It’s coming…

April 9th, 2014

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WHEREAS, the citizens of Brattleboro stand committed to promoting the pleasure of reading for all members of the community, from middle- and high school students to families and retirees — and to any and all who may not have ready access to printed books; and

 
WHEREAS, “World Book Night,” a national celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on April 23, 2014, promotes reading in this community and 6,000 communities across America;

 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that  Literature calls on the citizens of Brattleboro to endorse “World Book Night ” and commits our community to support the volunteers who have already signed up to get free paperbacks to those without means or access to printed books on a regular basis.

 
- Everyone’s Books

 

MORE ABOUT WORLD BOOK NIGHT
World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book givers help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies to those without means or access to a printed book.

With the organizational support of local bookstores and libraries, WBN volunteers share the free WBN books in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools and more. This is not a random giveaway, but a person-to-person, carefully planned outreach.

World Book Night takes place on April 23, 2014 – Shakespeare’s birthday – and is in its third year in the U.S. WBN reach includes all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI, and overseas military bases.
The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in Large Print. The assortment of WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by librarians, booksellers, and last year’s givers.
Volunteers applied online to be givers by stating where they intend to seek out book recipients, and noting which of the special WBN Book Picks they’d like to hand out. The volunteer givers come from all walks of life: teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local businesspeople, librarians, booksellers, students, parents, and more.

Of note: It is too late to volunteer to be a giver this year, but anyone can join the WBN mailing list in order to be notified when giver application process begins anew in the fall for 2015.
For more information:  www.us.worldbooknight.org
Spreading the Love of Reading. Person to Person.
World Book Night U.S. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by UPS, authors, publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Barnes & Noble, and the Ingram Content Group.

 

Shirley & Rudy Nelson ‘The Risk of Returning’ at 7:15pm on Friday, April 4

March 22nd, 2014

Authors Shirley and Rudy Nelson discuss their new book of fiction, The Risk of Returning on Friday, April 4th at 7:15 pm (immediately after Tom Ragle and Toni Ortner’s event)

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The place of return is the country of Guatemala in 1987.  The “returner” is forty-year-old Ted Peterson from Boston.  His purpose:  To solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance years before.  Caught in a culture of violence and deadly secrets, what he discovers is as much about himself as about his father.

“I have just read an extraordinary book, The Risk of Returning.”  William Jersey, film maker, Peabody Award winner.

“A remarkable novel.”  Eugene Mirabelli, author of Renato the Painter, first prize for fiction, Independent Publisher Awards.

“It deserves a place next to the very finest political novels.”  Chris Robinson, co-host, NCPR Book Show.

“A great thriller and a great portrait of Guatemala.”  Frances Fitzgerald, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

The Nelsons, who live in Amherst, Mass., are the authors of four earlier books, including award-winning The Last Year of the War.  This is their first collaborative book.  They will read from it and discuss the process of collaboration and the adventure of self-publishing on Friday, January 3, at 7:00 PM.  Public welcome.

The authors’ proceeds from all sales of the book at the event will go to the Guatemala Human Rights Commission.

Hope to see you here!

Tom Ragle & Toni Ortner Event at 6pm on Friday, April 6th

March 18th, 2014

At 6pm on Friday, April 4, local authors Tom Ragle and Toni Ortner read from their new works, ‘Take This Song’ and ‘Traveling, a Perspective’.

Lee Bramble is the pen name of Tom Ragle, a professor of English literature with a bias toward the classical English poetic tradition. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, he has taught and served in administration during his forty year career in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including over 20 years as President of Marlboro College, as a visiting professor at the University of Vermont and Peking University, and as Director of the Salzburg Seminar in Austria. He recently retired from the board of Write Action, where for a decade he served as Vice President and took primary responsibility for organizing the annual prose and poetry contests. Retired, he and Nancy, his second wife of 48 years, live in the 1780 Guilford, VT farmhouse where she grew up and where they raised their seven children.  He will be reading from his recent collection “Take This Song”.

Toni Ortner is a poet and author who lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. She is a member of the Write Action Board, a non-profit writers’ group that runs events such as readings, contests, and collaborative projects for Vermont writers. She hosts the Write Action Radio Hour on the fourth Sunday of each month on l07.7 FM 5-6 pm. where she interviews published writers and they read their work. She also showcases writing programs at colleges and has students read their work.

As always, this event is free and open to the public.

CANCELLED: Shirley & Rudy Nelson Event ‘The Risk of Returning’ Friday Jan 3 at 7pm

December 28th, 2013

DUE TO POOR WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

Local authors Shirley and Rudy Nelson will be in store next Friday, January 3 at 7pm to read from and discuss their new novel ‘The Risk of Returning’.

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The place of return is the country of Guatemala in 1987.  The “returner” is forty-year-old Ted Peterson from Boston.  His purpose:  To solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance years before.  Caught in a culture of violence and deadly secrets, what he discovers is as much about himself as about his father.

“I have just read an extraordinary book, The Risk of Returning.”  William Jersey, film maker, Peabody Award winner.

“A remarkable novel.”  Eugene Mirabelli, author of Renato the Painter, first prize for fiction, Independent Publisher Awards.

“It deserves a place next to the very finest political novels.”  Chris Robinson, co-host, NCPR Book Show.

“A great thriller and a great portrait of Guatemala.”  Frances Fitzgerald, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

The Nelsons, who live in Amherst, Mass., are the authors of four earlier books, including award-winning The Last Year of the War.  This is their first collaborative book.  They will read from it and discuss the process of collaboration and the adventure of self-publishing on Friday, January 3, at 7:00 PM.  Public welcome.

The authors’ proceeds from all sales of the book at the event will go to the Guatemala Human Rights Commission.

 

 

Hild is here!!

November 15th, 2013

So!! Excited!!!

As I said (or perhaps ranted), Nicola is a brilliant writer and you should all go buy her books! I very highly recommend Slow River and Ammonite, and we still have a copy of Always in stock – let us know if you want it. :-)

 

hild“Steeping us in the taste of seventh-century England’s mead, the weight and warmth of its gorgeously woven and embroidered fabrics, and the myriad sights, sounds and scents of long ago, Seattle writer Nicola Griffith has created a marvel and a joy… But it’s the book’s sheer beauty that will most astonish readers. As Hild rushes to rescue her now-grown half-brother and his wife, she envisions herself as a hawk stooping to kill his pursuers. ‘Waking and sleeping alike were one thing of hollowing air and falling.’ Sharp as steel, clear as garnet, essential and sensual and right, Griffith’s telling of Hild’s adventures offers us something far better than mere comfort: the lure of the sublime.” —Nisi Shawl, Seattle Times

“I expected big things from this book, and I was not disappointed. Griffith’s prose is a tapestry, stitched so meticulously that I found myself gasping, at times, at the perfection of her word choices. . .[Hild] has it all—the epic sweep, the utterly convincing level of detail, and the larger-than-life characters. Griffith has taken a handful of pages from the Venerable Bede and made a gift of them for us all, creating in Hild a passionate, unique and thoroughly unforgettable heroine.” Alyx Dellamonica, Tor.com

Think Wolf Hall plus Game of Thrones, with a feminist twist. The writing is exquisite, with all the beautiful and gritty details of the early medieval period. Fans of historical fiction will gobble it up, but the setting lends just enough mysticism that fantasy readers will want to take a look, too. One of the best historical novels I’ve read in quite some time.”  Darien Library’s Blog

 

 

Charles Butterfield Event ‘Field Notes’ at 6pm on Friday, Nov. 1

October 26th, 2013

Local author and retired teacher Charles Butterfield discusses his new book of poetry Field Notes, on Friday, November 1 at 6pm.

“Charles Butterfield is not a dog lover who writes poems, he is a poet who writes about dogs. Or perhaps it is more accurate to say he writes poems where the topic is dogs, but the themes are age, death, relationship, love — all the concerns of a full life. From the very first poem, “A Dog Is Not a Fit Subject,” the reader can see how our relationship with dogs acts as a lens to magnify our humanity. After an unsentimental list of things that dogs do at the beginning of the poem, he ends with “His whimpering home in the dark/pawing quills from his snout is not a poem/but your opening the door to him/with a rock in your gut is.” Gail Sosinsky Whitman, Reader’s Favorites

Speaking personally, I was greatly reminded of Seamus Heaney when reading Field Notes. Though the writing styles are different, the clarity of writing and the deepness therein  is fabulous.

Please come join us for what I think will be a fascinating evening!

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Rebecca Coffey Event ‘Nietzsche’s Angel Food Cake’ at 6pm on Friday, Nov. 8

October 26th, 2013

Local author Rebecca Coffey discusses her new book Nietzsche’s Angel Food Cake…and Other “Recipes” for the Intellectually Famished.

Think about it:  When Friedrich Nietzsche made angel food cake, did the angel survive the encounter? When Sigmund Freud handled raw fish, where did his thoughts take him? Exactly what did Dorothy Parker mean by the term “Parker House Rolls?” And how did Ernest Hemingway handle his favorite bullfight souvenirs?

Nietzsche’s Angel Food Cake: And Other “Recipes” for the Intellectually Famished is foodie humor for anyone with a good liberal arts education, no matter how vaguely they remember it. Twenty-two mostly long dead cultural monoliths share “their” succulent recipes, including: *B. F. Skinner’s How to Shock and Blanch Asparagus * Dorothy’s Parker House Rolls * Emily Post’s Crudités * Ian Fleming’s Lemon Caper Dip * Harper Lee’s How to Kill a Mockingbird * F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Pickled Tomatoes *

 

We do hope you’ll join us!

 

New and Notable September 2013

September 8th, 2013

ADULT NON-FICTION:

Green Design: Creative Sustainable Designs for the Twenty-First Century – Marcus Fairs. hc $29.95 Absolutely stunning book featuring practical (and gorgeous) designs for lighting, housewares, textiles, and furniture. This book isn’t just about architecture, and is all the better for it. To be honest, I’d love some of the lamps and furniture…

Ancient Trees: Trees That Live For a Thousand Years – Edward Parker and Anna Lewington. hc $29.95 Literally about big, old trees. Pretty cool.

The Masters of Nature Photography – Firefly. hc $45 Exquisite photos in this book – if I didn’t already have 50 million books in my house, I might get this one, too.

Volunteer: A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World – Lonely Planet. pb $19.99

The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Could Be – J.B. MacKinnon. hc $25

War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict -  Corey Mead. hc $25 Wonder if he’s read Ender’s Game?

Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment – Kenneth Worthy. pb $19

Fifty Bicycles That Changed the World – Design Museum. hc $20 Neato.

Their Fate is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats To Our Health and Our World – Peter Doherty. pb $14.95

Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World – Emma Marris. pb $17 A very interesting take on invasives,  rewilding, conservation, and migration.

The Moth – Catherine Burns, ed. pb $15.99 True stories

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic – David Quammen. pb $16.95

 

ADULT FICTION:

MaddAddaM – Margaret Atwood. hc $27.95

Claire of the Sea Light – Edwidge Danticat. hc $25.95

NW – Zadie Smith. pb $16 Another London tale.

The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon. hc $24 A lot of hype that (at first scan) I‘m not sure it deserves .

The Year’s Best Science Fiction 30th Annual Collection – Gardner Dozois, ed. pb $22.99 An excellent collection featuring Linda Nagata, Eleanor Arnason, Pat Cadigan, Paul J. McAuley, Michael Bishop, Megan Lindholm, and Robert Reed, to name a few.

A Thousand Perfect Things – Kay Kenyon. pb $17.99 From the author of the Entire and the Rose series, Tropic of Creation, Seeds of Time, and The Rift.

A Treasury of the Fantastic – David Sandner & Jacob Weisman, eds. $19.95 Not Fantasy, but The Fantastic. Authors include Lord Byron, Ambrose Bierce, W.B. Yeats, Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, and Lord Dunsany, among others.

Between a Mother and Her Child – Elizabeth Noble. pb $15

Little Island – Katherine Britton. pb $15

City of Devi – Manil Suri. $15.95 Present day Mumbai. A missing husband – a missing lover. Sarita and Jaz search, dodging danger at every step.

A Hundred Flowers – Gail Tsukiyama. pb $15.99

The Gallery of Vanished Husbands – Natasha Solomons. pb $16

Race Across the Sky – Derek Sherman. pb $16 Apparently if you like ultramarathoning, this is the novel for you.

The Mask Carver’s Son – Alyson Richman. pb $15 Fathers and sons and the heartache of generations.

Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World – Sabina Berman. pb $15 An environmental tale from Mexico’s Pacific coast.

The Color Master – Aimee Bender. hc $25.95 Anthology from the writer of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain. hc $26.99 Secrets and lies in  1960 North Carolina.

A Guide for the Perplexed – Dara Horn. hc $25.95

The People in the Trees – Hanya Yanagihara. hc $26.95 “If a great man does unspeakable things, is he still a great man?”

Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe – J.E.Mooney & Bill Fawcett, eds. hc $25.99 Includes stories by Neil Gaiman, Nancy Kress, David Brin, Jody Lynn Nye, WIlliam C. Dietz, Jack Dann, and many others, plus 2 new stories by Wolfe himself.

Shaman: A Novel of the Ice Age – Kim Stanley Robinson. hc $27 Looks fabulous.

 

 

 

 

Devin Starlanyl Event: “Healing Through Trigger Point Therapy” Friday, Sept. 20 @ 5:30pm

September 6th, 2013

Local author Devin Starlanyl discusses her new book, Healing Through Trigger Point Therapy: A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. A guide and resource for the diagnostics, treatment and prevention of chronic pain symptoms.

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New & Notable August 2013 – Cookbook Edition!

August 17th, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I am addicted to cookbooks. I can read them like literature. In fact, I have over 150 at my house right now. My favorite is the American-German cookbook from Milwaukee. I have the second edition, published in 1924, and what makes it brilliant? It’s half in German, half in English. The best part is that the German is in that old style Gothic font – yup, it’s pretty cool. But enough about me, here are some recent cookbooks that look interesting:

 

CHILDREN AND TEENS:

Chop Chop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family – Sally Sampson. pb $19.99  10+

30 Healthy Things to Cook and Eat – Usborne. Spiral bound $9.99 10 and under.

Little Cooks: Fun and Easy Recipes to Make With Your Kids – Erin and Tatum Quon. pb $19.95 10 and under

Cool World Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids – Lisa Wagner. pb $15.95 12 and under

Honest Pretzels And 64 Other Amazing Recipes for Kids Who Love to Cook – Mollie Katzen. ob $17.99 Vegetarian w/dairy, 12 and under.

Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up – Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson. hc $17.99 Preschool+, Vegetarian w/dairy.

How to Cook: Delicious Dishes Perfect for Teen Cooks – Dorling Kindersley pb $17.99

 

VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, RAW:

Raw Magic: Superfoods for Superpeople – Kate Magic. pb $22.95 The food looks delicious, though I have some reservations about the processing (and price!) of some of the ingredients.

The Occasional Vegetarian: 100 Delicious Dishes That Put Vegetables in the Center of the Plate – Elaine Louie. pb $18.99

Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes – Doron Petersan. hc $27.50

Mango & Mint: Arabian, Indian, and North African Inspired Vegan Cuisine – Nicky Garratt. pb $17.95

College Vegetarian Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends – Megan Carle & Jill Carle. pb $19.99 w/Dairy. Good for beginners and the budget conscious.

River Cottage Veg: 200 Inspired Vegetable Recipes – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. hc $35 I love his River Cottage books and tv show. This is his first vegetarian book.

Gorilla Food: Living and Eating Organic, Vegan, and Raw – Aaron Ash. pb $24.95

Vegan Holiday Kitchen – Nava Atlas. hc $24.95 Contains soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free recipes or how to make the recipes free of those ingredients.

The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian: Modern Recipes from Veggiestan – Sally Butcher. hc $35 I see what she did, there.

The Vegan Cheatsheet – Amy Cramer & Lisa McComsey. pb $14 Includes shopping lists, restaurant survival guide, etc.

 

LIQUID REFRESHMENT:

Drink Your Own Garden: A Homebrew Guide Using Your Garden Ingredients – Judith Glover. hc $19.95 Might be worth reading Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist, too, although that is more about what plants create the world’s great drinks than recipes.

Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation – Stephen Harrod Buhner. pb $19.95

The Healthy Green Drink Diet: Advice and Recipes to Energize, Alkalize, Lose Weight, and Feel Great – Jason Manheim. hc $16.95

Booze for Free: The Definitive Guide to Making Beer, Wine, Cocktail Bases, Ciders and Other Drinks at Home – Andy Hamilton. pb $16

Hooch: Simplified Brewing, Winemaking & Infusing at Home – Scott Meyer. pb $22

How To Make Your Own Drinks: Create Your Own Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks – Susy Atkins. hc $16.99 From fruit cordials to after dinner liqueurs.

Fix the Pumps – Darcy O’Neil. pb $16.95 The history and art of making soda, with old-fashioned recipes.

Homemade Soda: 200 Recipes – Andrew Schloss. pb $18.95

 

GIFTING:

Edible DIY: Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share – Lucy Baker. pb $19 From candies to alcoholic syrups and liquers.

Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips and Other Savory Bites – Cynthia Nims. pb $16.99 I have this at home and it’s fantastic! Contains many wheat-free recipes.

Hand-Crafted Candy Bars: From-Scratch, All-Natural, Gloriously Grown-Up Confections – Susie Norris & Susan Heeger. hc $24.95 You’ll never buy another candy bar again. If only I could eat chocolate…

Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes – Julie Languille. pb $15.95

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Share: The Cookbook that Celebrates Our Common Humanity – Women for Women International. hc $ 25.99

Indian Cooking Unfolded – Raghavan Iyer. pb $19.95 A step-by-step guide.

Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites – Jaden Hair. pb $24

The New Persian Kitchen – Louisa Shafta. hc $24.99

Vietnamese Home Cooking – Charles Phan. hc $35

The Brazilian Kitchen: 100 Classic and Contemporary Recipes for the Home Cook – Leticia Moreinos Schwartz. hc $24.95

 

SPECIAL DIET:

Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts – Carol Kicinski. hc $26.99

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring – Nicole Hunn. pb $19

The Intolerant Gourmet: Glorious Food Without Gluten & Lactose – Barbara Kafka. hc $29.95

 

PRESERVING:

The Essential Dehydrator - Susan Palmquist & Jill Houk. hc $18.95 Includes instructions on how to make a solar dehydrator.

 

OMNIVORE:

Supergrains: Cook Your Way to Great Health – Chrissy Freer. pb $24.95 Includes gluten-free recipes.

The Food Substitutions Bible – David Joachim. pb $24.95 Ingredients, equipment, and techniques.

The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook – Shannon Hayes. pb $22.95

Practical Paleo – Diane Sanfilippo. pb $39.95 A great book for the beginner, includes a meal plan, shopping hints, nutrient, vitamin, and mineral breakdowns.

Slow Cooking for Two – Cynthia Graubart. hc $19.99

 

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