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

Event date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:30pm

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 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.

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.

Chuck Clarino is a journalist, memoirist and short story writer who spent several memorable days with Howard Frank Mosher as the two toured Howard’s favorite haunts in the Northeast Kingdom, listening to the stories behind the stories and stopping occasionally to cast their rods in Howard’s favorite fishing holes.
Will Notte is the manager of Phoenix Books Rutland. He has worked as a book editor for fifteen years, including seven years as Acquisitions Editor for Tuttle Publishing. He frequently speaks at writer's workshops and literary festivals. In addition to this, he is an elected public official, currently serving his tenth year on the Rutland City Board of Aldermen.


DATE:  Thursday, January 25th at 6:30pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

Event address: 
2 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Points North: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250161932
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 23rd, 2018