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Wyn Cooper & W.D. Wetherell :: Canaan Meetinghouse Reading Series

w cooperWriter and editor Wyn Cooper will read from his fifth book of poetry, Mars Poetica. Several of his poems have become song lyrics. He has taught at several colleges and at The Frost Place, and works as an editor with both aspiring and established writers. He lives in Vermont and Massachusetts.

"Wyn Cooper's poems are cold compresses for the inflamed mind. They calm and refresh with their clarity and lucidity; their music soothes and enlivens; their intelligence and their sure craft sustain us and confirm our faith in art. They are a perfect antidote for the fevers of our historical moment." --Vijay Seshadri

w d wetherellLyme, NH, writer Walter Wetherell will read from Where We Live, his fifth collection of short stories. His subjects range from a young Somali immigrant who finds an unlikely mentor in his attempt to come to terms with his new home, to a widower faced with the challenges of his first day alone.

Wetherell is the author of over twenty books: novels, short story collections, memoirs, essay collections, and books on travel and history.  He has won far too many awards to list. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and many other publications.


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, July 11, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Canaan Street
Canaan, NH
Mars Poetica Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945680137
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)
Published: White Pine Press (NY) - March 6th, 2018

In Mars Poetica, Wyn Cooper explores the conscious and unconscious ways we comprehend both the world around us and the one inside. From subjects like fashion, film, music, and painting, to more solemn and universal themes such as desire, anxiety, and loss, Cooper shows how such disparate topics can mirror each other in ways that help us to illuminate our lives.

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Where We Live Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997452884
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)
Published: Green Writers Press - October 17th, 2018

Where We Live is master story-teller W. D. Wetherell's fifth story collection, and his first in ten years, bringing together the best of his recent fictions. The stories exemplify the qualities readers and critics have praised in the past, while continuing to explore new directions in style, theme, and characterization.

Postcards from the Interior (American Poets Continuum) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781929918652
Availability: Special Order (email to check availability)
Published: BOA Editions - June 1st, 2005

Postcards from the Interior is a collection of postcard poems written from different geographical locations and varied states of heart and mind. The first section, "Postcards from Vermont," is composed of poems about Vermont towns and historical landmarks. The second section, "Postcards from the Interior," stretches to include poems from far-flung places, real and imagined.

A Century of November: A Novel (Michigan Literary Fiction Awards) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780472031221
Availability: Special Order (email to check availability)
Published: University of Michigan Press - October 3rd, 2005

Winner of the 2004 Michigan Literary Fiction Award for novel

A haunting story of the power of death, the pain of loss, and the possibility of hope.

"Gripping, damning, and transfixing."
---Entertainment Weekly

" . . . possesses a time-bending gravity. . . . [A] small classic of graceful language and earned emotion."
---San Francisco Chronicle