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Howard Mansfield & Sy Montgomery

December 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Both share a Hancock address — an address they also shared with a famous, 750-pound pig. And they both have brand-new books of essays, many of them featuring characters that area residents will recognize, out this fall. Howard Mansfield’s new book, Summer Over Autumn: A Small Book of Small Town Life, calls on thirty years of his observations of life in a small New Hampshire town – in this case Hancock.  He tells stories about neighbors, animals, tractors, trees, yard sales, funerals, money, and fidelity to time itself. But these stories also contain much more. Mansfield writes, “We get from stories what we bring to them, and in small towns we may bring entire lives to the reading, and sometimes a simple story runs deep.” Mansfield is the author of nine books, including In the Memory HouseThe Bones of the Earth, The Same Ax, Twice, and Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter. His book, Turn & Jump, won an “IPPY,” Independent Publisher Book Award, in 2011.

Howard’s wife, Sy Montgomery, is co-author (with her friend, former Peterborough Selectman Elizabeth Marshall Thomas) of Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind. Monadnock area neighbors will find familiar characters in these pages, too: Sy and Howard’s pig, Christopher Hogwood gets more press, as well as the couple’s hens and border collie, Thurber, joined by other dogs and cats, hawks, hyenas, hummingbirds, an octopus, and others. Author and scientist Frans de Waal writes of the collaboration, “Two kindred spirits treat animals as they ought to be treated, with understanding, knowledge and humor.”

Montgomery has written 20 books for both adults and children, which have won many honors. The Soul of an Octopus was a 2015 Finalist for the National Book Awards. She is the winner of the 2009 New England Independent Booksellers Association Nonfiction Award, the 2010 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award and many other honors. Montgomery is “part Indiana Jones and part Emily Dickinson,”says The Boston Globe.


Books will be available for sale and signing. Free and open to all.


December 5, 2017
7:00 pm
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Hancock Town Library
25 Main Street
Hancock, NH 03449 United States