Rabbi Bob Alper, Northshire’s Own Comedian and Author, to Speak
The old Village Fare Restaurant, the East Dorset General Store, the Loyalty Day Parade, Bromley Mountain and even a local exterminator – among others – are prominently featured in various chapters in Rabbi Bob Alper’s books. The full-time stand-up comic and East Dorset resident credits Manchester’s legendary Walter Hard among his literary mentors, and Alper is committed to keeping Hard’s work alive.
Alper plans to talk about his newly-re-released book, ‘Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This’ on Wednesday, August 5, at 7 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. He will also share some of Walter Hard’s greatest work during the evening, which is sponsored by the Library, Manchester Historical Society, and the Northshire Bookstore. Hard, who was born in Manchester in1882, ran a pharmacy and then The Johnny Appleseed Book Shop while also serving as a state representative and senator. But his passion was writing, and his poignant, often hilarious poems evoke the Vermont we continue to adore. Alper’s own books (his latest is ‘Thanks. I Needed That’) contain nearly 80 true stories, many of which find their origin in our area. Alper will read a few of his stories as the centerpiece of the event but, since he’s been a professional comedian for 28 years, (heard daily on XM/Sirius radio), he’ll conclude the evening with some hilarious stand-up comedy. Northshire Bookstore will be on site with copies of Alper’s books for purchase. Refreshments will be served. The free event is open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 802-362-2607 or visit northshire.com/event-list.