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
There are some great new kids titles this fall from Candlewick. A few of my favorites are listed below. I really can't get enough of Bonny Becker's Bear series (remember A Visitor for Bear and Bedtime for Bear?). The latest: Bedtime for Bear, is so sweet and funny. If you haven't checked out this series yet, be sure to take a peek. Another fun choice this fall is Brontorina by James Howe and illustrated by Randy Cecil.
A can't miss for early readers is the brand new Bink and Gollie from the powerhouse team Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee and Tony Fucile. What a collaboration! Hilarious and great fun!
What I've been reading a whole lot of lately is young adult fiction and besides the Hunger Games trilogy, which is obviously fantastic, I think the best of the best is the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. Set in a world where men can all hear each other's thoughts (lots of NOISE) and there are no women (at first), the series is a great example of dystopian fiction that addresses good vs. evil, civil war, decisions that change us, and of course, a little bit of romance. The third book in the trilogy comes out at the end of September. All titles are listed below. Happy Reading! Lisa
Do you or does someone you know suffer with Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD)? Approximately 1.5 million people in the United States alone are afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a category of illnesses that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and that number is steadily growing. On Saturday, September 18th from 3-4:30 local author Dede Cummings will be at The Book Cellar to answer questions and sign copies of her new book Living with Crohn’s & Colitis.
Living with Crohn’s & Colitis, co-authored with Dr. Jessica Black a rising star in naturopathic medicine, offers patient-focused, expert guidance on everything from the latest medical treatments, how to cope with a diagnosis, and tips for balancing diet with a busy lifestyle so you can form a personalized wellness plan. The book contains hopeful and authoritative information for those suffering from IBD and provides both patient and medical expert perspectives.
Dede Cummings, author and Crohn’s patient, has been a book designer for the past 25 years. She has been published by Family Fun and Mademoiselle magazine and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Newsletter. She was a Discovery/The Nation poetry semi-finalist, and currently writes in a salon hosted by the author Suzanne Kingsbury. She and her family reside in Brattleboro.
On Thursday, September 16th at 7pm John Walters will be at The Book Cellar reading and signing his new book, Roads Less Traveled: Visionary New England Lives. The book tells the stories of some truly remarkable people who have led lives of passion and purpose, devoting themselves to a career, an art form, an idea, or a cause.
All of the people featured in Roads Less Traveled are residents of Vermont and New Hampshire and the list includes local visionaries Will Ackerman, a Grammy-winning guitarist and producer and the founder of Windham Hill Music, as well as Scott Nehring, a Townshend furniture maker who crafts each piece from the wood of a single tree and makes everything fit flawlessly together without metal joinery or adhesives. In the telling of their stories and others Walters has compiled a testament to the breadth of human creativity and the strength of the human spirit.
John Walters is a writer, editor and voice artist. He met the people featured in Roads Less Traveled during his work as a radio host and magazine writer, but writing the book allowed him the opportunity to tell their life stories in full without the constraints of airtime and word counts. Walters was the creator and host of The Front Porch, an award-winning interview show on New Hampshire Public Radio, where he worked from 2000 to 2005. In 2009, he won the 2009 Donald M. Murray Outstanding Journalism Award, given once every two years by the New Hampshire Writers' Project. He lives in East Montpelier, Vermont.
Calling all Vermont history buffs!
Hidden amongst the hills and mountains of Southern Vermont
are the remnants of sixty former ski areas, their slopes returning to forest
and their lifts decaying. Today, only fourteen remain open and active. Though
they offer some incredible skiing, most lack the intimate, local feel of these
lost ski trails.
Jeremy Davis, creator of the New England Lost Ski Areas
Project, looks into the over-investment, local competition, weather variation,
changing skier habits, insurance costs and just plain bad luck that caused
these ski areas to succumb and melt back into the landscape. From the
family-operated Hogback here in Windham County to Clinton Gilbert’s farm in
Woodstock, where the very first rope tow began operation in the winter of 1934,
these once popular ski areas have left an indelible trace on the hearts of
their ski communities and the history of Southern Vermont.
The book features never before published photographs, maps,
and memories of former Southern Vermont ski areas, and also contains
information on the remaining small, community-type ski areas that still operate
in the region.
Matthew Dicks is a funny guy. He's created a genre for himself as the go-to guy for the loveable-loser brand of neurotic humor: a mix between the immensely popular TV show Monk and Woody Allen with a dash of Nick Hornby. We met him a few years ago at a New England Independent Booksellers function and we are very excited to have him at The Book Cellar on Thursday, August 19th at 7pm, reading and signing his new book Unexpectedly, Milo. The only book we've heard of where the protagonist struggles with the compulsion to sing "99 Luftballons", the German version, at karaoke bars, and open Smucker's jelly jars for the satisfying pop.