Gender 101

Alex Myers photo

As part of One Book One Valley 2019, the Madison Library will host a talk by Alex Myers on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the John F. Chick Room at the Madison Library, 1895 Village Road, Madison, NH.

What is gender? Why does it matter? This program will explore the concept of gender identity, explain the differences between biological sex and gender, gender identity and gender expression, as well as gender and sexual orientation. Participants will have the chance to ask questions about transgender and non-binary identities and do a series of short writing exercises that will get them to examine and understand their own gender identity.

Alex Myers, Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Instructor in Humanities at Phillips Exeter Academy, is One Book One Valley’s Project Humanist, providing expert advice for our project, and ensuring intellectual content and historical context are represented. Alex been out as transgender since 1995. He was the first openly transgender student at Phillips Exeter and Harvard University. Since coming out, he has worked as an educator and advocate for transgender rights. Alex visits around 20 schools a year to help them develop policy, practices, and facilities that support transgender students.

This program is sponsored by a grant from NH Humanities, and is free and open to the public. Call 367-8545 for more information.

The Metropolis of Northern New Hampshire: How Industry Shaped a Region

Logging camp in Concord, NH
Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

The fourth program on themes found in this year’s book, The Talk-Funny Girl, will take place at the Madison Library on Wednesday, October 9 at 7 pm.

Plymouth State University Professor Linda Upham-Bornstein will give an illustrated talk on the rise and decline of New Hampshire’s pulp and papermaking industry, from the 19th to the 21st century. For a description of the program, see our Events page. This program is sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.

Big Event this week!

photo of Lisa GardnerReaders from across the Mount Washington Valley will gather on Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm at the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in North Conway Village. Lisa Gardner, author of this year’s 1 Book 1 Valley selection, “Love You More,” will speak about her book, her writing, research, and more. All are welcome at this free event, whether or not they have read the book ahead of time.

White Birch Books will have copies of Love You More and other books by Lisa Gardner available for sale and signing after the program.

There is still time to attend a book discussion at a local library before Thursday’s big event: Monday at 7 pm in Madison, Tuesday at 12:30 pm in Effingham, and Wednesday at 5:00 pm in Jackson.

1 Book 1 Valley is funded by grants from the Pequawket Foundation and the Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation, along with financial support from participating libraries’ Friends groups and White Birch Books.