September events at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER, Vt. – Northshire Bookstore is thrilled to announce an extra special story time, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., with beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo and cartoonist Harry Bliss for the release of “Good Rosie!” “Good Rosie!” introduces some delightfully doggy dogs in a warm, funny tale of a timid pup who needs a friend.

Kate DiCamillo is the celebrated author of many books for children, including “Flora & Ulysses” and “The Tale of Despereaux,” both of which received Newbery Medals. Her most recent middle-grade novel, “Raymie Nightingale,” was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award finalist. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature with more than 22 million books in print worldwide, Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker. He has illustrated many picture books, including the #1 New York Times best-selling series by Doreen Cronin that began with “Diary of a Worm,” and he has both written and illustrated several picture books, including “Grace for Gus” and “Luke on the Loose.” Harry Bliss lives in New Hampshire.


Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult. Photo provided.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Northshire Bookstore is proud to partner with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to launch Jodi Picoult’s new book, “A Spark of Light.” Jodi will be interviewed by Vermont-based author, Chris Bohjalian.

This is a ticketed event that will take place at Maple Street School, 322 Maple St. Manchester, Vt. Space is limited and tickets are required to attend. Proceeds from this event will go to supporting Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. A pre-signed copy of the book is included with the ticket and will be available at the event.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Small Great Things” returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center – a women’s reproductive health services clinic – its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

Jodi Picoult – one of the most fearless writers of our time – tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? “A Spark of Light” will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 23 novels. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, “Between the Lines” and “Off the Page.” Picoult lives in New Hampshire.

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For more information on these or other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

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