April 5, 2019

Peterborough Book Fair

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May 12, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Peterborough Book Fair (and Poetry Contest!)

The Peterborough Book Fair will be at the Peterborough NH Community Center on 25 Elm Street from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on May 12, 2019.

9 or more antiquarian booksellers*
3 or more used and rare book booksellers*
7 local authors*
Monadnock Writers’ Group with the latest anthology (“The Mud Chronicles”) and back issues
Advance entry and on-site children’s poetry contest (see bottom of page below)
Multiple door prizes: gift certificates* from local shops, several books (old & new)
Special guest appearance by Tracy Messer as President Calvin Coolidge from noon – 2 p.m.

Primary Sponsors:

Peterborough Town Library
1833 Society
New Hampshire Antiquarian Booksellers Association (NHABA)
Peterborough Poetry Project

Contributing Sponsors:

Toadstool Bookshop
Harlow’s Pub
Cooper’s Hill Public House
Hilltop Golf Course
Peterborough Community Theatre
Steele’s Stationers
Rebecca’s Consignments
Bruce Dennis, scribe

Gift certificates from the following sponsors will be given away by raffle entry for visitors donating $5 or more to the Peterborough Town Library campaign fund – –

Toadstool Bookshops – $20 gift certificate
Hilltop Golf Course – 2 certificates for BOGO round of golf
Peterborough Community Theatre – $20 gift certificate
Harlow’s Pub – $25 gift certificate
Cooper’s Hill Public House – $25 gift certificate

Also, there will be door prizes of books – including two of the Monadnock Writers’ Group anthologies as well as several other new books and a valuable used book – by raffle entry for visitors who buy one or more books at the fair.

More information about sellers here.

Poetry Contest

Our first contest is for public school students in all ConVal elementary and middle schools and students at The Well School and Mountain Shadows School, as an event of the Peterborough (NH) Book Fair on May 12, 2019 and by advance entry by mail or email.
We encourage advance entries; see more below.


Each student may enter only one poem – a 4-line poem – in advance or at the fair. The first 100 entrants by mail and all entrants composing a poem at the fair may claim a used book or a new bookmark at the fair. One winner each from the elementary and middle school students will win a Toadstool Bookshop gift certificate. Winners need not be present to receive the gift certificate, although we would love them to be there. Contest assessors will be:
Sebastian Lockwood, local storyteller, audiobook narrator, and poet; and Leslie Orsini, retired English teacher and journalist.


The poetry contest is part of the Peterborough Book Fair, which will be at the Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm Street on May 12, 2019 (Mother’s Day) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entries may be mailed or emailed in advance (see addresses below) or written and submitted on the day of the Book Fair between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

The first 100 entrants to mail a poem in advance and all entrants writing and submitting a poem at the Book Fair between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., will receive a free book or bookmark*. Winning entries will be announced at the Fair at 1 p.m.


Submit only one 4-line poem. Punctuation, rhyming, and capitalization is optional.

Each student may submit only one original (previously unpublished) poem on one sheet of paper. Write your name, mailing address, grade level, and your parent’s or guardian’s name (and phone number or email address) on the back of the piece of paper. See how to mail or email below.

Download more detailed guidelines and information.

Mail or advance entries no later than April 30, 2019 to:

Peterborough Poetry Project
PO BOX 247
Peterborough NH 03458-0247

Or send by email to   thepostalpoet@aol.com

*Free books and bookmarks can be claimed at the Book Fair between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Questions: 603-924-9204 or email.

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