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10 a.m. Woodstock Town Hall

Keynote address

Writing Like the Wind

Acclaimed novelist Sue writing life, from her electrifying first novel, The Good Mother, to the present day. Miller’s novels are close studies of the tumult of contemporary family life. She has said of the family that “It seems both more fragile and more important an institution than it ever has been, more multifarious, more invented as it goes along, more necessary.” About her most recent novel, The Lake Shore Limited, Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times wrote: “Haunting… Its power grows from Miller’s intimate understanding of her characters…of missed connections, lost opportunities, and closely held memories that mutate slowly over time.”

Susan Miller’s books have been published in 20 countries. The Good Mother, the first of her nine novels, was an immediate bestseller, more than six months at the top of the New York Times charts. Subsequent novels include three Book-of-the-Month main selections. Two novels have been made into feature films. She presently teaches at Smith College, and has fostered literacy programs for homeless shelters and prisons.

10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. ArtisTree Gallery

UNBOUND II Exhibition

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Norman Williams Public Library

The Red Wing Puppet Theater

sponsored by Norman Williams Public Library When Chuck Meese’s Red Wing Puppet

Theater takes the stage in Woodstock, you can expect a blend of puppetry, live music, juggling and physical comedy. The performance will end with a close up demonstration of the puppets plus an opportunity for questions. Great for all ages!

Red Wing Puppet Theater is the creation of Chuck Meese. He progressed from puppeteering as a theater major in college, and has worked with Vermont’s own Bread and Puppet Theater and toured internationally. He blends more than one puppetry style as well as creating and performing accompanying music. He is the managing director of Vermont Stage Young Playwrights.

11 a.m. Woodstock Town Hall

Ed Koren’s One Thousand Cartoons and Counting: Passion, Neuroses and Silliness

Perhaps you have seen some of the nearly 1,000 cartoons Ed Koren has had printed in the New Yorker magazine. The Center for Cartoon Studies calls Ed’s talent and accomplishments as “incredible!” He is well known for his very hairy,

very lovable characters. His cartoons have been widely published and exhibited. He is also a book author and illustrator for children’s and adult books.

Born in New York City and a graduate of Columbia, Ed Koren went on to study at Atelier in Paris, earned an MFA from Pratt and a doctorate from Union College. He has served on the faculty of the Center for Cartoon Studies, located White River Junction, VT. Internationally recognized cartoonists, writers and designers teach at CCS, which has participated in every Bookstock festival since its founding in 2009.

12 – 12:45 p.m.

Woodstock Town Hall Conference Room (second floor)

Reading Pictures: The Language of Wordless Books

An old way of telling new stories and the growing importance of visual narrative. A book designed to include no words, but relying entirely on pictures, can be an object of great beauty. They are often woodcuts. David Beronä, who is a visiting faculty member of the Center for Cartoon Studies, has

been studying these books for decades. He introducesustodaytothestyles,techniques and wonder of this extraordinary genre.

David A. Beronä is a historian of the illustrated book and the recognized authority on the woodcut novel. He has published widely on this topic and is the author of Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels, a winner at the 2009 New York Book Show and a Harvey Awards nominee. He has curated exhibitions and presented papers on woodcut novels at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. He is the Dean of the Library and Academic Support Services at Plymouth State University.

Norman Williams Public Library Mezzanine

Vermont Wild: Adventures of Fish and Game Wardens

If you think a game warden’s work is always deadly serious, then Vermont Wild: Adventures of Vermont Fish & Game Wardens will set you straight. It can sometimes be downright funny. Written by former Rutland Herald reporter Megan Price, the Vermont Wild series of books depicts imagined game wardens and their often amusing adventures while enhancing wildlife and making the wilderness safe for hunters, fishermen and trappers.

Megan Price won awards for her writing while at the Rutland Herald and Vermont Press Bureau, served as managing editor for weekly papers and has written for magazines. Her well-told stories of fish and game wardens’ true encounters with lovesick moose, hungry bears, rioting raccoons, wily poachers and their own hard- headed hunting dogs have made Megan’s Vermont Wild book series the number one best-selling book at many independent Vermont bookstores in the Green Mountains, two years running. She is currently at work on volume three.

Woodstock History Center

Portrait of the War that Still Defines Us

Vermont historian and author Donald Wickmanbringsusagoldmineofinsightsin his A Very Fine Appearance, about Vermont soldiers in the Civil War. He draws upon George Houghton’s photographs which capturedtheverymarrowofVermontsoldiers’ experiences during the conflict. Wickman

Miller discusses herpairs images with excerpts from personal diaries and letters. This event is both part of Bookstock and a part of The Woodstock Historical Society’s Civil War Exhibition, “Honoring Our Civil War Veterans.”

Rutland resident Donald Wickman is a Vermont historian and author. He was the editor/compiler of the two-volume Letters to Vermont: From Her Civil War Soldier Correspondents to the Home Press and the author of We Are Coming Father Abra’am: The History of the 9th Vermont Volunteer Infantry, 1862-1865.

St. James Episcopal Church Social Room

Poetry by Dara Wier

“Wier’s poems explode with variety, particularity,whirlwindsofdetailandmystery… memoirs, dialogues, choral performances witnessing scenes both weird and familiar.” —Rain Taxi.

Dara Wier is the author of many collections of poetry, and her work has been included in recent volumes of Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She directs the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her most recent collection is Selected Poems.

1 – 1:45 p.m.

Woodstock Town Hall Conference Room (second floor)

The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family

Feminists opened up thousands of doors in the 1960s and 1970s, but decades later, are U.S. women where they thought they’d be? The answer is a resounding no. Looking back over five decades of advocacy, former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin analyzes where progress stalled, examines the successes of other countries, and charts the course for the next feminist revolution— one that mobilizes women, and men, to call for the kind of government and workplace policies that can improve the lives of women and strengthen their families.

Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont and the first woman in the U.S. to serve three terms as governor.

Norman Williams Public Library Mezzanine

Just the Facts, Ma’am, or Not: The Connecticut Valley Murders in Fiction and Non-fiction

Serial murders here in rural New England? They really did happen to upwards of a dozen women in the 1980s and 1990s, and inspired two books :one non-fiction, the other a crime novel. Phil Ginsburg wrote The Shadow of Death in 1993, a non-fiction account of a series of murders in the Upper Valley. He is joined by Joseph Olshan, author of the intricate novel, Cloudland (2012) to discuss the differences between fiction and non- fiction accounts of a single set of events.

Joseph Olshan is the author of nine novels. His first novel, Clara’s Heart, won the Times/ Jonathan Cape Young Writers’ Competition and went on to be made into a feature film starring Whoopi Goldberg. He also writes for newspapers and magazines, and was a professor of Creative Writing at New York University.

Phil Ginsburg’s writings include news and feature stories as a reporter at the Providence Journal, and other books including Poisoned Blood which was a selection of the Literary Guild and on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Woodstock History Center

A Timely Look at the Vermont Flood of 1927

Bring your memories of 2011 to compare with the devastation 84 years before. That year, natural disaster struck Vermont. In less than forty-eight hours, vast quantities of water rushed down the Lamoille, White, Winooski, and many other Vermont rivers, killing more than a hundred people and drowning farm animals in droves. Nicholas Clifford will discuss his valuable history of the 1927 flood, Troubled Roar of the Waters: Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927-1931.

Nicholas Clifford and his late wife Deborah have told the story of the flood in their “first rate” accounting. With a PhD in History from Harvard, Nicholas is a professor emeritus at Middlebury. He is the author of seven books.

St. James Episcopal Church Social Room

Poetry by Sydney Lea Poet Laureate of Vermont Sydney Lea has

been described as “a man in the woods with his head full of books, and a man in books with his head full of woods.” A recipient of fellowships from the MacArthur, Rockefeller and Fulbright Foundations, Lea founded, and for thirteen years edited, New England Review. Most recent works are Young of the Year and Six Sundays Toward a Seventh. Lea is active in statewide literacy and conservation efforts. He has authored 10 books of poetry plus several volumes of essays.

2 – 2:45 p.m.

Woodstock Town Hall Conference Room (second floor)

The Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy

Renowned naturalist Bernd Heinrich blends art, photography and text from courtship to fledgling to every activity in-between. One of Vermont’s leading naturalists, he will discuss his life focused on wildlife, his books, and his art. And he will address how monogamy among animals began.

Bernd Heinrich is a professor emeritus in the biology department at the University of Vermont. Heinrich has been honored in his roles as scientist, writer, artist, teacher and ultra-marathon runner. Writing includes exploring the animal, human and natural and their intersection, especially insect and bird behavior. Awards include the New England Bookseller’s Award for Non-Fiction and an entry in America’s Ultrarunning Hall of Fame.

Norman Williams Public Library Mezzanine

Put One Foot in Front of the Other, Now Run

Cross-country coach and professor Warren Kay takes you on an exploration of running as a meditational and spiritual practice of savoring the trip. His Running – The Sacred Art: Preparing to Practice was published by Woodstock- based SkyLight Paths in 2007. Translated into German in 2009, the German edition of Runner’s World Magazine named Kay’s book one of the three “best running books of all time.”

Dr. Warren A. Kay (Dr.Theol., University of Zürich) has been an avid runner since childhood. He was a member of Villanova University’s NCAA championship track team. In addition to being a popular professor of theology at Merrimack College, Dr. Kay was coach of cross-country and track for 17 years. He combined his love of running and teaching in a course he developed called “The Spirituality of Running.”

Woodstock History Center

The Most Famous Woman in America

She was the most famous woman in America at the time. Margaret Fuller — feminist, journalist, orator — drowned off Fire Island, New York, in 1850, returning from Italy with her husband and baby. In Miss Fuller, a new novel by poet and novelist April Bernard, Henry Thoreau’s fictional younger sister, Anne Thoreau, examines Fuller’s life and legend. Get up close to one of America’s most fascinating women, admired by Emerson, one of the country’s first strong advocates for women’s rights.

April Bernard is an accomplished poet and novelist and lives in Bennington, VT. She has published several books of poetry and a prior novel. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Boston Review, Agni, Ploughshares, Parnassus, and The New York Review of Books and is included in The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English and By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry.

St. James Episcopal Church Social Room

Poetry by Marie Howe

Stanley Kunitz, who selected Marie Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets, has described her poetry as “luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life. Her long, deep-breathing lines address the mysteries of flesh and spirit, in terms accessible only to a woman who is very much of our time and yet still in touch with the sacred.” She teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Columbia University. Her most recent book is The Kingdom of Ordinary Time.

3 – 4:30 p.m. Woodstock Town Hall Conference Room (second floor)

Healing From the Battlefield: Re-Entry Into Life Back in the States

Share in this conversation and reading about soldiering in Iraq and Afghanistan, the impacts on veterans, their families, and communities and the challenges following deployment. This workshop draws on a recent book by Larry Minear and on the experiences of veterans Jon Turner and Nate Lewis, also published authors. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Matthew J. Friedman, Executive Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD in White River Junction.

For the past twenty years Larry Minear has worked as a researcher on international and internal armed conflicts, interviewing aid workers, soldiers, and local populations in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. He has held positions at Tufts and Brown. His latest book, Through Veterans’ Eyes, draws on hundreds of interviews with combat soldiers.

After serving 2 tours of duty in Iraq, Jon Turner has been traveling with the Combat Paper Project, facilitating the transformation of uniforms into handmade paper and guiding writing projects to assist veterans in their healing process. He has read his poetry at many bookstores, coffee shops and on radio.

Since completing his service in the Iraq war, Nathan Lewis has been making art and writing with other veterans. He is the director of the Veteran’s Sanctuary, a community in New York State for returning veterans using art and farming for healing.

3 – 3:45 p.m.

Norman Williams Public Library Mezzanine

A Leap Of Faith: From Business to Birds, Butterflies and Beans with Bacon

Two women leave the world of business to live more simple and personally meaningful lives in earth-friendly careers. Ellen Sousa (author of The Green Garden) went from a business career to creating Turkey Hill

Brook Farm in Spencer, MA. She will talk about how she came to eco-friendly habitat gardening. Sarah Pinneo (who wrote Julia’s Child) transitioned from dealmaking on Wall Street to a sustainable Upper Valley life of a novelist. Their recent books will be profiled.

Ellen Sousa is author of The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting and Maintaining the Eco-friendly Habitat Garden. She is also a garden coach, helping clients plan natural, livable, and safe outdoor spaces. Ellen teaches and lectures on earth- friendly landscaping at many organizations across New England, and loves to share information about attracting birds, butterflies and beneficial insects to home gardens.

Sarah Pinneo received her B.A. in economics from Yale. She spent more than a decade as a dealmaker on Wall Street before making the transition from breadwinner to bread baker. From her home in Hanover, NH, she writes about food, family and sustainability. When she’s not writing fiction, Sarah contributes articles to Boston Globe Magazine, Edible Communities publications and the Valley News.

Woodstock History Center

Finally, the Real Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen, a canonical hero of the American Revolution, is often defined by a single event: his daring predawn attack on British-controlled Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. Renowned biographer Willard Sterne Randall, however, deepens this portrait, challenging the conventional image in his Ethan Allen: His Life and Times. This is the only complete account of this enigmatic, flawed American figure and an extraordinary portrait of late eighteenth-century New England life.

Willard Sterne Randall is the author of thirteen books, including Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor and Thomas Jefferson: A Life. A regular guest on C-Span and a commentator on PBS, Randall is professor of history emeritus at Champlain College and resides in Burlington, Vermont.

St. James Episcopal Church Social Room

Poetry by James Tate

James Tate is the poet of possibilities, of morph, of surprising consequences, lovely or disastrous, and these phenomena exist everywhere… I return to Tate’s books more often perhaps than to any others when I want to be reminded afresh of the possibilities of poetry.”—John Ashbery, The New York Times. Tate was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1992 and the National Book Award in 1994. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts. His most recent work is The Eternal Ones of the Dream: Selected Poems 1990 – 2010.

4 p.m.

King Farm

The Poet’s Trail

Take in an outdoor exhibit of sculpture, sound pieces and poetry displays opening on Saturday, July 28, from 4PM to 7PM at the King Farm. Poetry on the Land will honor the naming of The Poet’s Trail. This inspiring event is the joint creation of SculptureFest, Woodstock’s annual outdoor exhibition of art, and students of poetry at Woodstock High School.

Works range from forged steel, ceramic sculpture, welded sculpture, mixed media three dimensional work, mosaic, wood sculpture, transformed found objects plus poetry displayed along the path.

The Poet’s Trail is a creation of Woodstock High School students with the advice of Martha Perkins, English teacher.

4 – 4:45 p.m.

Norman Williams Public Library Mezzanine

The Ten Minute Play

Want to write for the stage? Start with a ten- minute play! Come see the Parish Players perform The Last Egg by Ron Burch, a hit at their annual Ten Minute Play Festival, in which a sperm tries to talk his way into the last egg. Then local playwright Joe Applegate will present the basics of dramatic construction, and director Janet Eller will discuss staging. The session ends with a Q&A. The Parish Players have performed plays in Thetford, VT, for close to 50 years.

After a career as a local newspaper editor, Joe Applegate began writing plays. His first play for Parish Players was anthologized in Lawrence Harbison’s Best 10-Minute Plays of 2007. He also teaches workshops.

Janet Eller, a director with the Parish Players. believes in the power of story and has participated in nearly all aspects of theater: acting, costuming, stage managing, producing, administering, and directing.

Woodstock History Center

In The Warsaw Ghetto: Talking Parents Out Of Their Children

Irena Sendler was a quiet heroine of the Nazi resistance, a candidate for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, credited with saving the lives of 2,500 Polish Jews. Jack Mayer’s Life in a Jar is the award-winning, inspiring story of this Catholic social worker who went into the Warsaw ghetto again and again, convinced Jewish mothers and grandmothers to give up their children, smuggled those children past Nazi guards and into hiding and then the welcoming arms of adoptive families.

Jack Mayer, a Middlebury area pediatrician, says, “The way we teach the Holocaust makes a difference. How do we make it stick? History has more impact on young people when it is their story as well. It has to be compelling, it should keep them up at night, it should bring them to tears. Whenever possible, it should be their contemporary history as well as Holocaust history.” His earlier works primarily focus on his life and medical practice in rural Vermont.

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