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Keene, NH 03431

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Mon - Sat 9am-8pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
One Day. Fifty States. Hundreds Of Bookstores. Join The Celebration!
Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Nowhere else.
Cake & Refreshements!

Saturday, April 30th

When you visit us on Independent Bookstore Day, we will have some cake and refreshments to provide for our readers. We want to show we appreciate you all and welcome you and new readers into our doors.
Advance Reader Book Table!

Saturday, April 30th

We know our readers love our advanced reader blind bags, this month we are switching it up to do something a little different. On Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday April 30th, we will have a table displaying all the books that would have been in those blind bags. This time, however, you the reader can browse through them and select however many you wish for $1 PER BOOK to donate to the Community Kitchen.
Win a $25 Gift Card!

Sunday, April 24th - Saturday, April 30th

We will be running a fun little event during the week of Independent Bookstore Day at the Keene location. Join us for a Bookstore Bingo!

There are two games going, one for kids and one for adults. Readers can get their bingo card at the front counter and on that card will be clues, hints, and little puzzles that direct you to an author, series, or section of the store.

When readers find the answer to the clue, there will be a word labeled on the shelf that needs to be written down into the box on the bingo card. Once a reader gets a bingo, turn in the card at the front counter after filling out the contact information. If the reader wishes to challenge themselves, they can aim to solve the whole card for a bonus entry to the raffle! A finished card will have a quote that our readers complete by finding all the words.

At close on Saturday, we will do the drawing for both kids and adults and one adult and child from each group will win a $25 gift card.

Readers will be limited to one bingo card per person and in only one group. So, any one person cannot do a card for both kid and adult. The kids' bingo is aimed to any person under 17 years and under. If a teen wishes to do an adult one, they may, they just cannot do a kid one as well.

Example of answer found on shelf & it's clue:

Clue: "Her special day is right around the corner. Make sure you pick up a sweet little gift for that one special individual."

Answer: Mother's Day - located at the Mother's Day Table Display. At the display the reader will find a word to write on the bingo card in that clue's box.

Please don't hesitate to ask a bookseller for clarification if needed.
A spellbinding account of an artist’s unconventional journey through West Africa to overcome a debilitating illness—and to find the true source of his pain.

Deep in the heart of West Africa, there is a power as old as the Earth. This is a land where ancestors walk among the living and impish spirits dwell in the forest. Occult knowledge is guarded by secret societies, and blacksmith artists carve sacred masks that invoke deities. Here, art is magic…and it is not for the uninitiated.

An ocean away, Dave is a struggling artist who longs for adventure in distant places. When fate brings him to West Africa, his dream becomes a reality, and he’s drawn into a world of ritual drumming, ancient traditions, and vodoun magic. But the dream soon turns into a nightmare.
The mysterious illness comes on violently. As Dave convulses with pain, the villagers call it a curse, suspecting sorcery or ancestor spirits. At first, Dave’s not so sure. Back in America, his doctors lead him down a dangerous road of pharmaceuticals and opioid painkillers, but the condition only worsens. As the years go by, Dave’s suspicions deepen, and he must decide. Was it really a curse that beset him all those years ago?

Facing a life of disability and heartbreak, Dave’s final desperate quest for healing brings him back to West Africa to answer that question. To find the source, he must question everything he thinks he knows, and put his trust in the words of a shaman and in spiritual forces he’s not sure exist. But in the end, it’s his own demons he must confront, before the curse finally destroys him.

A touching and profound real-life adventure story that spans continents—and worlds.

Event will include live demonstrations on the Ngoni & Fula Flute!

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Dave Kobrenski is an artist, musician, and author of three books, including his most recent book, a narrative memoir titled Finding the Source.

Between 2001 and 2016, Dave traveled extensively in West Africa to study traditional music with master musicians, including Famoudou Konaté, Sayon Camara, Nansady Keita, and more. His apprenticeship with Lanciné Condé, a master of the Malinké flute tradition, lasted for fifteen years until Lanciné’s untimely death in 2021.

Dave plays the Fulani flute, kamale ngoni (a 10-string Mande harp), djembe, and balafon with his main music project, called Afroflute. Kobrenski has also performed throughout the Northeast with various projects, including Donkilo Afro Jazz, Sayon Camara and Landaya, and occasionally collaborates with Barika.

As an artist, Dave conveys his love for culture and diversity in his vivid portrait drawings and rich watercolor paintings. His artwork can be seen in his first two books, Djoliba Crossing and Drawing on Culture.
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How it all began...

It looked like an ordinary book. Old and boring. But when 11 year old Nathan Cole picks it up off the attic floor, strange things begin to happen; things he can't explain...or ignore. The book leads him through a complex set of clues left by Alastair Raven, a renowned New York City architect who vanished in the mid 1800's, never to be heard from again. Through every twist and turn Nathan is convinced that Raven is reaching out to him, leading him to something. But what? What could a man who lived 150 years ago possibly want him to know? As Nathan works to answer that question, an even bigger mystery looms...one that dates back through his family for countless generations. See what surprises await him in this action-packed novel that shows how one book can change your life. Forever.
Alfred M. Struthers lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, with his wife and their incorrigible dog, Manny. He loves creating books that inspire, entertain and make a difference in the lives of young readers. In addition to writing, he is a singer/songwriter, furniture maker and avid collector of fossils from the streambeds around Cooperstown, New York.

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Enough Light for the Next Step tells the story of Annie Wenger-Nabigon and her husband Herb Nabigon, an Oji-Cree Anishinabe elder. In this powerful and moving tribute to her late husband, the beliefs and teachings he shared with her, Annie Wenger-Nabigon shares the Oji-Cree teachings Herb wanted to pass on.


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Annie Wenger-Nabigon, Ph.D., is a retired therapist and social work educator. She was born in the mountainous southern territory of the Osage Peoples (north central Arkansas), the oldest child of Mennonite medical missionaries, and spent most of her childhood years in a Mennonite community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the traditional territory of the Susquehannock Peoples. She has traveled across many territories, borders and boundaries, always learning, always finding the Light. She currently resides in northern Ontario, Canada.
1901 It was the beginning of a grand new century. William McKinley was re-elected president. Roosevelt was now the vice-president and wanted a secret spy agency for the executive branch. The American economy was booming, engineering innovations eclipsed previously believed limits, and submarines captured the Navy's attention. But a failed assassination attempt on Kaiser Wilhelm attracts their attention while a deranged rogue anarchist is looking to make a name for himself. What could possibly go wrong?
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Guntis Goncarovs is an analytical chemist by education, a historian by interest, and a storyteller by passion. Born in Seneca Falls, New York, to Latvian immigrants, Goncarovs spend his early years listening to his parents' and grandparents' stories of the old country. He studied of Latvia and family history for over twenty years, and returned to his homeland on several occassions to explore the land which so consumed his attention. Goncarovs and his wife, Joan enjoy the wonders of New Hampshire with their dog, Sasha.

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