December 2nd, 2014
Next Thursday, December 11th, we’re throwing a 30th Anniversary party! Can you believe we’ve been causing trouble for so long?! We’re also throwing a raffle with all proceeds going to the Overflow Shelter. Prices are $2 for 1 ticket or $4 for 5 tickets. Check out our totally *awesome* prizes:
1st – a night at The One Cat Bed and Breakfast in downtown Brattleboro! It’s only 10 minutes from the train station…
2nd – $15 gift certificate, a tote bag, and a tee celebrating our 30th anniversary!
3rd – A one year membership to the store! This gives you 20% discount on all adult hardcover fiction, 15% adult non-fiction hardcover, and 10% off of just about everything else (textbooks are generally the exception to the discount)(sorry!), including paperbacks, children’s books, cds, and remainders (new books for cheap on the center table).
For more information call us at 802-254-8160, email us or visit us on facebook!
ETA: made a mistake, had to change price of tix
November 15th, 2014
Brian Adams, Professor of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College discusses his brand new novel, Love in the Time of Climate Change at 6pm on Friday, November 21.
Meet Casey, a community college professor with OCD (Obsessive Climate Disorder). While navigating the zaniness of teaching he leads a rag-tag bunch of climate activists, lusts after one of his students, and smokes a little too much pot. Quirky, socially awkward and adolescent- acting, our climate change obsessed hero muddles his way through saving the world while desperately searching for true love. Teaching isn’t easy with an incredibly hot woman in class, students either texting or comatose, condoms strewn everywhere, attack geese on field trips, and a dean who shows up at exactly the wrong moments.
What’s a guy to do? Kidnap the neighbor’s inflatable Halloween ghost? Confront evangelicals and lesbian activists? Channel Santa Claus’s rage at the melting polar ice caps? Shoplift at Walmart? How about all of the above! Who would have thought climate change could be so funny! Actually, it really isn’t, but Love in the Time of Climate Change, a romantic comedy about global warming, is guaranteed to keep you laughing. Laughing and thinking.
Come join us in this, our final event for the year!
November 9th, 2014
Journalist G.Michael Dobbs discusses his new book, ‘Fifteen Minutes With: Forty Years of Interviews’ this coming Friday, November 14th at 6pm!
The books explores some of the many subjects Dobbs has interviewed, from Weird Al Jankovic to Vincent Price, Lillian Gish to Tracy Morgan.
Dobbs is also an authority on Animation and and taught courses in animation, film studies, and newspaper production at Western New England University.
Come join us!
November 4th, 2014
This Friday night, Nov. 7th at 6pm, internationally renowned French photographer Lionel Delevingne discusses his new book To the Village Square: From 1975-2014.
After witnessing the student protests in Paris in 1968, Delevingne traveled to the United States and also saw non-violent protests. To the Village Square is the photographic record of these protests, mostly against nuclear power, from Seabrook to Fukushima.
We hope to see you there (and check out the link to his website, above – amazing photographs)!
October 15th, 2014
Leda Scheintaub, local author and owner of the food truck Dosa Kitchen, specializing in South Indian cuisine, discusses her new book Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen: 100 Recipes Featuring the Bold Flavors of Fermentation at 6pm this Friday, October 17th. The book is as pretty as the recipes – come and see!
October 3rd, 2014
Local Author Martha Moravec discusses her latest book ‘Magnificent Obesity: My Search for Wellness, Voice, and Meaning in the Second Half of Life‘ on Friday, October 10th and 6pm.
Priorites fall quickly into place for a 55-year old compulsive overeater with a panic disorder when a heart attack accelerates a midlife crisis into a furious race to close the gap between where she appears to be going in life and the very different place she wants to be.
“Magnificent Obseity’ depicts one woman’s effort to look honestly and compassionately at her obesity through a kaleidoscopic lens of anxiety disorder, addictive behavior, agnosticism and the onset of aging. Her conviction that it’s never too late to grow up, that it is possible to feel born again at any age and that there is no expiration date on dreams will inspire anyone who yearns to rewrite their story and take their own magnificent leap into a life lived with passion, purpose, and authentic power.
Come join us!
September 6th, 2014
Local author Ellen Schwartz discusses her new book Making Space for Active Learning: The Art and Practice of Teaching.
“This is a book about values and approaches to teaching that are now under fire, a book about teachers who have, through exhilarating collective work, created space for the practices tat build classroom communities and honor the individuality of children. As you listen to these stories I hope you will be moved to join the conversation, reflecting on your own practice and the children who intrigue you,” – Helen Featherstone, Associate Professor Emerita, Michigan State University.
This book will inspire new and veteran teachers to “make space” for children’s interests, for teaching as relational and intellectual work, and for new insights and ideas. The authors introduce the Prospect Center’s Descriptive Review of Practice, a collaborative inquiry process that provides an opportunity for teachers to examine their practice and gain new perspectives from other participants.
See you here at six!
September 3rd, 2014
Local author Rebecca Coffey discusses her new novel Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story this Friday, September 5th, at 6 pm!
Imagine growing up at the tail end of the hysteria epidemic that swept Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You are sexually attracted to other girls, a proclivity that medical doctors of your era consider a symptom of hysteria. Your world-renowned father is one of them. Worse, he has built much of his reputation on his “discovery” that your sort of hysteria is a gateway to mental illness that is always caused by the father and is curable by psychoanalysis.
Then he analyzes you.
Anna Freud (1895-1982) harbored a secret that could have shaken the foundations of her father’s growing legacy. Suspecting as much, Sigmund psychoanalyzed her. Was that analysis the erotic echo chamber that he warned analysis is? Who was Dorothy Burlingham, a figure that most of Sigmund’s and Anna’s biographers have tirelessly ignored? How did Anna manage to live a full life, raise a family with Dorothy, and become a guiding force for analysts, educators, and humanitarians—all while devoting herself to her homophobic father as he aged and died? HYSTERICAL is the fact-based, fictional autobiography of Anna Freud. In it, she tells her story for the first time.
Rebecca Coffey is an award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and radio commentator. Also a humorist, she is the author of NIETZSCHE’S ANGEL FOOD CAKE: And Other “Recipes” for the Intellectually Famished.
Looks like great fun! Hope to see you here!
August 27th, 2014
Jon Derek Croteau discusses his new book My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within on at 6pm on Thursday, September 4th.
“My Thinning Years is an emotional journey through Jon Derek Croteau’s struggle with eating disorders and accepting his identity as a gay man. In his struggle to accept his sexuality, Croteau attempts to erase his pain through trying to erase himself. This is an honest, powerful and raw insight into the self-punishing, self-harming and consuming force of eating disorders.”
—Grace Bowman, author of Thin
“It’s rare I tell someone they must read a book. My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within by Jon Derek Croteau is a book you must read. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, male, female, young or old. Whether you’re affected or afflicted by an addiction or disorder. If your experience in reading this book is like mine, then you will walk away with a better perspective on life. You will know you can overcome any obstacle. You will learn how to love and accept yourself, as you are. You will see through the life of Jon Derek Croteau how he did it. You must read this book. I’m going to read it again, and again.”
—Steve Thompson, Executive Producer, Pure Motive Radio
“A fantastic and harrowing story, told deeply and honestly…an emotional read…a generous, hopeful book I dearly hope gets into the hands of the many people who face similar hardships and desperately need to hear Jon Derek Croteau’s story.”
—Randy Harrison, actor, Queer As Folk
Come join us! As always this event is free and open to the public.
August 27th, 2014
Labor Educator and Professor Helena Worthen discusses her new book What Did You Learn at Work Today: The Forbidden Lessons of Labor Education on Friday, August 29 at 6pm.
Our land of opportunity has become the land of bad jobs – low wage, dangerous, precarious, and stressful. Does it have to be this way? What does it take to make bad jobs into good jobs?
Helena Worthen looks at organizing as learning. As a labor educator, she has worked with unions in all over the US designing and delivering education programs to help working people make bad jobs better.
Her new book is “What Did You Learn at Work Today?” She wrote it for people with no knowledge of the US system of workplace law, people who may ask, when they get their first taste of the power relationships of work, “Can they do that?”
The answer, unfortunately, is yes…. Unless! Come to this author event and hear what people have done and what you can do.
Hope to see you here!