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October News from White Birch Books

The staff of White Birch Books just returned from their annual New England Independent Bookstore Association Trade Show in Providence. It was three jam-packed days or books and authors and lots of conversations about books and authors.

This year the trade show held special significance to North Conway’s independent bookstore as owner Laura Cummings was elected president of the NEIBA Board. Laura has served on the Board for the past two years and has gotten to know many people throughout the New England bookselling world and is very much looking forward to her presidential stint and getting to know even more about the business she loves.


This is the 12th Annual One Book One Valley program and this year’s book will be THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY by Maine author, Monica Wood.

The mission of this program is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. The vision: Imagine if folks throughout Mount Washington Valley read the same book. Then talked about it. And THEN got to come together to meet the author at a special valley-wide event. One Book One Valley is successful because of you, the individual reader, and YOU, our community of readers, coming together.

For more information call White Birch Books at 603.356.3200


Thursday Night Book Club at White Birch Books

Any and all readers are welcome to attend White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club. The club meets every fourth Thursday of the month and is filled with collaborative, intriguing, inspiring discussion. Not only is the Thursday Night Book Club an opportunity to meet community members, it is an opportunity to meet lifelong friends with a shared love for reading while experiencing a variety of literature.

June’s Thursday Night Book Club is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm. The book discussion for this month is based upon the book, The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood.

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“Wood’s exquisitely crafted prose radiates warmth, perception, and insight…Funny and uplifting.” – Review from Guardian

About The One-in-a-Million Boy By Monica Wood

The incandescent story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange young boy assigned to help her around the house — a friendship that touches each member of the boy’s un-moored family.

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records–obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for his son’s unfinished Boy Scout badge.

For seven Saturdays, Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the wily 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver — and that’s the least of her secrets. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood, a boy who was always listening, always learning.

The One-in-a-Million Boy is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.

For more information on White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club, and to see upcoming book discussions, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com.


White Birch Book’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

white birch books2White Birch Books in North Conway is traveling back to 1992 when the store first opened to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 27th. Join in the celebration and party like it’s 1992: learn what was on the best-seller list, what staff was reading, and even what people were wearing while they were reading!

In addition to the bookstore’s blast from the past, shoppers will receive a 25% discount on 25 selected staff favorite books. There will be giveaways for adults and children as well as fun activities for the whole family.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com or call 603-356-3200.

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Will’s Red Coat Book Launch Event to Benefit Conway Area Humane Society

On Tuesday, April 25th at 7 p.m., the wait is over! New York Times bestselling author Tom Ryan is launching his new book, Will’s Red Coat, at the Kennett High School Auditorium in North Conway, New Hampshire. Tom will talk about his book, sign copies, and answer your questions. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Conway Area Humane Society.

Tickets for this event are $30 for a signed copy of Will’s Red Coat and a ticket to the event, $5 for each additional ticket as an add-on to the $30 book and ticket combo, $25.99 for each additional book at retail price, and ages 10 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at White Birch Books in North Conway Village. To order tickets, please stop in or call 603-356-3200.  For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com.


A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed,and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppylike zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.


Thursday Night Book Club at White Birch Books

White Birch Books in North Conway welcomes reading enthusiasts on Thursday, March 23 at 7pm. This month’s reading selection is Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo.

Richard Russo, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters he created in Nobody’s Fool.

Everybody’s Fool by Richard RussoThe irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years . . . the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends . . . Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police who’s obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might’ve been about to run off with, before dying in a freak accident . . . Bath’s mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing . . . and then there’s Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, there’s Charice Bond—a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer’s office—as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station.

Everybody’s Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so stridently human. This is classic Russo—and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

About White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club
The Thursday Night Book Club meets every fourth Thursday of the month and is open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point, but members have a lot of fun, too! Stop in, try it out, meet some new friends and read some great books.

For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com or call 603.356.3200. 

Three-Minute Fiction Slam Competition at White Birch Books

White Birch Books and Jackson Women Writers welcomes you to the Three-Minute Fiction Slam Competition on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm. The event will take place at White Birch Books in North Conway, New Hampshire. The fiction slam is a fast-paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges. All are welcome, as participants and audience alike are important to this event!  This event is part of the  New Hampshire Writers’ Project, a non-profit organization that supports New Hampshire writers and audiences for literature in the state.


How does the event work?

For those that are unfamiliar with the Three-Minute Fiction Slam, here’s what to generally expect in the event:

  • Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction writing pieces. These pieces must be no more than three minutes in length when read aloud.
  • Depending on the region’s rules, contestants may agree to being sprayed with a water pistol if their writing piece extends the timed three minutes. In other regions, a timer goes off to mark the three-minute time period.
  • After each writer finishes reading their piece aloud, judges provide brief verbal feedback. At this time, judges also secretly record a numeric score (1-5) on the piece.
  • If the writer extends the allotted three-minute period, one point from their overall score will be deducted.
  • At the end of the night, the participant with the highest score wins the competition. If there is a tie, the audience selects the competition’s winner through an “Applause-O-Meter,” as observed by the judges.
  • Regional winners are invited to participate in the Three Minute Fiction Slam state finals. If they cannot attend, then the runner-up will be sent to the event.
  • Regional winners will take part in a final showdown at the NH Institute of Art on Thursday, March 9, at 7pm.

Previous winners of the event have reached great successes. They have performed their works for the Business in the Arts Awards Ceremony, the Currier Museum, and on-air at NHPR. Among other prizes, the ultimate winner gets free entrance to Writers’ Day 2017 (the region’s largest literary conference) where they will read their winning work before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers.

For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com or call (603) 356-3200.


Plaid is the New Black on Friday, November 27

White Birch Books see a Black Friday and we want it to turn Plaid! Friday, Nov. 27 is the biggest shopping day of the year. Corporate retailers have dubbed it Black Friday, but we encourage you to think outside the big box and make it a Plaid Friday, a way of celebrating independents. Stop by White Birch Books in North Conway Village on Friday, November 27th and notice what plaid we are wearing for a discount or better yet, wear your own plaid and receive an even bigger discount!

The name Plaid Friday celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. You can join in the fun by wearing plaid while shopping at participating retailers on November 27.

White Birch Books is located in North Conway Village just south of the park, across from TD Banknorth. For more details about Plaid Friday, call White Birch Books at 356-3200. You can also visit their website at http://www.whitebirchbooks.com or at facebook.com/whitebirchbooks.

Author at White Birch Books this Weekend!

 Saturday afternoon events at the bookstore are an opportunity for local authors to get the word out about their work. White Birch Books is pleased to be hosting Sugar Hill author Cathy Strasser with her first North Country thriller, An Uncertain Grave. Strasser will be at the store on Saturday, October 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.Cathy StrasserIn An Uncertain Grave, a stray hiker reports finding a body on Mt. Lafayette in the North Country, where rugged terrain and sparse population provides the space and isolation to keep any number of secrets. New Hampshire State Troopers Cliff Codey and Mike Eldrich set out to solve the case in spite of the weather, reticent locals and a bored, nosy New York reporter and his ambitious girlfriend who compete with the troopers to discover the victim’s identity.

Uncertain GraveAs the investigation widens, both teams contend with a variety of local residents who have secrets they don’t wish to share. In addition, a shadow from Cliff’s past soon intrudes on the current investigation, complicating matters further. All these threads combine as the killer prepares to take action to keep himself and his secret safe.

Strasser, an author and occupational therapist, lives and writes in Sugar Hill, N.H. She believes her small town is one of the most beautiful areas in the northeast! The area’s hiking trails showcase the mountains, rivers and valleys and provide the setting for An Uncertain Grave and are as much a character as any people in the book.

White Birch Books is located in North Conway Village just south of the park, across from TD Banknorth. For more information about the event, or to reserve a copy of An Uncertain Grave, call White Birch Books at 356-3200. You can also visit their website at http://www.whitebirchbooks.com or at facebook.com/whitebirchbooks.


Meet the Author with a Luncheon from White Birch Books!


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Luncheon Menu

The Chef at the MOAT has come up with three luncheon options that should keep everyone happy. As always, we can accommodate any specific dietary restrictions as needed. Here are your choices:

Southwestern Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast

Vegetable Hummus Wrap with Cajun Fries

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Cajun Fries

I’m getting hungry just writing this stuff down! Dessert will be a petite brownie Sundae with all the fixings. Think these over and then give us a call. Yum!

Raffle Prize
Everyone who comes to the luncheon will be automatically entered to win a copy of LAKE PEOPLE. As an added bonus, we will also be giving away a free ticket to the NEXT luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, and featuring Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

Another luncheon?!? Yes, it’s true. White Birch Books had so much fun with our afternoon with Katrina Kenison that we decided to do it again. This luncheon will feature debut author ABI MAXWELL and her first novel, LAKE PEOPLE. Abi is born and raised in New Hampshire and we are so happy to have her to support her first book and to support the North Conway Library!
Read on!
Luncheon with ABI MAXWELL
Thursday, March 7, at Noon at the MOAT Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery
Tickets: $20 – proceeds benefit the North Conway Public Library
LAKE PEOPLE is a haunting, luminous debut novel set in a small New Hampshire town: the story of the crisscrossing ofAbiMaxwell  lives, within and without family, and of one woman, given up for adoption as a baby, searching for the truth about her life.

As an infant, Alice Thorton was discovered in Kettleborough, New Hampshire, in a boathouse by the lake; adopted by a young, childless couple; raised with no knowledge of the women who came before her: Eleonora, who brought her family to Bear Island, the nearly uninhabitable scrap of land in Kettleborough’s lake; Signe, the maiden aunt who nearly drowned in the lake, ashamed of her heart; Sophie, the grandmother who turned a blind eye to her unwanted granddaughter. Alice grows up aching for an acceptance she can’t quite imagine, trying to find it first with an older man, then with one who can’t love her back, and finally in the love she feels for one she has never met. And all the while she feels a mysterious pull to the lake.

As Alice edges ever closer to her past, Lake People beautifully evokes the interweaving of family history and individual fate, and the intangible connections we feel to the place where we were born.

Abi Maxwell was born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where she currently lives. She studied fiction writing at the University of Montana and now works as an assistant librarian at the Gilford Public Library. This is her first book.

Get your tickets now!!!!
Once again we have a tight time window on this event – but that’s OK. You don’t even have to think about it – just do it! I’ve read LAKE PEOPLE and I think it is a terrific book, AND I think there is more to come from ABI MAXWELL. When she becomes the next big literary sensation, we’ll all be able to say we knew her when!
You can buy your tickets at the bookstore by stopping in or calling us at 356-3200 OR stop by the North Conway Library or call them at 356-2961. Tickets need to be purchased in advance!
Thank you!
Laura Lucy / PO Box 399 / North Conway, New Hampshire 03860 / 603-356-3200

Enjoy lunch with author, Katrina Kenison!

Author Luncheon with White Birch Books



Magical Journey
1785 Inn Luncheon Menu

First – how often have you had lunch at the 1785 Inn? Ever? Well, it’s because they rarely, if ever, serve lunch. We are very pleased to be able to offer this special opportunity to enjoy lunch in the beautiful award-winning dining room with the fantastic view over the intervale AND a chance to support the North Conway Public Library AND a chance to meet a wonderful author who happens to be from New Hampshire. The trifecta!!!

Menu options:

1) Vegetable Quiche with garden salad


2) Chicken Piccata with vegetables

Raffle Prize
In order to raise more money for the library, we will be raffling off a collection of all three of Katrina Kenison’s books. For a $2 ticket, you could go home with all her books and support the library. Awesome!

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 Luncheon, next week (Wed. January 9th), at the 1785 Inn (!!!) with author Katrina Kenison. Read more for all the details!
Luncheon with Katrina Kenison
Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Noon at the 1785 Inn
Tickets: $20 – proceeds benefit the North Conway Public Library
Many of you may be familiar with Katrina Kenison because of her second book, The Gift of an Ordinary Day – an intimate memoir of a family in transition with boys becoming teenagers, careers Katrina Kenisonending and new ones opening up, an attempt to find a deeper sense of place, and a slower pace, in a small New England town. The book really resonated with many of our customers and I was excited to see Kenison’s new book and then to get the opportunity to have her here.

Hew new book, Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment, picks up a few years later. With candor and warmth, Kenison reflects on the inevitable changes wrought by time: the death of a dear friend, children leaving home, recognition of her own physical vulnerability, and surprising shifts in her marriage. She finds solace in the notion that midlife is also a time of unprecedented opportunity for growth as old roles and responsibilities fall away, and unanticipated possibilities appear on the horizon.

Kenison has traced the seasons of family life through three books: Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry, The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir, and Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in ContentmentA graduate of Smith College, Kenison spent many years working in publishing, first as an in-house editor at Houghton Mifflin Company in New Haven, New York, and Boston, and then, from 1990 through 2006, as the series editor of The Best American Short Stories. She co-edited, with John Updike, The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is also the author, with her yoga teacher, Rolf Gates, of Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. Her writing has appeared in O The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Country Living, Family Circle, Redbook, and other publications. She lives in rural New Hampshire with her family and their faithful border collie, Gracie.

Get your tickets now!!!!
This is a great opportunity and if you go, you will have a fantastic time. Katrina Kenison is a wonderful speaker!
You can buy your tickets at the bookstore by stopping in or calling us at 356-3200 OR stop by the North Conway Library or call them at 356-2961. Tickets need to be purchased in advance!
Thank you!
Laura Lucy / PO Box 399 / North Conway, New Hampshire 03860 / 603-356-3200