Phoenix Books Rutland will celebrate beloved author Howard Frank Mosher, and his final book, Points North, at a reception and reading on Thursday, January 25th at 6:30pm. Yvonne Daley, Chuck Clarino, and Will Notte will read from Points North and share reminiscences of Mosher and his work. Light fare will be provided.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Upon 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.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Yvonne Daley is a journalist, educator and author of six nonfiction books, the latest of which, Going Up the Country, will be published by UPNE in 2018. Howard Frank Mosher gave several memorable presentations at the the Green Mountain Writers Conference, which Yvonne directs. She profiled Mosher in her book Vermont Writers: A State of Mind, and loved the dear rascal.
DATE: Thursday, January 25th at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Rutland
ADMISSION: Free and open to all.