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Book Notes: Read ‘A Christmas Carol’ Aloud at Tenney Memorial Library

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 12/14/2018 12:04:56 AM
Modified: 12/14/2018 12:05:08 AM

If you haven’t read A Christmas Carol lately, or at all, Tenney Memorial Library in Newbury, Vt., is offering bibliophiles a chance to make a communal event of it tonight — all in one sitting.

Library director Mary Burnham is providing 10 copies of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens’ classic for readers-aloud who don’t own or bring their own, and is hoping to make a yuletide tradition of the gathering. She scheduled readings both for last night and tonight, starting at 6:30.

“This will be nothing fancy,” Burnham said on Wednesday. “We will just take turns reading and savoring the pictures that Dickens paints with words. ... Because this is low key for this first time, some folks are coming both days and some can only make it Friday.”

After each reading, the library will serve hot mulled cider and Christmas cookies. To learn more, and to confirm that there’s room for more readers, email

Author! Author!

Next up in the Norwich Bookstore’s series of readings by authors, George Howe Colt tonight will read from and talk about his book, The Game, an in-depth look back at the 29-29 tie between Harvard and Yale Universities’ unbeaten football teams at the end of the 1968 season.

Following the formula journalist David Halberstam took with acclaimed sports books such as The Breaks of the Game and October 1964, Colt saves the play-by-play for late in the story, after examining the circumstances leading up to the showdown. In this case, Colt works in the points of view of players both prominent and unknown, through the lens of the social, political and racial upheavals of the time.

While admission is free, the bookstore recommends calling 802-649-1114 to reserve from the limited number of seats in the store.

And on Wednesday night at the Norwich Congregational Church, former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin will try again — after a weather cancellation last month — to share with Upper Valley readers insights from her new memoir, Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties. While the church has plenty of room, the bookstore recommends calling 802-649-1114 to reserve a book for the author to sign.

David Corriveau can be reached at and at 603-727-3304.

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