March 2019

Many of our local friends do not know about one of our most interesting and successful annual events--Booktopia. I am hoping that this year more locals will join us.
Booktopia is a two day event held in Manchester, Vermont in early May; this year it is Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th. Booktopia is a magical weekend with 8 or 9 authors discussing their work in small group sessions, culminating in a big event Saturday night where all the authors give a brief presentation about their book(s). It is a book lover’s dream. In addition, this year we are welcoming a supremely accomplished editor and publisher, Amy Einhorn (editor of The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty), to join us to talk about the the journey of a book from manuscript to bookstore.
Authors and guests find Booktopia special because attendees are avid readers who have often read the books being discussed beforehand--so the conversation is rich and insightful. A $50 gift card and a Celebratory Dinner Friday night are included in the ticket price. The author lineup for this year is here . Tickets are going fast, but are still available. Come join the fun! 
Be well,

Chris Morrow
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 for Northshire customers and get a special pre-release discount:
*Please note the location of each event - Manchester Center or Saratoga Springs

Heavy: An American Memoir

Friday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Saratoga Springs, NY

Join us on Friday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. as Kiese Laymon talks about his new book Heavy: An American Memoir , a wrenching and provocative memoir about weight, abuse, and race written with the charged intellect of Ta-Nehisi Coates and the piercing candor of Roxane Gay.

Heavy was named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times , Publishers Weekly , NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed, The Undefeated , Library Journal , The Washington Post , Southern Living , Entertainment Weekly , The San Francisco Chronicle , and more; and won the Andrew Carnegie Medal.

See You in the Piazza

Friday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Manchester Center, VT

Northshire is thrilled to welcome Frances Mayes, the beloved author of Under the Tuscan Sun , to Manchester where she will present her enticing new book See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy , a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country from the Dolomites to the tip of Sicily.

This will be an "Off the Shelf" in conversation event moderated by WAMC/Northeast Public Radio's Joe Donahue of "Roundtable" and "The Book Show." It will be recorded live for later airing on "The Book Show."

Tickets Available Now - This event will take place at the Riley Center for the Arts on the campus of Burr and Burton Academy. We are offering two tiers of tickets through Eventbrite: General Admission which comes with a free copy of the book & a limited Two Seat option that comes with one free copy of the book. Your ticket/receipt will be emailed to you; please bring it with you to the event to gain admission.

104-Story Treehouse

Saturday, March 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
Saratoga Springs, NY

On Saturday, March 23rd at 1:00 p.m. join New York Times bestselling author Andy Griffiths as he invites readers to come hang out with him in the 104-Story Treehouse —the eighth book in the illustrated chapter book series filled with amazing slapstick humor! This will be a fun-filled event and will feature bookseller-led games and activities inspired by the 13-Story Treehouse series--a Northshire favorite. We are thrilled to welcome Andy Griffiths for a fun author visit.

Tickets are required for this event and space is limited.

Tickets are $5 for children & unaccompanied adults, and are good for $5 off any book by Andy Griffiths purchased in the store the day of the event. Tickets are free for adults attending with a child.

I Was Anastasia

Friday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m.
Manchester Center, VT

Please join us in welcoming back to the Northshire, Ariel Lawhon, a rising star of historical suspense, a former Booktopian author, and a staff favorite! She unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson’s fifty-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the beloved daughter, revered icon, and Russian grand duchess or is she an impostor, liar, and the thief of another woman’s legacy?

"Although we all probably know the basic history of Anna Anderson and Anastasia, I found this book incredibly fascinating and hard to put down. The author chose to relate it in alternating chapters telling one person’s story chronologically and the other backwards through time, and only by the end do we know how it all started. Although a work of fiction, the author incorporates great historic details and draws you into the story with imagination. She brings to vivid life a mystery that mesmerized the world for much of the twentieth century, in an incredibly creative format." — Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap, Northshire Bookstore

Authors of The Sea Queen & A Light of Her Own

Friday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m.
Saratoga Springs, NY

Join us on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. when we feature Linnea Hartsuyker, author of The Sea Queen , and Carrie Callgahan, author of A Light of Her Own , in conversation.

Linnea Hartsuyker grew up in the woods outside Ithaca, New York, and studied Engineering at Cornell University. After a decade of working at internet startups, and writing in the evenings and on weekends, she attended New York University and received an MFA in Creative Writing. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Carrie Callaghan is a writer living in Maryland with her spouse, two young children, and two ridiculous cats. Her short fiction has appeared in Weave Magazine , The MacGuffin , Silk Road , Floodwall , and elsewhere. Carrie is also an editor and contributor with the Washington Independent Review of Books .

Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

Saturday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m.
Manchester Center, VT

We are thrilled to welcome Darius James to Manchester as he presents a classic novel finally back in print!  Negrophobia is a wild-eyed reckoning with the mutating insanity of American racism. A screenplay for the mind, a performance on the page, a work of poetry, a mad mix of genres and styles, a scabrous, truly hilarious, and deeply scary novel like no other.

For this free event, Darius will be in conversation with Pam Breaux, the president and CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

"This feverish nightmare of racism is finally back in print after 25 years. Wickedly hilarious, raunchy, vile, and terrifying, Negrophobia is written as a screenplay whose racist protagonist Bubbles Brazil descends into a hallucinatory drug- and voodoo-induced phantasmagoria of black stereotypes. In just one sequence, Nazi-outfitted Disney characters celebrate the Last Supper with a plasticine Jesus as a skyscraper-sized African-American nose devised by the Zombie Master (and his trusted sidekicks Zombie Elvis and JFK’s head on spider legs) destroys the festivities!" — Reviewed by Dafydd Wood, Northshire Bookstore

Upcoming Ticketed Events in Saratoga Springs
Hattie's Restaurant
45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
Thursday, 4/18 at 12PM

Tickets for: 1 person-buffet-book = $39
2 people-2 buffets & 1 book = $59
Gannett Auditorium - Skidmore
Tuesday, 5/7 at 7pm

Tickets for: 1 person-1 book = $35,
2 people-1 book = $45
Staff Pick of the Month
by Patrick Radden Keefe

"This is an account of the murder and 'disappearing' of Jean McConville, a widow with 10 children in sectarian Belfast in 1972, and the growth and development of IRA's Provos wing, Sinn Fein, and the evolution of today's uneasy peace. Keefe calls it 'narrative nonfiction.' It is the story of a deliberately broken community. Being partisan, how quickly can nativism turn into nationalism and then radicalization? And what is the result? This is a study in morals, ethics, and loyalties. Terror and justification of violence quickly becomes the norm and has horrendous results on both the victims and the perpetrators. This book is a profound and truly important work that is timely and relevant in many varied ways. Say Nothing will reverberate today and tomorrow, and will ask the reader to pay attention. It is about collective memory, action, guilt, and communal and personal P.T.S.D. Most of all, it is a clear eyed, unromantic record of a horror that was perpetrated for decades and where reconciliation and truths are still in abeyance. I read this brilliant book in a week and turned around and started it again!" — Maeve Noonan

March Pre-order Highlight
by Bill McKibben

"A love letter, a plea, a eulogy, and a prayer. This is Bill McKibben at his glorious best."--Naomi Klein

"An essential book--honest, far-reaching and, against the odds, hopeful."--Elizabeth Kolbert

"I saw the book as a description of a big trap with a small exit we could take, if we take heed of what Bill McKibben tells us here, and act on it."--Rebecca Solnit

"Falter is a brilliant, impassioned call to arms to save our climate from those profiting from its destruction before it's too late."--Jane Mayer

New Fiction on our Shelves
New Non-fiction on our Shelves
New Paperbacks on our Shelves
From our own Shires Press
by Howard Romack & Kathy Pike

In Your Backyard is a family-oriented guidebook for exploring, learning about, and interacting with the outdoors--complete with color photos, fascinating facts, and activities for everyone!

Howard Romack is--and has been--The Backyard Scientist for years--both in and out of the classroom. He has inspired, and motivated, hundreds of kids in his middle school science classes and has enjoyed swapping stories and environmental experiences with them. This book is a culmination of his experiences and knowledge of the outdoors--and his true passion on making everyone's backyard an enjoyable experience. Howard is the author and contributor to many scientific publications and popular articles.

Although a zoology minor in college, Kathy Pike's prime focus throughout her professional life has been literacy. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, and SUNY Albany, earning degrees in education and reading. She has co-authored a number of professional books to assist teachers in making reading and writing come "alive" in the classroom. She and The Backyard Scientist have been friends and colleagues for years and have enjoyed collaborating on this book to make science come alive for families and teachers.

New Releases from our Children's Department
Board Book
Picture Book
Young Adult Poetry

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