Please join us at BL next week, THURSDAY Feb. 1st at 6:00-8:00 PM with our very special guest, Michelle Blake!
Michelle Blake has published poetry and essays in Tin House, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Southern Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, MORE Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Parents and others. Her essay “A Fable for Our Times” won the Solstice Nonfiction Award for 2015. She has also published three critically acclaimed novels—The Tentmaker, Earth Has No Sorrow and The Book of Light (Putnam Penguin).
Her chapbook of poems, Into the Wide and Startling World, was awarded publication in the New Women’s Voices competition in 2012 (Finishing Line Press). In 2014, her collaborative project with photo-montage artist Fran Forman, Escape Artist, was published by Schiffer. In 2017 she was a Resident Writer at the Siena Arts Institute, and she has twice received residency grants at Vermont Studio Center. In addition, she has taught writing at Goddard College, Stanford University and Tufts University and directed both the Goddard MFA and Warren Wilson MFA programs. See her website at http://www.michelleblakewriter.com.
“Michelle Blake’s series about an Episcopal priest…stands out for a couple of reasons—besides the essential one of being written with intelligence and grace. These books take a long view of crime, finding meaningful lessons in antisocial acts.” —New York Times Book Review, Marilyn Stasio
“Outstanding…eloquent prose, astute scholarship, convincing characters and vivid settings make this a remarkable work, raising the genre of the parish mystery to new heights.” —Publishers Weekly, The Book of Light (starred review)
Please join us at BL Thursday, Feb. 15th at 6:00-8:00 PM with our very special guest, Kasey Mathews!
Kasey Mathews lives in Wilton, NH with husband, two children and their rescue dog, Ed. She is a Coach, Speaker, Workshop Leader and author of A Mom’s Guide to Creating a Magical Life: 8 Steps to Feel Happier, Inspired and More Relaxed and Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood, which won the New Hampshire Writer’s Project Reader’s Choice award and was a featured book on the Random House book site Bibliophile. For more information please visit her website www.kaseymathews.com.
Written for the Mom seeking more joy, playfulness and serenity in her life, A Mom’s Guide to Creating a Magical Life is like a GPS for the overwhelmed Mom’s soul. The book is full of simple and easy tools to help Mom feel more patient, present and grounded with her family. It’s also invitation to remember all the things Mom used to love before becoming so busy taking care of everyone else’s needs. So much more than a manicure, pedicure or a massage – this book is really self-care for the soul; teaching and empowering Moms to learn and know that we really do have the ability to create the life of our dreams.
Book Lounge this Thursday, September 21st, Dede’s guest will be Vermont state poet laureate, Chard DeNiord. YES! We are all looking forward to Chard’s guest slot and he may give us a writing prompt for poetry (but prose is fine, too). Chard is a fabulous poet, a professor, a scholar, and you can read about his accomplishments here (he is one of the nicest people and humble)… We hope he reads some of his work. . .
T Stores is the author of three novels (Getting to the Point, SideTracks, and Backslide) and a collection of short fiction, Frost Heaves, which is forthcoming from Green Writers’ Press. Her fourth novel, Ten Types of Women, is slated for publication later in 2018. Her work has appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Harrington Literary Quarterly, Rock & Sling, Cicada, Out Magazine, Blithe House, Oregon Literary Review,Bloom Magazine, Rock & Sling, Earth’s Daughters,Blueline, SawPalm,Kudzu, Fourth Genreand Minerva Rising, among others. Honors include grants from the Vermont Arts Council and Barbara Deming Fund, residencies at Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley, and Shiro Oni, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. A graduate of the M.F.A. program at Emerson College, she is Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Hartford.
On Thursday, July 20th from 6:00-8:00 PM, our regular Book Lounge on Thursdays will feature Putney author Tim Weed. Tim’s new short story collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing is selling briskly nationwide. Tim will talk about his writing and give a prompt for the group to do some of our own writing followed by sharing work.
The Book Lounge, where poets, writers, and readers mingle and lean into this beautiful profession.
The Book Lounge is curated by the editors of The Hopper literary magazine and Green Writers Press to foster a social community around the creative arts in southern Vermont in a central space, where all writers will be invited to participate.
Please join us Thursday evening, May 25th, from 6:00-8:00 PM with Vermont author Bill Schubart
About the evening’s special program
In my seventy years on earth I’ve seen and learned much. I can track and feel the changes wrought over time to my body and intellect, but must retreat into silence to appreciate the subtle change in social culture over these years. By culture, I don’t mean arts and humanities, I mean what we were taught, what we came to believe, and how we lived and behaved seventy years ago, as opposed to today. Trying to understand and measure this change over two generations is like trying to quantify and qualify the growth of reindeer moss on a granite boulder.
Using Lila & Theron as a frame for an earlier culture, I will engage the audience in a discussion of how social culture and mores have changed for the better and for worse, and answering any questions on writing and publishing.