MANCHESTER >> On Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m., the Northshire Bookstore will host a special duo author appearance. Author Jung Yun will be here for her new book "Shelter." She will be in conversation with James Scott, author of "The Kept." Mrs. Yun's highly anticipated debut novel is receiving accolades from The New York Times, and several other notable publications. A riveting story beginning with a violent home invasion, explores the depths of forgiveness and the lengths one goes to in order to provide for ones family. As "Shelter" veers swiftly toward its startling conclusion, Jung Yun leads the reader through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, chaos discovers hope.
Jung Yun was born in South Korea, grew up in North Dakota, and educated at Vassar College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her work has appeared in "Tin House" (the "Emerging Voices" issue); "The Best of Tin House: Stories, " edited by Dorothy Allison; and "The Massachusetts Review;" and she is a recipient of an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize and an Artist's Fellowship in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband.
On Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m., a kickoff to the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month will be held.
April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month and it is starting it out with a respected Vermont poet, Leland Kinsey, for his new collection of poetry, "Galvanized." This much-anticipated collection ranges from Kinsey's home in the rugged mountains of northern Vermont to the towering stone lighthouses and highland shielings of his ancestors' Scotland. Drawing from seven previous, acclaimed collections, and with more than 12 new poems, Kinsey takes us with him on his travels to the brawling rivers of Labrador, the slopes of Kilimanjaro, the wheat fields and dinosaur digs of Alberta, and the ranches of the Tex-Mex border. With precise and original images – the Egyptian mummies used to stoke the furnaces of 19th-century steamships; the hardwood timbers of Swahili sailing freighters dating back three thousand years – Kinsey carries us deep into human history and into the natural world we were once all intimately a part of. With him, we visit the rough, country ballfields and raw girlie shows of his youth, and experience the endlessly fascinating intricacies of the work he's done, as a farrier, printer, horseman, dairy farmer, and teacher. In language so exact and powerful it appears to be galvanized itself, Kinsey is a poet of the "reaches of the world," and our place in it. He writes of love and loss, of family and friendship, of joy and sorrow, always with a hard-earned vision of hope, always straight from his own dauntless heart.
Leland Kinsey, was born and raised on a farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, where his ancestors settled in the early 1800s. He has conducted writing workshops for the Vermont Arts Council and the Children's Literacy Foundation at over 100 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since receiving his MA, Leland has worked as a farmhand, printer, and horse trainer and has taught courses at Elderhostel. He has published six collections of poetry, including In the Rain Shadow (University Press of N.E.)
Following Mr. Kinsey's event the Gossamer Stone Poets will be set up in the store with their well-known session of "The Poet is In." Visit from 2-4 p.m. and have a poem written for you by one of the Gossamer Stone Poets while you wait. Poems are free but donations for our Book Angel's Program are appreciated.