hobart-book-village.jpgHobart, NY - W.H. Adams' Antiquarian Book Shop, located in the Hobart Book Village at 602 Main Street, will present an exhibit by Bertha Rogers, Delhi poet and visual artist. The exhibit is entitled "Riddle Me This: The Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems Translated & Illuminated for Our Time & Place" and will open on November 26 and remain at the book store through December 13. On Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 p.m., Rogers will give a reading of her riddle-poem translations followed by a riddle workshop.  There is no charge and all are welcome, although seating is limited. Refreshments will follow the lecture. The Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems were collected by the Bishop of Leofric along with other writings and given by him to Exeter Cathedral in 1072: that collection later came to be known as the Exeter Book.  The riddles are full of alliterative words and "kennings," or compound metaphors, such as "whale-road" or "swan's way" for the ocean.  Included in the exhibit are original gold- and copper-leaf illuminations and prints.  Rogers' translation with illustrations of the riddle poems will be published in 2010. Her collection, Heart Turned Back, will also appear in 2010 (Salmon Poetry Publishing, Ireland).  In 2006 she was the recipient of an AE Ventures Grant for excellence in both poetry and visual art and for contributions to the field through the not-for-profit literary press and center she founded in 1992 with her husband. "Riddle Me This" is funded, in part, by a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization program grant, administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group.  The exhibit opened in July at Delaware County Historical Association Museum and traveled to Hanford Mills Museum.  Next spring it will be featured at Gallery Y in Syracuse and other locations in New York City.  Rogers' reading and workshop at the W. H Adams' Antiquarian Book Shop is funded, in part, by Poets & Writers, Inc., Readings & Workshops Program. More than 250 of Bertha Rogers' poems appear in journals and anthologies and the collections Even the Hemlock:  Poems, Illuminations, Reliquaries (Six Swans Artists Editions, N. Y. 2005); The Fourth Beast (chapbook, Snark Press, IL 2004); A House of Corners (Three Conditions Press, Maryland Poetry Review Chapbook Contest Winner, 2000); and Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen, NY 1991).  Her translation of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, was published in 2000 (Birch Brook Press, NY). Contact: Donald Dales hobartbookvillage@gmail.com