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A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear

March 1st, 2021 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

Join the Manchester City Library for an evening of virtual entertainment via zoom on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Author Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling will talk about his book, A Libertarian Walks into a Bear.

Once upon a time, a group of libertarians got together and hatched one of the most ambitious social experiments in modern American history—the so-called Free Town Project: a plan to take over an American town and completely eliminate its government. In 2004, they set their sights on Grafton, NH, a flyspeck town with only one paved road, buried in the woods of New Hampshire’s western fringe.

When freedom-focused libertarians across the US—from as far as California to as near as Massachusetts—descended on Grafton, state and federal laws became meek suggestions. Soon the wilderness-thick town lost public funding for pretty much everything: fire dept, the schoolhouse, library, and perhaps most importantly wildlife services. As the people were ignoring laws and regulations on hunting and food disposal, their newly formed off-the-grid tent city caught the attention of some unruly neighbors: the bears.

Armed with a pen and journalist’s notebook, Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling—a seasoned journalist who has covered everything from Maine’s stately Governor’s Mansion to the mud hut of a witch doctor in Sierra Leone—was drawn to Grafton in hopes of uncovering the truth behind this fantastical tale of bear vs. libertarian. In this book, Hongoltz-Hetling details how this tiny town became a radical social experiment—until the bear attacks started.

Join us on Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 PM via Zoom. For questions, call Susan Harmon at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email sharmon@manchesternh.gov

Signup for this program is required! You can sign up through our Library Calendar and receive a link to the zoom event after registration.

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