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.)
Major Jackson is a poet and professor of English at the University of Vermont. He is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006), and Leaving Saturn (2002), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award.
Alexander Chee is a writer, poet, journalist and reviewer. Both his latest book, The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh have been bestsellers. The Queen of the Night was a NYT Book Review Editor’s Choice and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle. Chee is an Associate Professor at Dartmouth.
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.
In his fourth collection, a breakthrough volume, Major Jackson appropriates the vernacular notion of "rolling deep" to capture the spirit of aesthetic travel that defines these forceful new poems and brazenly announces his steady accretion of literary and artistic influences, both formal and experimental--his "crew." The confident and radiant poems in Roll Deep address a range of topic
New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice - An Indie Next Pick
A Best Book of the Year from NPR, Boston Globe, Buzzfeed, Esquire, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out, Self, Jezebel, The Portland Mercury, Electric Literature, and Entropy Magazine