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Henry Homeyer to read from his new children’s book at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER—Henry Homeyer will read from his children’s book Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet at Main Street Arts Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m.

Accompanying him for the reading and signing will be the book’s illustrator, Josh Yunger.

Best known for his weekly gardening column, Homeyer is a writer, storyteller, and grandfather who taught third and fourth grade long ago. Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet is a tale he told one summer while running a playground program in Saxtons River when he was still in college. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa and has been a peace activist since the Vietnam War. Currently residing in Cornish Flat, N.H., he is the author of gardening books, including Gardening in the Northeast.

Yunger is a faculty member of the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. In his spare time, he writes and records songs for his band The Ologists. He lives in South Stafford. He is the author and illustrator of several children’s books, including the recently released Hippo and Monkey.

Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet is a fantasy-adventure story about a boy born with a mustache and an ability to talk with animals. Wobar’s adventures begin when he runs away from home after getting in trouble at his new school.

Hiding out in a cave, he meets a cougar, Roxie, who becomes his best friend and constant companion. They encounter the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier who was given — and had stolen from him—a calumet, or Native American peace pipe. The pipe has the power to end all wars, and until it is found and returned to the American president, the ghost must remain in limbo. Thus begins their quest to find the magic calumet and release the ghost.

It is published by Bunker Hill Publishing.

In addition to Main Street Arts, sponsors of the event are Village Square Booksellers, Greater Falls Community Garden Collaboration, and Saxtons River Community Garden. There is no charge for the event, and books will be available for purchase.

Further information is available by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing or on Facebook.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #177 (Wednesday, November 7, 2012).

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