn't paid a lot of attention to them for quite some time.

The magazines I once read regularly  seem to be thinner these days. Thinner or non-existent. It isn't fair, I know, to single them out as being more expensive than they used to be. Everything is more expensive than it used to be. There seems to be a nagging contradiction inherent in thinner and more expensive, however. (READ MORE)

Love of family, friends, books, and home, with Howard Frank Mosher.

We love Howard Frank Mosher's wonderful new memoir  The Great Northern Express. Join us tonight, Saturday, March 17th at 6 pm  as he presents his escapades - an astonishing array of erudite bibliophiles, homeless hitchhikers, country crooners and strippers, and aspiring writers of all circumstances. 

Q. You are primarily known as a novelist. What inspired your new memoir, The Great Northern Express?

A. In 2007, the year I turned sixty-five, I was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. This reminder  of “our common human mortality” motivated me to make a long-deferred cross-country tour of many of America’s best independent book stores.  As I drove from city to city—more than one hundred  in all—in my twenty-year-old Chevy affectionately known as the “Loser Cruiser,” I had an opportunity to reflect on my life as a writer in Vermont’s remote and beautiful Northeast Kingdom. The Great Northern Express is an account of that trip and of my recollections, en route, of my life in the Kingdom. (READ MORE)

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Published: Crown - March 5th, 2013

Surfing The Big River- For Indie Lovers

The following is a reprint of a Press Release that has not yet happened:

May 28, 2013

The “Surf The River, Shop The Stream” boycott of, organized by the American Association of Small Businesses some 18 months ago has been declared a smashing success by Scott Independence, President of the AASB.

“This is a program we had started in December of 2011 in response to Amazon's 'Price Check App' promotion where they bribed customers with the promise of $5 coupons if they went into any store and did a comparative price check through a mobile device bar code scanning program,” said Independence. “As much business as an online price-slashing retail powerhouse such as Amazon had already sapped from traditional brick and mortar stores, we felt at the time that this new program took the concept of aggressive price competitiveness to an unacceptable place. It attempted to turn the general public into spies against the small businesses that are the proverbial bread and butter of the American economy, basically bribing all consumers to reinforce the ongoing devaluation of the nation's retail economy to unsustainable levels. (READ MORE)

Anticipation: Margot Livesey!

We can't wait to see Margot Livesey tomorrow. In the meantime, a few questions for her and her great new piece The Beginning of the Brontes on The Millions. Please join us for what is sure to be a wonderful evening , Friday, March 16. 7 pm. 

Northshire: What book you would take with you if you were sent to jail?

ML: If I could sneak in say, Anthony Powell's 12 volume Dance to The Music of Time, then I would.  If I had to stick with a single book - maybe Rebecca West's The Fountain Overflows.

Northshire: Do you have a literary hero/heroine? (READ MORE)


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