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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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Ben Mezrich

This segment was produced by Shannon Dooling.

The controversial author and self-proclaimed inventor of a new genre of literary non-fiction, Ben Mezrich's bestselling books include Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires. The first was the source for the film, 21 and the second was adapted into the Academy Award-winning movie The Social Network.

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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: David McCullough

David McCullough reads from The Greater Journey
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

David McCullough is widely known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning writing on great leaders and American politics, in books such as Truman and John Adams. In his newest work he turns his focus to Americans abroad in Nineteenth Century Paris.

In this edition of Writers on a New England Stage, McCullough reads from his newest book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, a chronicle spanning generation, and sits down for a conversation about his work, his influences, and America's age-old fascination with The City of Light.

Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman backstage at The Music Hall
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

Neil Gaiman is often credited for expanding the audience for comics beyond white, teenage boys with his Sandman series. But he is also a true multi-media phenom, a filmmaker, (now) recording artist, screenwriter for the likes of Dr. Who, and prolific author, including the multi-award winning, groundbreaking novel American Gods.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Ann Patchett: Write What You Know Only If It's Interesting

Ann Patchett's new novel, State of Wonder, is topping all the big reading lists right now. She reads from the book, tells a terrifying true story about her close encounter with an anaconda, and has a blisteringly funny conversation with Virginia.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Joyce Carol Oates Remembers

Joyce Carol Oates reads from A Widow's Story
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

Joyce Carol Oates reads from her new book, A Widow's Story, and talks about her writing life and the experience of crafting this book with Virginia Prescott.

Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Writers on a New England Stage: Joseph Ellis

Portrait of John and Abigail Adams

Joseph Ellis, Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian, reads from his new book, First Family. He also talks about why the likes of Abigail and John Adams will never come again.

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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Writers on a New England Stage: Simon Winchester

The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, and Krakatoa visited the Music Hall in Portsmouth to talk about his new book, Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Disasters, Titanic Storms and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories. It’s a biography of the ocean, from its origins 195 million years ago, through centuries of discovery, trade, war, and harvest to what he calls “the forgotten ocean” of today.

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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Writers on a New England Stage: Margaret Atwood

Today on Word of Mouth, a conversation with Margaret Atwood, recorded live at the Music Hall in Portsmouth as part of the “Writers on a New England Stage” series.  Virginia spoke with the award winning author of the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale. They talked about pessimism, hope for the future, and learning survival skills in Canada. 

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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Writers on a New England Stage: Isabel Allende

Today on Word of Mouth, a conversation with Isabel Allende, live from the series. Allende is the best selling Latin-American author in the world. Beginning with her 1982 debut, House of the Spirits, Ms. Allende’s novels have been praised for their historical accuracy, deep sensuality and what critics call "magical realism." She has written 17 more books including novels, memoirs and young adult stories since she was forced to leave her native Chile. She and her family fled after a military coup toppled the presidency of her father’s cousin, Salvador Allende.

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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Writers on a New England Stage: Michael Lewis

The author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, and The Blind Side joined NHPR's Jon Greenberg at the most recent installment of Writers on a New England Stage to discuss his latest work of nonfiction, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. It's a character-rich and darkly humorous account of how the US economy “was driven over the cliff” by a collection of professionals entrenched in the financial world.

Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Thu April 8, 2010

Writers on a New England Stage: Jodi Picoult

Today on Word of Mouth, a conversation with Jodi Picoult, live from the "Writers on a New England Stage" series. The prolific novelist’s 17th book, House Rules, recently debuted at the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list for hardcover fiction. We spoke to her about her work and her life as a mother of three here in Hanover, New Hampshire. But first, we hear Jodi Picoult reading from her new book.

Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Wed December 9, 2009

Writers on a New England Stage: Greg Mortenson

In 1993, Greg Mortenson had hoped to climb K2, the world’s second highest mountain in memory of a sister who had recently passed away. He never made it to the top, and got lost on his way down, but when he finally stumbled into the town of Korphe, Pakistan his life would change forever. A promise to the villagers of Korphe embarked Greg Mortenson on a mission to build schools, especially for girls, in Pakistan. He recounts this mission in the bestselling book Three Cups of Tea.

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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Fri November 6, 2009

Writers on a New England Stage: Barbara Kingsolver

The acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was at the Music Hall in Portsmouth to take part in our Writers On A New England Stage series. Kingsolver reads from her new book The Lacuna, talks with Laura Knoy and takes questions from the audience. Today we play back the highlights from the evening’s event.

Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Writers on a New England Stage: Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder tells true stories. He is one of the masters of the narrative non-fiction genre. He’s won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for works which combine fine writing with solid reporting, often from places we would never choose to go.

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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 am
Fri October 2, 2009

Writers on a New England Stage: E. L. Doctorow

As the author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and The March, E.L. Doctorow is considered one of America's preeminent writers. On Wednesday, Doctorow stopped by the Music Hall in Portsmouth for the next installment of Writers on a New England Stage. He discussed his new novel, Homer and Langley, and his career with NHPR's Laura Knoy.

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