October 2018

I was fortunate to recently attend two events which reinforced the magic of books and bookselling. As a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bookselling Association, I attended a think tank which was led by Harvard Business School Professor Ryan Raffaelli , who is studying independent bookselling. What was particularly interesting to me was the identification of two factors that make independent bookselling anomalous – 1) the technology itself, the book, while old, is very good and has proven itself valuable in the 21st century, and 2) what surrounds the book and its delivery to customers is a community, is connection, is art. 
The second event, the New England Independent Booksellers Association trade show, hosted many talented authors. At the final luncheon we were fortunate to hear Andre Dubus III discuss his forthcoming book, Gone So Long , which you can pre-order here . (He will be visiting our Manchester store on December 8th). Although he touched on the book, his talk was mostly about how writing saved his life - from a street life of fighting all the time to a literary life. It was amazing. 
It is good to be reminded of the power of writing, of books, of bookselling and the community of readers that makes it all worthwhile. There is a plethora of good books arriving on our shelves weekly – I hope you find time to peruse our selection. You will be rewarded!

Be well,
Chris Morrow

October Pre-order Highlight
by Haruki Murakami

Pre-Order & Save 20%, plus there is a specially designed tote bag that comes with the book--while supplies last.

Featured Events at Northshire Bookstores
*Please note the location of each event - Manchester Center or Saratoga Springs

Bury the Lead

Saturday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Manchester Center, VT

One of Vermont’s best mystery authors Archer Mayor returns! Joe Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are pursuing a murder at a ski resort and a case of arson--both possibly related to an Ebola outbreak. In addition to writing the New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series, Archer Mayor is an investigator for the sheriff's department, the state medical examiner, and has twenty-five years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He lives near Brattleboro, Vermont.

--Archer Mayor will also be in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, 10/20 at 7:00 p.m.

The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold

Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Saratoga Springs, NY

Joyce Lee Malcolm will be interviewed by Saratoga National Historic Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer about her new book The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life. The book "frames Arnold's adventures within the wild, violent, and highly uncertain War of Independence, where envy, jealousy, political pettiness, and micromanagement demoralized Arnold to the point where switching sides, to him, became the noble course of action."--from Northshire Bookseller Mike Hare's review

Bootlegger of the Soul: The Literary Legacy of William Kennedy

Thursday, October 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Saratoga Springs, NY

The award-wining novelist William Kennedy is perhaps best known for his Albany Cycle, a series of novels that put Albany on the worlds's literary map alongside James Joyce's Dublin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Macondo, and William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. The co-authors will discuss their celebation of his work with Mr. Kennedy himself.


Saturday, October 13th at 11:00 a.m.
Manchester Center, VT

In a gorgeous and contemplative new picture book, legendary author-illustrator Tomie dePaola reminds us that mindfulness--being quiet, still, and present with one another--is a very special thing.

Glitter Party for Just Add Glitter

Saturday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m.
Saratoga Springs, NY

Join us for a special story time and glitter party as the author and illustrator (both Northshire staff favorites!) celebrate their new book. Is there really such a thing as too much bling? Find out in this sparkly homage to imagination and creativity gone wild.

Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy

Saturday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m.
Manchester Center, VT

From America's longest running cooking show comes Ciao Italia, a beautiful hardcover cookbook that includes writing about Mary Ann's Italian travels. Mary Ann and Patti Fortuna-Stannard, of Fortuna's Sausage, will prepare a pasta salad with cannellini beans along with Patti's soppressata sausage for tasting.

Featured Book Review
Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Melmoth is a spirit condemned to wander the earth seeking to befriend the lonely and the lost. Helen Franklin is a woman living in exile in Prague who feels its influence - and her own life starting to unravel. Cloaked in shadows and with a strong whiff of the Gothic, the author of The Essex Serpent has once again crafted a sumptuous tale that is about so much more than just keeping one awake at night.
— Charles Bottomley, Northshire Manchester Center

A dark, gothic jewel of a novel. Do you ever feel like you’re being followed? Are the shadows just a little too dark? Does something move in your peripheral vision? Best read in one sitting, just make sure you’re not alone and you have all the lights on. — Becky Doherty, Northshire Saratoga Springs

New Fiction on our Shelves
New Non-fiction on our Shelves
New Paperbacks on our Shelves
From our own Shires Press
by Robin Schneider Larkin

Following up on the themes from her first book Stop Talking to Yourself and Start Listening, Schneider Larkin's second book outlines what keeps us from making the choices that honor the life we want. In addition, each chapter provides helpful tools and insights to help the reader begin making better choices.

New Releases from our Children's Department
Picture Book
Middle Grade Reader
YA - Non-Fiction

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