Chester's annual New Voices event features new authors

The annual New Voices literary weekend will present five promising debut authors on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m., at the Stone Church in Chester's Stone Village. It will be the seventeenth annual New Voices, a program which has attracted national attention.

A number of former New Voices, including Dennis Lehane, Colum McCann, Arthur Golden and Gregory Maguire, have gone on to considerable success.

Over the years, New Voices has attracted thousands of loyal readers to hear more than 100 new authors read and discuss their work.

This year's group includes Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya and his book, "The Storyteller of Marrakesh", Dori Ostermiller, author of "Outside the Ordinary World", Jay Varner and his memoir, "Nothing Left to Burn", Paul Doiron, editor of Downeast magazine, with his debut novel, "The Poacher's Son", and Ben Farmer's novel, "Evangeline".

The introducers for New Voices 2011 are Michael Keith, a Boston professor and an old New Voice from 2003, Jeremy Dworkin, a South Londonderry attorney, Liisa Kissel from Grafton, Michael Palma, and Mel Allen, editor of Yankee magazine. As in the past, the public is invited to cross-country ski or snowshoe with the authors on Saturday morning at Grafton Ponds (trail fee), attend the readings and discussions in the Stone Church (free of charge), meet the authors at a reception put on by church members downstairs in the church (free) and then have drinks and/or dinner with the authors at the Fullerton Inn, on the town green.

For more information, call 802-875-3400.

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