• 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.

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Local Interest,  Reading and Literature,  Woodstock Community Interest

    Bookstock: Sara Widness

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    ” The Dusky Afternoon: An Oregon Childhood immerses readers in a post-World War II rural Oregon where logging trucks laden with timber rumbled along gravel roads and moonshine was secreted in nearby shadows. [1:00 Friday, St James Parish Hall] Here a man’s measure was taken not by his wealth or success but by his toil, and a woman was assessed not by her virtues but by her virtue. Rivers and reputations rose and fell swiftly. Electricity came to this rural area almost to the day the girl and her family arrived at the farm. Lowell and Fall Creek were charged for change.

    The author holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Stanford University. Writing has been her life as a journalist/editor and public relations executive for nearly 50 years. She will explore why she prefers to apply her own brush strokes and choose her own colors for her books. This means self publishing.” 

  • Bookstock,  Contemporary Issues,  Government,  Norman Williams Public Library,  Reading and Literature,  Vermont

    20180727 BOOKSTOCK: JEFF DANZIGER & BILL MARES

    Bill Mares, raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, has been a reporter-photographer, state legislator and high school teacher. He has authored or co-authored 17 books ranging from the Marine Corps to workplace democracy, from war memorials to Presidential fishing. With UVM Professor Frank Bryan he wrote four books of Vermont humor including the best-selling “Real Vermonters Don’t Milk Goats.” Together with cartoonist Jeff Danziger Mares assembled almost a score of Vermonters’ responses to the 2016 Election. About “The Full Vermonty,” Cong. Peter Welch wrote: People are always asking me: Peter, what can I do about Trump and what’s going on in Washington? My answer: Read this book. It’s a marvelous collection of wit, wisdom, passion and bite on how Vermont should react to the Trump administration. I’m proud to represent these writers and artists in Washington.” Mares is married to Chris Hadsel. They have two sons and live in Burlington.

    Jeff Danziger was born in New York City. He attended the University of Denver and following graduation moved to Vermont. After Vietnam as a linguist and intelligence officer, Jeff began drawing and writing for the Rutland Herald and in 1980 began as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News, moving to the Christian Science Monitor in Boston where he was staff cartoonist until 1996. He has published ten books of cartoons, and one novel about the Vietnam War, Rising Like the Tucson, Doubleday 1993. His artwork and occasional writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New Yorker, the International Herald Tribune, LeMonde, Izvestia and the Moscow Times among others, and on the Washington Post editorial page on September 12, 2001. In 2002 he joined the New York Times Syndicate. He has been twice short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize and was awarded an Overseas Press Club Prize in 1998.