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Incendiary Author to Speak at NHTI

NHTI Campus Reads author Brock Clarke will leave the matches at home but bring his trademark sense of humor when he speaks about his book, The Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, at NHTI on Tuesday, November 4.  Algonquin Press has confirmed Clarke's campus appearance on that afternoon, from 12-2 pm, the same date on which Clarke's newest novel, The Happiest People on Earth, will be released.

Clarke is a renowned author and faculty member at Bowdoin College in Maine.  His visit will be a highlight of a series of the fall Campus Reads events, including a series of writing-related contests that students can enter (see right), and a book discussion in the Bistro on Tuesday, November 18, 12-1 pm, with free pizza and prizes.  Faculty, staff, and students are invited!

The student editors of The Eye, NHTI's student literary journal, chose Clarke's Arsonist's Guide as the fall Campus Reads title for its humor, literary quality, local flavor, and the likeability of its bumbling, troubled narrator.  The novel is narrated by Sam Pulsifer, whose intention was not to destroy a New England landmark or murder two people in the blaze when he burned down Emily Dickinson's home.  However, after serving 19 years in prison, finishing college, and starting a career and a family, he finds himself still desperately struggling to put his past behind him.

It becomes a monumental task when the New England homes of Robert Frost, Edith Wharton, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and even a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond, go up in smoke.  Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe's side-by-side homes could be in danger, too.  Pulsifer, a prime suspect, knows that he has to find the arsonist and make peace with his past to clear his name.

Critics point out that this novel-as-memoir has a lot to say about New England and New Hampshire and the people who live here, while exploring deeper truths about why people write and the struggle to find one's authentic voice.

Does Writing Make You Scream?
Win a Prize from The Eye!

The Scream

  • Friday, 10/24: Submit your favorite quote from Henry David Thoreau (Prize: $15)
  • Friday, 10/24: Submit your own “It was a dark and stormy night” dark and scary story … (Prize: $50)
  • Friday, 11/7: Write-alike contest: Submit a poem you have written in the style of either Emily Dickinson or Robert Frost (Prize: $50)
  • Friday, 11/14: In honor of The Eye’s 25th anniversary, give us your “Top 25” must-read list, and we’ll reward you with 25 interesting prizes.

E-mail your entry with your name and the word “CONTEST” in the subject line to  The DEADLINE is MIDNIGHT on the dates listed above.  Only NHTI students are eligible to enter.  Prizes will be in the form of gift certificates to Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord.  Entries may be published in The Eye and/or other campus publications.

Poet Sharon Olds

Free for NHTI students!

Sharon OldsRenowned poet Sharon Olds will be reading on Thursday Oct. 30, at 7 pm at the Concord City Auditorium.  The reading marks her receipt of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.  Olds also received the Pulitzer Prize for her collection, Stag's Leap.  She splits her time between teaching at New York University and writing poetry near Wild Goose Pond in Pittsfield, New Hampshire.

The English Department has a dozen free tickets to the event for NHTI students.  Please email Prof. Paula DelBonis-Platt or leave a message at 271-6484 ext. 4151 if you would like one of these tickets.  The tickets were donated by the Concord Monitor.


Oct 17, 2014



Campus Safety Information

The following incidents occurred on NHTI property during the week of October 6-12, 2014.  The numbers reflect only the incidents the Safety Department handled directly. To view the NHTI crime log of the past 60 days reported incidents please visit the Campus Safety office at One Institute Drive.

Alcohol/Drug:  3
Assault:  1
Fire Alarm:  2
Lock/Key Issues:  5
Lost and Found:  18
Motor Vehicle:  2
Motor Vehicle Lockout/Jumpstarts:  1
NHTI Campus Policy:  1
Theft:  1
Tickets Issued:  27
Outside Vendor Assists:  6
(Cable/Phone Company, etc.)

Campus Safety
Info Corner


With Halloween right around the corner, the NHTI Campus Safety Department wants to offer these suggestions for a safer more pleasant evening!

- Trust your instincts!  If you feel unsafe on All Hallows’ Eve go with your gut.

- Avoid being alone or isolated with a Zombie you don’t know well.  Let a trusted friend know where you are and with whom.

- Always carry a small amount of emergency cash and keep phone numbers for local headless horseman cab companies.

- Form a buddy system with close friends and agree on a secret “butt in” signal for uncomfortable situations, such as BOO!

- Don’t accept “apple cider” from people you don’t know or trust, and never leave your “apple cider” unattended.  If you lose sight of your “apple cider” GET A NEW ONE!

Remember to always be aware of your surroundings, be safe and have FUN!