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Athlete Karen Newman will discuss her book, "Just Three Words," on Feb. 12.

MANCHESTER >> Join author and 7-time All American triathlete Karen Newman at the Northshire Bookstore as she discusses her new memoir, "Just Three Words," which tells the story of how she fought for her life against two life threatening diseases, anorexia/bolemia, and advanced breast cancer. This gripping story reveals the incredible power words have to shatter or empower us and the astonishing potential that love has to heal. Newman inspired thousands as she continued training and competing in triathlons throughout her grueling cancer treatments, and was featured on the NBC Today Show twice because of her remarkable change of heart and rousing message of hope.

Newman will be discussing her book and story at the bookstore Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

Acoustic Concert With Local Band, Luminous Crush

Lonely hearts and those who aren't can plan to stop by on Valentine's Eve for a free concert with the intriguing electro-acoustic group known as "Luminous Crush." The group featuring Ben Campbell and Laura Molinelli (with special guest Christian Heins on bass) has been touring independent record and music shops and bookstores throughout Vermont to promote their new self/titled EP. Luminous Crush will also hold a meet and greet after the concert and will sign copies of their CD's, which will be offered at a discounted rate only at this event.