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Two authors at  Toadstool Saturday

Two authors will be visiting the Toadstool Bookshop with their new books on Saturday.

At 11 a.m., Susan Williams will be signing and discussing “Alice Morse Earle and the Domestic History of Early America.” A professor of history, Williams has written a biography of the 19th century author who produced 17 books on the life, manners, customs and material culture of colonial New England. Earle’s books record the intimate details of what she described as colonial “homelife” and reflect her belief that women helped to nurture communities by constructing households that both served and shaped their families. Williams lives in New Ipswich and is also the author of “Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America.”

At 2 p.m., John Hanson Mitchell will discuss and sign “An Eden of Sorts: The Natural History of My Feral Garden.” Mitchell has been writing about a small patch of land near Littleton, Mass., over the course of many years and many books. His intense interest in the natural and human history of the area began with “Ceremonial Time.” In his new book, he describes the gardens he created around his house after cutting down a large stand of white pines 30 years ago. What has emerged is an “eden of sorts,” an eden of biodiversity with more than 2,000 species of plants and animals. He uses the rich habitat asan argument in favor of messy gardens. Suzan Osborn illustrated the book with lush paintings ofthe beauty to be found in his garden.

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

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