New Hampshire Publisher Releases New Book on the December 2008 Ice Storm and Blackout

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The story of the December, 2008 ice storm and blackout in New Hampshire is told through true stories and photos from over forty residents of New Hampshire, in a new book from SciArt Media of Greenfield, NH. The book features over sixty color images, in a large, photo-friendly format. The foreword for the book is written by Josh Judge, morning weatherman on WMUR TV-9 news.

With spring coming, most Granite Staters are trying their best to forget about the cold and darkness that accompanied New Hampshire's "Great Ice Storm and Blackout of 2008." However, New Hampshire native James Maynard of Greenfield, owner of SciArt Media, has a different idea: His publishing company will be releasing a new book on March 28th about the ice storm and blackout.

The book will be titled "Black Ice: The Beauty and Destruction of New Hampshire's Great Ice Storm and Blackout of 2008." The collection of pictures and stories in the book come from over forty New Hampshire residents, including a foreword from WMUR TV-9 meteorologist Josh Judge.

"I realized as we were experiencing the effects of the ice storm and blackout that we were really living through history," explained Maynard. "I knew that something so important to this state needed to be documented. Within a few days of getting power restored to my home and office, we began work on the book."

The book is a coffee-table-style book, in full-color, printed in an oversized 8 1/2x11" format, to bring out details in the sixty-plus color photographs. There are also several true stories contained between the covers that tell how real New Hampshire families dealt with both the storm and lack of electricity, hot food or running water. What we discover in these tales is struggle, heartbreak and the triumph of the New Hampshire spirit over adversity.

"One of the glimpses of humor in the storm for me was seeing many of the thousands of trees that littered our highways disappear over the course of just forty-eight hours -- usually before anyone saw any trucks from local or state agencies. In the yards surrounding the areas where the trees had once been, there were piles of newly-cut wood, waiting for next winter."

The book release party and book signing is scheduled for March 28th at 2 pm at the Toadstool Bookshop in the Lorden Plaza in Milford. Other book signings scheduled include the Peterborough Toadstool on April 4th at 11 am and Borders in Keene on May 9th (the day before Mother's Day) between 2 and 4 pm. All events are free and open to the public. More information about the book and online ordering may be found at Updates about the book are also available on Facebook and Twitter.


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