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Gibson’s celebrates poetry month It’s National Poetry Month and Hobblebush Books is teaming up with Gibson’s Bookstore to present Conversations with Granite State Poets, an offshoot of their Granite State Poetry Series. They will be held Mondays at 7 p.m. via Zoom with registration through Eventbrite. The first was held earlier this week with MaudelleDriskell and Meg Kearney. The next will be April 12 with Martha...

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Readers share their sugarhouse adventures
Apr07

Readers share their sugarhouse adventures

During Maple Month, the Monitor and Insider asked readers to submit photos of their visits to sugarhouses. Here are some of their shots.

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Book: The Bard’s Blade
Apr07

Book: The Bard’s Blade

The Bard’s Blade By Brian Anderson (430 pages, fantasy, 2020) Vylari has been sealed off from the rest of the world, allowing its people to live in peace for generations. Tales of the time before are more myth than history at this point. But a stranger is found just within the borders, comatose but bearing a note foretelling a rising darkness, drawn to one within the wards of Vylari.  Lem, a gifted bard, is confronted with a secret...

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Book: Actually, the Comma Goes Here: A Practical Guide to Punctuation
Apr07

Book: Actually, the Comma Goes Here: A Practical Guide to Punctuation

Actually, the Comma Goes Here: A Practical Guide to Punctuation By Lucy Cripps (154 pages, nonfiction, 2020) Which is more intimate, the em dash or a comma? This little book succinctly articulates vague impressions and punctuation inclinations many of us may sense — or be oblivious to. Scrolls in ancient Greece had no punctuation whatsoever — not even spaces between letters. Marks were added to aid readers, indicating pauses or space...

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Book of the Week: Interior Chinatown
Apr07

Book of the Week: Interior Chinatown

Interior Chinatown By Charles Yu (270, fiction, 2020) This was the 2020 National Book Award winner for fiction, and with good reason. I’ll preface this review by saying that I think this book is brilliant –but that it’s also extremely stylized and may not be for everyone. Interior Chinatown is a work of metafiction, meaning that it is structured self-consciously, in a way that calls attention to its constructed-ness. In other words,...

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City newsletter: Hydrant flushing could mean low pressure
Apr07

City newsletter: Hydrant flushing could mean low pressure

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights: Upcoming meetings City council: April 12, 7 p.m. Planning board: April 21, 7 p.m. These meetings are being held virtually via Zoom and are also live-streamed via the City of Concord’s YouTube channel. Agendas and access information...

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This week in Concord history

April 8, 1864: Capt. Dana W. King of Nashua and 47 members of the 2nd New Hampshire Cavalry are captured during the disastrous battle of Sabine Cross Roads, La. They are taken to “wretched captivity in the famous ‘stockade,’ or poison pen, at Tyler, Texas,” their adjutant reports.   April 8, 1977: Poll results are released showing 62 percent of New Hampshire residents favor construction of the Seabrook nuclear power plant, with...

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