• 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.”

  • 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 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.