RISE authors to read at Toadstool Bookshop in Milford

NASHUA – Members of the creative writing classes at the Rivier Institute for Senior Education at Rivier University will read from their annually published journal at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.

Copies of “Dawn: The Literary Journal of RISE” will be available and the authors will sign them, if desired.

Writing memoirs for family members is “usually how we all begin,” Helen Jackman, editor-in-chief for the 2013-14 edition, said of RISE members’ passion for writing.

This year’s magazine has 168 pages and features the prose and poetry of 35 authors, the majority of whom submitted three pieces each. It’s divided into three sections: fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The nonfiction section is almost 100 percent memoir writing, Jackman said. A sketch of each author appears in the back of the journal.

The magazine began in 2000 as a showcase for the work of authors in the RISE creative writing classes. “Dawn” is published annually and is being sold off campus for the second year in a row.

Authors participating in the event are Joan Gibson, Jim Collins, Meg Brown, Salvin Schmidt, Mary Moore, David Chirlin, Richard Danner, Jim and Julia Leonard, Nancy Frey and Noreen Strauch.

Jackman said she hopes that audience members who aren’t familiar with RISE will consider taking classes.

“It brings together people 55 and older who love to learn and meet new people,” she said.

The Toadstool Bookshop is in Lorden Plaza, 614 Nashua St., Route 101A. For more information, visit www.toadbooks.com or call 673-1734. For more information about RISE, visit www.rivier.edu/rise or call 897-8623.

“Dawn” is available at the RISE office at Rivier University, Sylvia Trottier Hall, Room 237; Annie’s Book Stop, Greystone Plaza, 650 Amherst St., Nashua; and the Toadstool Bookshop.

Proceeds go to a RISE scholarship that supports Rivier undergraduate day students who have demonstrated a commitment to Greater Nashua through volunteer work or public service.