Mister Pip and Contemporary Novels with a Classic Link by Cathy Okhuysen, Portsmouth Public Library There are mountains of books and movies which reference and allude to classic literature – from the TV series LOST to the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds (based on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier) to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies … More Mister Pip Classic Link to Charles Dickens
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (2012) By Sherry Evans, Portsmouth Public Library Jeddeh, Saudi Arabia, 2010 Alan Clay has just travelled from his home in Boston to meet King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and convince him, through a high tech presentation, that he should purchase Reliant’s holographic software for the planned King … More Arabian Desert Setting for Hologram for the King
Insights into writing a book review: (Sherry’s version) March 15, 2014 I read a lot of book reviews from a variety of sources – New York Times, Washington Post, library journals, Goodreads, – as well as soliciting my friend’s and colleague’s opinions. It has been my job to select fiction in public libraries for the last 15 years. … More Yes, you can write a book review!
BOOK REVIEW I Shall Be Near You by Erin Lindsay McCabe (2014) by Sherry Evans, Portsmouth Public Library, March 2014 Feisty farm girl, Rosetta, is fighting mad at her new husband, Jeremiah Wakefield for going off to war. Its early1862, ‘near Flat Creek’ New York, and Jeremiah is consumed by a desire ‘to fight the … More Civil War Love Story in I Shall Be Near You
BOOK REVIEW The Scent of Pine by Lara Vapnyar (2014) By Sherry Evans, Head of Public Services February 11, 2014 At a professional conference in Saratoga Springs (NY), The Aesthetics of Oppression, two academics meet. Instant attraction. Lena, of Russian descent, married and the mother of two, is miserable generally and especially after not a soul … More Russian Summer Camp Secrets in Scent of Pine
BOOK REVIEW SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT: a Walt Longmire Story (2013) by Craig Johnson Review by Sherry Evans, Portsmouth Public Library _________________________________________________________________________ SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT: A dandy of a Western, holiday yarn…. Spirit of Steamboat, a novella, begins in present day, but the majority of the book describes a Christmas Eve long past, 1988, when Sheriff Walt … More Christmas past reveals secrets in Spirit of Steamboat
Congratulations to everyone who took part in NaNoWriMo this November! You should be proud of your 1 to 50,000 words! The first step to writing is writing, after all. Whether or not you finished the 50K, December is PlotWriMo, when you refine the plot arc of your novel. If you like to sit back and … More NaNoWriMo: It’s December, Now What?
Hey wrimos! How is everyone doing? As well as anyone can be doing with 4 days left of NaNoWriMo? Have you reached your 50,000? Are you somewhere near or far behind? Either way, I hope it has been a fantastic month of writing for all of you. There are a few days left to catch … More NaNoWriMo Checkin #3
Deidre Randall, CEO of Peter E. Randall Publishing, spoke to an eager audience of writers and authors on Tuesday, November 19 at the library, outlining the numerous steps toward publication. With over twenty years experience in the publishing field, Deidre’s talk was jam packed with advice for finding your way through the morass of information and … More Step-by-step: Getting Into Print by Deidre Randall
“Getting into Print: Understanding Publishing Options” Local publisher and CEO of Peter E. Randall Publisher, Deidre Randall, will be presenting a workshop hosted by the Portsmouth Public Library on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 pm. The workshop, “Getting into Print: Understanding Publishing Options,” will provide an overview into the different types of publishing. This event … More Learn How to Publish your NaNoWriMo Creation