Our big event is October 24th!

One Book One Valley’s big, valley-wide event will take place on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Loynd Auditorium at Kennett High School (use rear entrance). Amy Ellis Nutt, author of Becoming Nicole will speak and answer questions.

On the evening of the big event on October 24, there will be a Dine to Donate fundraiser at Black Cap Grille in North Conway. Come have a great meal and support our program! Black Cap Grille will donate 10% of total sales that evening to One Book One Valley.

We know New Hampshire PBS is premiering “Our Hometown Conway” on October 24 at the same exact time that our One Book One Valley big event will be taking place. We realize many of you will have a hard time deciding between the two programs. Good news! There’s no need to miss either! New Hampshire PBS will rebroadcast Our Hometown Conway on Friday, October 25 at 8:30 pm, plus many other times. Thanks to NHPBS for sharing the broadcast schedule for Our Hometown Conway: https://nhpbs.org/schedule/series.aspx?progName=Our+Hometown+Conway

No Cinderella Story: Friends Remember Ben Scott “Benderella” Rae

The Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth will host a presentation, “No Cinderella Story: Friends Remember Ben Scott “Benderella” Rae,” by Laura Hodgman on October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the library, 93 Main Street in Tamworth Village.

In this talk, Dr. Hodgman will delve into the life of Ben “Benderella” Rae, a developmentally disabled victim of transphobia murdered in Tacoma, Washington in 1977. Before she died, Benderella led a life full of family strife, state institutionalization, hustling, self-advocacy, and friendship. She was part of a family, and part of communities, who accepted or rejected her. The many stories surrounding Benderella’s life and death help to increase understanding of transgender lives both past and present.

Laura Hodgman, Professor Emerita of History at Eastern Washington University, moved to Tamworth about 18 months ago. Between 2012-2016, she conducted an oral history project collecting stories of Rae’s life. The article she wrote on the project was published in the peer-reviewed Oral History Review’s Winter/Spring 2016 issue.