Christopher 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 against the glamorous literary circles of 1950s Italy.
Castellani is the author of four critically acclaimed novels and one collection of essays. He currently 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
Peter Orner will read from his brand new collection of 44 interlocking short stories, Maggie Brown & Others.
In his orchestral and moving new book, Peter Orner chronicles people whose lives are at inflection points revealing how our fleeting decisions between kindness and abandonment chase us across time.
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
The 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 meetinghouse.us or call the Canaan Town Library (603) 523-9650.
"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
In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist takes the form to new heights.