Writer 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
Lyme, 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.
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.
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.
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.