CHESTER -- Misty Valley Books’ annual New Voices event takes place on Saturday at 2 p.m., at the First Universalist Church in Chester’s Stone Village. The 20th anniversary New Voices will present five promising authors to talk about their work. Seating is limited, however, and tickets, at $10, are available at the bookstore.
New Voices is a program which has attracted national attention, and a number of Misty Valley New Voices -- including Dennis Lehane, Colum McCann, Arthur Golden, Gregory Maguire, Jennifer Egan, Alex Berenson, Heidi Durrow and Dr. Eben Alexander -- have gone on to considerable fame.
This year’s group includes writers whose debut subjects are crime, love, Africa and Pakistan. The authors will be introduced to the audience by local community members.
Here’s New Voices 2014 lineup:
* Elaine Neil Orr, "A Different Sun" (introduced by Nancy Sharkey Fox). It has been called "Lush, evocative, breathtaking in its descriptions and deeply spiritual in its themes of love, forgiveness and transformation" -- J. Reffner
* Peter Swanson, "The Girl With a Clock for a Heart" (introduced by Bill Dakin). Dennis Lehane, author of "Mystic River" calls it "Š a twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride."
* Rebecca Walker, "Adé" (introduced by Jory Hearst): "Lush, sensual, seductive, Adé is written with as much love as the story it tells." -- M. Johnson
* Shahan Mufti, "The Faithful Scribe" (introduced by Dylan Bate): "If you want to understand Pakistan and the Pakistani-American relationship, read this book." -- Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan.
* Rhonda Riley, "The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope" (introduced by Dr. Sarah Kemble): "the most resonant and touching love story I’ve read in a very long time." -- L. Groff
In addition to the readings at the Stone Church, the public is invited to cross-country ski or snowshoe with the authors at Grafton Ponds on Saturday morning (trail fee), meet the authors at a reception at the church after the readings and then have drinks and/or dinner with the authors at the Fullerton Inn, on the Green next door to Misty Valley Books (full-course meal, prix fixe).
"Over the past two years I have done scores of readings and appearances," writes former New Voice Bruce Bauman ("And the Word Was"), "The Misty Valley Books New Voices weekend was as rewarding and as well organized as the LA Times Festival of Books or the Miami Book Fair. Those are major productions, with a cast of thousands, and are very much needed and appreciated by all authors and book lovers. But New Voices is exactly what the world of literary fiction and nonfiction is about; and we need more like it."
For more information stop by Misty Valley Books, call the bookstore at 802-875-3400, visit www.mvbooks.com, or go to Facebook.