• Bookstock,  Reading and Literature,  Woodstock Community Interest

    Bookstock: Jack Mayer

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    Jack Mayer is a Vermont writer and pediatrician who established Rainbow Pediatrics in Middlebury in 1991 where he continues to practice pediatrics. His first non-fiction book was Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project. His new novel, Before the Court of Heaven, explores how Germany’s Weimar Democracy became the Third Reich – a cautionary tale. [Noon Saturday, Library Mezzanine] In Germany, after World War I, Ernst Techow, son of a magistrate, joins the violent right-wing response to Germany’s defeat, a clandestine assassination network, early Nazis, trying to destroy Germany’s fledgling democracy. He helps murder Walther Rathenau, Germany’s highest-ranking Jew. While on trial for his life, Ernst receives an unfathomable offer of forgiveness that jolts his surety in the fascist cause and sets him on a complex and harrowing journey of redemption. Before the Court of Heaven considers how ordinary people became complicit in extraordinary crimes. It explores the complexity of redemption, and the power of forgiveness. Dr. Mayer will show Power Point slides of Weimar as part of his presentation, as well as read from his book. jackmayer.net

  • 2019,  Bookstock

    2019 BOOKSTOCK: Gary Meffe

    Gary Meffe: The Wizard of Odd 

    In “The Wizard of Odd: A Vermont Tale of Community Devotion” Gary Meffe explores the themes of community, tolerance, and love of place through his fictional Northeast Kingdom village of Oddertown, population 700. Centered on a six-generation family-owned country store that is the epicenter of village life, this novel captures the essence of what comprises a good and authentic community truly worth fighting for.

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Contemporary Issues,  Reading and Literature

    20170729 Bookstock Sarah Prager

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    Sarah Prager (www.sarahprager.com) is the author of Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World (HarperCollins, May 2017). In what a starred Kirkus review called a “breezy, conversational tone that will engage teens and make them laugh while they learn,” Sarah profiles both famous and obscure heroes from history while looking at their genders and sexualities as important pieces of their lives. [3:00 Saturday, Library Mezzanine]From a transgender Roman emperor through 20th century LGBTQ athletes and artists, these true stories that never made it into history textbooks inspire readers of all ages. Sarah Prager is a speaker and writer on LGBTQ history and the creator of the free mobile app Quist (www.quistapp.com). She lives in Connecticut with her wife and daughter. Her presentation at Bookstock will include a reading from Queer, There, and Everywhere, brief discussion of little-known pieces of LGBTQ history.

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Reading and Literature

    Bookstock: Delia Robinson

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    A Shirtwaist Story by Montpelier, Vermont artist, illustrator, and writer Delia Robinson examines the haunting memories of Peter, descended from owners of a notorious sweatshop, The Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Colorful, evocative art explores Peter’s relationship to his family and their response to the factory fire in 1911, a highly visible and deadly tragedy. [1:00 Friday, History Center]Public outrage demanded new laws concerning labor relations and worker safety, issues still threatened today. The role of immigrants in our culture also received widespread attention for the victims were newly arrived and mostly women. A slide presentation using archival photographs illustrates the conditions at the time; Hester Street on the lower East Side crowded from the immigration waves of the early 20th century, substandard housing, and jobs in dangerous workplaces. Illustrations from the book will guide a discussion on how this unique creation came to be published, plus some decisions made in shaping it.

  • Bookstock,  Local Interest,  Music,  Reading and Literature

    Sonny Saul on Jazz Piano with friends

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    “Sonny Saul runs the famous “Pleasant Street Bookstore” in Woodstock which he started with his mother when he moved to Vermont from Philadelphia thirty years ago. It has been called one of New England’s finest used bookstores. [Lead-in: 7:00 Thursday, July 27, Pleasant Street Books]Featuring two floors of browsing – over 10,000 books – and many shelves and book cases full of very old books with beautiful bindings, rare books, and first editions, as well as many “good used books”, “Pleasant Street Books” is also a publishing company with a very small and select inventory which features printed music and cd’s as well as pamphlets and books. Some – but not all – of these titles were edited, composed, written, or designed by Sonny. Downstairs in the bookstore is a grand piano where Sonny and various ensembles regularly perform. Born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ, Sonny studied and lived in and around Philadelphia before moving to Vermont. He has played, composed, and taught piano his whole life. For this occasion Sonny will introduce and perform some of his original piano compositions, and will talk some about his life in music and books.”