Events & Programs

May 20: AUTHOR LUNCHEON with Abi Maxwell

Date: 05/20/19 12:00 pm

Join us for a luncheon and author talk with Abi Maxwell at Moat Mountain Smokehouse in North Conway. Tickets are $20, which includes luncheon, author talk and donation to North Conway Library.

 

Tickets can be purchased through White Birch Books, call 603-356-3200. Yes, they need to be purchased in advance so that the restaurant can plan efficiently.

 

We are thrilled to have author Abi Maxwell join us again for our upcoming luncheon. She will be discussing her new novel, “The Den.”  The only thing you have to do is get your ticket!

 

The Den, a luminous, hypnotic story of youth, sex, and power that tells of two young women who find themselves ostracized from the same small New England community for the same reasons--though they are separated by 150 years.

 

Henrietta and Jane are fifteen and twelve, growing up in a farmhouse on the outskirts of town. Their mother is a painter, lost in her art, their father a cook who's raised them on magical tales about their land. When Henrietta becomes obsessed with a boy from town, Jane takes to trailing the young couple, spying on their trysts--until one night, Henrietta vanishes into the woods.

 

Elspeth and Claire are sisters separated by an ocean--Elspeth's pregnancy at seventeen meant she was quickly married and sent to America to avoid certain shame. But when she begins ingratiating herself to the town's wealthy mill owner, a series of wrenching and violent events unfold, culminating in her disappearance. As Jane and Claire search in their own times for their missing sisters, they each come across a strange story about a family that is transformed into coyotes. But what does this myth mean? Are their sisters dead, destroyed by men and lust? Or, are they alive and thriving beyond the watchful eyes of their same small town?

 

With echoes of The Scarlet Letter, Abi Maxwell gives us a transporting, layered tale of two women, living generations apart yet connected by place and longing, and condemned for the very same desires.

 

ABI MAXWELL is the author of Lake People. She studied writing at the University of Montana and now lives in New Hampshire, where she grew up, with her husband and son.

 

MENU CHOICES:

 

1. VEGGIE HUMMUS WRAP  with Artichoke Hearts, Red Onion, Garlic Hummus, Roasted Red Peppers, Oven Roasted Tomatoes & Spinach (vegan)

2. TAOS QUESADILLA with Grilled Chicken, Cheese, Green Onions w/Fresh Tomato Salsa & Sour Cream

3. CHEESEBURGER SLIDERS WITH FRIES  Three Angus Beef Sliders w/Cheddar, Bacon, Chipotle Aioli & Cajun Fries

 

DESSERT:

Chef's Choice