Howard Mansfield, Edie Clark, and Michael Miller | Harrisville NH

Triple Play! Chesham Arts Presents
Howard Mansfield, Edie Clark, and Michael Miller
October 29-31, 2010
Chesham Church, Chesham (Harrisville) NH

The weekend of October 29 and 30 will be a special time for the Chesham Church: award-winning photographer, Michael Miller, will fill the church with his photographs, with an opening reception for him and his photos on Friday evening, October 29, at 5 p.m. Then, on Saturday evening, October 30, at 7 p.m., acclaimed authors Howard Mansfield and Edie Clark
will read from their new books which will be available for sale. The authors will sign. Proceeds will benefit the church.
It has been said about Howard Mansfield that he has never written an uninteresting sentence. His new book, Turn and Jump: How Time and Place Fell Apart, is the sixth in a series of intriguing books he has written, beginning with the memorable, In the Memory House, published to wide acclaim (“a wise and beautiful book,” The New York Times) in 1993 and including as well The Bones of the Earth and The Same Axe Twice, which The New York Times said was “filled with insight and eloquence. A memorable, readable, brilliant book.” Turn and Jump is about time and place, a series of essays about various aspects of our past. Two chapters focus on local phenomenon: Derby’s Store, once the anchor store for all of Peterborough and The Old Homestead, the play that has been produced every year in Swanzey since 1939. Howard lives in Hancock with his wife, the writer, Sy Montgomery and their beloved dog, Sally.
Edie Clark’s new book, States of Grace: Encounters with Real Yankees, is a collection of stories about ordinary people who are distinguished by one extraordinary measure. Included in this volume is a portrait of Doris “Granny D” Haddock and a portrait of Bill House, for many years a surveyor in the Monadnock Region, and his two friends, Bob Bates and Charlie Houston. Together they staged the American expedition to climb K2 in 1939. The book features 28 similar portraits and has been called “a testament to the difficult art of the short profile, at which Clark is a master.” She has four other books, Monadnock Tales, The View from Mary’s Farm, Saturday Beans and Sunday Suppers, and her memoir, The Place He Made, which The New York Times said is “a triumph of the human spirit that may take its place among the best of the literature.” Edie has written for Yankee magazine for the past 32 years and, specifically, about her place in Harrisville for the past twenty years in a column once known as “The Garden at Chesham Depot” and now entitled “Mary’s Farm.” She has lived in Harrisville since 1981.
The Saturday reading will be beautifully enhanced by the evocative, light-filled photographs of Michael Miller, who was, until recently, known in this town as a skilled carpenter. But, way back when, he had earned a degree in photojournalism from Boston University, schooling he never used until very recently. In time, the rigors of carpentry caught up with him and he started thinking about what he might do that was not quite so hard on his back. Michael had never completely put his camera away. As he quietly went about working on other people’s houses, he began to wonder if he could take pictures to earn a living. That was a couple of years ago. His photos have now won awards in several art shows, one of the judges claiming that he thought Michael’s winning photo was actually a painting and, in another instance, his blue ribbon being the first ever given to a photograph rather than a painting. Many of Michael’s photos are of local scenes as well as of Provence, where his wife, Genevieve Drevet, grew up and where they frequently visit.
Both Michael’s opening reception and the Saturday night reading are free and open to the public. Michael’s photos will be on display throughout the weekend. The Chesham Church is the summer home of the Community Church of Harrisville and Chesham. Please come and enjoy these events as well as the special beauty of this lovely church.
Directions to the Church: The church is on Chesham Rd. 1 mile off of route 101 in the small village of Chesham (Harrisville).
Call 603-827-2905 with any questions.