Category Archives: Author Talk

IPL/VBS First Tuesdays: George Bellerose – Portrait of a Forest: Men and Machine


George Bellerose
A healthy forest is a multi-generational responsibility. To be good stewards of the land is this generation’s challenge. Portrait of a Forest: Men and Machine through day-in-the-life photography and wide-ranging interviews helps us understand the people and policies that will determine if we meet that responsibility.  George is an author and photographer who lives in Weybridge, VT.   VBS will be here will books for sale and signature.

Recorded 4/2/24  Producer: MCTV

IPL/VBS First Tuesdays: Jacquelyn Lenox Tuxill


Even as a child, Jackie Tuxill’s world view was expansive. Born in Chengdu, China, of medical missionary parents, as a toddler she escaped the final months of WWII with her family and celebrated her third birthday in India before obtaining passage to the US and settling in a rural West Virginia town in 1948. After graduating cum laude from Muskingum College with a BS in biology, she worked in a medical research lab while her husband attended medical school; they later moved to Alaska, where Jackie discovered a love of outdoor adventure and a passion for nature that led to a thirty-five-year career in environmental work. “Ashes and Rivers,” a chapter adapted from Whispers From the Valley of the Yak, appeared in the 2019 anthology True Stories: The Narrative Project, Vol I. For the past three decades, Jackie has made her home in Lincoln, Vermont. VBS will be here will books for sale and signature.

Recorded 2/6/24  Producer: MCTV

IPL/VBS First Tuesdays: “Eat, Poop, Die How Animals Make Our World” Joe Roman


A “fascinating” exploration (Elizabeth Kolbert) of how ecosystems are sculpted and sustained by animals eating, pooping, and dying—and how these fundamental functions could help save us from climate catastrophe.  Joe Roman is a conservation biologist, marine ecologist, and editor ’n’ chef of Winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award for Listed, Roman has written for the New York Times, Science, Slate, and other publications. He is a fellow and writer in residence at the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont.

Recorded 12/5/23  Producer: MCTV

Author Talk: Brendan Buckley – “The Morse Code: Legacy of a Vermont Sportswriter”


Triumph over hardship. Pay it forward. The power of community. These were the moral codes of Dave Morse (1937-2015), a beloved Vermont Sports Hall of Fame journalist who spent 20 years at the Hardwick Gazette writing “The Morse Code,” an all-sports, all-ages column. The Vermont Book Shop and Ilsley Library welcome Middlebury College alumnus and retired Hardwick physician Brendan Buckley, who will read from and discuss his new book about the intriguing figure of Dave Morse, The Morse Code: Legacy of a Vermont Sportswriter.

Brendan Buckley fell in love with Vermont while attending Middlebury College. After graduation, he taught sixth grade for two years, but then decided to pursue a career in medicine. He did his internship and residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and then moved to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where he practiced primary care medicine at the Hardwick Area Health Center for thirty four years, until his retirement in 2019. He continues to live in East Hardwick with his wife Helen, a retired school psychologist. Their children, Matthew and Emma, live in California and Utah. The Morse Code: Legacy of a Vermont Sportswriter is his first book.

Recorded 8/1/23
Producer: MCTV

Author Talk: Leslie C. Smith – “Spitfire: A Story of Adversity, Acceptance and Resurrection”


Local author, Leslie C. Smith, discusses her new book, Spitfire: A Story of Adversity, Acceptance and Resurrection. With unique insight, candor, and encouragement, Leslie recounts a life lived well and with intention, even with the odds stacked against her. She had one goal to begin it all: “I needed to learn to accept myself and the diagnosis I had been given… I was on a personal journey to find peace, accept my new life and assimilate into a life that I wanted to live. I had heard the restrictions that would be part of my life and now I needed to find the flip side of the limitations.”

Recorded 5/2/23
Producer: MCTV

Author Talk: Matthew Hongoltz-Hettling – “If It Sounds Like a Quack…A Journey to the Fringes of American Medicine”


Local author, Matthew Hongoltz-Hettling, discusses his new book, If It Sounds Like a Quack…A Journey to the Fringes of American Medicine.  A bizarre, rollicking trip through the world of fringe medicine, filled with leeches, baking soda IVs, and, according to at least one person, zombies.

Recorded 4/4/23
Producer: MCTV