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Robin MacArthur & Howard Mansfield :: Meetinghouse Readings in Canaan

r macarthurRobin MacArthur explores relationships and community in her debut novel, Heart Spring Mountain. When a woman returns to her native Vermont after Irene to search for her mother who has gone missing, she uncovers a submerged and difficult family history.

“Travelling back and forth in time, Robin MacArthur renders both the Vermont landscape and Vale’s family tree with poetic precision and gutting realism.” Alexis M. Smith (Marrow Island)

Robin MacArthur’s first book -- Half Wild (2016) -- short stories, won the PEN New England Book Award for Fiction. Robin MacArthur lives on the Vermont hillside farm where she was born. She is the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology, one-half of the indie folk duo Red Heart the Ticker.

h mansfieldSummer Over Autumn: A Small Book of Small-Town Life explores life in New England. It’s classic! Howard Mansfield writes about neighbors, animals, tractors, trees, yard sales, and funerals.  In short -- the events, characters and happenings that make up small-town life.

“His curiosity propels every sentence he writes, no more so than in Summer Over Autumn.” Yankee Magazine

Howard Mansfield has written nine books, including The Bones of the Earth, and Dwelling in Possibility.  He writes about history, architecture and preservation, and small towns.  He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, author Sy Montgomery.


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 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, July 26, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Meeting House
Canaan Street
Canaan, NH
Heart Spring Mountain: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062444424
Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 Days
Published: Ecco - January 9th, 2018

In this evocative first novel, a young woman returns to her rural Vermont hometown in the wake of a devastating storm to search for her missing mother and unravel a powerful family secret

Summer Over Autumn: A Small Book of Small-Town Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872332508
Availability: Special Order (email to check availability)
Published: Bauhan Pub - September 5th, 2017

Whenever Howard Mansfield writes about the world around him, whether it be small-town New England, or what compels us to preserve the artifacts of our lives, or the mystery of Time, I pay attention.Mel Allen, editor, Yankee magazine