GILMANTON — Marshall and Sunny Bishop, owners of the Gilmanton Winery and Vineyard, are pleased to announce a special book signing event on Sunday, August 17 from 8:30 am-1:30 pm, during the winery's regular brunch hours.
Local author, Jessica Lander, wrote the book "Driving Backwards," a book about the small town of Gilmanton. Jessica spent over 20 summers in Gilmanton with her family, during which she got to know the residents, history and intricacies of the small NH town. When she was a sophomore in college, she decided to write a book. According to the website, "Driving Backwards" is a "poignant exploration of the vividness of the everyday."
The Gilmanton Winery, which serves brunch every Sunday and lunch every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is located in the former home of Grace Metalious, author of the controversial novel "Peyton Place" and is also home to Camelot Alpaca Farm. For more information about the winery, visit www.gilmantonwinery.com or call 603.267.8251.
Gilmanton was briefly the most famous town in America. Today the town, nestled amongst the hills of central New Hampshire and along the curve of the Suncook River, is a microcosm of the changing ways and enduring values of rural life in the twenty-first century.
Driving Backwards is a poignant exploration of the vividness of the everyday. Across twenty years of summers, Jessica Lander has come to know Gilmanton and its residents. Valerie, who tends sixty-five goats, home-schools ten children and crafts artisanal goat cheese; Jim and Cheryl, who raise miniature horses, flocks of chickens and long-eared rabbits, all on two tiny acres; Duncan, a third generation farmer, who harvests thousands of pounds of wild blueberries every summer; Chuck, who runs a six-generation dairy farm.
Lander's guide is David Bickford – a fireman, carpenter, town selectman and nearly one-hundred-year-old storyteller. Through richly observed portraits and elegant prose, Lander elevates the ordinary and encourages a deeper appreciation for the stories that surround us.
Jessica Lander is an avid explorer and lover of stories. She's lived and taught in countries as far away as Thailand and Cambodia and in cities as close as Boston and Cambridge – teaching students from sixth grade to university. In addition to freelance writing, she writes an education-focused blog, Chalk Dust, about experiences in and out of the classroom. Growing up, she spent summers in Gilmanton. She currently lives in her hometown of Cambridge, MA, near to family and friends.