Northshire Bookstore has full weekend slate

MANCHESTER - Rye Barcott presents his inspirational memoir "It Happened on the Way to War" on Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore.

In addition, acclaimed oral historian Harvey Frommer presents "Remembering Fenway Park" on Sunday, June 5, at 5 p.m., and Ross McIntyre will present his memoir "Paddle Beads," on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m.

What could you do with $26? It is the amount of money that Tabitha Festo borrowed from Rye Barcott to begin creating what is now the Tabitha Clinic, where more than forty thousand residents each year receive care from a staff of dedicated Kenyan doctors and nurses in the heart of Kibera, one of the world's largest slums. Growing up, Barcott eyed the artifacts of his father's military service and dreamed of following in his footsteps. At 17, he accepted a full ROTC scholarship to the University of North Carolina, in exchange for a four-year active-duty and four-year service obligation to the Marines. But before he would get to war he would visit Kibera to research his senior undergraduate thesis. Stumbling into friendship with Festo, and community organizer Salim Mohammad, the trio founded the now renowned NGO, Carolina for Kibera. Using sports and health care to nurture and develop young leaders in the slum, the organization today educates and empowers thousands of young people living in conditions that many view as hopeless.

CFK's approach has been hailed as a model of "participatory development," the notion that solutions to the problems communities face must be driven from within. "It Happened on the Way to War" takes readers in and out of Kibera as Barcott led Marines into combat and struggled to make sense of two worlds of service as they clashed and converged in his head and heart.

Published to coincide with CFK's tenth anniversary, and the release of "Chasing the Mad Lion," a feature-length documentary about the organization, "It Happened on the Way to War" is a story of community, culture, pride, and making a difference.

Then there is Fenway.

Six days after the Titanic sank in the Atlantic, legendary Boston mayor John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald threw out the first pitch at the first major league baseball game played at his city's brand-new ballpark. It had an attractive red brick facade, the first electric baseball scoreboard, and 18 turnstiles ready for use. The park - built in the city's Fenway section - was fittingly named Fenway Park. That was one hundred seasons ago. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this remarkable venue, sports writer and author Harvey Frommer presents a timely masterwork, "Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox."

The book offers a collection of team history, first-person narratives and iconic images from every epoch of the last century. Frommer captures this sense of place, as "Remembering Fenway Park" is an incomparable walk through the decades with anecdotes from the likes of Bobby Doerr, Luis Tiant, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Dwight Evans, Jimmy Piersall, Fred Lynn, Terry Francona, Pumpsie Green, Dan Shaughnessy, Bill Lee, Jim Lonborg, Leigh Montville, Don Zimmer, Dennis Eckersley, Jon Miller and Michael Dukakis, among others.

Harvey Frommer is a noted oral historian and sports journalist and the author of 40 sports books including the classics, "New York City Baseball, 1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball." His acclaimed "Remembering Yankee Stadium," an oral/narrative history, was published in 2008.

Ross McIntyre and his wife, Jean, spent 40 years together paddling the great wilderness rivers of North America. "Paddle Beads" is McIntyre's memoir of those trips and the resultant lifetime journey they took together.

Ross McIntyre graduated from Dartmouth College in 1953 and Harvard Medical School in 1957. After serving in Pakistan for the U.S. Public Health Service, he joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School in 1964. He retired in 1998, having served as Director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center and as chairman of the cancer and Leukemia Group B. An avid canoeist since boyhood, McIntyre and his wife of 48 years, the late Jean Geary McIntyre, spent every chance they could deep in the North American wilderness, paddling and camping for weeks at a time, returning afterward to the riverfront New Hampshire farm where he and Jean raised their three children, Jeanie, Ross, and Elizabeth.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore Web site at


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