Orange sisters to hold reading of poetry book

  • KRAMER-HOWE

  • “Lake Mattawa 2020: A Pandemic, a Small Cemetery, and a Month Alone”

Staff Report
Published: 12/22/2021 3:27:16 PM
Modified: 12/22/2021 3:27:01 PM

ORANGE — The Friends of the Orange Public Libraries plan to host a reading of “Lake Mattawa 2020: A Pandemic, a Small Cemetery, and a Month Alone,” a new book of poetry by Kathy Kramer-Howe, at the Moore-Leland Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Sally Howe wrote the foreword to her sister’s book and the two will share poetry Kramer-Howe created during a largely isolated month at Lake Mattawa near the start of the pandemic, according to a press release from Haley’s Antiques and Publishing of Athol, which published “Lake Mattawa 2020.”

Kramer-Howe, who often spends summers at the generations-old family summer home on Lake Mattawa, challenged herself to write one poem a day during her stay, and her work addresses family connections, experiences of the lake and cottage, and walks to and musings about nearby Holtshire Cemetery.

According to the press release, the Howe family goes back at least four generations in Orange, and sisters Kathy, Sally and Lynn retain the Lower Chestnut Hill land acquired by their grandfather, Frank Howe, president of Orange Savings Bank in the early 20th century.

“Lake Mattawa 2020” is available at online vendors and from the publisher, at 488 South Main St. in Athol. The book will be on sale after the reading, and Kramer-Howe will autograph copies. Haley’s will donate a percentage of proceeds to the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries.


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