Readers and Writers and Poets, Oh My!
We are a sort of tribe, those of us who read for pleasure, write because we want to or need to make a living. Our kin are calling you to Bookstock in Woodstock, VT this very weekend, July 24 through 26. A complete schedule is available on the Bookstock website. It is Bookstock's seventh year in the quaintest of Vermont towns, and events are spread throughout and occasionally, beyond. Authors--some of them with ancient Vermont pedigrees such as Adam R. Boyce, A Yankee Fiddler With Vermont Roots, and others more recent--are reading and meeting with their readers at various venues, including the Norman Williams Public Library, the Woodstock Inn, the Town Hall Theater, and the St. James Parish Hall. Poets Carol Westberg and Carol Potter are treating an audience to selections from their latest poems Friday afternoon. There was a writers' workshop this morning with Ellen Lesser and ten intrepid writers (full disclosure: I was among them, and happy to be). Song lyricists will be feted this (Friday) evening in The Poets of Tin Pan Alley at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday has more to come; what follows is a taste of a few dozen offerings. The timely Racial Ambivalence in the Northeast by UNH Professor Jason Sokol reexamines the role of "the more liberal part of the nation" that in fact resisted integration long after the civil rights movement. Jeffrey Lent, whose latest book is on my nightstand, is sharing his new novel, A Slant of Light; former governor Jim Douglas will be commenting on his book about how a Republican governor led a state that is home to the likes of Bernie Sanders. On Sunday, Bentley's Restaurant will host Food in Literature, complete with coffee and pastries. The weekend concludes with a showing of Peter and John, local filmmaker Jay Craven's new feature film. Can't decide? Poke around in the book sales on the village green and in the library vestibule. Grab a bite at the food tent. Revel. You have found your people.