• Bookstock,  Local Interest,  Norman Williams Public Library,  Reading and Literature

    BOOKSTOCK Philip Baruth

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    “Philip Baruth’s  Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes takes us deep into the blockbuster life of America’s most senior Senator. [3:00 Saturday, History Center]Having vaulted into the United States Senate at the tender age of 34, Patrick Leahy is now the longest serving member of that institution – just third in line to the Presidency when Democrats hold control.  Baruth focuses on Leahy’s cultivation of a “Top Cop” persona both in the media and at the ballot box, not only in post-Watergate Vermont, but in a post-9/11 America viciously divided between the Red states and the Blue. Philip Baruth is a professor of English at the University of Vermont and served as the majority leader of the Vermont Senate from 2012–2016. An award-winning commentator for Vermont Public Radio, he’s the author of several acclaimed novels, most recently The X President selected as a New York Times Notable Book of 2003; and The Brothers Boswell  a Washington Post Best Book of the Year 2009.”

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Reading and Literature

    Bookstock: Richard Hawley

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    “Richard Hawley’s The Three Lives of Jonathan Force explores the experience of its protagonist from his first sense impression to his last breath. In the course of that journey the youthful Jonathan’s vivid spiritual connectedness to the natural world and to intimate others is nearly chafed out of him by prevailing cultural expectations. Improbably—and impressively—Jonathan emerges as a famous and widely published interpreter of cultural events. [2:00 Friday, NWPL Mezzanine]His eponymous books—Force Fields, The Uses of Force, Reasonable Force—elevate him to the status of a contemporary Freud or Margaret Mead or Marshall McCluhan, to the extent that the culture comes to think as much with his ideas as about them. In late middle life he is visited by a life-changing revelation that carries him to a surprising spiritual renewal. A lifelong teacher and writer, Richard Hawley has published more than twenty books, including several novels, collections of poetry, and literary non-fiction, primarily about children and schools.”

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Music,  Pentangle

    Bookstock: Chris Pierce Concert

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    “Chris Pierce is a singer, songwriter, guitar player, and a renowned harmonica virtuoso, who has appeared worldwide with major artists. As a musician, he also has an alter ego – the Reverend Tall Tree.  As Tall Tree, Pierce is a shouting, moaning, stomping, shuffling and hollering blues and American roots performer in the tradition of Little Walter, Howling Wolf and Bo Diddley. [7:30 Saturday, Town Hall Theater]

    This year, Pierce’s eclectic talents have led him to deliver a TED talk, titled The Healing Powers of Music. Also, the hit song he co-wrote, We Can Always Come Back to This, was featured on the television show, This is Us, and was rated as top 20 on Billboard Rock and R&B charts.

    Pierce has released six independent albums worldwide. He has appeared, or opened, with a long list of musical greats: B.B.King, Al Green, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Beth Hart, Sonia Dada, and many more. His voice and music have been heard in films and television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Rosewood, In Plain Sight, Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters, Army Wives and Crash.

    Chris Pierce has written this about his art: Songwriting has given me a unique opportunity to be a lifelong student of human expression and emotion and it has helped me in good times and less fortunate times. It’s a true blessing to be a conduit of musical healing to others. Songwriting has no known limits and music is here for all of us. Music represents emotional freedom.”

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Local Interest

    BOOKSTOCK Lambert, McCabe & Crum

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    The Outside Story: Local Writers Explore The Nature Of New Hampshire & Vermont


    The Center for Northern Woodlands Education has formed a community of writers who share their curiosity about nature in Northern Woodlands magazine and in a series of weekly articles featured in Twin State newspapers since 2002. The Center’s assistant director, Dan Lambert, will introduce the second compilation of these articles, The Outside Story: Local Writers Explore the Nature of New Hampshire and Vermont. Two of the authors will then read from the book.
    Declan McCabe is a community ecologist and chair of the Biology Department at St. Michael’s College. He has authored twenty peer-reviewed publications in science and education journals and writes for The Outside Story on topics relating to macroinvertebrates and freshwater ecosystems.
    Howard Krum is an aquatic animal veterinarian who combines his love for animals and creative communication in entertaining essays and books. He is the author of the award-winning book series, An Animal Life, and is the former head veterinarian at the Georgia Aquarium and the New England Aquarium.
  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Reading and Literature

    BOOKSTOCK Marcos Stafne

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    Woodstock’s Own John Cotton Dana: Innovator of Libraries and Museums. Marcos Stafne, executive director of the Montshire Museum of Science is always on the lookout for inspirational museum leaders. His dream came true when he walked into Woodstock’s own Dana House and was reintroduced to John Cotton Dana. [3:00 Friday, History Center]Born in 1856 in Woodstock, Vermont, John Cotton Dana was a force of innovation for both libraries and museums. His approach to a universal, democratic education still resonates deeply with those who push the boundaries of progressive learning. A scholar of museums, Stafne holds a PhD in Urban Education from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Through Dana’s own words, Stafne will explore the continuous journey to democratize libraries and museums so that they may accessible to all.”

  • 2017,  Bookstock

    Bookstock: Authors from Sisters in Crime

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    “Authors from Sisters in Crime, a national organization of mystery and thriller authors, will talk about how great fiction starts in the real world.

    Connie Johnson Hambley writes high-concept thrillers featuring remarkable women entangled in modern-day crimes. Growing up on a dairy farm would have been idyllic if an arsonist hadn’t burned her family’s barn down. Bucolic bubble burst, she began to steadfastly plot her fictional revenge after receiving her law degree from Vermont Law School. She has written for Bloomberg BusinessWeekNature, and more. She honed her skills of storytelling with vivid characters and stories that feel too real to be fiction in her suspense novels, and her short story, Giving Voice, won acceptance in New England’s Best Crime Stories: Windward. Join Connie as she moderates “We’re Not Making This Up,” a discussion of how authors use threads of real life to weave better stories.  Learn more at www.conniejohnsonhambley.com.

    Roberta (Robbie) Harold is a novelist, poet and non-fiction writer from Montpelier, Vermont. As R.A. Harold, she is the author of two historical mysteries, Heron Island, set in Vermont, and its sequel, Murdered Sleep, set in Washington, DC. Murdered Sleep won the 2015 Genre Fiction award from the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE). Her work has been published in Vermont LifeHunger MountainSynezoma, and South Carolina Review. A 2001 graduate of Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, she won its Robert Haiduke Poetry Prize in 1999. She is a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to the Montpelier Bridge and is active in community theater. She is currently at work on two new novels, neither of them mysteries (except, at this point, to herself).

    Born in Sacramento, California, Kate George has crisscrossed the continent, living in places like Catalina Island, Vancouver, British Columbia and Vermont. She currently lives miles from anywhere content to write mystery and romance surrounded by her dogs (3) and children (4). She has published two Bree MacGowan mysteries, Moonlighting in Vermont and California Schemin’ and is currently working on the third in the series.”

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Reading and Literature

    Bookstock: Marianne Leone

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    “Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, and Coastal Living. Her memoir, Jesse, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010. [1:00 Saturday, Woodstock Inn Wilder Room]She had a recurring role on HBO’s “The Sopranos”; as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s mother. She has appeared in films by David O. Russell, Larry David, John Sayles and others. She is married to actor Chris Cooper. Her memoir Ma Speaks Up (Beacon Press) is about growing up on the wrong side of the tracks with her immigrant mother, the hilarious, infuriating Ma of the title. Though Marianne’s girlhood is flooded with shame, it’s equally packed with love, great cooking, and, above all, humor. The extremely premature birth of Marianne’s beloved son, Jesse, bonds mother and daughter at last. The stories she tells will speak to anyone who has struggled with outsider status and, of course, to mothers and their blemished, cherished girls.”

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Reading and Literature

    Bookstock: Bill Torrey

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    “Stories From The Ta Ta Weenie Club: Join Woodsman, Author, and Storyteller Bill Torrey for five, true, Moth-style stories from his book, The Ta Ta Weenie Club. [3:00 Friday, St James Parish Hall]Bill’s family moved to Vermont in 1767, planting his roots solidly into the forested hills of the state. After working forty years tending the woods of Vermont, he decided to pursue other callings – writing and oral storytelling. Bill wrote for Outdoor Magazine for three years and has been published in Northern Woodlands Magazine. Released by Green Writers Press and endorsed by Tom Bodett, Willem Lange and Bill Schubart, The Ta Ta Weenie Club is a collection of humorous stories about a kid growing up in Vermont during the ’60’s. Bill has won numerous storytelling events including four NPR Moth Story Slams and has performed at Middlebury College, The Vermont Folk Life Center, The Flynn Theater and the Vermont State House. (Rated SBL- School Bus Language)”

  • 2018,  Bookstock,  Woodstock History Center

    20180727 BOOKSTOCK Rick Winston

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    Rick Winston’s “Red Scare in the Green Mountains Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1940-1960” is illustrated with archival news headlines and photos. His parents (NYC schoolteachers) were affected during the McCarthy years, and he has a long-standing interest in that era.