Wherever you go this fall in the Mount Washington Valley, you will probably see people with their noses in Howard Frank Mosherâ€™s book A Stranger in the Kingdom! “One Book, One Valley” is a community-wide reading initiative, modeled after the nation-wide program launched in Seattle in 1998.
Last spring, folks from the Conway Library, Granite State College, Kennett High School and White Birch Books got together to do the initial planning. Mosherâ€™s book was unanimously picked as a read that would have multi-generational appeal. Set in a rural community in northern Vermont, the novel is “powerful, viscerally affecting and totally contemporary in its exposure of deep-seated prejudice and intolerance.”
Multiple copies of A Stranger in the Kingdom will be available at Cook and other libraries in the Valley in early September. The book can also be purchased at White Birch Books. In mid-October, small group book discussions will be held at each library; the one in Tamworth is schedule for Wednesday, October 11th. The program will culminate with a visit from the author. Mosher will be in the Valley on Thursday, November 9th and is scheduled to discuss his book at three different places: at noon in Jackson at the Friendsâ€™ Annual Meeting, again at 3:30 at the Conway Library for Kennett High students and faculty, and finally at 7:30 at the Salyardsâ€™ Museum. All discussions are free and open to the public.