Irasburg library to celebrate Howard Frank Mosher’s “Points North”

in Irasburg/News

IRASBURG — The trustees of the Leach Public Library will host an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the library, located on the Irasburg Common.

The event will honor the publication of “Points North,” by Howard Frank Mosher, in the town where Mosher and his wife Phillis made their home for 40 years.

The beloved Irasburg author died in January 2017.

“Points North” was published in January 2018.

At 2:30 p.m. Phillis Mosher will give an informal talk of recollections of the Mosher family’s life in Irasburg.

In December 2016, Mosher donated his personal book collection to the Leach Public Library, where he served as a trustee for many years.

In a letter accompanying the donation, Mosher wrote:

“What an honor it is to present my beloved personal book collection to the Leach Memorial Library in Irasburg, where my still-more-beloved Phillis and I have lived for forty very happy years. Here in this northern Vermont town founded in 1781 by Ethan Allen’s brother Ira, Phillis and I have made our home for most of our adult lives, raised our children, and caught (way too many) trout (brookies, browns, and rainbows, but mainly brookies). Here, too, is where I’ve written most of my fourteen books, including my 1989 novel A Stranger in the Kingdom, inspired by the so-called “Irasburg Incident” of 1968. To this day, A Stranger in the Kingdom is probably my best-known book, though my own favorite is Northern Borders.”

Refreshments will be served at the Open House, which will take place on the anniversary of Mosher’s birth.

The Leach Library trustees will offer a copy of “Points North” as a door prize, and additional copies will be available for sale.

All of Mosher’s works are available for loan from the library.

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