February 2019

I often end the year exhausted, wondering why I am in retail bookselling. But then I rest a little and go to the independent bookselling conference, Winter Institute, and I am buoyed by the energy and enthusiasm for what we do. We are part of a large ecosystem of authors, editors, publishers, and book lovers who find deep meaning in books and the communities that emerge around books and bookstores. Somehow, despite being a nearly 600 year old industry, and despite the world being dominated by screens and algorithms, books are as fresh, relevant, energizing, informative, and powerful as ever.
At Winter Institute I talked with Karl Marlantes, author of the classic Vietnam novel Matterhorn who revealed that he got over one hundred rejection letters for that novel. He reminded me of the value of persistence in the face of rejection and hardship. His new novel, Deep River , is a story of the Northwest in the early years of the last century and will be out in July.
The connection that most renewed me was dining with a young author named Jenny Odell. She, at 32, is a Stanford professor, an accomplished artist, and an amazing person. Her forthcoming book, How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy , is a deep and beautiful exploration of what it means to be human in our tech dominated age. 

Most gratifying, of course, are comments from customers. Last week a customer referenced George H.W. Bush’s Thousand Points of Light program and said, “to us, having the bookstore here is a torch!" 

May you be fortified by books in 2019!

Be well,
Chris Morrow

Northshire Bookstore is pleased to announce the 2019 Open Mind scholarship award. 

The Open Mind Scholarship honors the diversity of thought, feelings, information, and perspectives found in books, as well as the power of books to change people’s lives.

Each year Northshire Bookstore will award two college-bound high school seniors, one from New York and one from Vermont, $1,000 to help pay for college. 

To enter the contest, students need to write up to one page on how a book has exposed them to something new and how it has impacted their life. Submissions are due by 3/1/2019. Please put your name, email and state on your submission. To enter, email the submission to contest@northshire.com . Deadline is March 1, 2019.

May 3rd & 4th, 2019

Tickets for Booktopia 2019 are now available. They are going fast, so get yours A.S.A.P. if you want to be a part of a great weekend where authors and readers meet to discuss and celebrate literature. -- 2019 Author Lineup (so far) along with previous years.
Bolted Book Kickstarter Campaign

We are collaborating with Designers & Books in their effort to reprint The Bolted Book by Fortunato Depero. Originally published in 1927, Depero Futurista is recognized as the first modern-day artist's book, "an avant-garde masterpiece" according to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The Kickstarter campaign starts on 2/4 and runs through 3/11. Use this link starting on 2/4 for Northshire customers and get a special pre-release discount: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1204158310/570152534?ref=8s6mjh
*Please note the location of each event - Manchester Center or Saratoga Springs
H arry Potter Book Night Parties at both bookstores
Wizards and muggles alike are invited to join in Northshire's annual celebration of Harry Potter Book Night. Come in your best Hogwarts robes or themed outfits for a chance to win the costume competition.

Costume competition, Harry Potter trivia, Horcrux scavenger hunt, Divination class, refreshments, fun, and magic!

Please bring a pair of socks to donate in order to free the elves! (and warm your neighbors)

This year's party will be Diagon Alley themed--a costume contest, Harry Potter trivia, themed craft, door prize raffle, activities, and games.

Enjoy Harry Potter themed treats at Saratoga's Broadway Deli next door.

Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

Friday, February 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
Manchester Center, VT

Join us on Friday, February 22nd at 6:00 p.m. as Emily Bernard reads and discusses her book Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine .

An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race–in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way–in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America’s New England today.

What They Said: 25 Years of Telling Stories

Sunday, February 24th at 3:00 p.m.
Saratoga Springs, NY

Join us on Sunday, February 24th at 3:00 p.m. as Michael DeMasi talks about his new book, What They Said: 25 Years of Telling Stories, a collection of his favorite stories from his journalism career in upstate New York.

“Mike DeMasi’s collection of articles from 25 years of journalism belies the notion that newspaper stories are here today, gone tomorrow. His stories, bringing to life the characters of upstate New York life, are very much still here. From artists to mayors, bicyclists to jewelers, he has met them all and has kept them alive through his sympathetic reporting. The newspapers in which the stories first appeared may molder away, but the people portrayed in them live on in this book. May there be a Volume 2.”—Carl Strock, retired columnist at The Daily Gazette

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

Sunday, February 24th at 6:00 p.m.
Manchester Center, VT

Join us in welcoming back to Northshire Pam Houston whose new book Deep Creek delivers her most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive" in essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air.

At 31 years old, fresh off a tour promoting her first collection, Cowboys Are My Weakness , Pam Houston had “no job, no place to live except my North Face VE 24 tent.” On an impulse and a good instinct, she spent her royalties on a 120-acre ranch near Creede, Colorado. Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country tells the remarkable story of “that girl who dared herself to buy a ranch, dared herself to dig in and care for it, to work hard enough to pay for it, to figure out what other people meant when they used the world ‘home.”’

New Kid

Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m.
Saratoga Springs, NY

Join us on Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m. for Jerry Craft, author of New Kid , a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real.

With humor, heart, and honesty, cartoonist Jerry Craft shines a spotlight on the experience of being a black student in a predominantly white school, tackling tough topics like racism and microaggressions. This full-color graphic novel will also speak to any kid who’s dealt with the challenges of middle school.

Staff Pick of the Month

Yara Zgheib has delivered a compassionate portrayal of anorexia in her new novel The Girls at 17 Swann Street. I never considered the terrible demons that plague those who have suffered from this merciless disease. The fight with self starvation. The compulsive need to exercise. The arresting guilt from every bite of food and the ever present heckling of a distorted self image. Certainly, readers will find strength, courage and hope through the characters of Anna and Mathias. Zgheib has shared a serious portrayal based on personal experience that is certain to resonate with readers who need this story the most, joining the ranks of must read contemporary lit for many women and girls. — Nancy Scheemaker

February Pre-order Highlight
by Niklas Natt och Dag

“[A] masterly first novel...The book’s structure, which includes flashbacks and multiple perspectives, will remind many of Iain Pear’s An Instance of the Fingerpost , and Natt och Dag uses this structure to heighten suspense and deepen characterization. The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers named this the bets debut novel of 2017, and U.S. readers will be likewise impressed.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Thrilling, unnerving, clever, and beautiful.”
— Fredrik Backman, international bestselling author

New Fiction on our Shelves
New Non-fiction on our Shelves
New Paperbacks on our Shelves
From our Own Shires Press
by Alan G. DeNicola

Lieutenant Arthur D. Regan and his partner Becker are at it again. Having just solved the Gillnet case, could these murders push them toward early retirement? Ten bodies...it might be a serial killer. Will Beach of Bones finally break the team up? This mystery will keep your interest on a cold winter's night or a hot summer's day.

Alan G. DeNicola lives in Dorset, Vermont with his wife Patty after they both retired from their jobs on Long Island. Gilgo Beach of Bones is expressly a work of fiction; however, the occupations of many of the characters, including Arthur D. Regan, are real.

New Releases from our Children's Department
Picture Book
Children's Graphic Novel
Young Adult Novel

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