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Happy New Year! January has always been a time to look ahead and set (sometimes unlikely) goals for the rest of the year. We think one of the best and simplest goals is to read more books more often. If you need more of a reason, check out this article from the Huffington Post: "7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books." Our first question for the new year is this:

What books do you plan to read in 2014?

Send us your answers (long or short) through Facebook or by email.

Tea and Poetry

Are you a tea drinker? Do you want to be one? (Switching from coffee to tea is another great New Year's resolution, after all!) In October, we will be publishing a book about how to pick the perfect tea. That's all we're going to tell you for now, but be on the lookout for more details soon!

Also in 2014, we are bringing out the eighth volume in the Granite State Poetry Series, a remarkable collection by Maudelle Driskell, executive director of The Frost Place. It will be available in March.

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Writer and Editor

Writer, meet your editor. Editor, meet your writer. If you two have not met each other yet, you may be in for a big surprise. You may take a while to recognize each other. Whether you live in two different brains or you both live in the same brain, you may be shocked at how different you are.

If you have found each other, consider yourselves the luckiest of friends. What strange creatures each of you would be without the other. You, writer, are the secret spring on the lush mountainside, gushing what the world needs to survive. You, editor, are the banks and the channels that bring the gush into town. You are the fountain in the middle of the town square.

You can never be happy without each other. That's because you, writer, are thinking of yourself most of the time. You have to. We want you to. We want no restraints on you.  But you, editor, are looking at the very same words and thinking of someone else, another creature altogether: a reader! Imagine that.

You two could never be happy without each other, but don't step on each others toes. You could each dance alone if you wanted to, but how beautiful you are when you dance together.

—Sid Hall

Holly's New Year's Resolution

Who wouldn't want to be immortalized with a statue? Some may say Holly's New Year's resolution for 2014 is grandiose, but she plans to ignore such discouragements as she makes her way to top-dog status.