Local writer opens author series

The Tory Hill Authors Series will kick off its fourth season on Saturday with Julia Older of Hancock, the author of “Tales of the François Vase,” a book-length poem and radio play.

A CD with an author interview and the National Public Radio play version accompanies the book. Other work by Older has appeared in Poets & Writers, The New Yorker, and numerous other journals and anthologies.

Older will be joined by Hobblebush Books publisher and poet Sidney Hall, Jr., of Brookline, mezzo-soprano Pamela Stevens of Hancock, and poet Rodger Martin of Harrisville.

NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu has said about “The François Vase”: “Before printed books there were talking vases. Julia Older renders the voices that attended the François Vase from its birth in the potter’s hands to what its admirers and enemies said when they held, lost, hunted, or broke it. All these voices speak in rhythms the poet fancied or channeled, and they tell a picaresque and musical drama of that Western mind that flows from ancient Greece to X-rays.”

The evening will be the first of four presented by the Warner Historical Society.

On July 27, the series will continue with Ernest Hebert and Willem Lange, to be followed on Aug. 10 by novelists Indira Ganesan and Eleanor Morse. The final evening of the series, Aug. 24, will feature Ben Kilham.

The readings will begin at 7 p.m. in the Warner Town Hall. A dessert social and signing will follow the readings. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the door or online at www.toryhillauthorsseries.com.

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