Writers on a New England Stage

A co-production of New Hampshire Public Radio and The Music Hall in Portsmouth. To view the schedule and purchase tickets, click here or call the box office at (603) 436-2400

Note: Some events require the purchase of a book voucher and are not available online; call or visit the Music Hall box office to purchase tickets to these shows.

Half lecture, half intimate conversation, Writers on a New England Stage brings world-class authors to New Hampshire to read from their latest works and talk to us about themselves, their process, and their stories. The series is hosted by Word of Mouth's Virginia Prescott.

Archive (Prior to November 2011)

 

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Writers On A New England Stage: Anne Rice

Author Anne Rice speaks during a Writers on a New England Stage show at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH
© David J. Murray ClearEyePhoto.com

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with author Anne Rice who reinvented a genre when she published Interview with a Vampire nearly 40 years ago. Subsequent novels presented undead characters who experienced love, grief, and longing.

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Word of Mouth
3:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Writers On A New England Stage: E.O. Wilson

Biologist and author Edward Osborne "E. O." Wilson
David J. Murray, ClearEyePhoto.com

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with biologist, ecologist and two-time Pulitzer prize-winning author E.O. Wilson. Wilson has spent decades researching some of the biggest scientific riddles of our time - from the origins of human social behavior to saving disappearing species of plants and animals. He’s out with a bold new book that takes on nothing less than The Meaning Of Human Existence. He’ll discuss his ideas on where we came from, what we are and where we’re going.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Carl Hiassen's "Bad Monkey"

Carl Hiassen Photo by David J. Murray, ClearEyePhoto.com

Word of Mouth presents a special rebroadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with Carl Hiassen, presented by NHPR and The Music Hall and recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Hiassen joined Virginia on stage last June to talk about “Bad Monkey,” a volume of comic crime fiction. It is now available in paperback

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Writers On A New England Stage: Bill Bryson's "One Summer: 1927"

Bill Bryson Photo by David J. Murray, ClearEyePhoto.com

Word of Mouth presents a special rebroadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with Bill Bryson, presented by NHPR and The Music Hall and recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. He joined Virginia Prescott on stage last October to talk about his book “One Summer: 1927.” It is now available in paperback.

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Writers On A New England Stage: P.J. O'Rourke

Photo(s) by David J. Murray, ClearEyePhoto.com

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with P.J. O'Rourke recorded live at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. The journalist, satirist, bestselling author, and frequent Wait Wait Don't Tell Me panelist has written humorously about some of the worlds' scariest conflict zones and got us laughing about economics and political flim-flammery in Washington as a writer for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic and seventeen books of nonfiction.

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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Writers On A New England Stage - B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak reads from his book, "One More Thing"
Photo by David J. Murray ClearEyePhoto.com

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with B.J. Novak, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

Best known for his role as “Ryan the Temp” on The Office, Novak talks with us about his debut collection of short stories One More Thing which he thinks is even more revealing than a memoir.

We’ll also get his take on his rising fame, and the not-so-heavy burden of being a celebrity author.

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Word of Mouth
1:45 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Writers On A New England Stage: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Virginia Prescott and Justice Sotomayor
Photo(s) by David J. Murray ClearEyePhoto.com

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Justice Sotomayor sat down with Virginia Prescott to discuss her memoir, My Beloved World. She's not permitted to comment on current cases, which gave Virginia plenty of time to discuss Justice Sotomayor's childhood in the Bronx, what it was like to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium and counseling a Sesame Street character, Abby Cadabby on possible career choices.

Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Writers On A New England Stage: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin takes the stage.
Photo(s) by David J. Murray ClearEyePhoto.com

NHPR

and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Doris Kearns Goodwin, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The Pulitzer prize-winning historian and biographer of several American presidents shifts to the progressive era with, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt William Howard Taft & The Golden Age Of Journalism.  The book follows two presidents who became friends and later bitter rivals, as well as a chronicle of the dawn of investigative journalism in America.

This broadcast was made possible with support from TransCanada.

Word of Mouth
10:44 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Patricia Cornwell Lets Her Characters Speak For Themselves

Credit via PatriciaCornwell.com

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Patricia Cornwell. Her best-selling Kay Scarpetta crime fiction series introduced millions of readers to forensic pathology – and inspired popular TV shows from CSI to Dexter. After her 21st Scarpetta novel, Patricia Cornwell reflects on the process of turning grisly real-world crimes into absorbing fiction.

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Word of Mouth
2:20 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Bill Bryson Takes Us Back To The Summer Of 1927

Photo by David J. Murray, ClearEyePhoto.com

A conversation with author Bill Bryson about his new book, One Summer: America 1927 recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

Writers on a New England Stage is a co-production of NHPR and The Music Hall. 

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Writers On A New England Stage
10:16 am
Fri October 4, 2013

A. Scott Berg On 'Wilson'

Wilson was President from 1913 to 1921

 A conversation with historian and biographer A. Scott Berg about his new book, Wilson, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

Writers on a New England Stage is a co-production of NHPR and The Music Hall. 

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Writers On A New England Stage
4:06 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Margaret Atwood

Author Margaret Atwood
Credit Courtesy the Lavin Agency

Margaret Atwood’s novels are imaginative and  satirical, and her post-apocalyptic predictions eerily accurate. Atwood has just finished her Maddaddam trilogy, set after a bio-engineered plague has wiped out a wantonly consumerist America governed by corporations.

Atwood talks about her latest novel, and then sits down for a conversation and questions from the audience for this edition of Writers On A New England Stage, a co-production of NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

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Writers On A New England Stage
1:34 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Writers On A New England Stage: Upcoming Events

Credit Image courtesy The Music Hall

The new season of Writers On A New England Stage includes events with Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, Woodrow Wilson biographer A. Scott Berg, and crime novelist Patricia Cornwell.

The authors will read from and discuss their latest works, and then sit down with Word Of Mouth host Virginia Prescott for a discussion and to answer audience questions.

You can see the full lineup and purchase tickets by clicking here.

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Writers On A New England Stage
9:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Writers On A New England Stage: Elmore Leonard

News of author Elmore Leonard's death hit a lot of people hard, not only fans of the hard-boiled writer, but also writers, who spent the day on social media posting and sharing lessons they'd learned from Leonard's prose. Back in 2007, Elmore Leonard joined Laura Knoy for Writers On A New England Stage, a co-production of NHPR and The Music Hall. You can listen to that program from our archives right here.

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Writers on a New England Stage
3:18 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

John Irving

Kevin Flynn for NHPR

From the youth spent at Philips Exeter Academy that pervades his body of work, through his studies with Kurt Vonnegut at the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop – known for producing authors the like of Pulitzer winners John Cheever and Philip Roth - John Winslow Irving has emerged as a true literary heavyweight, distinctly American of voice, and one of the most influential cultural exports to come out of New Hampshire.

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Writers On A New England Stage
9:06 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Joseph Ellis

Credit Courtesy of The Music Hall

“As usual, Ellis combines powerful narrative with convincing analysis. His tale of the crucial summer of 1776 shows how political and military events wove together to create a new nation. Read this book and understand how America was born.” –Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

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Writers On A New England Stage
9:13 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

The #1 New York Times bestselling author is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed Florida tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land get their comeuppance in a mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

Hiaasen joined us in Portsmouth to talk about Bad Monkey and his other books on Friday, June 14th.  First, he shared his thoughts on storm-chasers, Hollywood monkeys, and what not to do with a dead raccoon.  Then he sat down with Virginia Prescott for a great interview about Florida scam artists, his foray into YA, and the twisted true stories behind his twisted fictional plots.

Writers on a New England Stage is a co-production of New Hampshire Public Radio and The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

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Writers on a New England Stage
2:21 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Dave Barry

Dave Barry with host Virginia Prescott
Credit Monte Bohanan, The Music Hall

The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist joins us with his first solo adult novel in over a decade – the darkly comic Insane City. The book is a riotous tale of a destination wedding gone awry with Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot Burmese albino python named Blossom.

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Writers on a New England Stage
10:38 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Jared Diamond

David J. Murray cleareyephoto.com

Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel, takes the stage to discuss his latest foray into a field he has made his own -- a biological analysis of human history.

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Writers on a New England Stage
1:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Jeffrey Toobin

As senior legal analyst for CNN, staff writer for the New Yorker, and the author of The Nine, Jeffrey Toobin knows more than a few things about and more than a few people inside the United States Supreme Court.

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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Salman Rushdie

David Murray www.cleareyephoto.com

Today, prize-winning author Salman Rushdie enjoys a life in the public eye and a literary career rife with accolades, using his work to examine the cultural connection - and disconnection -  between East and West and the history and experiences of Asian diaspora, all through the lens of magical realism.

Circumstances have not always been that way.

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Word of Mouth
12:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave reads from Gold, his latest novel.
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

Chris Cleave is a columnist for the UK's Guardian newspaper and author of Incendiary and Little Bee.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Joan Didion

Host Virginia Prescott interviews Joan Didion
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

Produced with Emma Ruddock

Joan Didion, one of America’s most admired writers, recorded live at the music hall in Portsmouth. 

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, her 1968 collection of non-fiction established Didion as a brilliant observer and a powerful voice in the genre that would become  “new journalism.” 

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Word of Mouth
10:20 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Anna Quindlen

(Photo courtesy the author)

Anyone who’s read Anna Quindlen’s Pulitzer Prize winning op-eds, or wildly popular  columns in the New York Times knows that she doesn’t hold back from pointed commentary on topics from politics to parenting. In the mid-nineties, Quindlen left the Times to write – so far -- ten best-selling non-fiction books and four  novels, including One True Thing, which was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep.

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Word of Mouth
11:01 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Dan Brown

Dan Brown waits backstage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth
David J. Murray, www.cleareyephoto.com

International bestselling author Dan Brown talks about science, religion, and life after the Da Vinci Code at a benefit performance for Writers on a New England Stage, live from the Music Hall in Portsmouth. Brown’s novels, and the films based on them, have been banned by the Catholic church, inspired college courses, and have renewed dialogue about the interplay between science and religion. Brown, the son of a mathemeticiaa and a church organist, talks about his lifelong inquiry into life’s mysteries. 

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Word of Mouth
10:32 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Erik Larson

Author Erik Larson

Bestselling author Erik Larson, discussing “In the Garden of Beasts” live at the Portsmouth Music Hall for the Writers on a New England Stage Series. The book is set in Berlin, 1933; the year Hitler became chancellor.

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Word of Mouth
9:35 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Matthews

(Photo by David Murray of Clear Eye Photo)

Chris Matthews is best known for his opinionated and combative style on his MSNBC program, "Hardball with Chris Matthews." What's lesser known is that he's a former print journalist, was a long-time aide to Tip O'Neill, and that he grew up in an Irish Catholic family...of Republicans. All this played no small part in sewing the seeds of his admiration for a man he'd later write two books about, John F. Kennedy. 

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Word of Mouth
11:46 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Stephen King

Author Stephen King has written more than 50 worldwide best-sellers. More than 80 feature and television film adaptations have extended King’s reach far beyond the bestsellers list, earning him the title of “Master of Horror,” and establishing him as one of the most influential writers of our age.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage - Chuck Palahniuk

Virginia Prescott and Chuck Palahniuk
Photo by David J. Murray) www.ClearEyePhoto.com

Novelist Chuck Palahniuk of Fight Club fame reads his funny but disturbing short story, Romance, then discusses 12 step programs, Occupy Wall Street, and his latest novel Damned with WoM host Virginia Prescott.  Enlightening conversation - but not for the faint of heart.   This broadcast contains adult material (and censored curse words) that may not be suitable for kids and could be considered offensive to some listeners.

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Writers on a New England Stage -Elizabeth Gilbert
12:00 am
Sun July 31, 2011

Elizabeth Gilbert Grows Up

(Photo by The American Libary Association via Flickr/Creative Commons)

Elizabeth Gilbert reads from her new book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Piece with Marriage, and talks about her relationship, skipping yoga in the mornings, and why Pamela Anderson is a great philosopher.

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