• 2017,  Bookstock,  Reading and Literature

    Bookstock Brooke Herter James- “Why Did the Farmer Cross the Road?”

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    “Brooke Herter James is the debut author of Why Did the Farmer Cross the Road?, a picture book for young children, as well as The Widest Eye, a collection of poems for adults. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a student of the Gotham Writers Workshop, and a graduate of the Yale Writers’ Conference. She lives in a very old house in Vermont with her husband, two donkeys (actually, the donkeys live in the barn), and a dog named Mack. Following a reading of Why Did the Farmer Cross the Road?, Brooke will happily recount the story of her book’s circuitous and somewhat improbable path to publication. Spoiler: It all started one summer afternoon when her donkey quite unexpectedly showed up on the kitchen stoop!”

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Reading and Literature

    Bookstock Roland Merullo- ” The Delight of Being Ordinary”

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    “ROLAND MERULLO
    Roland Merullo is the author of 13 novels and 6 books of non-fiction, as well as numerous articles, stories, essays, and Op Ed pieces in the NY Times, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Yankee, and many other publications. He has won Massachusetts Book awards in both fiction and non-fiction, and his work has been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese, Korean, Croatian, Chinese, and Turkish. His 2005 novel, Golfing with God is under film option with Gem Films. A former professor at Bennington and Amherst Colleges, he now teaches only in the Lesley University low-residency MFA program. He will speak about his newest novel, The Delight of Being Ordinary (Doubleday, April, 2017), and happily discuss and take questions and comments on his bestselling Breakfast with Buddha series and any of his other work. A native of Revere, Massachusetts, Merullo now lives with his wife and two daughters in the hills of Western MA.”

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Local Interest,  Reading and Literature

    Bookstock Bruce Hartman – Chuck Gundersen “You Never Can Tell”

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    “Chuck Gundersen will be reading from You Never Can Tell, his newly published collection of columns of the same name from The Vermont Standard in Woodstock, Vermont. He will speak about meeting a weekly deadline and how he comes up with ideas for the column each week. Chuck grew up on the Jersey Shore and came to Vermont in 1976 to be the Chef at the Prince and the Pauper Restaurant. He has been a boatbuilder, ice cream truck driver, real estate title examiner, disc jockey and short order cook. He was a young buckskin spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and has been Davy Crockett, Robin Hood, Elvis, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Sir Tristram, Mr. Roberts, Tom Sawyer, Jim Hawkins, Huckleberry Finn, Sebastian Dangerfield, Marilyn Monroe’s secret love, and for the past thirty years, the owner of the Teago General Store in South Pomfret, Vermont.”

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Reading and Literature

    Bookstock: Steven Wise

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    Nonhuman animals have long been considered legal “things” that lack capacity for legal rights.This has allowed them to be mercilessly exploited by legal “persons” who possess legal rights. At one time millions of humans were also “things” and much civil rights work since has been to change their legal status from “things” to “persons.”

    The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) extends that struggle to nonhuman animals, beginning with great apes, elephants, and cetaceans. To advance this work, Steven Wise founded the NhRP, has taught “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at numerous law schools including Harvard and Vermont (since 1990), and written four books, including Rattling the Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animals and Though the Heavens May Fall, which tells how a 1772 London lawsuit ended human slavery in England. He lectures around the globe and his work is the subject of the 2016 D.A. Pennebaker/Chris Hegedus film, Unlocking the Cage featured on on HBO.

  • 2017,  Bookstock,  Reading and Literature

    Bookstock: Delia Robinson

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    DELIA ROBINSON

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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