Andover Bookstore Events

Jay Atkinson, "Massacre on the Merrimack" (Andover)

Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the French raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen captives, including thirty-nine-year-old Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha. A short distance from the village, one of the warriors murdered the squalling infant by dashing her head against a tree. After a forced march of nearly one hundred miles, Duston and two companions were transferred to a smaller band of Abenaki, who camped on a tiny island located at the junction of the Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers, several miles north of present day Concord, New Hampshire.

This was the height of King William’s War, both a war of terror and a religious contest, with English Protestantism vying for control of the New World with French Catholicism. After witnessing her infant’s murder, Duston resolved to get even. Two weeks into their captivity, Duston and her companions, a fifty-one-year-old woman and a twelve-year-old boy, moved among the sleeping Abenaki with tomahawks and knives, killing two men, two women, and six children. After returning to the bloody scene alone to scalp their victims, Duston and the others escaped down the Merrimack River in a stolen canoe. They braved treacherous waters and the constant threat of attack and recapture, returning to tell their story and collect a bounty for the scalps.

Was Hannah Duston the prototypical feminist avenger, or the harbinger of the Native American genocide? In this meticulously researched and riveting narrative, bestselling author Jay Atkinson sheds new light on the early struggle for North America.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89R Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston's Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America Cover Image
$30.75
ISBN: 9781493003228
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lyons Press - October 1st, 2015

Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the French raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen captives, including thirty-nine-year-old Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha.


LAURIE ISOP: "How Do You Hug A Porcupine?" (Andover)

A Special Story Hour at The Andover Bookstore · 10:00 am

Laurie IsopIt’s easy to picture hugging a bunny, or even a billy goat . . . but how would you even begin to try to hug a porcupine? After seeing all his friends hug their favorite animals, one brave boy must grapple with this very question. Eventually he works up the courage to hug a porcupine — but the porcupine isn’t so sure he wants to be hugged! The surprise ending to this humorous tale, complete with charming illustrations, will have kids begging to hear this fun read-aloud again and again!

Event date: 
Friday, October 21, 2011 - 10:00am
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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How Do You Hug a Porcupine? Cover Image
By Laurie Isop, Gwen Millward (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781442412910
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 26th, 2011

The third book in the General Mills Spoonful of Stories series!

Can you imagine hugging a porcupine? Sure, it's easy to picture hugging a bunny or even a billy goat, but where would you begin to try to hug a porcupine?


FRED MANDELL: "Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Yourself at Any Stage of Life" (Andover)

In Becoming a Life Change Artist, Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan share the groundbreaking approach made popular in their workshops across the country. There are seven key strengths that the most creative minds of history shared, and that anyone rethinking their future can cultivate to change their life effectively:

  • Preparing the brain to undertake creative work
  • Seeing the world and one’s life from new perspectives
  • Using context to understand the facets of one’s life
  • Embracing uncertainty
  • Taking risks
  • Collaborating
  • Applying discipline
Event date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Yourself at Any Stage of Life Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781583334041
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Avery - August 3rd, 2010

The Artist's Way meets What Color is Your Parachute? in an innovative approach to reinventing yourself at any stage of life.


SUZIE CANALE: "The Popcorn Hydrangea of Poppingtom" & "The Land of Chocolate Cosmos" (Andover)

The Land of Chocolate Cosmos is the first book in the Green Series dedicated towards educating and empowering children to change the world’s environmental concerns. Within this first tale, a community is distraught when their magical natural resource, the chocolate cosmos flower, is overused and abused. With the help of Coco, the people learn how to recultivate and preserve the cash crop, sustaining the sweet enchantment of chocolate that once enriched the town.

The second book in the series will also be featured at this afternoon kid friendly event!

Event date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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The Popcorn Hydrangea of Poppingtom (Green (Mascot Books)) Cover Image
By Suzie Canale, Kevin Coffey (Illustrator)
$16.45
ISBN: 9781936319695
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mascot Books - September 13th, 2011

The Land of Chocolate Cosmos Cover Image
By Suzie Canale, Kevin Coffey (Illustrator)
$16.45
ISBN: 9781936319282
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mascot Books - December 8th, 2010

The Land of Chocolate Cosmos is the first book in the Green Series dedicated towards educating and empowering children to change the world's environmental concerns. Within this first tale, a community is distraught when their magical natural resource, the chocolate cosmos flower, is overused and abused.


BARBARA WALSH: "August Gale" (Andover)

In August Gale, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barbara Walsh — who has interviewed killers, bad cops, and crooked politicians in the course of her career — faces the most challenging story of her lifetime: asking her father about his childhood pain. In the process, she takes us on two heartrending odysseys: one into a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the lives of schooner fishermen who relied on God and the wind to carry them home; the other, into a squall stirred by a man with many secrets: a grandfather who remained a mystery until long after his death.

Sixty-eight years after the hurricane that claimed several of her ancestors, Walsh searches for memories of the August gale and the grandfather who abandoned her dad as a young boy. Together, she and her father journey to Newfoundland to learn about the 1935 storm, and along the way her dad begins to talk about the man he cannot forgive. As she recreates the scenes of the violent hurricane and a small boy’s tender past, she holds onto a hidden desire: to heal her father and redeem the grandfather she has never met.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780762761463
Availability: Special Order
Published: Globe Pequot - October 1st, 2011

An award-winning journalist’s voyage into her family history and her quest to face the storms she encounters there.


MARY McGARRY MORRIS: "Light from a Distant Star" (Andover)

Light from a Distant Star is a gripping coming-of-age story with a brutal murder at its heart and a heroine as unforgettable as Harper Lee’s “Scout.” It is early summer and Nellie Peck is on the cusp of adolescence – gangly, awkward, full of questions, but keenly observant and wiser than many of the adults in her life. The person she most admires is her father, Benjamin, a man of great integrity. His family’s century old hardware store is failing and Nellie’s mother has had to go back to work. Nellie’s older half-sister has launched a disturbing search for her birth father. Often saddled through the long, hot days with her timid younger brother, Henry, Nellie is determined to toughen him up. And herself as well.

When violence erupts in the lovely Peck house, the prime suspect seems obvious. Nellie knows who the real murderer is, but is soon silenced by fear and the threat of scandal. The truth, as she sees it, is shocking and unthinkable, and with everyone’s eyes riveted on her in the courtroom, Nellie finds herself seized with doubt.

No one will listen. No one believes her, and a man’s life hangs in the balance. A stunning evocation of innocence lost, Light from a Distant Star stands as an incredibly moving and powerful novel from one of America’s finest writers.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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Light from a Distant Star Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780307451866
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown - September 13th, 2011

Light from a Distant Star is a gripping coming-of-age story with a brutal murder at its heart and a heroine as unforgettable as Harper Lee’s "Scout."


DAVID R STOKES: "The Shooting Salvationist" (Andover)

The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920’s, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first “megachurch.” Norris controlled a radio station, a tabloid newspaper and a valuable tract of land in downtown Fort Worth. Constantly at odds with the oil boomtown’s civic leaders, he aggressively defended his activism, observing, “John the Baptist was into politics.”

Following the death of William Jennings Bryan, Norris was a national figure poised to become the leading fundamentalist in America. This changed, however, in a moment of violence one sweltering Saturday in July when he shot and killed an unarmed man in his church office. Norris was indicted for murder and, if convicted, would be executed in the state of Texas’ electric chair.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89R Main Strret
Andover
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The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America Cover Image
By David R. Stokes, Bob Schieffer (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781586421861
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Steerforth - July 12th, 2011

The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920’s, the Reverend J.


AMANDA STRONG: "With Just One Click . . ." (Andover)

Strong uses the brave new world of social networking to explore the timeless themes of love, betrayal, jealousy, and friendship. Chloe, a successful movie reviewer and serial dater, finds herself added as a friend by her first love. The one who left her at seventeen standing with a note in her hand as he simply walked away. Morgan, a loyal stay-at-home mom and wife, discovers one of her husband’s friends is his very single and flirtatious ex-girlfriend from high school. Brynn, a lonely forty year-old living with her two distant teenage children and workaholic husband, fights temptation while revisiting the past with one of her friends. Three lives changed forever WITH JUST ONE CLICK. Confirming a friend isn’t as simple as it seems. . . but do these women have more in common than just Facebook? Strong delivers a captivating and engrossing story that sparks conversation while entertaining the reader. . . perfect for book clubs.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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ARNO MINKKINEN: "Balanced Equation" (Andover)

We are very happy to welcome Arno back to the bookstore with his latest book. He is known for his black and white abstract photographs which juxtapose bodies and landscapes in surprising ways. He “directs scenes in which his body — or a portion of it — appears as an integral part of the landscape.” It is all about chance discoveries, handshakes with good fortune, and that unquenchable wish to express the pleasure of being alive in the natural world as it was meant to exist. Brought to you courtesy of Lodima Press.

Balanced Equation

More on Arno Minkkinen: http://www.arno-rafael-minkkinen.com and http://www.artnet.com/AWC_Catalogue/ArtistWorksIndex.aspx.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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KRISTIN BAIR O'KEEFFE: Writer's Workshop (Andover)

Calling all writers! Local author Kristin Bair O’Keeffe will be introducing and taking questions about her upcoming writing workshop. (Bring a pen & paper . . . we’ll be doing a writing exercise.)

Kristin Bair O'Keeffe

As a seasoned writing instructor, Kristin facilitates workshops that offer inspiration, instructor feedback, loads of laughs, whip-cracking discipline, nuts and bolts know-how, ongoing discussions about the ever-elusive “voice,” and loads more…all in a warm, supportive environment.

Kristin’s debut novel, Thirsty, was published by Swallow Press, and her essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications, including Bluestem, The Baltimore Review, The Gettysburg Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, San Diego Family Magazine, and others. She has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and has been teaching fiction and nonfiction writing workshops for sixteen years. In addition to running private workshops, she’s taught at Montserrat College of Art, Endicott College, Columbia College Chicago, Boston College, and the University of New Hampshire.

After nearly five years in China, Kristin recently repatriated to the U.S. and is making a new home in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.kristinbairokeeffe.com and www.thirstythenovel.com.

Writers of all levels are welcome. Workshops will take place at the Andover Bookstore.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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Thirsty: A Novel Cover Image
$25.25
ISBN: 9780804011235
Availability: Special Order
Published: Swallow Press - September 29th, 2009

It is 1883, and all of Klara Bozic’s girlish dreams have come crashing down as she arrives in Thirsty, a gritty steel town carved into the slopes above the Monongahela River just outside of Pittsburgh. She has made a heartbreaking discovery.


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