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The Book Cellar hosts world-renown dancer and artsactivist, Jacques d'Amboise, for a discussion of his newautobiography, I WAS A DANCER on Sunday March 27 at4pm. d'Amboise, one of America's most celebrated classical dancers,and former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for more than threedecades, tells the extraordinary story of his life in dance, and of America'smost renowned and admired dance companies. In 1976, he founded theNational Dance Institute, a nonprofit arts education organization. He has beenthe recipient of numerous honors and awards, among them the Kennedy CenterHonor, the National Medal of Arts, and fellowships from the Academy of Arts andSciences and the MacArthur Foundation. He has won an Academy Award, six EmmyAwards, and the Peabody Award. Do not miss this unique opportunityto hear from one of the most prominent players in today's artsworld.
We expect this event to be very well attended and seating islimited. Please call us at (802)-254-681, email us at email@example.com,or come by the store at 120 Main St. in downtown Brattleboro to reserve yourplace.
Mary McDonagh Murphy discusses her book SCOUT, ATTICUS, AND BOO: A CELEBRATION OF FIFTY YEARS OF TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD
We are pleased to partner with The Women's Film Festival in bringing Mary McDonagh Murphy for a discussion of the book which she wrote in accompaniment to her film about Harper Lee and the iconic novel, TOO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Harper Lee has not given an interview since 1964, but Murphy's reporting, research, and rare interviews with the author's sister and friends stitch together a brief history of how the novel came to be. Join us for a reading and conversation with Mary McDonagh Murphy directly after the film is screened.
The event will be held after the screening at the New England Youth Theatre. Seating is limited. Please call us at 802-254-6810, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by The Book Cellar at 120 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro to reserve your place.
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Publishers often release their latest titles on Tuesdays, which is why Tuesday is usually our favorite day of the week here at the book stores. We have four heavy-hitter titles unleashed upon the world in their long-awaited paperback format today: THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot, THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOOT, by David Mitchell, SOLAR, by Ian McEwan, and National Book Award winner, LORD OF MISRULE, by Jaimy Gordon.
All of these titles would be great paperback picks to stash in your bag for that long awaited spring get-away. Plus, the first three are all availbalble right here on our website in Google eBook format!
The Book Cellar's Friday Gallery Walk event is the second half of our two-part series, and features three of New England's powerhouse poets - Chard deNiord, Verandah Porche, and Stephen Sandy.
CharddeNiord is the author of four books of poetry, THE DOUBLE TRUTH, being his mostrecent. His book of interviews with senior Americanpoets, SADFRIENDS, DROWNED LOVERS, STAPLED SONGS, is scheduled to appear in theFall of 2011. His poems, interviews and essays have appeared recently in Best of The Pushcart Prize, NewEngland Review, Best American Poetry, Hudson Review, American Poetry Review,Ploughshares, The Southern Review and Salmagundi. He is the co-founder of the NewEngland College MFA Program in Poetry, and an associate professor ofEnglish at Providence College.
Verandah Porche haspublished two books of poems, THE BODY’S SYMMETRY and GLANCING OFF. A new collection, SUDDEN EDEN, spans work fromthe last two decades. During the pastthirty years, she has traveled from her home in rural Vermont, writing with andfor people in grange halls and garages, elementary schools and Elderhostels,nursing homes and daycare centers, mansions and soup kitchens, board rooms andbasements, homes and jails, literacy programs and colleges. In so doing, Ms.Porche has developed a practice called "told poetry" or sharednarratives that enable people who need a writing partner to create, preserveand share personal literature.
StephenSandy studied poetry with Robert Lowell and Archibald MacLeish,earned a PhD from Harvard University, and traveled to Japan on a FulbrightVisiting Lectureship. He is the author of eleven collections of poetry. OVERLOOK is his most recent. Sandy has been honored with fellowships fromthe National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Council on the Arts, and theIngram Merrill Foundation, in addition to an award from the American Academy ofArts and Letters. Sandy taught for manyyears at Bennington College.
The Book Cellar is hosting a two part poetryseries entitled BACK WEST AND OUT EAST aimed at exploring contemporary poetryin the United States. Featuring workfrom the heart of Western America as well as that of traditional New England, abroad spectrum of themes will emerge that illustrates notions of regionalismand diversity alongside shared kinship and unity.
Week one in the series focuses on the West andintroduces author Frances McCue. Shewill be reading from her new collection of poetry, THE BLED, and also from herprose collection, THE CAR THAT BROUGHT YOU HERE STILL RUNS.
Part travelogue, part memoir, part literaryscholarship, THE CAR THAT BROUGHT YOU HERE STILL RUNS traces the journey ofFrances McCue and photographer Mary Randlett as they follow the path of iconicWestern poet Richard Hugo through the towns that inspired many of Hugo’s poems.Returning forty years after Hugo visited these places, and bringing with her adeep knowledge of Hugo and her own poetic sensibility, McCue maps Hugo's poemsback onto the places that triggered them. Together with twenty-three poems byHugo, McCue's essays and Randlett's photographs offer a fresh view of Hugo'sNorthwest.
"Even though the essays are about smalltowns in Idaho, Washington and Montana, the book has a reference to the Mole’sEye, a bar in Brattleboro that I’ve always loved," McCue says. "It’sa road trip book and one of my earliest road trips was hitchhiking up I-91 toVermont and ending up in the Mole’s Eye."
THE BLED is a different kind of book -- acollection of poems about McCue’s husband, who died in Morocco. McCue and herhusband and daughter were living in Marrakesh while she worked as a FulbrightSenior Scholar.
McCue serves as the writer-in-residence andlecturer at the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Honors Program. Shewas the founding director of Richard Hugo House, one of the nation’s biggestliterary centers, from 1996 to 2006. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar,an Echoing Green Fellow, and a Klingenstein Fellow.
The first reading in this series is scheduledfor Friday, February 25 at 6pm. Thesecond reading featuring prominent New England poets, Chard DeNiord, Verandah Porche,and Stephen Sandy (further details to come) will take place during the March 4thGallery Walk at 6pm. Both events arelocated at The Book Cellar at 120 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro, VT. As always, events at The Book Cellar are freeof charge. Seating is limited. Please call The Book Cellar at (802)-254-681,email email@example.com, or come by the store to reserve yourplace.
What a great time we had last night with Heidi Durrow! We're thrilled she was able to come to Brattleboro and do a reading in the store. If you haven't read The Girl Who Fell from the Sky yet, put it at the top of your list. Signed copies available at The Book Cellar and Bartleby's or we can ship one to you.
Wilmington (and Bartleby's Books) is getting some great coverage in Sunday's Washington Post. Hooray! It's so exciting to see that our town is being appreciated for the great place that it is. Randi, thanks for the great article! Here's the article:
Ski Diva Mystery Author Wendy Clinch to sign at Bartleby’s Books
Wendy Clinch, creator of the website, theskidiva.com, and author of the Ski Diva mysteries, comes to the Mount Snow area for an in-store event at Bartleby's Books. Wendy will be promoting her second book in the series, Fade to White, answering any questions readers have about the books. Wendy spent 25 years in the advertising industry before moving to Vermont, launching her blog and writing her first mystery, which was published last year. The ski diva mysteries are set in Vermont.
About the mysteries:
In DOUBLE BLACK, Boston’s twenty-something Stacey Curtis ditches her cheating fiance and heads for a Vermont ski town. She’s looking for the life she’s always dreamed about, but she stumbles instead into financial intrigue, bitter family warfare, and murder. Populated with quirky characters, loaded with New England atmosphere, and starring a young woman with nerve, spunk, and a sense of humor about it all, DOUBLE BLACK is an exciting run down some treacherous mountain trails.
Snow isn't the only white powder falling on Spruce Peak when Stacey Curtis returns in FADE TO WHITE, her second Ski Diva mystery.
Hollywood has-been Harper Stone arrives in Stacey's little Vermont town to shoot a mouthwash commercial, and he's anything but happy about the downward spiral his career has taken. When the ornery actor turns up dead a few days later—and the last person to see him alive turns out to be Brian Russell, Stacey’s jealous ex-fiancé—things start getting complicated.
Hollywood has come to the Green Mountains, and you'll want to hold on tight—because in this fast-paced sequel to DOUBLE BLACK, everything's going downhill fast.
Wendy will be at Bartleby’s Books on Saturday, January 15th from 3pm – 5pm for the après-ski crowd to meet Wendy, ask questions and get books signed. If customers are unable to make the event and would like to purchase a signed copy, either place an order on the website asking for a signed copy in the notes field or call Bartleby's Books at 802-464-5425.
I've been meaning to write something about this book for over a week and I think I've been putting it off because I'm not sure I even know what to say. Liz Murray's memoir is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Growing up in the Bronx to drug-addicted parents and ending up homeless as a teenager, Liz finds the strength and determination to finish high school and ultimately attend Harvard. I had the opportunity to meet Liz at the New England Independent Booksellers fall conference last month and learned about her story there. Even more amazing than her incredible story is her commitment to helping other children who are growing up without enough food.
Liz has said that the school lunch program was sometimes her only meal of the day. Without school on the weekends, some children are left without enough to eat on the weekends. As part of her book tour, LIz partnered with Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that sends children in need home with a backpack of food on Fridays. Liz hopes that through her campaign 50,000 children will be served through the program by the end of the year. Because of partnerships with local grocers Blessings in a Backpack is able to provide a school year of food for $80 per child. You can learn more about the organization and make a donation here: Blessings in a Backpack
Bartleby's is THE place to be this year on the downtown Friday (9/24) of the 3rd Annual Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival. Come join the party from 5:30-7:30pm!
The store will host a trio of Vermont food writers that includes Putney resident and James Beard award winner Deborah Krasner, Consider Bardwell farm owner, literary agent, and author Angela Miller, and Hollywood insider turned VT master baker Gesine Bullock-Prado. We'll also have wine and soup tastings in the store and Vermont Life Magazine will be here handing out free issues.
And then on Saturday and Sunday don't miss all the action up at Mt. Snow with vendors of all stripes, VT produced foods and wines, cooking demonstrations and live music. For more information about the schedule of events check out www.thevermontfestival.com