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2019 White Birch Bookstore Events

We have a great series of book store events coming up and we keep adding on, so do check regularly! See when our book groups are meeting and what they're reading and meet our many visiting authors - there really is something for everyone. And if you can't make it to the event, just send us an email or give us a call and we can get a book signed for you - no problem!

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FIND WALDO ALL OVER TOWN IN THE MONTH OF JULY!   FIND WALDO ALL OVER TOWN IN THE MONTH OF JULY!

The Find Waldo Local Campaign begins on Monday, July 1, at White Birch Books and the White Mountain Independents, a network of locally owned and operated stores in the Mt. Washington Valley. The event, sponsored by Candlewick Press, leads participants on a scavenger hunt through their towns’ business districts on a search for the elusive, red-and-white-stripe wearing picture book character.

This year, as in the past, shoppers who spot Waldo at participating local owned businesses in July become eligible for prizes throughout the month and when they turn in their cards to the bookstore. The celebration then concludes with a closing ceremony or wrap-up party at White Birch Books at the end of the month. Participants will get a “bingo” card with all of the participating businesses listed and can get started from the bookstore on July 1st.

Once we get closer to July 1st we will start listing all of our fellow businesses on our website and FB page or just look for the White Mountain Independent blue flags while driving around the valley. We will be posting photos of where Waldo is in town on our Facebook and Instagram throughout the month. It’s a great way to visit some of our local businesses in a really fun way!

Where We Spend Shapes Where We Live—SHOP LOCAL!
 
Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose  

CLEVELAND FAMILY TALK – BACKSTAGE AT THE WHITE HOUSE
A Book Discussion with Margaret Cleveland and Author Tilly Laskey
Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890-1918

Monday, July 22, 7pm – Barnstormers Theater, Tamworth, NH Donations are welcome.

Grover Cleveland had two first ladies—his brilliant sister Rose and his 21-year-old bride, Frances. Join author Tilly Laskey as she discusses her new book, Precious and Adored, on the life and letters of Rose Cleveland and her “precious and adored” friend, Evangeline Simpson Whipple, and hear more from Frances’ youngest granddaughter, Margaret Cleveland, about the remarkable life of the nation’s youngest first lady. And…afterwards, enjoy a tour behind The Barnstormers curtain and see where the magic is made.

About the book:  ”You are mine, and I am yours, and we are one, and our lives are one henceforth, please God, who can alone separate us. I am bold to say this, to pray and to live by it.”—Rose Cleveland to Evangeline Simpson, May 6, 1890
 
In 1890, Rose Cleveland, sister of President Grover Cleveland, began writing to Evangeline Simpson, a wealthy widow who would become the second wife of Henry Whipple, Minnesota’s Episcopal bishop. The women corresponded across states and continents, discussing their advocacy and humanitarian work—and demonstrating their sexual attraction, romance, and partnership. In 1910, after Evangeline Whipple was again widowed, the two women sailed to Italy and began a life together.

The letters, most written in Cleveland’s dramatic, quirky style, guide readers through new love, heartbreak, and the rekindling of a committed relationship. Lillian Faderman’s foreword provides the context for same-sex relationships at the time. An introduction and annotations by editors Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey discuss the women’s social and political circles and explain references to friends, family, and historical events.

After Rose Cleveland’s death, Evangeline Whipple described her as “my precious and adored life-long friend.” This collection, rare in its portrayal of nineteenth-century LGBTQ history, brings their poignant story back to life.

Tilly Laskey is the outreach curator at Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine. Lizzie Ehrenhalt is the editor of MNopedia, the online encyclopedia of Minnesota. Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of LGBT history and literature.

 

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