Hampton author and humorist Gary Patton will be at the library on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM to read from his new satirical novel Stealing Mt. Washington. Originally from the mid-west, Gary and his wife Lenore retired to New England and and have lived in New Hampshire for the past 18 years, giving him a unique 'outsider' view of the foibles and follies of Granite State residents.
Selling Mt. Washington revolves around an attempt to pass a bill through the New Hampshire state legislature which would sell Mt. Washington State Park and allow wind turbines to be installed on it. Joe Tanner has struck a deal with his state party chairman. The chair will see to it that Joe is named state attorney general, if Joe can find a candidate for a vacant state senate seat, elect that candidate, and make sure that person votes to defeat a bill to put wind turbines on blustery Mt. Washington.
Granite Staters proudly claim that 6,288 foot high Mt. Washington has the worst weather in the world, with an average of 311 inches of snow accumulating from September to June, temperatures that have never risen above 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and hurricane-force winds that once set a record at 231 mph. Fog obscures the view at the peak 300 days a year.
Joe's problem is that no one wants the Senate job. It pays only $100 per year and his party is such an underdog that his candidate stands virtually no chance of winning the seat. No one wants it , that is, but a bumpkin and "outtastatah" (out-of-stater) named Charlie Beezer. Joe's girl friend, Ann Katz, loathes Charlie Beezer, considering him to be an oaf and a clod. But Joe has no choice but to run Charlie as his candidate.
And there the pandemonium begins. Will Beezer win the state senate seat? Will he vote against the wind turbine bill? Will wind turbines despoil the majesty and grandeur of Mt. Washington? Will Joe Tanner become state attorney general? Will Ann Katz's distaste for Charlie Beezer ruin her romance with Joe? As they say, "stay tuned."
Sylvia Larsen, Past President of the New Hampshire State Senate, writes, "Author Gary Patton offers up a comedic romp through the twisted paths of New Hampshire politics. With tongue-in-cheek humor, we gain real insights into the inner workings of the Granite State's byzantine political system."
The event is open to all, with light refreshments and time after Gary's talk for book signings.