Elin Hilderbrand for President

As I write this, I’m about halfway through Swan Song, the newest book by Elin Hilderbrand, published June 11.   It’s called Swan Song for reasons pertinent to the events in the book …

Manchester Library Notes | May 17

A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, including a meeting of the Diversity Matters Book Club, educational session on NASA and space exploration, children's programs and more.

Event on May 5 Asks: Can New England Make Things Again?

Looking around at all of the old mill buildings and tanneries that have been turned into fashionable shopping areas and apartment buildings, it’s easy to think of New England’s …

Manchester Library Notes | April 26

A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, including a meeting of the Mystery Book Club, a plant swap, meditation, children's programs and more.
Ghlee E. Woodworth

Book Lovers, Clear Your Calendars!

Book lovers of the North Shore, clear your calendars for the last weekend of April. On Saturday, April 27, bookstores across the country will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day. It’s one …

Manchester Library Notes | April 12

A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, including registration for April 12's solar eclipse viewing party, community poetry reading, book groups and more.

Essex Library Notes | April 12

This week at the TOHP Burnham Public Library, come down to see Rick Roth and the Cape Ann Vernal Pond team who will bring indigenous snakes, or join the community book group that currently reading "Dancing at the Pity Party" by Tyler Feder.

Gloucester Zine Fest Inaugural Event Set for April 27 in Downtown
The Sawyer Free Library will host the inaugural Gloucester Zine Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at 20 and 21 Main Street in downtown Gloucester. This event, open to all, offers a …
Manchester Library Notes | March 29
A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, including registration for April 2's solar eclipse viewing party, community poetry reading, book groups and more.
The library’s graphic novel club had a blast making these cool glasses and discussing “Four Eyes” by Rex Ogle.  Grades 4-7 meet once a month on a Wednesday to explore new and new-to-you graphic novels with friends, snacks and activities.
Manchester Library Notes | April 5
A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, including registration for April 8's solar eclipse viewing party, community poetry reading, book groups and more.
It’s “Women First” in Our Salon Series
The first recorded salons — i.e., social gatherings that doubled as educational gatherings and vice versa — date back to 15th-century Italy and were hosted by noblewomen, who perhaps had …
Victory never tasted as sweet as it did at the MBTS library’s first and hopefully annual Chocolate Olympics event on February 20.  Competitors built Oreo towers, mastered the M&M transport challenge, and even managed to unwrap Hershey’s Kisses wearing oven mitts.  Lots of medals all around -- made of chocolate, of course.
Manchester Library Notes | March 1
A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, and it's a whole lot more than just books. Issues of gender will be addressed in programs on transgender athletes and female dieties (for Women in History Month), and springtime storytelling, and more.
Twenty-seven attendees packed the library to hear Dr. David J. Roberts MD, SVP of Operations Community Division Mass General Brigham, speak about how food, shelter and loneliness affect on our health outcomes and what can be done to support efforts to meet these basic needs.
Manchester Library Notes | Feb. 23
A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, and it's a whole lot more than just books. Goup meditation has moved back to the library, and there are programs with romance authors, winter and springtime storytelling, and more.
Untold Story of 1960s Women’s Olympic Glory Featured at Sawyer Free Library Author Talk
It’s an inspiring story that transcends athletic performance.  And its been a. largely untold one that a local author has worked hard to correct. The Tigerbelles: Olympic Legends from …
General Jack Hammond shared his expertise with over 80 attendees at the beautiful Crowell Chapel as a part of the Manchester Cultural Council and the MBTS Library’s speaker series.
Manchester Library Happenings | Feb. 9 Edition
A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, including a crafting workshop using stamps and watercolors to create a puzzle purse and storytelling time. Check it out.
Beginners and seasoned players alike were welcomed to the Essex Library over the weekend for the first of two Rummikub game sessions.
Essex Library Notes | Feb. 2
This week at the TOHP Burnham Public Library, you can grab 2023 tax return forms, join in for this month's Community Book Group read ("The High House," by Jessie Greengrass) or check out the many children's programs going all month.
Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab veteran Paul Zambella dusts for attendees'
 fingerprints at his Forensic Science Roadshow program, which drew a crowd of mystery fans and others with a CSI affinity to the Manchester-by-the-Sea library last week.
Manchester Library Notes | Feb. 2
A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, and it's a whole lot more than just books. There's eLibrary cards, winter and springtime storytelling, and more.
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Life’s Hard Bargain by Donald G. Denihan

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BookTrib’s Bites: Thrillers to Travelogues, and Everything in Between

(NewsUSA) - The Bucharest Dossier by William Maz“The Bourne Identity” meets John le Carre’s “The Spy Who Came In from the Cold.”Bill Hefflin is a man apart—apart from life, apart from …

6 books that explain the history and meaning of Juneteenth

The Conversation presents a list of six books on the subject of Juneteenth to help people better understand its history and meaning.

Forty-Six Years of Puppy Love – As Told Through Shiva Eyes

Forty-Six Years of Puppy Love – As Told Through Shiva Eyes
(NewsUSA) - Can an ordinary life be extraordinary? It depends on the lens through which one views it. In the case of Marc Gellman, that lens is Shiva Eyes and the life is the one he describes in his …

Books Can Make For A Great Way To Bond

Katelyn Lonas has written and illustrated over 70 book­s and she’s only 17.
(NAPSI)—What do you do for an encore when you publish your first book at age 9? Well, if you’re Katelyn Lonas, you go on to write and illustrate over 70 more by the tender age of 17. Katelyn’s …

BookTrib's Bites: Four Fascinating Reads

(NewsUSA) - What We Buried by Robert Rotenberg Inspired by the true story of the Forty Martyrs in Gubbio, Italy, during World War II, this is an extraordinary crime novel about troubled legacies, …

Your favorite Disney princesses are being re-imagined in modern romances

(BPT) - Disney lovers: Ever pictured Ariel in modern-day Manhattan? How about Belle in California? What might your favorite heroines be up to in our world?The Meant to Be collection of romance novels …

BookTrib’s Bites: Jump into Spring with These Four Reads

(NewsUSA) - Leaning on Air by Cheryl Grey BostromThey last spoke as teens . . . But a surprise encounter 12 years later reunites ornithologist Celia Burke with veterinary surgeon Burnaby Hayes, …

The Untold Story of GoDaddy Founder’s Traumatic Life and Explosive Success

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5 books to help you better understand today’s campus protests

Every so often, a cause ignites a sustained fury on college campuses across the nation. In 2020, it was Black Lives Matter. In 2011, it was Occupy Wall Street. In the 1980s, it was apartheid in South Africa. Right now, it’s the Israeli military campaign in Gaza. …

Banned books make up the sophomore English curriculum at this high school

Chalkbeat reports on a New York City high school class that is reading banned books to open their minds.

BookTrib's Bites: Four Captivating Spring Reads

(NewsUSA) - Writers of the Future Volume 40 by L. Ron HubbardSpine-tingling. Breathtaking. Mind-blowing.Experience these powerful new voices—vivid, visceral, and visionary—as they explore …

New Writers and Illustrators Win Decades-Old Science Fiction And Fantasy Contest

The next exciting volume of award-winning new fantasy and science fiction short stories on the theme of “Shaman Dreams” is now available.
(NAPSI)—Decades of helping writers and artists have resulted in the latest edition of L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future by the winners of the 40th annual Writers of the Future and the …

A Story To Sing About

Travel the world with a new book and album to discover why people sing—to have fun and share stories; to pass the time and remember times past; and to come together and celebrate.
(NAPSI)—The next time you listen to a lullaby, a love song, carols or karaoke, consider this: Why do people sing? A charming answer to that intriguing question comes from YouTube creators and …

Young Author Translates 4,000-Year-Old Text to Reveal Fascinating Insights into Ancient Egypt

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(NewsUSA) - Educators everywhere should scrap their current lesson plans and make the new book Be a Scribe! by 16-year-old Michael Hoffen and co-authors Dr. Christian Casey and Dr. Jen Thum part of …

BookTrib’s Bites: Four Reads to Kickoff Spring

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Infinity Kings: Final Book In A Favorite Fantasy Series

The much-anticipated conclusion to the Infinity Cycle fantasy series is at last available.
(NAPSI)—In an epic conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Infinity Cycle, two brothers find themselves in a heartbreaking war against one another.   After the ultimate betrayal, Emil …

2102: PRETENSE, THE PLAY: New Literary Novel Overlays Tech Angst into a Stunning Future

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(NewsUSA) - As Artificial Intelligence advances across the globe with inexorable speed, untold predictions of promise and peril amass. All in all, it’s a perfect time for Amazon bestselling author …

BookTrib’s Bites: Four Captivating Reads

(NewsUSA) - I Am Pink by Gregory Copploe and Dani ForrestI Am Pink is a captivating odyssey of self-discovery and empowerment. This award-winning book unfolds a narrative of resilience, …
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“Dune,” widely considered one of the best sci-fi novels of all time, continues to influence how writers, artists and inventors envision the future. Of course, there are Denis Villeneuve’s visually stunning films, “Dune: Part One” (2021) and “Dune: Part Two” (2024). …
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(NewsUSA) - The Challenge of Choice by Richard FastHave you ever made an important decision with total confidence, only to see it become a complete disaster? Why do we frequently make crucial …
ONCE UPON TOMORROW: Harnessing the New Opportunities the Metaverse Creates
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(NewsUSA) - Thirty years ago, the advent of the internet changed the world. For the first time in human history, the collected knowledge of all mankind was freely available to every man, woman, and …
Margaret Morse Nice thought like a song sparrow and changed how scientists understand animal behavior
The Conversation looks back at a pioneering ethologist, bird-bander, and ornithologist Margaret Morse Nice, and how her work influenced scientific approaches to animal behavior for Women's History Month.
At bedtime, when lights go out…sometimes thoughts stay on. A new children’s book can help.
Helping Alleviate Children’s Anxiety
(NAPSI)—If your children are like most, they get anxious from time to time—but you can help them get over it.   The Problem In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), …
BookTrib’s Bites: From Science Fiction to Murder Mysteries
(NewsUSA) - Baby X by Kira Peikoff With a vivid imagining of the future, Gattaca meets Black Mirror in Kira Peikoff’s Baby X. In the near future, where advanced technology can create egg or …
Who is the 'Rural Voter'? A new book builds on old themes to create new understanding
The Daily Yonder looks at "The Rural Voter: The Politics of Place and the Disuniting of America," in which Colby College political scientists Nicholas F. Jacobs and Daniel M. Shea set out to describe what differentiates the politics of metropolitan and nonmetropolitan places.
W.E.B. Du Bois’ study ‘The Philadelphia Negro’ at 125 still explains roots of the urban Black experience – sociologist Elijah Anderson tells why it should be on more reading lists
W.E.B. Du Bois is widely known for his civil rights activism, but many sociologists argue that he has yet to receive due recognition as the founding father of American sociology. His groundbreaking study, “The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study,” …
Betty Smith enchanted a generation of readers with ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ − even as she groused that she hoped Williamsburg would be flattened
Eighty years ago, in the winter and spring of 1944, Brooklyn-born author Betty Smith was entering a new chapter of life. A year earlier, she was an unknown writer, negotiating with her publisher about manuscript edits and the date of publication for her first book, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” …
BookTrib’s Bites: Four Reads to Ward off the Cold
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A fascinating new novel about Nazis hiding in post-war South America is a great summer read.
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(NAPSI)—A daring new novel called SOLIMEOS by Rhoda Lerman, a critically-acclaimed author who passed away in 2015, imagines what life might have been like for Nazi officers and their families in …
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Fantastic Ideas Can Win Fantastic Prizes
(NAPSI)—The newest and most exciting voices of science fiction and fantasy have been found by the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, for nearly four decades. …
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Great Historical Fiction Can Illuminate Life Today
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Now teachers in Florida can excite students through hands-on and digital investigations that drive students to ask questions, make claims, and analyze evidence to explain real-world happenings.
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How We Have Fallen Short in Teaching Literacy -- And What To Do About It

(NewsUSA) - This may be difficult to read, but did you know:In the last 15 years, 15 million students graduated from high schools testing below the basic reading level.One in five college students …

A Perspective On Race And Religion

A new book by Gene Heil offers a unique way of looking at—and dealing with—race relations in America today.

(NAPSI)—Do you contribute to racial unity or disunity? That’s the focus of a new book, which offers a surprising perspective on race relations in America today, and offers suggestions to improve …

Humorous, Poetic & Allegorical Tale Reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno

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