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NHTI Campus Reads:
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes
in New England,
by Brock Clarke

Are you looking for some beach reading to wind down from a hectic spring semester?  Pick up a copy of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Maine writer Brock Clarke.  The novel will be the focus of the NHTI Campus Reads series of events in the fall.

Arsonists Guide book coverAccording to one review, “A lot of remarkable things have happened in the life of Sam Pulsifer, the hapless hero of this incendiary novel, beginning with the ten years he spent in prison for accidentally burning down Emily Dickinson's house and unwittingly killing two people.  Emerging at age twenty-eight, he creates a new life and identity as a husband and father.  But when the homes of other famous New England writers suddenly go up in smoke, he must prove his innocence by uncovering the identity of this literary-minded arsonist.”  Critics compare the book to such contemporary classics as A Confederacy of Dunces and The World According to Garp, because of its “utterly original story about truth and honesty, life and the imagination.”

Clarke is the author of five books, most recently a novel titled ExleyAn Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England was a national bestseller. Clarke lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at Bowdoin College.

The title was chosen by a vote of the student editors of The Eye, NHTI’s campus literary journal, which will sponsor the fall events.  Eye editors Tyler Romprey and Courtney Larabee found the book humorous and relevant.

To get on a mailing list for NHTI Campus Reads events, book discussions, and other literary activities, please email Eye faculty advisor Paula DelBonis-Platt at


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Crystal LaBrecque

Congratulations to Crystal LaBrecque of Pittsfield, whose story "Blocks" -- written for a class with English professor Jewel Davis -- was recently accepted by the Painted Cave Literary Journal.


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