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Library Giving Day #ReadOnCamera

April 7th, 2021, Midnight-Midnight. 24 Full Hours of reading!

The Manchester City Library Foundation came up with an outlandish idea: to hold a live, virtual 24hour Read-A-Thon during National Library Week to promote library services.

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Watch Live:

12:00 AM (EST) Nature Hour Featuring:

Dan Szczesny
A long-time journalist, author and speaker living in New Hampshire.
Ellen Kolb
#Catholic blogger, Granite State walker, Red Sox/Bruins fan, #Gator, immigrant’s daughter.

Karen McGraw
Editor, former English teacher, and avocational actor. She will be doing a dramatic reading of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach from a discarded library book.

1:00 AM (EST) Mental Health Hour Featuring:

Sarah Foley
Writer, Disability Fitness Icon, Coach, Hawaii Resident

Susan McKeown
Retired Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Prevention Specialist, and Author and Speaker on healthy relationships, marriage, and preventing divorce.
Julie C. Day
12 months. 12 stories. 1 book. 40+ pubs in Black Static, The Dark, Podcastle & etc. Lambda finalist. Novella w/ @AqueductPress. Editor @Weirddreamsoci1

2:00 AM (EST) Grab Bag Hour Featuring:

Jennifer Cassin
MS, RN, CNS, CENP, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Catholic Medical Center. Avid Reader. Coming of of a night shift at the hospital.
David Preece
Prolific writer of screenplays and plays, he also wins awards! He has done so much and been successful at so much, it is difficult to put into such a small text space. Do click the link on his name to learn more. You won’t be disappointed.
Renee S. DeCamillis
Dark fiction writer, musician, author of the horror novella “The Bone Cutters”, Editorial Intern@crystallakepub, Comic Book Writer @Phi3Comics. From Portland ME.

3:00 AM (EST) Spooky Hour Featuring:

John P. Murphy
NH Resident, Award-Nominated speculative fiction author and engineer.

Tonia Ransom
horror writer. creator & executive producer of @nightlightpod. savage sweetheart. cash app: $missdefying. venmo: @missdefying
repped: @rashidihendrix
Daniel G Keohane
Bram Stoker nominated author of Plague of Darkness, Margaret’s Ark and Solomon’s Grave. As @gdanielgunn authored Destroyer of Worlds & Nightmare in Greasepaint

4:00 AM (EST) Horror Hour Featuring:

Michael Gilbert
MD, MS, MHCDS, Chief Medical Officer at Catholic Medical Center. Avid Reader. Coming off of the night shift.
Kenneth Glover
Best Storyteller on the planet, CEO of, Cosplayer. Kenneth is licensed and vetted by the City of Salem as a tour guide. He is a member of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of Broad Street Cemetery, Pickering Foundation, The House of the Seven Gables Association, The Salem Athenaeum, and the NAACP. Kenneth is a Member of the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) which doesn’t come close to explaining his plain attire and the broad brimmed hat that he wears.
Judi Ann Calhoun
Author, Artist, Illustrator, Teacher; published in Horror & Fantasy Anthologies.

5:00 AM (EST) Meditation and Faith Hour Featuring:

Lori Fisher
Assistant State Librarian / Administrator of Library Operations at New Hampshire State Library
Kristen Stuart
Holds a BA in English and Hebrew, and a M.Ed., in Secondary Education. She loves reading, being near the ocean whenever possible, spending time with her husband and children, and growing closer in her relationship with God.
Sara Lesley Arnold, MLIS
Music publicist @PARMARecordings, writer, and award-winning librarian. Smithie, #SCBWI and #AJL member, Jewish book review #blogger @andreamorales

6:00 AM (EST) Sports Hour Featuring:

Jenn Stanley
Gymnast, Manufacturing Engineer, Actress, Guinness Record Holder, New Hampshire Resident

Alan Wilbar
Bringing new perspective and outlook on disability, Learning Man Project delivers this message with a melting together of visual and performance art. Created by survivors Alan Wilbar and Alisa Marie of
Learning Man Project’s Mission is to raise awareness, to teach others about brain injuries, disability, recovery, and healing through the arts.
Andrew Dykstra
Pro Soccer player, home brewer, dad and coach at Virginia Development Academy.

Ward Law Group Presents the 7:00 AM (EST) Political Hour Featuring:

Sen. Maggie Hassan
New England sports fan, mom, crossword enthusiast, former governor, U.S. Senator for New Hampshire.

Sen. Jeane Shaheen
Proud Granite Stater serving New Hampshire in the US Senate. Former Governor. Mother & Grandmother. Frequent Flyer. Pats & Red Sox Fan. Outdoor enthusiast.
Gov. Chris Sununu
Governor Christopher T. Sununu is the 82nd Governor of the State of New Hampshire and is currently serving his second term.

8:00 AM (EST) Business Hour Featuring:

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David Lovlien
History Buff, Realtor and Excited Participant.
Johnathan Zobro
Industrial Designer, Developer, Tiny Home Builder, traveler, and all around creative.

9:00 AM (EST) Manchester Hour Featuring:

Jeff Serowik
Manchester West Graduate, ProAmbitions Founder,
Pro Hockey Player, Coach
John Clayton
Former News Columnist, Author, Manchester Historic Association Executive Director
Will Stewart
Manchester Ward 2 Alderman, Stay Work Play Executive Director and Southern Expatriate.

Eyecandy Balloons presents 10:00 AM (EST) Pre-school & Kindergarten Hour Featuring:

Gina Perry
Writer, Illustrator, Situated on the New Hampshire Seacoast
Mayor Joyce Craig
48th Mayor of Manchester New Hampshire. Born and raised in Manchester

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11:00 AM (EST) Family Hour Featuring:

Susan McKeown
Retired Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Prevention Specialist, and Author and Speaker on healthy relationships, marriage, and preventing divorce.
Professor Beth Piatote
Beth Piatote is a scholar of Native American/Indigenous literature and law; a creative writer of fiction, poetry, plays, and essays; and an Indigenous language revitalization activist/healer, specializing in Nez Perce language and literature.
Marjan Kamali
Author of THE STATIONERY SHOP (@simonschuster, national bestseller) & TOGETHER TEA (@harpercollins). Persian food lover. Lived in five continents. Now home.

12:00 PM (EST) High Noon Western Hour Featuring:

John P. Murphy
NH Resident, Award-Nominated speculative fiction author and engineer.
Frederick J. McNeill, P.E.
Chief Engineer, Environmental Protection Division, Department of Public Works, City of Manchester
Gregory Norris
Full-time professional writer being romanced by his muse.

1:00 PM (EST) Mystery Hour Featuring:

Jane Cleland
IMBA-best-seller, multiple award winner, and have received starred reviews from prestigious journals like Library Journal.
E. Chris Ambrose
Prolific author, published works have appeared in Warrior Women, Fireside magazine, YARN online, Clarkesworld, several volumes of New Hampshire Pulp Fiction, and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader.
Amanda Jaeger
Word nerd. Author. Murderino.

Unchartered Presents the 2:00 PM (EST) Science Hour Featuring:

Mary Roach
Author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Grunt and Gulp. Really cornered the market in gross/disturbing books with single word titles.
Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. Founder of FIRST Robotics and DEKA
Summer Brown
Geologist, Lecturer University of Kentucky, Photographer, Chainsaw Wielder. Comes from a long line of strong mountain women. She will be reading original research, “Onset Timing and Slip History of the Teton Fault, Wyoming: A Multidisciplinary Reevaluation: Timing of Onset of the Teton Fault.”

3:00 PM (EST) 1-5th Grade Hour Featuring:

Rebecca Rule
Rebecca Rule is a  writer, humorist, and storyteller. She hosted the New Hampshire Authors Series for ten years on NHPTV and now hosts Our Hometown on NHPTV.
Laura Boyce
Listen weekdays 5:30am-10am on @1003WHEB, @Rock101FM, @Q106Rocks, @TheHawk1049, and @1071FrankFM
Emily Gray Rice
Emily Gray Rice currently serves as the City Solicitor for Manchester. She is the first woman appointed by the President to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire

4:00 PM (EST) 6-8th Grade Hour Featuring:

Adi K. Rule
Adi Rule earned her MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Joyce Ray
Ray received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2008, the Vermont Studio Center awarded her an artist’s grant.
Ginger Johnson
Ginger Johnson earned a BA from BYU, a MA from Indiana University, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
J.H. Diehl
Her novel TINY INFINITIES is a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a Mighty Girl Book of the Year.

5:00 PM (EST) Humor Hour Featuring:

Jasper Fforde
An author of speculative fiction who lives and works in Wales. His work is very Meta. Also something of a photographer.
Michael York
A native of Newton, Mass., he is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with a master of library science degree from Louisiana State University and a master of business administration from Plymouth State College.
Emily Drouin
Professional children’s book illustrator, comic creator, art educator, video editor, animator, member of the National Cartoonists Society and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and founder/owner of Kids Con New England – New England’s first, largest & favorite comic con for kids, with events in NH and ME.
Brady Carlson’s DEAD PRESIDENTS explores the death stories of our nation’s leaders—and the wild ways we choose to remember and memorialize them.

6:00 PM (EST) Finance Hour Featuring:

Quinisha Jackson-Wright
Working Twice as Hard (2021), #OpenlyBlack. Navy Vet. She/hers/ @NYTimes, @Zoramag, etc.
Jonathan Byrne
Host of Eats in the 603, Real Estate Agent and all around super helpful friendly guy. You might recognize him from the Red Arrow.
Dawn Aurora Hunt
Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery was founded by Dawn Hunt, one of the top 100 Cooks in the country, manufacturing gourmet food with love and positive energy!

7:00 PM (EST) Non-Fiction Hour Featuring:

Prof. Sara Seager
Prof. Seager is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT. A pioneer in the vast world of exoplanets, she’s on a quest for the holy grail: another Earth.

Jennifer Espinoza
Trans woman poet. gayest gay who ever gayed. criest cry who ever cried. • • buy my book:
Ben Dion
Husband, Father, #LiveFreeorDie , #FITN , #MHT , Heritage Commissioner, Vendor Enablement Associate @bottomlinetech, Creator/Host of @TheWeeklyDion

8:00 PM (EST) Young Adult Hour Featuring:

Lee Maracle
Author, Instructor [University of Toronto – INS] and Traditional Teacher First Nations House.
Max Dashner
Property Proprietor, English Enthusiast, Drama Director.
Emma Wunsch
Writer of MIRANDA & MAUDE chapter book series. They’re all in paperback! Support your local indie. I like your dog. She/her.
Gloria Norris
Author, Filmmaker, Manchester, NH Resident.

9:00 PM (EST) Science Fiction Hour Featuring:

Are you an author or writer interested in reading for us?
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R.W.W. Greene
 Former print journalist, high-school teacher, and the operator of an animal crematory. Currently writes science-fiction, freelances a little, and teaches a bit of college
Goes by Rob, but writes as R.W.W. Greene because he is easier to find on Google. 
Brendan Dubois
New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels, co-authored with James Patterson, and more than 180 short stories. He is also a “Jeopardy!” game show champion, and lives in New Hampshire with his wife Mona, one happy English Springer Spaniel dog, Cooper, and one hell-raising cat, Bailey.

10:00 PM (EST) Fantasy Hour Featuring:

Shannon Mayer
Full time writer and bestselling author of the Rylee Adamson Novels. (Think Anita Blake without the kink 😉
Kate Rudd
Jeff Wheeler’s Narrator. Winner of 2013 Audie and Odyssey Awards for narration of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, has been performing audiobooks for nearly a decade.
Jeff Wheeler
WSJ bestselling author w/47North. Left Intel to write full-time. Founder of Deep Magic: the E-zine of clean fantasy and sci-fi. Most importantly, I’m a dad.
Juliet Marillier
Award-winning writer of historical fantasy, a proud Kiwi/Aussie hybrid, and a carer for a small pack of rescue dogs.

11:00 PM (EST) Romance Hour Featuring:

Anna E. Ross
Writes contemporary romance novels about larger-than-life heroes and feisty heroines who fight and love with equal passion.
Lori Fisher
Assistant State Librarian / Administrator of Library Operations at New Hampshire State Library
Rachel Stover
Technical Services Office Assistant at the Manchester City Library