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Friend of Hobblebush,

Here in New Hampshire, the snowbanks are still piled high but the maple syrup buckets are already hanging on the trees. It's a bit incongruous, but it gives us hope! March is bringing something new to Hobblebush Books: Volume I of the Granite State Short Story Series is at the printer now! Read more—and about the allure of stories—below.


An Invitation to the Sunday Granite State Authors Series on March 15 

You are invited to LaBelle Winery to hear Eric Poor read from his book, Working at the Word Factory, and give us some valuable tips—for living and for writing—along the way.

From Working at the Word Factory:

"Among the more famous inadvertent glitches at the Ledger was one some of my friends told me made the Jay Leno Show. The front page had one photo of two children from a costume parade that was slugged "The Princess and the Superhero." The very young children were a cute little girl in a pink chiffon dress wearing a tiara and a somber little lad in a caped costume wtih a big red S on the chest of his blue tights. That photo ran right next to a story with a bold headline that read: Police Arrest Young Burglary Suspects.

They were a fine looking pair of desperadoes . . ." 


Small-Town Journalism at its Best!

Award-winning reporter Eric Poor found himself flying in an antique WWII bomber one day and serving on a panel with a MAD magazine editor the next. He might be climbing a mountain in the snow to interview a man celebrating his 80th birthday and the next day be hitching a flight to Belize.

Eric's book is perfect for aspiring writers and news junkies, and those who love small-town New England.


March Special

Save 30% on Working at the Word Factory this month by ordering from or buying the book at our Sunday Granite State Authors Series event on March 15!

An Interview with Eric Poor

Have you pre-ordered your copy of Sing yet?

Volume I of the Hobblebush Granite State Short Story Series is coming soon. That means you're running out of time to take advantage of our special pre-order discount! 

Visit our website to pre-order Sing for $15 (regularly $16.95) and we'll ship it to you for free!


". . . [These stories] are unstinting in their lyrical scrutiny of human frailty and longing." —Tim Horvath, author of Understories


The Allure of Stories

Checkov said in his Notebooks, "Man will only become better when you make him see what he is like." This is probably his motivation for writing the short stories that have become the envy of every writer. He didn't set out to moralize or philosophize or any other kind of -ize. But he did use his eyes better than others, and every reader of his short stories is better for it. 

To me, this is the appeal of the short story, and one of the reasons we wanted to make our small contribution with the Hobblebush Granite State Short Story Series. The short story will never go out of fashion. Witness the success of the Moth Radio Hour. We need stories in our day and age more than ever. 

I'd tell you why, but I've got a story I want to finish.

Sid Hall


Upcoming Events with Hobblebush Authors

Eric Poor at the Sunday Granite State Authors Series

Sunday, March 15
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101
Amherst, NH 03031

Reception: 3:00 PM
Reading: 3:30 PM
Meet the Author: 4:15 PM

Small-town journalism at its best from an award-winning journalist. Tips and tricks for aspiring writers and news junkies, and stories for those who love small-town New England life. If possible, please RSVP here or call (603) 672-4317.

Sandy Bothmer at the 2015 NEA-NH Spring Instructional Conference

Saturday, March 28, 10:15 AM
Concord High School
170 Warren Street
Concord, NH 03301

Sandy Bothmer will be presenting her workshop "Transforming Turmoil: Creating Calm and Vitality (K–8) as part of the 2015 NEA-NH Spring Instructional Conference. Register for the conference and this workshop here.


Book Launch for Sing by Dan Szczesny

Thursday, April 2, 7 PM
Gibson's Bookstore
45 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

A Book launch party for Volume I of the Hobblebush Granite State Short Story Series, Sing, And Other Short Stories, will be held at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH. Local author Dan Szczesny will read from his book and answer questions. Books will be available for purchase and Dan will be signing them after the reading. This event is free and open to all.

Rodger Martin at World Eye Bookshop

Saturday, April 4, 11 AM
World Eye Bookshop
156 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

Rodger Martin will read from and discuss his books, The Blue Moon Series and The Battlefield Guide. He will be available to answer questions and sign copies after the reading.


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