Local author roundup

Carol Luers EymanLorrie Thomson, who did a reading here last fall from Equilibrium, her book about a man with bipolar disorder, has just published another novel.

"What's Left Behind" by Lorrie Thomson

“What’s Left Behind” by Lorrie Thomson is available from the library in paperback.

I have not yet read What’s Left Behind, but Lorrie was kind enough to send her husband by with an advance copy. This book is about Abby Stone, who throws herself into running a bed and breakfast on the Maine Coast after the death of her 18-year-old son. Abby plans a backyard labyrinth as a memorial to him, which should be of interest to Nashua readers, since our Rotary Common Park on Main Street is the home of the first permanent Chartres Labyrinth in New Hampshire.

Another book that came across my desk is Troubadours and Troublemakers: The Evolution of American Protest Music. The author, Kevin Comtois, teaches at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts. Since the speakers we had this summer from NECC (one talked about chocolate, one about old wives’ tales) were both super, I decided to ask Kevin to speak here, on February 12. His topic will be the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan.

"Angel Play" by Roy Goodman is available from the library in paperback.

“Angel Play” by Roy Goodman is available from the library in paperback.

Nashuan Roy Goodman’s novel, Angel Play, came out as an e-book several months back and is now available in paperback, too. Set in Boston and northern New Hampshire, Angel Play is the story of  17-year-old Angela Dawes, kidnapped by a Vietnam vet when he commandeers a cab and picks her up after her shift at a Brigham’s ice cream shop.

As in most kidnappings, the motivations of the criminal, while stated, are inscrutable to the law-abiding public. The story shifts among the points of view of Angie, her father, and various detectives. Angie was abandoned by her mother as a six-year-old and is beginning to come to terms with that through poetry and conversations with her elderly neighbor. She is the most believable and sympathetic of the characters in the novel. If you’ve lived or gone to school in Boston and you’re a fan of police procedurals, give this first-time local novelist a try.

Speaking of Roy Goodman, he and Penny Baert Zywusko will be reading their poetry at the Nashua Public Library this Saturday, October 18, at 4 pm as part of Art Walk Nashua. It’s open mike, so if you’d like to participate, come sign up between 3:30 pm and 4 pm.

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

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