September 07, 2019


Neil Shepard, Tamra Higgins, Chard deNiord, & Diana Whitney! Rather than a traditional poetry reading, the reading will be of excerpts from the anthology's essays along with a poem or two. The anthology Vermont Poets and Their Craft is a deep well of both information and art that offers thought-provoking essays on poetic craft and a unique selection of poetry. Compiled as a follow-up to Sundog Poetry Center’s lecture series of the same name, filmed and televised by Vermont Public Television, this collection will not only be an invaluable resource for creative writing classes, but for writers at all stages of development who might enjoy literary company diving deep into various aspects of poetic craft. More info here!

Pete's Peculiar Pizza Party

September 14, 2019


It’s a party, a party, a perfect pizza party!

That’s what Pete thinks as he piles the pie high with his favorite topping—pepperoni. But then his friends come over and add their own toppings to the pizza. Will Pete’s perfect pizza be ruined? There’s only one way to find out!

After we read the story, pile up your pizza with pepperoni, peas, pickles, or pop tarts, whatever you like, but you have to take a bite! Punch to wash it down!

Free for kids of all ages - while supplies last! Let us know how many of Pete the Cat fans are coming!

Reading & Signing: Archer Mayor

October 12, 2019


Celebrating 30 years of Joe Gunther solving Vermont mysteries and 30 years of Bartlebys!

The murder of a small-time drug dealer snowballs into the most complex case ever faced by Joe Gunther and his VBI team. It is said a bright and clear bomber’s moon is the best asset to finding one’s target. But beware what you wish for: What you can see at night can also see you. Often with dire consequences.

Archer Mayor, in addition to writing the New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series, is an investigator for the sheriff's department, the state medical examiner, and has twenty-five years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He lives near Brattleboro, Vermont.

Author Lynn Levine

August 10, 2019


AT 5:30PM

Author Lynn Levine will discuss the evolution of their new book, Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast. The evening will begin with a discussion about how this beautiful and easy-to-use fern guide was conceived. Levine will talk about these ancient plants and explain how to use this field guide. There will be ample time for questions.  For the last 40 years, Levine has been an environmental educator, tracker, and a consulting forester to private landowners. She is the author of Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide, Snow Secrets, and Is It Time, Yet? and co-author of Working with Your Woodland: A Landowner’s Guide and Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Tracking Guide.

Morrow-Cribbs is a Putney-based artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. She illustrated Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities, followed two years later by Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects, both New York Times best sellers. Morrow-Cribbs also illustrated a book of short stories edited by Neil Gaiman and created copperplate etchings for The Anarchist’s Design Book. Morrow- Cribbs teaches printmaking, book arts, and drawing locally.


Copies of Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast ($10.95) will be available as well as a selection of Lynn’s other nature guides.

Peter Marcus

July 27, 2019


AT 5:30

Eros stricken, Peter Marcus has explored, and fled to and from, some eighty countries, writing poetry that honors the English language wherever he is. His guides are historians, geographers, fallen stars, and other poets. A poet, patient, shrink, he practices in Eden and the twenty-first century. Marcus is touched in the head, soul, and body; blessed, a father of twins: poetry and music. Still he ties himself into & escapes from lyrical straitjackets. His poetry clarifies what we are not quite thinking.


July 20, 2019



5-7 PM

30 YEARS OF BARTLEBY'S BOOKS! I know...we can't believe it either. Come celebrate this milestone during the Eat Local Stroll. Among the local flavors you can sample from Folly the oh-so-worth-the-sugar-crash, COMPOST COOKIES. After you get your brand new Bartleby's tote, we hope you'll fill up our "30 Years of Bartleby's" book with all your favorite store memories.

Storytime & Craft Hour

February 23, 2019




Part of Wilmington Works' "Apres Ski starts at 3" program every Saturday in February!

Come down for storytime & make some crafts and color!

On the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, the trucks come in one size: BIG. That is, until the little snowplow joins the crew. None of the other trucks think that the little snowplow can handle the big storms, but he knows that he can do it--and just to be sure, he trains hard, pushing loads of gravel, pulling blocks of concrete, and doing plow lifts to get ready. But when a blizzard arrives, will the little snowplow's training be enough to clear the streets and handle unexpected trouble? Taking its place beside classics such as The Little Engine That Could and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, this tale of a plucky little plow will find a clear path to readers' hearts.

Just Breathe Out with Betsy Thomason

February 16, 2019




Part of Wilmington Works' "Apres Ski starts at 3" program every Saturday in February!

Bartleby’s Books hosts author of revolutionary health book!

On Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 4 PM at Bartleby’s Books, 17 W. Main Street, Wilmington VT, local author Betsy Thomason shares the number one health secret that can bring well-being to all. Thomason’s book, Just Breathe Out—Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You, is a how-to-breathe guidebook appropriate for people of all ages and physical abilities.

Just Breathe Out features the BreatheOutDynamic system (BODs), revolutionary breathing focused on the active, spine-stretching outbreath. Using BODs in daily practice promotes relaxation as well as strength. If you want to manage stress and pain more effectively, improve your strength, or perhaps conquer an addiction, learning and using BODs can help you reach your goals.

Just Breathe Out, paperback edition, will be for sale at this event. For those wishing to hone their BODs skills and incorporate it in daily life, Betsy conducts workshops for personal and professional growth. For more information, contact Betsy at betsy@justbreatheout.com or 551-265-7561.

Classic Diners of Vermont

February 09, 2019




Part of Wilmington Works' "Apres Ski starts at 3" program every Saturday in February

In the land of mountains, milk and maple syrup, community is culture. Whether driving through college towns, along rural country roads or down bustling city streets, the historic diners you’ll find are integral to the communities they serve. Over time, Vermont diners have remained gathering places for regulars, locals and travelers alike. So much more than just eateries, places like the Birdseye, Chelsea Royal and the Country Girl Diner are where strangers become friends, where generations learn to understand one another and where simpler times are celebrated. Hear the stories of diner owners and their regulars. Author Erin McCormick reveals how Vermont’s diner culture came to be.

Erin McCormick is a Vermont enthusiast who travels the state to discover the best of the best in Vermont—all from a local’s perspective. She runs the popular blog “Travel Like a Local: Vermont” (http://www.travelikealocalvt.com), where she highlights restaurants, inns, breweries, boutiques, hikes, swimming holes, scenic views and, now, Vermont’s best classic eateries—all to showcase the special place that is Vermont. When she’s not road tripping (or eating her way) across the Green Mountain State, Erin is a Vermont realtor and a marketer for Vermont businesses. Erin lives in Colchester, Vermont, with her beau, Nick, and two rescue dogs, Sally and Buford.

Home Is Where The Heart Is - Opening Reception - Nicki Steel

February 02, 2019




Nicki will have her annual show at Bartleby's for the month of February with the Opening Reception on Feb. 2. There will be Hearts in Nature cards and enlargements for sale.

New this year - Where in the Valley Photo Contest. Try to figure out where Nicki was when she took 7 photos from around the Valley. Prizes will be awarded!

During the reception Nicki will be presenting a wildlife photo slideshow. If you buy any enlargement at the Reception Nicki will personalize your photo by inscribing loved your one's name on the mat. Refreshments will be served.

Tastes of Spain - an evening featuring the foods and wines of Spain

January 20, 2019



Tastes of Spain ~ an evening featuring paella, pintxos (Spanish appetizers), Spanish wines and dessert.

Proceeds to benefit the Twin Valley High School Spanish Club’s trip to Spain in April 2019

Sunday, January 20th 6pm - 9pm

Cost: $85 per person/ $150 per couple

Includes wine, appetizers, paella, dessert and coffee - at the historic White House Inn!

Purchase tickets online here:

Great news! This year there twice as many students than in previous years who have signed up to go to Spain in April. Our goal is to fundraise as much as we can to help the students afford this amazing opportunity. Students will travel to Madrid, Barcelona and other historic locations in addition to a week-long homestay with a Spanish family. Twin Valley High School has been organizing a Spain trip for many years and creates an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Spanish culture and language, while creating lifelong memories.

Tickets purchases via credit card will appear on credit card statement as "Eventbrite."  

If you wish to pay by cash or check, tickets are available at Bartleby's Books. Please make checks out to Wahoo's.

Students are actively helping to sell tickets to this event. If a particular student asked you to purchase a ticket, you can note that on your order and they will receive a portion of the sale individually.

Author Event: Dave Larsen

December 19, 2018

AT 5:30pm

Small Town Rep. is based on Larsen’s personal journals, scrapbooks, letters, government publications, mass media, and an array of other documentation. He offers a balanced analysis of the Vermont issues of the 1980s and 1990s. But he also includes many anecdotes, some humorous, some poignant, that illustrate Vermont’s small town life and State House politics.

Whether you’re a political enthusiast or a political novice, a longtime Vermonter or a non-Vermonter who’s interested in politics in the Green Mountain State, Small Town Rep. will both inform and entertain.

Dave Larsen grew up in Rochester, NY and, along with his wife, Kathy, graduated from the University of Vermont. They moved to Wilmington, VT where they worked as teachers and raised their son. Larsen taught at Wilmington Middle/High School from 1972-2005. During that time he also served in the Vermont House of Representatives and in various other state-level capacities.

Children's Event with Author Christy Mihaly

November 10, 2018



Hey, Hey, Hay! A girl tells the tale of making hay as Mom uses a mower for mowing grass, then a tedder for aerating the grass, and eventually a baler. Told in rhyme and illustrated with fabulous art by JOE CEPEDA, each part of the process is a celebration of summer, farming, and the mother-daughter relationship. Back matter includes a glossary.

CHRISTY MIHALY writes articles, stories, essays, and poems for children. Her juvenile nonfiction books have been published by Focus, Rosen, and National Geographic Kids.

Author Event: Robin MacArthur

October 20, 2018



With the special early release date just for Bartleby's, this is your first chance to own the paperback!

In this evocative first novel, a young woman returns to her rural Vermont hometown in the wake of a devastating storm to search for her missing mother and unravel a powerful family secret.

Written with a striking sense of place, Heart Spring Mountain is an arresting novel about returning home, finding hope in the dark, and of the power of the land—and the stories it harbors—to connect and to heal. It’s also an absorbing exploration of the small fractures that can make families break-and the lasting ties that bind them together.

Robin MacArthur lives and works on the farm where she was born in Vermont. She is the author of Half Wild: Stories (winner of the 2017 PEN/New England Award), the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology, and one-half of the indie-folk duo Red Heart the Ticker.

Author Event: Archer Mayor

October 12, 2018



In Mayor’s latest crime novel, Bury the Lead (St. Martin’s/ Minotaur Press), a woman is found dead at the top of a Vermont ski area in the summer. The investigation leads to Mick Durocher, who, when confronted, confesses to the killing. Case closed? Hardly. The confession is riddled with holes, the evidence doesn’t back it up, and Joe Gunther and his crew are left to wonder why their initially hot lead is dead and the murder now clearly the work of some unseen master manipulator.

Archer Mayor has written 29 bestselling Joe Gunther novels based on his actual experience in the field. Over the past 30 years, he has worked (or continues to work) as a firefighter/EMT, a police officer, and a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Mayor’s diverse careers in other fields also inform his books. He has been a scholar, editor, researcher, and photographer, as well as a political advance man and a medical illustrator. He is a graduate of Yale.

In 2016, the author received the Robert B. Parker Award, named for “the dean of mystery writers.” He is also a received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The New York Times calls Archer Mayor “The boss man on procedures.”

Author Event: Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace

September 29, 2018



This timely book provides a positive narrative to the most talked about issue of our times: immigration. FIRST GEN celebrates the genius, diversity, and grit of immigrants and refugees in a boldly illustrated guide to 36 American trailblazers.

And since it will be Hispanic Heritage Month, we'll have food from Mexico, Cuba and Colombia, and center the book chat on America's Hispanic refugee and immigrant role models.

About the Authors
Investigative journalists Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace are award-winning nonfiction authors of books for young readers including Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights and Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story. Sandra is a former news anchor and ESPN sportscaster. The daughter of a refugee, she became a US citizen in 2016. Rich has written dozens of award-winning novels and was a longtime senior editor at Highlights magazine. Both Sandra and Rich are members of the advisory council for the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College and are members of the Keene Immigrant and Refugee Partnership. They live in New Hampshire.

Author Event: Ann Braden

September 15, 2018



Some people can do their homework. Some people get to have crushes on boys. Some people have other things they've got to do.

Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there's Lenny, her mom's boyfriend--they all get to live in his nice, clean trailer.

At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend Fuchsia has her own issues, and since they're in an entirely different world than the rich kids, it's best if no one notices them.

Zoey thinks how much easier everything would be if she were an octopus: eight arms to do eight things at once. Incredible camouflage ability and steady, unblinking vision. Powerful protective defenses.

Unfortunately, she's not totally invisible, and one of her teachers forces her to join the debate club. Even though Zoey resists participating, debate ultimately leads her to see things in a new way: her mom's relationship with Lenny, Fuchsia's situation, and her own place in this town of people who think they're better than her. Can Zoey find the courage to speak up, even if it means risking the most stable home she's ever had?

This moving debut novel explores the cultural divides around class and the gun debate through the eyes of one girl, living on the edges of society, trying to find her way forward.

About the Author
Ann Braden writes books about kids struggling to find their voice amidst the realities of life. She founded GunSenseVT, a grassroots group focused on championing the common ground on the issue of guns in Vermont, which recently helped pass landmark gun violence prevention legislation. She also founded the Local Love Brigade, which now has chapters all over the country sending love postcards to those who are facing hate. Ann is the co-host of the children's book podcast, "Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide," along with Pakistani American author Saadia Faruqi, and is a former middle school teacher. She lives in southern Vermont with her husband, two children, and two insatiable cats named Boomer and Justice.

Author Event: Chard deNiord

September 01, 2018



I Would Lie To You If I Could contains interviews with nine eminent contemporary American poets (Natasha Trethewey, Jane Hirshfield, Martín Espada, Stephen Kuusisto, Stephen Sandy, Ed Ochester, Carolyn Forche, Peter Everwine, and Galway Kinnell) and James Wright’s widow Anne. It presents conversations with a vital cross section of poets representing a variety of ages, ethnicities, and social backgrounds.


The poets testify to the demotic nature of poetry as a charged language that speaks uniquely in original voices, yet appeals universally. As individuals with their own transpersonal stories, the poets have emerged onto the national stage from very local places with news that witnesses memorably in social, personal, and political ways. They talk about their poems and development as poets self-effacingly, honestly, and insightfully, describing just how and when they were "hurt into poetry," as well as why they have pursued writing poetry as a career in which, as Robert Frost noted in his poem "Two Tramps in Mud Time," their object has become "to unite [their] avocation and [their] vocation / As [their] two eyes make one in sight."

Chard deNiord is the poet laureate of Vermont and author of six books of poetry, most recently Interstate and The Double Truth. He also edited a book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Jack Gilbert, Ruth Stone, Lucille Clifton, Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Conversations and Reflections on Twentieth-Century American Poets. deNiord is a professor of English and creative writing at Providence College and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust.

Author Event: Eric Rickstad

August 30, 2018



From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girls comes this chilling, harrowing thriller set in rural Vermont about a recluse who believes the young girl he's found in the woods is the reincarnation of his missing daughter, returned to help him solve her and his wife's disappearance.

I won’t say a word. Cross my heart and hope to die…

Jonah Baum, a professor of poetry at a local college in Vermont, sees his ordinary life come tumbling down when his wife and young daughter vanish from their home. No evidence of a kidnapping. No sign of murder. No proof that Rebecca didn’t simply abandon her marriage. Just Sally’s crude and chilling drawings, Jonah’s little lies, and the sheriff’s nagging fears that nothing is what it seems.

For Sally’s best friend, Lucinda, it’s something else. She trusts in Sally not to just disappear, not after they’ve shared so many secrets—especially about the woods and what they saw there. But she’ll never tell. No one would believe her anyway.

As the search for Rebecca and Sally intensifies, and as suspicion falls on Jonah, the disappearances become more relentlessly haunting than anyone can imagine. Because what’s seen in the light of day is not nearly as terrifying as what remains hidden in the dark…

Rickstad lives in Vermont with his wife, son, and daughter, and writes all his first drafts with a pencil in notebooks, often outside in the Vermont woods.

Author Event: Tinky Weisblat

August 23, 2018




In Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb Tinky shares some of her reasons for loving rhubarb: its taste, its place as one of the first crops of the agricultural year, and above all its versatility. With more than 60 recipes, and essays about rhubarb, Tinky tempts those who are not yet in love with “pie plant.”

Tinky Weisblat is a food writer and singer. She lives in Hawley, Massachusetts, and Alexandria, Virginia, with a cat named Rhubarb and a dog named Cocoa. Tinky is known to readers and television viewers as the Diva of Deliciousness. She is the author of two previous books, The Pudding Hollow Cookbook and Pulling Taffy. Tinky strongly believes in the ways in which food and cooking nourish and connect people, both through literal sharing of food and through across-the-generations sharing of recipes.

Author Event: Rick Winston

August 16, 2018




What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation, and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely.

RICK WINSTON grew up in Yonkers, New York, and attended both Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley. He arrived in Adamant, Vermont in 1970, and still lives there. He started Montpelier’s Lightning Ridge Film Society in 1972. That became the Savoy Theater in 1981, which soon established Montpelier as a mecca for lovers of foreign, independent, and generally off-beat films. He is currently teaching film history in several places, including Community College of Vermont. His long-standing interest in the Red Scare era led him to become one of the organizers of the 1998 Montpelier conference, “Vermont in the McCarthy Era.”

Author Event: Thea Lewis

August 09, 2018



AT 5pm


The Darker Side of the Green Mountain State

Vermont is a picturesque landscape, but the idyllic setting hides a sometimes dark and desperate past. H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer, may have been the University of Vermont’s deadliest student. A Burlington resident made an empire partly by carrying contraband goods to and from Canada. The first United States president subject to a birther movement wasn’t 44, but a much lower number. A Burlington schoolboy ran away with the circus and became an international sensation under the big top. Author Thea Lewis takes a revealing ride through the unique and colorful history of the Green Mountain State.

Thea Lewis is the owner and tour guide for Queen City Ghost Walk. She is the author of Haunted Burlington (2009). She works for WCAX-TV and is also active in the chamber of commerce in Burlington.

Author Event: Yvonne Daley

August 02, 2018



AT 5pm

GOING UP THE COUNTRY is an encyclopedic,
investigative, and personal exploration of the remarkable ways that the counterculture movement changed and was changed by its "invasion" of the state of Vermont. In honoring shared core values of independence and "the right to be different," in their mutual love of the land, their curiosity, inventiveness and, ultimately, interdependence, the "newcomers" and the "old-timers" transformed each other --- and in doing so, offer us genuine hope for a collaborative future. I cannot imagine a more authoritative and
inspiring voice than Yvonne Daley's to guide us on this dazzlingly
relevant journey.

YVONNE DALEY is the author of five previous books and is the founder and director of the Green Mountain Writers Conference. She has called Vermont home ever since moving to Vermont herself as a young hippie in 1967. The mother of five children, Yvonne lived in the mountain town of Goshen, where she briefly raised milk goats and grew the family’s vegetables. Subsequently, she worked for 18 years as a journalist for the Rutland
Herald, Boston Globe, Time, Life, People, Washington Post and many other publications, winning many of the profession’s top prizes including Vermont Reporter of the Year, the New England News Editors’ Master Reporter Award and the John S. Knight Fellowship in Journalism at Stanford University. For 17 years, she taught journalism at San Francisco State University. She is married to the writer Chuck Clarino and together they raise Maltese dogs at their home in Rutland where she restores her mental health by gardening, making pies and visiting with her children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors.

Meet the Mouse: If You Give a Mouse a BLUE Cookie!

July 26, 2018



At 5pm


Summer Strolls every Thursday in July in Downtown Wilmington! Come meet Mouse during the Blueberry Festival!

Author Event: Mark Mikolas talks Trees

July 19, 2018


At 5pm

Summer Strolls every Thursday in July in Downtown Wilmington!

Would you enjoy learning how to recognize trees, even when there are no leaves or seeds or flowers, which typical guides depend on? Mark Mikolas’s new approach in A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast makes it possible to recognize trees at a glance. It simplifies the process by restricting the area covered to a dozen states, by avoiding fine distinctions, and by describing the key elements that enable you to recognize a tree quite easily. And those key elements—such things as location, distinctive bark, branch form, and even smell and sound—are extensively illustrated with more than 400 photographs. Nearly 50 trees are covered, and special sections explain how to differentiate between similar trees. As Thomas Hardy wrote in Under the Greenwood Tree, “To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.” Soon, you will begin recognizing the voices and features of the trees around you.

Mark Mikolas has had an eclectic work history in film, writing, editing, and traveling. But through it all, he has had an abiding interest in trees. As far back as the 1980s he published his first articles about trees in such publications as Old Farmer’s Almanac and Mother Earth News. For the past several years, Mikolas has taken a camera on his frequent hikes, documenting many of the unique features of the trees he encountered. That has culminated in his latest project, A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast.

Author Event: Jessie Haas

July 12, 2018


At 4pm


Summer Strolls every Thursday in July in Downtown Wilmington! Come meet Jessie Haas!

In this coming-of-age story, 12 year old animal lover Joni clashes with her new neighbor and animal rights activist Chess. Their bumpy friendship reaches a crisis when Chess stages an impulsive animal rescue, and Joni must act fast to save the animals lives.

Jessie Haas has written over thirty five books. Most of them about horses.

La Méchante et Le Connard

July 05, 2018


AT 5pm


Village Strolls every Thursday in July!

In French, La Méchante et le Connard, to the misfortune of this charming duo, means The Villain and the Jerk! But their music would suggest otherwise: a warm mix of jazz-age standards and everyone's favorite tunes, adapted and arranged for their instrumentation of double bass, ukulele, and vocals. La Méchante et le Connard are full of great energy, laughs, smiles, and of course, great music.

Readings from Richard Marshall’s “A Ramble through Small-Town New England”



The idea of writing a book about the towns along the southern New England border came to Richard while sitting on his deck in Whitingham on a beautiful sunny day. Looking at a Vermont map, he saw all the towns stretching from Brattleboro to Bennington. Why not go to each town, meet the people and write about his impressions of what he saw and heard, and, where possible, have people write their own stories. He interviewed artists, farmers, store owners, entrepreneurs, factory workers and many others. Richard photographed them all, as well as interesting events in the towns. The photographs are as important a part of the story as the text. Those who wrote their own articles will be asked to read their stories. The towns covered include Brattleboro, Marlboro, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Whitingham, Readsboro, Stamford and Bennington.

Richard Marshall has published 11 books, mostly about New York City and Vermont. He was formerly head of opera at the Boston Conservatory, general director of the Charlotte Opera in North Carolina and finally the founder and director of the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York City which he ran for 25 years, conducting many of its productions of new American operas. Upon retiring he moved to Whitingham, Vermont and began photographing the area.

May Artist: Tim Wood



Tim Wood is a self-taught water media artist from southern Vermont. His work focuses on capturing the surrounding New England landscape, highlighting the history and passage of time present in all his subjects.


This is particularly evident in his coastal New England pieces, where he prefers to paint the battered north Atlantic fishing fleet. "There are plenty of artists that are really great at painting sailboats, but I see a work ethic and a sense of history when I view these old working boats. That is what I try to bring to those paintings," the artist states.


The artist also specializes in night scenes. "I have always been fascinated by the variety of light and contrast present in a landscape set at night. Artificial light adds an exciting element of color and contrast not often present in a daytime scene."

Tim will be showing originals as well as select prints the month of May at Bartleby's Books at 17 W Main St, Wilmington, VT.

Nicki Steel: Love & Loons


An Apres Ski Event


Bartleby’s Books is hosting its annual exhibit of Nicki Steel photography for the month of February.  Steel describes this past year as “love & loons”. Three decades ago Vermont had only 7 nesting pairs of loons. This year, there were more than 90 with one pair nesting and raising one chick on Lake Raponda in Wilmington. Nicki started following the pair in late April and observed them from the shore, in a kayak and even swimming for more than 100 hours.

Also included in the show will be Steel’s popular Hearts in Nature series of work, a collection of heart-themed photographs that is continually growing.  As the artist explains, "This series really combines things that I treasure - Love. . . love of nature and love of photography and, while perfect for Valentine's Day, these photos appeal to the senses any time of year!"  Hearts in Nature note cards, photo collages, matted and framed pieces, and mini-mats are always best sellers.  Look for some new additions, including "Udderly in Love".

Fans of Steel’s work will have an opportunity to meet the her at Bartleby’s during that weekend’s Apres Ski at Three program organized by Wilmington Works.  Come to chat and share some chocolate hearts from Valley Chocolates at the store’s artist’s reception on Saturday, February 10th at 4pm!

Literary Trivia


An Apres Ski Event

Test your bookish knowledge! Answer all the questions correctly and you could win a Bartleby's gift card!

Book Launch: Oliver's Adventure Skiing at Mount Snow


Celebrate a day in the snow with Oliver who is filled with excitement for another ski season at Mount Snow in Vermont. His parents have brought him here since he was a baby and now his little brother has a ski pass too. He has a zest for adventure and loves to play outdoors, especially skiing and the occasional snowball fight.

The book pages are filled with soft-colored, hand-drawn art throughout that show his family and others enjoying the mountain in Vermont. Kids of all ages will enjoy spelling out the words and discover the little activities that are inside the pages of this educational experience.

Michelle Puzzo was born in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1998 with her BS in Physical Therapy.  Her son Oliver began ski school and she was inspired to write her first children’s book based loosely on his experiences and for her desire to teach people about what an amazing experience kids and families have at Mount Snow. Oliver quickly outskied her so more lessons are scheduled for this season. She is currently working on her next book.

Christen Pratt has a B.S. in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University, and is an elementary art teacher at a magnet school in central Connecticut. Christen is an active artist, a mother of one vibrant little girl, and Oliver’s art teacher! She and her daughter share a love of the outdoors, including playing in the snow and traveling to Vermont. Christen looks forward to teaching her daughter to ski!

Storybook Character Hunt


An Apres Ski Event

Come down to Bartleby's to search for your favorite storybook characters! Complete the quest and you'll be entered to win a Bartleby's gift card!

Author Event: Bill Mares


An Apres Ski Event

About the book:

Vermont is a small state with a history of making a large impact. We banned billboards and went to great lengths to protect our natural resources, as well as our natural beauty. Life in Vermont is already great. A man who lies as easily as the average Vermonter catches fish is not someone worth spending much time listening to.

With the help of almost a score of "guest appearances," this literary duet has now become a chorus. Assembling a first-rate "posse" of Vermont writers, cartoonists, and politicians to add their intelligence and wit to this momentous task. In addition, the book has quizzes, quotations, escape literature, a Vermont tool box, and more--all the things necessary to flesh out this thump to The Trump.

About Bill:

Raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, Bill Mares has been a journalist, a high school teacher and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has authored or co-authored 15 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps to workplace democracy to Presidential fishing, plus four books of humor with Prof. Frank Bryan, including the best-seller, Real Vermonters Don’t Milk Goats. His hobbies include running, beekeeping, singing and fly-fishing. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife of 45 years, Chris Hadsel. They have two sons.

Author Event: Robert Madrygin with Ross Thurber


Join us for a reading of Robert Madrygin's Solace of Trees and some poems from Ross Thurber's forthcoming debut poetry collection!

The Solace of Trees tells the story of Amir, a young boy of secular Muslim heritage who witnesses his family’s murder in the Bosnian War. Amir hides in a forest, mute and shocked, among refugees fleeing for their lives. Narrowly escaping death, he finds sanctuary, and after a charity relocates him to the United States, the retired professor who fosters Amir learns that the boy holds a shameful secret concerning his parents’ and sister’s deaths. Amir’s years in the US bring him healing. As Amir enters adulthood, his destiny brings him full circle back to the darkness he thought he’d forever escaped.


Described from the perspective of a child victim, The Solace of Trees is the lesser-told story of the tragedy of war, from the Bosnian War to the US policy of government-sponsored abductions. A tale shared by countless victims in countless times and places, it is both a sobering look at the hidden cost of war and an affirmation of the human spirit.

Robert Madrygin has experienced the meaning of culture, ethnicity, and language from many perspectives. He spent his early years in postwar Japan as the son of a US military lawyer appointed to defend the rights of Japanese POWs. On returning to America as a primary speaker of Japanese, he faced the first of numerous profound cultural and social shifts that have shaped much of his life. He navigated his way through an often troubled, isolated childhood that, due to family misfortunes and his father’s career, saw him move from home to home over a dozen times and that for periods of time had him placed in foster care. The Solace of Trees is his first novel. He and his wife live in Vermont.

Ross Thurber lives and works on a farm outside of Brattleboro Vermont. His poetry has appeared in the Chrysalis Reader, Bloodroot Literary, Vermont Life and anthologized in the collection *So Little Time*. His first book length collection *Pioneer Species*, published by Green Writers Press, will be available this April.

Creative Workshop with Designer Desha Peacock



Join Bartleby’s Books for a creative workshop and discussion with designer Desha Peacock, author or Your Creative Work Space: The Sweet Spot Style Guide to Home Office and Studio Decor, on Saturday, October 21st at 2pm. Part of the Wilmington Women’s Weekend, this event with Brattleboro-based stylist Desha Peacock is sure to inspire your next design project.

Your Creative Work Space features a blend of creative work spaces from the traditional home office to the artist’s studio, writing salon and more. Featuring some of today’s hottest designers, artists, and bloggers, Peacock’s design tips cover how to create a beautiful work space to inspire your best work, no matter your space or budget limitations. Known for her eclectic style and helping others see the possibility within themselves, their homes, and personal style, Desha Peacock offers you tips on designing a creative work space that will also inspire you to do the work you are meant to do. International Retreat Leader, LifeSTYLE Design Coach, and Founder of Sweet Spot Style, Desha Peacock has sold more than 10,000 copies of her first book, Create the Style You Crave. With an intuitive approach to style, Desha’s first book was listed by the Huffington Post as one of The Best Books to Buy Your Girlfriend.

Joint booksigning with authors Stephen Butz and Eileen Charbonneau. We'll be talking about American Secrets! Stephen on a secret place: his remarkable archeological finds of the settlement of refugees from Shays' Rebellion of 1787. Eileen will be talking about a secret language, the Navajo Code of World War II. And, of course, there will be cake!

About the books:

Shay's Settlement
The ruins of Daniel Shays's fortified settlement reveal the hidden story of the famous rebellion. Shays and the Regulators founded the settlement deep in the Vermont wilderness after fleeing the uprising they led in 1787 in Massachusetts. Rediscovered in 1997 and under study since 2013, these remnants divulge secrets of Shays's life that previously remained unknown, including his connection to Millard Filmore and the Anti-Federalist lawyer John Bay. As the leader of the site's first formal study, Stephen D. Butz weaves together the tale of the archaeological investigation, along with Shays's heroic life in the Continental army, his role in the infamous rebellion that bears his name and his influence on American law.

Code Talker Chronicles
I'll Be Seeing You: Luke Kayenta and his childhood friend Nantai Riggs are young shepherds of the Navajo reservation in Arizona. They volunteer for an experiment: to come up with an uncrackable code based on their language to be used by the US as it enters World War II.

Watch Over Me: At first, war widow Kitty Charente thinks she's showing one of her boss's salesman a day out on the town. But Luke Kayenta is undercover: he's a Navajo code talker, and Nazi Agent Helmut Adler is hunting him in 1942 New York City.

Meet & Greet with Tracey Medeiros



Come meet Tracey during the Wine & Soup Stroll!

Tracey Medeiros is the author of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook, and Dishing Up Vermont. She writes The Farmhouse Kitchen: A Guide to Eating Local column for Edible Green Mountains magazine and is also a freelance food writer, food stylist, and recipe developer and tester. She is often seen on various television cooking segments preparing one of her favorite recipes while sharing helpful culinary tips with the viewing audience. Tracey travels regionally as a guest speaker and cooking instructor, emphasizing her commitment to the sustainable food movement by using locally produced fresh ingredients to create dishes that are healthy and delicious.

Meet & Greet with Chris Diamond



"You can't make this stuff up." Chris Diamond heard that refrain regularly during his 44-year career in the ski-resort industry, when he guided major ski resorts from Vermont to Colorado and was intimately involved in the most significant issues shaping the sport. So, when he finally retired from his position as the president and COO of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. in 2015, he decided to write it all down.


Chris Diamond is a resort consultant and author. He started his career as an assistant to the president of Killington in 1972, and was the president of Mount Snow, Vermont, from 1977 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996 he served as the vice president for Business Development and president of the Vermont resorts for S-K- I Ltd. He then spent 17 years at the helm of Steamboat before retiring in 2015. He is a past director and chairman of Colorado Ski Country USA and of the National Ski Areas Association, which presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Chris lives in Steamboat Springs with his wife, Eileen.



Where’s Waldo? In Wilmington of course! The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including these partners: 1836 Country Store, La Casita, Jasper Decor, Ratu's AND MANY MORE!

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up at Bartleby’s Books a “Find Waldo Local in Wilmington!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Collecting store stamps or initials at ten or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing at the Blueberry Block Party on August 5th, with the top prize being a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books and Bartleby’s Gift Card!

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Where’s Waldo? books. Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties, and since then have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 67 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions. To celebrate such a special milestone, Waldo’s friend Wenda will also be hiding in Bartleby’s Books here in Wilmington! Participants of Find Waldo Local will have double the fun searching for both Waldo and Wenda all month long.

Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and two hundred and fifty independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Wilmington, call Bartleby’s Books at 464-5425 or visit myvermontbookstore.com.

La Mechante et le Connard


Come down to Bartleby's during the Village Stroll to listen to La Mechante et le Connard!


In French, La Méchante et le Connard, to the misfortune of this charming duo, means The Villain and the Jerk! But their music would suggest otherwise: a warm mix of jazz-age standards and everyone's favorite tunes, adapted and arranged for their instrumentation of double bass, ukulele, and vocals. La Méchante et le Connard are full of great energy, laughs, smiles, and of course, great music.

Ann Coleman

Artist Ann Coleman is exhibiting at Bartleby’s Books! Ann has been capturing local scenes from the ski slopes to the lakes of this area for the past four decades.  She turns her pastel originals into archival Limited Edition Giclee Prints, a desirable way for anyone to take home a slice of Vermont Joy.  Whether it’s getting lost in Bartleby’s book stacks on the second floor or in AnnColemanGallery.com print racks and paintings, it will be time richly spent. 

Author Event: Elayne Clift



As one reviewer put it, "Who takes care of the caregivers?  Who hears their stories?  This stellar collection by women who were called to care showcases the voices of the carers.  They speak of fears, regrets and practical and psychological costs, and they speak truth to aging, dementia, incontinence and love.  The selections span cultures, geographies and illnesses while speaking to a central human need: to care and be cared for, and to find meaning in big and little moments.  A
valuable resource for any stage of the caregivers' journey, this book is a beacon of light -- a guide for the uninitiated and experienced caregiver alike.

Release Date Signing with Brian Staveley

PAST EVENT! Signed Copies Available!

Brian Staveley's new standalone returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess attempting to join the ranks of the God of Death.


Brian has taught literature, religion, history, and philosophy, all subjects that influence his novels, and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He works as an editor for Antilever Press, & has published poetry & essays. He lives in Vermont with his wife & young son.

Reading & Discussion with Author: Jayne McBurney


About the Book
Life hasn't been easy for sixteen-year-old Alice Winburrow. For the past eight years, Alice has been moving from one foster home to another. A difficult past has left her with severe trust issues and PTSD. Believing there was no hope, Alice had given up on her happiness. Until she met Jessica Green. Jessica seemed like the best foster parent yet. Like everyone else, Jessica had secrets of her own. Jessica makes a mistake that turns Alice's world upside down. Angry at herself for trusting Jessica, and afraid for the future- Alice takes life into her own hands. Suddenly, things go horribly wrong. Alice must overcome her fears and fight for her life if she wants to survive. This would be her biggest battle yet.


Jayne McBurney is an eighteen-year-old author, with her first published novel being "Think Twice". Before moving to Vermont, Jayne lived in Little Compton, Rhode Island. She lives in Readsboro with two turtles, a bearded dragon, two bunnies, a cat, and her pit bull, Stella. Jayne started writing when she was younger, and has recently been focused on publishing her work. "Think Twice" is her first successfully published novel. Jayne plans on writing and publishing more in the future, with her main focus being on young adult fiction.

Poet Dan Heller


Daniel A.  Heller was an secondary educator for over thirty years. He holds a BA and MA in English from Middlebury College, a MEd from Keene State College (NH), a CAGS in educational administration and planning from UVM, and an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from The College of St. Joseph (Rutland, VT). He has published six books on education.


Dan will be reading from his new book Between The Shadows. This is his first book of poetry, although he has written poetry since he was in his teens. His poetry touches on his regrets, sadness, disappointments, and perceptions of the world in which he lives in. He lives in Brattleboro, Vermont and West Hartford, CT, with his wife of over forty years, Nina.

Nicki Steel


Bartleby’s Books is hosting its annual exhibit of Nicki Steel photography for the month of February.  Steel describes this past year as her “year of the birds.”  She spent seven weeks in Marlboro, VT  photographing 13 great blue herons as they grew from newly hatched chicks to fledglings.  She also spend time taking pictures of the loons which nested on Lake Raponda, as well as bluebirds, hummingbirds, and indigo buntings, in addition to new landscapes.  

Also included in the show will be Steel’s popular Hearts in Nature series of work, a collection of heart-themed photographs that is continually growing.  As the artist explains, "This series really combines things that I treasure - Love. . . love of nature and love of photography and, while perfect for Valentine's Day, these photos appeal to the senses any time of year!"  Hearts in Nature notecards, photo collages, matted and framed pieces, and mini-mats are always best sellers.  

Fans of Steel’s work will have an opportunity to meet the her at Bartleby’s during that weekend’s Apres Ski After Three program organized by Wilmington Works.  Come to chat and share light refreshments at the store’s artist’s reception on Saturday, February 11th from 4-5pm. 

Meet Wild Thing & Storytime


Meet Wild Thing from the classic Maurice Sendak book Where the Wild Things Are.  Story time begins at 4:00 pm.