Andover Bookstore Events

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?


DAVID HERLIHY: The Lost Cyclist (Andover)

Tuesday, October 26

In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized "safety-bicycle" with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular. In the spring of 1892 he quit his accounting job and gamely set out west to cover twenty thousand miles over three continents as a correspondent for Outing magazine. Two years later, after having survived countless near disasters and unimaginable hardships, he approached Europe for the final leg. He never made it. His mysterious disappearance in eastern Turkey sparked an international outcry and compelled Outing to send William Sachtleben, another larger-than-life cyclist, on Lenz’s trail. Bringing to light a wealth of information, Herlihy’s gripping narrative captures the soaring joys and constant dangers accompanying the bicycle adventurer in the days before paved roads and automobiles. This untold story culminates with Sachtleben’s heroic effort to bring Lenz’s accused murderers to justice, even as troubled Turkey teetered on the edge of collapse.

About the Author

David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History and his work has been featured on National Public Radio and Voice of America and in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Boston, and Historic Preservation. In 1999 Herlihy received the McNair History Award from the Wheelmen, the preeminent American association of antique bicycle collectors.

This event is brought to you courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
Andover
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The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780547195575
Availability: Special Order
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 1st, 2010

In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized “safety-bicycle” with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular.


MATT TAVARES: "Over the River and Through the Wood" (Andover)

Matt Tavares’s lavish illustrations illuminate this definitive edition of a beloved seasonal classic.

The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall! This family is off to Grandfather’s house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child’s verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day Cover Image
By L. Maria Child, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763627904
Availability: Not Currently Available. Cannot Be Ordered.
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

Matt Tavares's lavish illustrations illuminate this definitive edition of a beloved seasonal classic.


TOMIE dePAOLA at The Andover Bookstore

We are so pleased to welcome one of our favorite authors to our stores!

TOMIE dePAOLA

Tomi DePaola

Tomie will be signing his childrens classics at two of our locations on the same day!

Come celebrate the release of his new title!

The perfect Holiday Gift for children of all ages!

The Andover Bookstore at 1:00 pm

The Book Rack Bookstore in Newburyport at 4:00 pm

Event date: 
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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Strega Nona's Gift Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
$19.79
ISBN: 9780399256493
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 18th, 2011

In Strega Nona's village, the holiday season is a time of celebrations - and nothing says celebration like a feast! All the kitchens are bustling from the Feast of San Nicola, when the children choose the food, to the Feast of Epiphany, when someone gets to be king or queen for the day.


LEN ROSEN: "All Cry Chaos" (Andover)

Mathematician James Fenster, murdered on the eve of a conference in Amsterdam, knew why lightning resembles mountain ridges, leaves — and the global economy. Interpol agent Henri Poincare pursues the killer in a case that forces difficult questions, among them: If there are patterns, is there a Pattern Maker?

Leonard Rosen is a best-selling, non-fiction author among educational publishers. His radio commentaries have aired on NPR, and he has taught writing at Harvard University. He lives in Brookline, MA.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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All Cry Chaos  Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781579622220
Availability: Special Order
Published: The Permanent Press - September 1st, 2011

All Cry Chaos, a debut thriller by the immensely gifted Leonard Rosen, is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens.


LEAH HAGER COHEN: "The Grief of Others" (Andover)

Is keeping a secret from a spouse always an act of infidelity? And what cost does such a secret exact on a family?

The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. Struggling to regain a semblance of normalcy for themselves and for their two older children, they find themselves pretending not only that little has changed, but that their marriage, their family, have always been intact. Yet in the aftermath of the baby’s death, long-suppressed uncertainties about their relationship come roiling to the surface. A dreadful secret emerges with reverberations that reach far into their past and threaten their future.

The couple’s children, ten-year-old Biscuit and thirteen-year-old Paul, responding to the unnamed tensions around them, begin to act out in exquisitely — perhaps courageously — idiosyncratic ways. But as the four family members scatter into private, isolating grief, an unexpected visitor arrives, and they all find themselves growing more alert to the sadness and burdens of others-to the grief that is part of every human life but that also carries within it the power to draw us together.

Moving, psychologically acute, and gorgeously written, The Grief of Others asks how we balance personal autonomy with the intimacy of relationships, how we balance private decisions with the obligations of belonging to a family, and how we take measure of our own sorrows in a world rife with suffering. This novel shows how one family, by finally allowing itself to experience the shared quality of grief, is able to rekindle tenderness and hope.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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The Grief of Others Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594488054
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Hardcover - September 15th, 2011

Is keeping a secret from a spouse always an act of infidelity? And what cost does such a secret exact on a family?

The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives.


BOOK FAIR to benefit the New England Classical Singers (Andover)

NE-Classical-SingersWe pride ourselves on supporting the communities in which we operate and we are pleased to host a Book Fair to benefit the New England Classical Singers.

We will donate 20% of all sales between 6 and 8 pm to this local group.

Stop by and show your support for this group and help us help them make it a successful season.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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MELISSA ANN GOODWIN: "The Christmas Village" (Andover)

The-Christmas-VillageWhen Jamie Reynolds comes to his grandparents’ Vermont home for Christmas, he just wants things to go back to the way they were before his dad disappeared. Time and again he is drawn to Grandma’s miniature Christmas village, where he imagines that life is perfect. Late one night, the village comes to life before Jamie’s eyes, and his fantasy of escaping into it becomes very real indeed. He discovers that the village is called Canterbury, where the year is 1932. Jamie becomes fast friends with Kelly and Christopher Pennysworth, and is taken in by Ida, who runs the local boarding house. But he also makes a dangerous enemy of the mysterious and menacing Jim Gordon, whose return to town is nothing but trouble. As Jamie desperately races against time to find his way back home, he is suddenly faced with a terrifying choice: to go ahead with his plan to leave, or to stay and help his friends, at the risk of never going home again.

The Christmas Village is a holiday adventure the whole family will love, filled with suspense, secrets and surprises to the very last page.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Strea
Andover
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BRUCE IRVING: "New England Icons" (Andover)

We tend to think of icons as simple, graphic, stone or wooden objects without much depth or life, left overs from bygone eras. But Bruce Irving, former producer of the popular PBS show This Old House, will have none of that. In a collection of short essays, Irving taps into our collective consciousness by extolling the comforting sense of place we associate with such common and not-so-common New England sights as stone walls, village greens, lobster boats, classic ski runs, and garden cemeteries, to name but a few-symbols of enduring importance that are also still full of life and character. Curl up in your favorite chair, relax, and take a tour of our common heritage — or take this insightful cultural guide with you as you travel New England’s highways and byways. It’s sure to shed new light on the old stalwart landscape features you see every day.

Bruce will be in Andover discussing this beautiful new book! It is a fascinating look at things we see everyday!

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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New England Icons: Shaker Villages, Saltboxes, Stone Walls and Steeples Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780881509274
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Countryman Press - September 19th, 2011

Connect with the original New England.


Celebration of Stories at the Andover Bookstore!

Friday, December 9th from 7–8:30pm

Join us for a family concert of folktales & narratives that celebrate traditions, holidays, triumphs and joys.

The Andover Storytelling Guild presents a tribute to our beloved colleague, the Storyteller and Music Maker, Magdalen Cantwell who moved back to Ireland this summer.

Co-Hosts: Susan Lenoe & Nicolette Nordin Heavey

Tellers: Jack Apfelbaum, Jane Gossard, Sandy Hitchens, Jane LaChance and Lani Peterson

Musical Interludes, Lite Refreshments Children 7 & up are welcome.

Event date: 
Friday, December 9, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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