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


    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.

  • 2018,  History,  Politics and Media,  Reading and Literature,  The Thompson

    Accidental Collapse of Germany: Part 2

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    The Thompson Senior Center presents

    Accidental Collapse of Germany: Part 2
    presented by Jürgen Ewert

    “Jürgen will analyze the events in East Germany that were causing the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 by using information provided by Mary Elise Sarotte in her book “The Collapse.” He will contribute thoughts based on his own life experience. Since he was already residing in the United States when the Berlin Wall fell he developed a different view of German politics than most former East Germans.

    “It was not Gorbachev, it was not Reagan, it was the people of East Germany yearning for freedom. Their quest was aided by the incompetence of the East German regime and individuals who made critical decisions that pushed the process along.”

  • 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.”