Points North: A celebration of Howard Frank Mosher and his final book

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 5:30pm

Phoenix Books Burlington will celebrate beloved author Howard Frank Mosher, and his final book, Points North, at a reception and reading on Tuesday, January 30th at 5:30pm.  Local authors Chris Bohjalian, Stephen P. Kiernan, and Stephen Russell Payne will read from Points North and share reminiscences of Mosher and his work. Phoenix Books co-owner Renee Reiner will host and MC the event. Light fare will be provided.

ABOUT THE BOOKUpon his passing in January 2017, Howard Frank Mosher was recognized as one of America's most acclaimed writers. His fiction set in the world of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom chronicles the intertwining family histories of the natives, wanderers, outcasts, and others. In its obituary, The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Mosher's fictional Kingdom County, Vt., became his New England version of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County." Howard Frank Mosher was the author of thirteen previous books of fiction and nonfiction, including God's Kingdom. He received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, the New England Book Award, and the 2011 New England Independent Booksellers Association's President's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. In January 2017, Mosher passed away at the age of seventy-four in Vermont.

In Points North, completed just weeks before his death, Mosher presents a brilliant, lovingly-evoked collection of stories that center around the Kinneson family, ranging over decades of their history in the Kingdom. From a loquacious itinerant preacher who beguiles the reticent farmers and shopkeepers of a small New England town, to a proposed dam that threatens the river that Kinneson men have fished for generations, the scandalous secret of a romance and its violent consequences, and a young man's seemingly fruitless search for love--Points North is a full-hearted, gently-comic, and beautifully-written last gift to the readers who treasure Howard Frank Mosher.


Chris Bohjalian (above left) is the author of twenty books, including The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; The Double Bind; and Midwives, which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. The novels Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers have all been made into movies and Chris’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

Stephen P. Kiernan (above center) is a graduate of Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He spent more than twenty years as a journalist, winning numerous awards for excellence in the field, before turning to fiction writing. The Baker's Secret is his third novel.

Stephen Russell Payne (above right) is a fourth-generation Vermonter from the Northeast Kingdom town of St. Johnsbury. A lifelong writer, he has published fiction, non-fiction and poetry in a number of publications including Vermont Life magazine, the Tufts ReviewThe Vermont Literary ReviewLivin’ the Vermont Way magazine and Route 7- Vermont Literary Journal. He is also the author of Cliff WalkingRiding My Guitar: The Rick Norcross Story, and Ties that Bind.


DATE:  Tuesday, January 30th at 5:30pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Points North: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250161932
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 23rd, 2018