Poet Wesley McNair, "The Words I Chose"

01/24/2013 7:00 pm

7 p.m., Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at Gibson's Bookstore

Granite State Native and Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair publishes "superb memoir" about how he became a poet. Join us for an evening author talk and reading with this New Hampshire favorite.
Beginning in poverty and a broken home, Wesley McNair went on, through family hardships and setbacks, to become what poet Philip Levine has called “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” This memoir tells how he developed into a poet against the odds, incorporating his struggles into his art.
 Can't make the event? Call us (603-224-0562) or email us (gibsons@totalnetnh.net) to have us put a copy aside to be signed for you.

“Readers...will root for the author as a young persona... [The book’s] denoument is stunning...”
– Kirkus Reviews

“Recommended to memoir connoisseurs and lovers of contemporary poetry alike; the unflinching candor sets this one apart.” – Library Journal

“The Words I Chose...is a standout.” – The Concord (NH) Monitor

A “superb memoir.. This is a story about hope, how when it is necessary to survive...truth and beauty can not only survive, but thrive. With nobility and grace, Powerfully.” – Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Failure Wesley McNair is the Poet Laureate of Maine. He is the author of nineteen books, including poetry, nonfiction, and edited anthologies. His most recent books are The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry (CMU, 2012) and Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems (Godine, 2010).  

Wesley McNair, poet 
Book List
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9780887485572
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 8/2012

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Concord native Michael Fournier returns triumphant with his new novel! Swing State unveils the generally overlooked decades-long economic downturn in the rural Northeast. With an unflinching eye, he lays bare the dim dreams and raw existence of the lives of three residents of Armbrister, New Hampshire, who share the same goal: Get out. Faced with grim prospects, the intersection of bullying and terrorism blurs, with disastrous consequences in this deftly woven tale.  "A riveting, compassionate story"--Mike Faloon, author of 'The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock' and editor of 'Fan Interference'
 

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Dan Chartrand from Water Street and I visited Laura Knoy recently to talk about some of the best books for fall. If you missed the show, you can find our lists and listen to the broadcast here.  ... Here's a photo in which I was making some point or other--who knows, really--much to the apparent amusement of Dan.

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