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2018 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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NHWP’s Three Minute Fiction Slam!   NHWP’s Three Minute Fiction Slam!
Thursday, February 15 at 6pm

NHWP’s Three Minute Fiction Slam!

Join us on Thursday, February 15th at the bookstore for The New Hampshire Writers' Project's Three Minute Fiction Slam!

A fast paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges. This year's regional winners will gather for a final showdown at the NH Institute of Art on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Three-Minute Fiction Slam contest:

  • Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction pieces of no more than three minutes in length when read aloud. One point over-all will be deducted if an author goes over the allotted three minutes.
  • After each writer is done, judges give verbal feedback and secretly record a numeric score out of five.
  • The judges keep a private score for each piece. At the end of the night, the contestant with the highest score wins. In the event of a tie, the audience selects the winner through an “Applause-O-Meter” test as determined by the judges.

    Regional winners are invited to participate in the Three Minute Fiction Slam state finals.
  • Among other prizes, the ultimate winner gets free entrance to Writers' Day 2018 (the region's largest literary conference) where they will read the winning work before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers.
    Want to compete?
  • Compose and practice reading/performing a piece of flash fiction.
  • Email Anne at [email protected] to register.
 
Book Signing and Author Afternoon with Eric Pinder   Book Signing and Author Afternoon with Eric Pinder
Saturday, February 17 at 3pm

Eric will be at the bookstore for a discussion and book signing of his book CAT IN THE CLOUDS, which at long last is back in print!

Nin needs a home. Stray cat Nin drifts from house to house until he meets a meteorologist named Mark. Then Nin begins his greatest journey yet—to the top of Mount Washington. Follow Nin to a land where the wind howls, snow swirls and wild bears roam. At the famous Mount Washington Observatory, Nin learns that the best friends—and a wonderful home—can be found anywhere, even high above the clouds.

Richly illustrated with watercolors by T.B.R. Walsh, CAT IN THE CLOUDS will delight children and adults with a peek inside the famous weather observatory atop Mount Washington, where a handful of hardy meteorologists and clever cats have watched the weather since 1932.

Today, Eric teaches creative writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, and often visits schools and libraries to share stories about the writing life, books and animals. He holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

 
THE ANGELS' LAMENT   Book Signing and Author Afternoon with MJ Pettengill
Saturday, February 24 at 3pm

MJ will be at the bookstore for a discussion and book signing of her book THE ANGELS' LAMENT: Etched in Granite Series (Book Two).
1872. Alone and determined, 17-year-old Sarah Hodgdon boards a train, trading farm life in New Hampshire for the textile mills of Fall River. Woefully disillusioned, she finds herself trapped in a brutal factory and living in a filthy tenement. She is tormented when she learns the fate of her family.

About to drown in a sea of spindles, she meets lamplighter, August Wood, who illuminates the gap between the affluent and the undesirables that dwell in the murky shadows.

Stripped down to her bare instincts, she retreats into a secret world, that if revealed, would shatter all that remains. Everything collides when Bess, the captivating woman across town, emerges, navigating the dense world of the local elite, offering a glimpse into an era when women were beginning to take the stage.

MJ Pettengill lives on a small farm in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She facilitates writing and wildcraft workshops, writes and creates in her woodland studio, Marigold Moon Wildcraft & Apothecary.

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The Hunted Mage Trilogy
Michael Wilson
  Book Signing and Author Afternoon with Michael Wilson
Saturday, March 3 at 3pm

Michael Wilson will be at the bookstore for a discussion and book signing of book 1 & 2 in his series, The Hunted Mage Trilogy that incorporates a blend of History, Fantasy and Ancient Finnish folklore.

Once upon a time…Words held more Power and dragons roamed the world.
For Eyulf, the youngest son of a minor lord, the opportunity to train with a Rune-Singer Mage was the chance of a lifetime. He is content…until he discovers a volume of Lost Words, powerful Runes forgotten through the ages. Corrupted by Magic he cannot control, things go wrong quickly.

Jaakko, a simple huntsman, returns to his home late one night to find his village destroyed by a creature out of legend. Obsessed with the monster and his desire for revenge, he spends fruitless years hunting the beast before he realizes that it toys with him and he lacks the Power to destroy it.

When Avitus, an officer aboard a Byzantine ship of war, learns that his captain’s orders are to sell their ship and abandon the crew in the far North, he finds himself a penniless outlander. When he finds work as Steward to a future king he feels all will be well...until the crippled Mage comes to court.

Aila, spurned by Eyulf in his quest for Power, has quite happily made a new life for herself without him. When he returns, and tries to claim her once more as his betrothed, her fear of the potent magic he wields keeps her from confiding in the few people she feels she can trust.
One by one, they are drawn into Eyulf's treachery.

Michael has been a writer since his early years and completed HUNTSMAN, Book One of The Hunted Mage Trilogy while living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He has now returned to the White Mountains of NH to continue the story with his newly released Book Two: DAGGER. Michael lives in the Conway Area with his Lovely Bride and Daughter who assist me in my Quest for Powerful Words, and a parakeet named Yoshi…who does not.

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