Category Archives: The Vermont Book Shop

IPL/VBS First Tuesdays: Chris Lincoln The Funny Moon


Chris Lincoln
Chris Lincoln of Thetford, a Middlebury College grad, whose book is The Funny Moon, is joined in conversation by Mike McKenna of Weybridge. Lincoln has been recognized with a Clio, advertising’s Oscar. He is also the author of the widely praised non-fiction book, Playing the Game: Inside Athletic Recruiting in the Ivy League. A graduate of Middlebury College and participant at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, he lives in Vermont with his wife. The Funny Moon is his first novel. Recorded 5/14/24   

Recorded 4/2/24  Producer: IPL/VBS MCTV

Julia Alvarez in converation with Carolyn Kuebler


Alma Cruz, the celebrated writer at the heart of The Cemetery of Untold Stories, doesn’t want to end up like her friend, a novelist who fought so long and hard to finish a book that it threatened her sanity. So when Alma inherits a small plot of land in the Dominican Republic, her homeland, she has the beautiful idea of turning it into a place to bury her untold stories—literally. She creates a graveyard for the manuscript drafts and the characters whose lives she tried and failed to bring to life and who still haunt her.

Alma wants her characters to rest in peace. But they have other ideas and soon begin to defy their author: they talk back to her and talk to one another behind her back, rewriting and revising themselves. Filomena, a local woman hired as the groundskeeper, becomes a sympathetic listener to the secret tales unspooled by Alma’s characters. Among them, Bienvenida, dictator Rafael Trujillo’s abandoned wife who was erased from the official history, and Manuel Cruz, a doctor who fought in the Dominican underground and escaped to the United States.

The Cemetery of Untold Stories asks: Whose stories get to be told, and whose buried? Finally, Alma finds the meaning she and her characters yearn for in the everlasting vitality of stories. Julia Alvarez reminds us that the stories of our lives are never truly finished, even at the end.

About Julia:

Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer in residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.

Julia will appear on stage in conversation with Carolyn Kuebler, editor of the literary journal based in Middlebury, New England Review. Kuebler’s debut novel, Liquid, Fragile, Perishable will go on sale May 7.

Producer: MCTV

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: Rick Winston – Save Me A Seat: A Life with The Movies!


Rick returns to IPL this time to share his latest book, Save Me A Seat: A Life With The Movies!  Rick Winston’s genial and companionable memoir is the chronicle of a lifelong love affair with movies. Movies, the pleasure of movies, the ways in which movies bring people and communities together and change lives, movies in general and movies in particular, fill the book. Rick moved to Vermont in 1970 and shortly afterward founded the Lightning Ridge Film Society, which morphed into the Savoy Theater in 1981. He was one of the founders of Montpelier’s Green Mountain Film Festival  and was its Programming Director until 2012.  VBS will be here will books for sale and signature.

Recorded 3/12/24  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: 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