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Christopher Castellani & Peter Orner :: Canaan Meetinghouse Reading Series

c castelliniChristopher Castellani will read from his new novel Leading Men, an Indie Next pick for February 2019, and a New York Times “Book of the Times” selection.
Illuminating one of the great love stories of the twentieth century - Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo - Leading Men is a glittering novel of desire and ambition, set in the glamorous literary circles of 1950s Italy. 

Castellani is the author of four critically acclaimed novels and one collection of essays. He lives in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, the country’s largest and leading independent creative writing center.

“A tender, psychologically devastating, and gorgeously precise novel” -- Lauren Groff

p ornerPeter Orner will read from his brand new collection of 44 interlocking short stories, Maggie Brown & Others.
In his moving and humane new book, Peter Orner chronicles defining moments in the lives of a number of diverse and realistic characters. 

Orner, a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, is the author of five previous books, including the novel Love and Shame and Love and the collection Esther Stories, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. The winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Orner teaches at Dartmouth College.

"The stories in Peter Orner's Maggie Brown & Others feel eternally human, less like they've been written and rather like they've been drawn by patient hands from an ancient aquifer of memory, longing, and soulful knowing."-- Adam Johnson


meetinghouseThe Meetinghouse Readings in Canaan, held at 7:30 pm on four Thursday evenings in July and early August, are free and open to the public; no reservations needed.  (Please, no infants, toddlers or squirmers.)

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 also be purchased at the bookstore in advance, to be signed by the authors.

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 or call the Canaan Town Library (603) 523-9650.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Canaan Street
Canaan, NH
Leading Men: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525559054
Availability: Hard to Find (may be out of print - email to check availability)
Published: Viking - February 12th, 2019

"Blazing . . . casts a spell right from the start." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"A timeless and heartbreaking love story." --Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

"An extraordinary book." --Lauren Groff, author of Florida

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Maggie Brown & Others: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316516112
Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 2nd, 2019

In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, each one "a marvel of concision and compassion" (Washington Post), a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and "master of his form" (New York Times) takes the short story to new heights.

All This Talk of Love: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616201708
Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2013

It’s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the last time she saw her parents, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy.

Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936787258
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)
Published: Catapult - October 25th, 2016

A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in Criticism