Bass. Croke talk books at the Toadstool

Two authors will be visiting the Toadstool Bookshop to talk about their latest books on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Rosaly Bass will be at the Toadstool at 11 a.m. to sign and discuss “Organic! A Gardener’s Handbook.” Rosaly’s Garden began from a few seeds planted in Peterborough in 1973. It has grown to be New Hampshire’s oldest and largest organic farm. In this book Bass shares practical advice for gardeners and farmers who want to grow organic with information on best practices, from planting and watering to pest control.

At 2 p.m. Vicki Croke will introduce “Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II.” It tells the story of Billy Williams who came to Burma in the 1920s where he worked in the forests using elephants for hauling teak logs. He soon began to train the handlers in the humane care of these animals he admired and shortly thereafter established an elephant hospital. When Japan invaded Burma in WWII he and his elephants operated heroically behind enemy lines.

Both events are free and all are welcome. For more information, call the bookstore at 924-3543.

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