Covering many themes this week

Many of you may have finished or are finishing up reading The Double Bind. This week, there are several chances to explore the themes in the book beyond the book:

  • On Tuesday at 7 pm at the Bartlett Public Library, Janine Lapete, a peer support advisor at Conway’s Alternative Life Center, will talk about her experience with mental illness and her work at ALC helping others through recovery and maintaining wellness. Janine’s talk in Conway earlier this month answered a lot of questions and provided a human perspective to counter the stigmas attached to this frequently misunderstood illness.
  • On Thursday at 7 pm, Starting Point will present a “Clothesline Project” exhibit and discussion at the Madison Library. The “Clothesline Project” is a display of T-shirts decorated to commemorate victims of sexual and domestic violence. Attendees can choose to create a T-shirt to commemorate a victim.
  • See two different film versions of “The Great Gatsby.” On Wednesday at 7 pm, the 1974 version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow will be shown at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, and on Thursday at 6:30 pm, you can see the 2000 A&E network version with Mira Sorvino, Toby Stevens, and Paul Rudd at the Conway Public Library.

This week: lots of discussion and a movie

North (Bartlett) to south (Effingham), east (Fryeburg) to west (Tamworth), there is a discussion of The Double Bind happening somewhere near you this week (if you’re in Carroll County, NH, that is.) And, if reading the book has renewed your interest in The Great Gatsby, the film will be shown in Fryeburg at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts center. There is a $3 for adults, $2 for students admission charge (the only One Book, One Valley event that has one), but the comfy seats and awesome sound system are definitely worth it.

Find out what’s so great about “The Great Gatsby” on Thursday

Over the past few decades, many, if not most, high school students have been assigned F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” But, whether you read the book ages ago or last year, you may still want to know, “What’s so great about “The Great Gatsby”?” What about it makes it required reading? James St. Pierre will answer this question at a One Book, One Valley presentation on Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m. at Granite State College in Conway.

Speaker James St. Pierre is an instructor of literature and writing at Granite State College and teaches English at Fryeburg Academy. One Book, One Valley is the Mount Washington Valley’s annual community read program. This year’s book is Chris Bohjalian’s “The Double Bind,” for which a series of book discussions and programs related to themes in the book–including this “What’s So Great About “The Great Gatsby” program–are taking place during the month of October in locations throughout the valley. In “The Double Bind” Bohjalian used characters and settings from “The Great Gatsby,” an approach that works because of readers’ familiarity with Fitzgerald’s novel.

One Book, One Valley is sponsored by ten area libraries, White Birch Books, the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the Tamworth Foundation, the Pequawket Foundation, the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, and local libraries’ Friends groups. For more information about the One Book, One Valley community read project, including a full schedule of events and directions to locations, see

Events start this week!

Wednesday, September 30th at 6 pm: See the film “The Great Gatsby” at the Effingham Public Library. Made in 1974 from a Francis Ford Coppola screenplay, it stars many of the 1970s brightest: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, and a young Sam Waterston. Characters and settings from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz-age novel The Great Gatsby appear in The Double Bind.

Friday, October 2nd at 10 am: the first book group discussion of The Double Bind takes place at the North Conway Library.

See Events page for more.