Meetinghouse Readings 2024


        The Meetinghouse Readings, Canaan, NH’s grassroots literary series, presents its 36th season of outstanding and emerging voices in fiction, poetry and nonfiction beginning Thursday July 11, 2024.

            Founding moderator William Craig returns to the podium to welcome novelists Lynn Stegner, Yukiko Tominaga, Paul Harding and Ken Cadow and poets Ellen Bryant Voigt and Jennifer Militello.

July 11            Lynn Stegner / Yukiko Tominaga

July 18            Ellen Bryant Voigt / Paul Harding

July 25            Jennifer Militello / Ken Cadow

 Militello, whose collections include The Pact (2021) and Knock Wood (2019) will be celebrating her appointment as New Hampshire Poet Laureate. A catastrophic storm kept former Vermont Poet Laurate Voigt (HeadwatersMessenger: New and Selected Poems 1976–2006) from reading at the Meetinghouse last summer; her re-engagement is much-anticipated!

Booklist praised Lynn Stegner’s 2016 story collection, For All The Obvious Reasons, for “incandescent” prose leaving “an indelible impression on the reader’s memory.” She is racing copies of her soon-to-be-published novel, The Half-Life of Guilt, to the Meetinghouse.

“A skilled collage of carrying on and finding oneself after catastrophe” (Ethan Joella), Yukiko Tominaga’s 2024 novel, See: Loss. See Also: Love is receiving praise including Best Book of Spring 2024 (Oprah Daily).

The latest novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding (Tinkers, Enon) is This Other Eden, reimagining the true story of an outcast community on Maine’s Malaga Island. This Other Eden was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2023, a finalist for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2024.

In Norwich resident Ken Cadow’s debut novel, Gather, a teenager in rural Vermont struggles to hold on to the family home while his mom recovers from addiction. Gather was a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award,

As ever, the readings will be held in the beautiful 1793 Meetinghouse on Canaan Street. Admission is free; homemade refreshments are memorably worthy of generous donations. Authors’ books will be on sale, courtesy of the Norwich Bookstore.

Please, No Infants, Toddlers or Squirmers!

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