Mister Pip Classic Link to Charles Dickens

 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

Arabian Desert Setting for Hologram for the King

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

Yes, you can write a book review!

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!

Russian Summer Camp Secrets in Scent of Pine

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

Christmas past reveals secrets in Spirit of Steamboat

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

Step-by-step: Getting Into Print by Deidre Randall

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

Learn How to Publish your NaNoWriMo Creation

“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