Appledore Books Newsletter
April 2009
This Desired Place Author
To Discuss Historical Novel
At Book Group Event April 29

The book club based at the Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield NH invited Julia Older, author of This Desired Place, to join them at the next monthly meeting in a round table discussion of her award-winning historical novel.

The general public also is invited.

Readers will get together for the conversation on April 29 at 7:00 PM in the Greenfield town library.

This Desired Place is set in the seacoast life and times of 17th century New England. The novel is a featured selection in the 2009 Reading Group Choices guidebook.

Reading Group Choices offers an annual selection of novels and nonfiction recommended for book clubs around the country. More than 16,000 guidebooks with conversation starter questions and author bios are distributed nationally to bookstores, book clubs and public libraries.

Older will be answering questions and participating in the Greenfield group discussion about her research and writing of This Desired Place, the second novel of her Isles of Shoals Trilogy.

NH Center for the Book Celebrates
April National Poetry Month
By Featuring a Poet & Poem a Day

Mary Russell, Director of The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, is featuring 30 New Hampshire poets throughout the National Poetry Month of April. Each day a poet and the poet’s poem are added to the cumulative online celebration.

Anyone online can attach a widget or link to the RSS feed or email distribution of the April Poetry Celebration by visiting

NH Center for the Book is an affiliate of The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Julia Older is featured in the celebration on April 16 with her poem “First Veil” from her verse-novel Tahirih Unveiled. She can be heard also reading a Tahirih poem on the Appledore Books website by scrolling down the Tahirih Unveiled Book Page for the 1:49 minute audio link.

Book Scene: Publisher Catalogs Going Digital

HarperCollins is the first major publisher to shift from paper printing its catalog of books to electronic editions. Besides the lower cost for digital editions, electronic catalogs offer faster updates to meet the demands of buyers who want to purchase books on a monthly basis. At the same time, digital catalogs are expected to eliminate the traditional spring and winter buying “seasons” as well as the graphic splash of book covers and the tactile link between catalog and book. Other publishers are expected to follow the HarperCollins lead.

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