Category Archives: The Vermont Book Shop

IPL/VBS First Tuesdays: Genevieve’s debut novel, In The Lobby of the Dream Hotel


A recipient of an O. Henry Award, her short fiction can also be found in New England Review, Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, Literary Hub, and The Best Small Fictions 2018.  From Indie Bound – “In the Lobby of the Dream Hotel — a place two lovers who can’t be together in the real world might meet — is a beautiful meditation on love, madness, motherhood, and art. Plunkett’s writing is achingly gorgeous and Portia is a character for the ages.”  We are pleased to partner with Vermont Book Shop for this program

Recorded 11/7/23  Producer: MCTV

The Salvelinus, the Sockeye, and the Egg-Sucking Leech: Reflections on Alaska’s Bristol Bay Drainage


Matthew Dickerson, a local author and Middlebury College faculty member, will share photos, videos, stories and ecological lessons from a decade worth of trips to various rivers and lakes in Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay drainage. Dickerson was a 2022 artist-in-residence for Alaska State Parks, for which he spent time in Wood-Tikchik State Park (the largest state park in the country). He has also spent considerable time in both Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and Katmai National Park and Preserve, each of which is roughly the size of the state of Connecticut. His experiences include numerous encounters with brown bears and a lot of time casting flies (like his favorite egg-sucking leeches) for ten different species of fish (including both sockeye salmon and three species of the genus Salvelinus, known more commonly as char). He spent time with fisheries biologists, park historians, fishing guides, and acclaimed bush pilots learning about river biology, fisheries, local cultures, and also environmental threats including proposed open-pit heavy-metal mines, proposed hydro-electric dams, and climate change—all on the headwaters of what many consider the most important salmon water of the world (Bristol Bay) that supports roughly 30% of the world’s wild salmon harvest.  Matthew Dickerson’s books that are set in the Bristol Bay region include The Voices of Rivers and the recently published The Salvelinus, the Sockeye, and the Egg-Sucking Leech, both of which are available through the library and The Vermont Book Shop.

Producer: MCTV

Author Talk: Jo Brunini – “Never a Cloud”


[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Local Charlotte author,  Giovanna “Jo” Brunini Congdon discusses her new book, Never a Cloud.  Some things can only be hidden for so long. Some things are too difficult to talk about, and some things you have to repeat even when no one is listening . . .Never a Cloud charts the course of three women—Violet, Ava, and Margot— who find their way to a new understanding of home and family at Otyrburn, an estate in rural Scotland. We are happy to be partnering with Vermont Book Shop for this local author series.  Recorded 2/7/23 [/ezcol_2third_end][ezcol_1third] Producer: MCTV

VT Book Shop: Bill McKibben, author of “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon”


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“I’m curious about what went so suddenly sour with American patriotism, American faith, and American prosperity.”

Like so many of us, McKibben grew up believing—knowing—that the United States was the greatest country on earth. As a teenager, he cheerfully led American Revolution tours in Lexington, Massachusetts. He sang “Kumbaya” at church. And with the remarkable rise of suburbia, he assumed that all Americans would share in the wealth.

But fifty years later, he finds himself in an increasingly doubtful nation strained by bleak racial and economic inequality, on a planet whose future is in peril.

And he is curious: What the hell happened?

In this revelatory cri de coeur, McKibben digs deep into our history (and his own well-meaning but not all-seeing past) and into the latest scholarship on race and inequality in America, on the rise of the religious right, and on our environmental crisis to explain how we got to this point. He finds that he is not without hope. And he wonders if any of that trinity of his youth—the flag, the cross, the station wagon—could, or should, be reclaimed in the fight for a fairer future.

 Recorded 6/20/22 at CVUUS.[/ezcol_2third_end][ezcol_1third]

Producer: VT Book Shop

VT Book Shop: Maria Padian, author of How to Build a Heart


[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Maria Padian, author and Middlebury College alumna, will read from and discuss her new novel for young adults, How to Build a Heart.

Kirkus Reviews calls How to Build a Heart “an absolutely enthralling depiction of family and self-discovery” in a starred review!

How to Build a Heart is the story of one young woman’s journey to find her place in the world as the carefully separated strands of her life — family, money, school, and love — begin to overlap and tangle.

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Producer: VT Book Shop

VT Book Shop: Mary Beth Stevens, author of Tippy Finds a Home


[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]New England picturebook author Mary Beth Stevens shares Tippy Finds a Home, a true story of a little rescue dog who is all alone in the world and searching for his forever home.  It takes some doing, but Tippy has faith, and eventually he finds a family that is perfect for him. With beautiful illustrations by Susan Spellman,

Presented with Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, a community-centered shelter that supports the human-animal bond through compassionate care, adoption, education, and advocacy. Recorded 9/28/19.[/ezcol_2third_end][ezcol_1third]
Producer: VT Book Shop