2014 Schedule

We are happy to announce that our 2014 schedule is ready and we hope you can join us!

Canaan Meetinghouse Reading Series: Summer 2014
Moderator: Phil Pochoda

July 10: Douglas Bauer  -What Happens Next: Matters of Life and Death (essays),
winner of  2014 NE/PEN award for non-fiction
Sue Miller        – The Arsonist (fiction); author of The Senator’s Wife,
While I Was Gone (Oprah Book Club)

July 17: Jeffrey Harrison  – Into Daylight , his sixth book of poems
Deb Harkness      – The Book of Life, the third novel in her international
best-selling trilogy

July 24:  Bernd Heinrich  – The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal
Migration; author of Mind of the Raven and other
natural history books
Rachel Urquhart  – The Visionist, a first novel, set in a 19th century
Shaker community

July 31:    Abigail Carroll    – Three Squares: The  Invention of the American Meal
Paul Harding    -  Enon, successor to his Pulitzer Prize-winning first
novel, Tinkers

All readings start at 7:30 at the Meetinghouse, Canaan Street, Canaan, NH.

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, and will be signed by the authors in July)

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2013 Schedule

2013 Meetinghouse Readings Schedule

Summer 2013 Meetinghouse Readings Schedule
Moderator: Phil Pochoda

July 11: Cleopatra Mathis — reading from her book of poems, The Book of Dog
Joyce Carol Oates — reading from her novel, The Accursed
July 18: Jay Parini — reading from the manuscript of his new poetry collection, to be published in the fall
Nicholas Delbanco — reading from his recently re-released fiction trilogy, The Sherbrookes
July 25: Megan Marshall — reading from her biography, Margaret Fuller
Chris Bohjalian — reading from his novel, The Light in the Ruins
August 1: Joe Citro — reading from Vermont Haunts: Tall Tales and True from the Green Mountain State
Ivy Pochoda — reading from her novel, Visitation Street

The Canaan Meetinghouse Readings is proud to partner with the Norwich Bookstore for the upcoming summer events. They will be present at all of the events to offer listeners the opportunity to purchase books by the authors reading that day.
Free admission.
All readings begin at 7:30 pm.
In the Meetinghouse on Canaan St, 2.2 miles from Route 4
Please, no infants, toddlers or squirmers!

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The Meetinghouse Readings will be back in 2013!


Phil Pochoda has graciously accepted the helm of the Meetinghouse Readings for 2013!

Phil has recently retired as Director of the University of Michigan Press, and has written and lectured frequently on digital publishing and digital communication.  Phil was also the Editor of Hardscrabble Books: Fiction of New England, a division of the University Press of New England.

Phil is married to Mary Kelley who has been chair of the history departments at both Dartmouth and the University of Michigan.  Mary is an authority on women’s reading practices in the 18th and 19th centuries and herself has read at the Canaan Meetinghouse Readings.  Phil’s daughter and acclaimed novelist, Ivy Pochoda has also read as part of the Meetinghouse series.

Phil says he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but in the past he has been the Associate Director and Editorial Director of the University Press of New England; Vice President of Simon & Schuster; Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Prentice Hall Press and Director of Anchor Books and Dial Press.

According to Bill Craig, creator of the Meetinghouse Reading Series and author of the new book: Yankee Come Home: On the Road from San Juan Hill to Guantanamo, “The Meetinghouse Readings have always been about community, and now the community is coming together to take the series onward and upward. I’m thrilled!”

We look forward to seeing you all at the Meetinghouse.   Mark your calendars for July 11, 18, 25 and August 1.

Welcome to the Readings Phil!

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Announcing the 2012 Meetinghouse Readings!

Yes, there will be Meetinghouse Readings this summer— but they’ll be the last Meetinghouse Readings! Announcing the final season of the series sponsored by the Canaan (N.H.) Town Library:

July 5
CAROLE DESANTI    The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R.
W.D. WETHERELL    Hills Like White Hills

July 12

ERNEST HEBERT    Never Back Down
ANTHONY D’ARIES    The Language of Men

July 19

JEFF SHARLET    Sweet Heaven When I Die
APRIL BERNARD    Miss Fuller

JULY 26

WILLIAM CRAIG    Yankee Come Home: On the Road from Guantanamo to San Juan Hill
CYNTHIA HUNTINGTON    Heavenly Bodies

Our site, meetinghouse.us, offers printable, refrigerator-ready schedules in your choice of formats!

Stay tuned to this site for more information, author links and Meetinghouse 2012 photos.

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