The Meetinghouse Readings in Canaan are held at 7:30 pm on four Thursday evenings in July. Free and open to the public; no reservations needed. (Please, no Infants, toddlers or squirmers.)
James Wright, former Dartmouth President, will speak about his most recent book, Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War (2017). Wright is the author or editor of six books, including the acclaimed Those Who have Borne the Battle (2012). He has become a leading activist and spokesman for veterans’ rights and benefits and recognition.
Megan Abbott writes fiction that is often based on true crimes. She wrote The Song is You (2007), Bury Me Deep (2009), Dare Me (2012), and The Fever (2014). Her most recent book is You Will Know Me, which was chosen one of the best mysteries of 2016 by NPR and the Washington Post. In 2011, Time named her one of the “23 Writers We Admire."
Moderated by Phil Pochoda, the sponsors include James Laffan, Esq., Caldwell Estate Planning, Wachovia Securities, and Mascoma Savings Bank. The Norwich Bookstore will sell current and past books by each author at the Meetinghouse. Many of the books can be purchased at the bookstore in advance, to be signed by the authors in July.
The readings are held at the 1793 Meetinghouse in Canaan, N.H.’s Historic District, located opposite the beach on Canaan Street Lake. Take Route 4 to the blinking light in Canaan; 2 miles up Canaan Street to the Old Meetinghouse. For more information, visit meetinghouse.us or call the Canaan Town Library (603) 523-9650.
The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement. Or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse the mistakes, but it brings those who served out of the shadows.
One of the Best Books of 2016--NPR, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Elle, Thrillist, Publishers Weekly, Time Out New York, Self and Kirkus