(This story was first published in the June 27, 2013 edition of the Vermont Standard.)
By Peter Rousmaniere
Special To The Standard
Eleven fiction and fantasy authors, translators and legend-tellers will bring their best and newest work to Bookstock this year. This biggest than ever offering aims to appeal to festival participants who often ask for more of this genre.
Bookstock takes place in Woodstock on July 26-28. Events are free and open to the public.
Profiles of all events and speakers are on the festival website, www.bookstockvt.org.
A first-ever program for local authors takes place on Friday afternoon, July 26.
Sarah Stewart Taylor reads on Friday, noon to 12:40 p.m., in the Norman Williams Public Library Mezzanine.Her new novel for kids ages 8-14, is The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon . Explorer of the Realm Alexander West has disappeared and is presumed dead under mysterious circumstances.
It’s up to Alexander’s children – call them The Expeditioners – to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast. Success could mean fame and wild riches.
Failure could be … Well, let’s just say failure is not an option.
Playwright and novelist Charles Egbert will read at 2 to 2:40 p.m.
Charles will introduce his novel,
A Question of Survival . Gretchen is a German girl whose father is the commander of a concentration camp. Charles lived in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1947. His father who served as Editor of the Record of the Nuremberg Trials. Hearing his father talk about the Holocaust and the concentration camps made a lasting impression. He will then turn to his forthcoming ‘The Story of Princess Olivia.’ Olivia is the daughter of Royal Parents in the mythical Kingdom of Vermont. Written for children and adults, this fairy tale includes a Whiny King and a Scolding Queen, the Despicable Count Carlos Maximillian von Dusseldorf and His Magical Minion, among other fantastical creatures.
At 3p.m., Woodstock-based Rabbi Dov Taylor will discuss his English translation of the first Hebrew novel, Joseph Perl’ s
Revealer of Secrets (originally published in Vienna in 1819), which has been called one of ‘The 100 Greatest Jewish Books’ and ‘a Jewish classic waiting to be rediscovered.’ Dov is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Solel in Highland Park, Illinois, where he served for twenty-five years before coming to Vermont. He is currently rabbi of Havura Ki-Tov: A Gathering for Jewish Life and Learning here in Woodstock.
On Saturday at 11 a.m., novelist Joan Wickersham comes to the Town Hall Theatre stage as the festival’s key note author on fiction. She has recently authored
The News from Spain:Seven Variations on a Love Story , which received wide notice and recommendations at Amazon, Oprah.com and elsewhere. Joan reveals uncanny and complex parallels that occur when very different people love each other under very similar circumstances.
She shows how we never really know what’s in someone else’ s heart, or in our own; how we continually try to explain others and to console ourselves; and how love, like storytelling, is ultimately a work of the imagination Later on Saturday, an emerging master of the young adult thriller novel will discuss her new book,
No Easy Way. Dayna Lorentz has garnered high praise for her thriller fiction. Next time you’re at the mall on a Saturday afternoon, imagine police barring the exits and a voice crackling over the PA system telling you to take shelter in the nearest store. Imagine being held there for one day , two – what would you do? Obey security?
Investigate what was going on?
Try to escape? This is the situation faced by two guys and two girls in this thriller.
Three Vermont fiction authors will discuss fiction writing in Vermont on Saturday at 1- 1:40 p.m., in the Town Hall Conference Room (2nd Fl). This panel marks a collaboration between Bookstock and the Vermont Bookshelf.
Panelist Castle Freeman, Jr. has lived in Newfane for 40 years.
He is the author of four published novels, set mostly in the state, and many short stories and essays.
For 30 years he was a regular contributor of essays to The Old Farmer’s Almanac .
Fellow panelist Deborah Lee Luskin wrote Into the Wilderness , which has been called a ‘love story to Vermont’ and recognized by the Vermont Library Association for its ‘sense of place.’ It was awarded the Gold Medal for Regional Fiction by the Independent Publishers in 2011.
A veteran journalist Steve Delaney rounds out the panel.
He joined Vermont Public Radio in 1997. As a correspondent for NBC News, Steve covered presidential candidates from 1964 through 1984, served as resident correspondent in the Middle East for four years, and covered the State Department during the Iran hostage crisis. He has written ‘Vermont Seasonings: reflections of the rhythms of a Vermont year.’ Historical fiction shows up at the festival in the works of Stephen Kiernan, at the HistoryCenter , Saturday, noon to 12:40 p.m. The Curiosity , part thriller, part love story, profiles a man whose life is a scientific experiment.
The tabloids love him,the religious right condemns him, every company wants his endorsement of their products.
Meanwhile a brilliant woman scientist seeks to save him from these predators. A graduate of Middlebury College and the Iowa Writers Workshop, Kiernan has worked at the Breadloaf Writers Conference, the NewEngland Young Writers Conference, and he is chairman of the Young Writers Project. Over his writing career , he has won more than 40 writing awards.
Ancient wisdom of legends about wounded healer sare designed to help us heal. Joanna Goulding, a physician, will recount and discuss several of these legends On Saturday, noon to 12:40 p.m., in the Town Hall Conference Room (2nd floor). One story will be that of Chiron, the wounded healer of Greek mythology . Another will be of the wounded healer in the Talmud. These stories can help us understand our own and others’ experience of illness, wounds, and healing, and remain relevant today as we consider our own power to heal ourselves, and others.
Closing the festival on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Town Hall Theatre, will be the screening of novelist Howard Mosher’s novel, Northern Borders . (Screeningstartsat3 p.m.).
Film director Jay Craven has adapted five Howard Mosher stories. He will introduce his latest film with a brief discussion, then we sit back and enjoy the movie:
Northern Borders tells the story of 10 year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm, where he experiences wild adventures and uncovers long festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and Austen experiences the farm as a place full of eccentric people and his stubborn grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War.
Learn more about Bookstock online at www.bookstockvt.org and on the Bookstock Literary Festival Facebook page.
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