We are so excited to have Lisa Miller here with us on Thursday, August 12th at 7pm for what will undoubtedly be a night of lively and interesting conversation. Thanks to her local friends for helping to make this happen. Lisa will also be here for this year's Brattleboro Literary Festival.
The book Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife has recieved critical acclaim and Lisa herself has been widely recognized for her writing at Newsweek. The book asks a deceptively simple question, what is heaven? Eighty percent of Americans say they believe in heaven, yet very few of them can articulate anything specific aobu their belief. For over 2,000 years, individuals and communities have contemplated the idea of heaven - what heaven is, what it looks like, what it means in our lives. Though perspectives on heaven differ across faithes and throughout histor, the desire for an afterlife has remained universal across religious traditions.
This summer is filled with great new books. I've read some fantastic books over the past few months - here are my personal picks for this summer. Happy Reading! Lisa
Friday, July 2nd @ 6pm
Meet & Eat with Amy McCoy, author of The Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget
@The Book Cellar during Gallery Walk
Come meet the author of this wonderful new cookbook full of decadent and delectable recipes for
folks who want to eat well while spending less. The author will sign copies of the book and share her
experiences as a foodie on a budget. Delicious snacks will be served!
Friday, July 9th @ 4 – 6pm
Book Signing with Cheryl Wilfong, author of The Meditative Gardener: Cultivating Mindfulness of Body,
Feelings, & Mind @ Bartleby’s Books during Village Stroll
In this wise, down-to-earth book, Master Gardener and mindfulness meditation teacher Cheryl Wilfong
lovingly offers us a rich bouquet of the Buddha’s teachings. Her gentle, friendly, and humorous tone
creates a nurturing environment in which to practice mindfulness in our very own gardens.
Thursday, July 15th @ 7pm
TWO AUTHOR EVENT: Novels of Struggle & Hope @ The Book Cellar
Howard Norman, author of What is Left the Daughter
& Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening
Lorrie Moore has called any novel by Howard Norman “cause for celebration”. His
latest is an expertly crafted tale of love during wartime set on the Atlantic coast
of Canada during WWII. Michelle Hoover’s writing has been called “brilliant and
gutsy” by such luminaries as Ursula Hegi. Her debut novel tells the epic story of a
bitter feud between two Iowa farming families—a feud lasting forty years through two World Wars and the Great Depression.
Saturday, July 17th @ 4pm
Discussion & Book Signing with Deborah Lee Luskin, author of Into The Wilderness
@ Bartleby’s Books
A tale of tender romance between Rose Mayer and Percy Mendell, two appealing 64-year olds who
meet at the Marlboro Music Festival long after they have both given up on finding love. Set against
the backdrop of Vermont’s changing seasons, the novel is testament to the endurance of the human
heart. The author is a frequent contributor to The Commons and a commentator on VPR.
Friday, July 23rd @ 7pm
TWO AUTHOR BOOK LAUNCH: Laura Stevenson, author of Return in Kind
& F.D. Reeve, author of The Puzzle Master
@ The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Marlboro College Professor Laura Stevenson and her husband, poet & novelist
F.D. Reeve celebrate the launch of their new books! Stevenson’s latest is a tale
of romance, misplaced pride, and unendurable sorrow as a man goes to VT
to deal with a secret property that is bequeathed to him after his wife’s death.
Reeve’s tenth poetry collection, with its elegant short lyrics and long dramatic
reworking of the Daedalus-Icarus myth, breaks new ground in the music of
holistic response. Reeve is the recipient of the Golden Rose Award for lifetime
achievement in poetry.
Thursday, July 29th @ 7pm
A Very Human Conversation: Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, author of Imperfect Endings: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death & Joanna Lillian Brown, author of Caring for Dying Loved Ones: A Helpful Guide for Families & Friends @ The Book Cellar
Carter's memoir is an unflinchingly honest and
tender book about a daughter coming to terms with her mother's decision to end
her life after a long illness. In a different thread of the same discussion
Brown offers a compassionate and practical guide about providing end-of-life
care for a loved one.
Well, we may look much the same, but our new site is full of bells and whistles. The big news is that you can now buy books from us online day and night. Shop local from the comfort of your couch! (Of course, we always love to see your smiling face.) There's also a new events calendar and a page devoted soley to SIT information. So poke around, click some stuff, and let us know what you think.