EXETER - Water Street Bookstore, located at 125 Water Street in Exeter, is hosting Howard Mansfield, author of “Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter”, on Wed., October 16 at 7:00 p.m., for a reading and signing.
Howard Mansfield looks at things that were once ordinary in the home, like the hearth and rooms without clutter, and he looks at homes swept away by disasters and war. He visits a relief effort in the long aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to get a sharper sense of the fragility of our dwellings and our strong commitment to making a home. He confronts the legacy of the World War II firebombing campaigns that left Europe in ruins and gave rise to three distinctly different writers who sought to restore the sanctity of home. On footpaths and in the hidden lives of many sheds, Mansfield courts the spirit of good places that Christopher Alexander calls “the quality without a name.” We can recognize this elusive quality, and yet we find it very difficult, if not impossible, to create this feeling in our new houses and in our towns and cities.
This event is free and open to the public. Please call (603) 778-9731 or visit www.waterstreetbooks.com.