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Happy Holidays! Welcome to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Scroll down to find book suggestions for every reader on your list, and don't miss out on your chance to save 50% during today's (Dec. 1) Cyber Monday sale! (Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all of our upcoming holiday sales!)

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Hobblebush Books 2014
Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is here—but don't start shopping for the readers on your list until you've read our guide.


For the Poetry Reader

Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series Gift SetNine volumes by some of New Hampshire's best poets, gift wrapped and available at the special low price of $50 (after Cyber Monday discount). Books included in the gift set:

  • From the Box Marked Some Are Missing by Charles W. Pratt
  • Earth Listening by Becky Sakellariou
  • Tales of the François Vase by Julia Older
  • Cathedral of Nervous Horses by W. E. Butts
  • The Briar Patch by J. Kates
  • Winter by Patricia Fargnoli
  • Falling Ashes by James Fowler
  • Talismans by Maudelle Driskell
  • Field Guide A Tempo by Henry Walters

Hear Becky Sakellariou, Maudelle Driskell, and Henry Walters read from their volumes in the Granite State Poetry Series on April 12, 2015 at LaBelle Winery!


For (Armchair) Travelers

The Nepal ChroniclesAn exciting account of a honeymoon trek to Everest Base Camp and a personal exploration of Nepal and its culture. Includes a color photo section and a map of the author's trek. (See the author at LaBelle Winery on January 4, 2015!)

Life at the TopLearn about the perils of living on the top of Mount Washington from an observatory staff member! Includes a one-of-a-kind cookbook made up of recipes contributed by the Observatory crew—favorite dishes from people who take their meals seriously (especially in winter, when the food becomes spicier as the temperature grows colder).


For Kids

The New Hampshire Coloring Book Fun New Hampshire facts in illustration and verse! Learn about New Hampshire symbols, history and favorite New Hampshire places with this coloring book appropriate to many ages.


"Small towns are New Hampshire's pride, marching across the countryside."


For Franklinophiles

Poor Richard's LamentWhat if Ben Franklin came back? What if everything depended on it? Walter Isaacson calls Poor Richard's Lament  "a re-imagining of Benjamin Franklin you will not soon forget..."

For Hellenophiles

The Possibility of RedA bilingual edition of Becky Sakellariou's poems translated into Greek by well-known Greek poet Maria Laina.

For Coworkers

Totally Useless Office SkillsRelieve occupational stress with the oddest training manual you will ever see. Over 65 ways to goof off in the office.


For Teachers and Students

Creating the Peaceable ClassroomTechniques to calm, center, focus, uplift, and energize students, teachers, and parents, including yoga, music, movement, breathing, centering, meditation, and feng shui.

Strange TerrainAn essential resource for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable with reading poetry, written by New Hampshire's Poet Laureate, Alice B. Fogel.

Sound IdeasThis guide to poetry employs the art of hearing and speaking to find your way to the heart of a poem by taking it off the page.


The Pleasure of Giving Books

I love the dog-eared bookmark I still have that says, "A book is a gift that you can open over and over again." It's true.

Why does a book make such a good gift? I think because it's a gift that can hold so much of the giver. When someone gives me a book, I can see what they have been thinking. The book is a connection to who we both are.  It is an invitation to better myself the way the other person has. It's a perception that applies to both of us.

It's a way to make the recipient wealthy without spending a lot of money. Its a big thing that doesn't take up much space.

It is one of life's highest pleasures to give--and receive--books. 

—Sid Hall


Upcoming Hobblebush Author Events

Henry Walters at the Peterborough Town Library

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:00 PM
Peterborough Town Library

2 Concord Street
Peterborough, NH 03458

Henry Walters will read from and discuss his book Field Guide A Tempo, Volume IX in the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series. He will be available to sign copies after the reading. This event is free and open to all.


Dan Szczesny at Nashua Public Library's Local Author Night

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:00 PM
Nashua Public Library
2 Court Street
Nashua, NH 03060

Dan Szczesny, author of The Nepal Chronicles, will be participating in Nashua Public Library's Local Author Night. Spend an evening chatting with dozens of local authors, browsing their books, and getting their advice on what it would take to get your own book published! Light refreshments served.


Henry Walters at The Dublin School

Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:00 PM
Dublin School
18 Lehmann Way
Dublin, NH 03444

Henry Walters will read from his book Field Guide A Tempo, Volume IX in the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series, as part of The Dublin School's "Fireside Chats." This event is free and open to all.


Translation and Inspiration: An Evening of Classical Poetry

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6:00 PM
The Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

The Paideia Institute will host its first poetry reading event with Christopher Childers and Henry Walters. These accomplished contemporary poets will discuss how they interpret or incorporate classical literature in their art. 

The event will take place at Poets House in New York City, beginning at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend, but please register ahead of time using the form on this webpage.