By John Mathews , Special To The Standard
Bookstock 2014 features six notable novelists during the three-day literary festival July 25-27. Free and open to all, Bookstock takes place on the Woodstock Green and nearby venues.
Author Anita Diamant is widely known and admired for her bestseller, “The Red Tent.” Howard Norman’s novels set in Canada’s Maritime Provinces are classics. Bill Schubart’s writing includes two stunning books of stories with Vermont settings. Roland Merullo’s delightful “Breakfast With Buddha,” and now “Lunch With Buddha,” have a fervent following. Thomas Christopher Greene is a college president whose new novel delves into life at a Vermont boarding school. And Norwich writer Katharine Britton will relate how her two acclaimed novels got published. Besides its list of novelists, Bookstock offers presentations by some 30 other creative artists: poets, biographers, historians, a legal scholar, a popular cartoonist, a photographer, a puppeteer and a local filmmaker. The festival includes a huge used and vintage book sale, a literary and educational marketplace, music, food and children’s activities. During the festival, UnBound, an exhibit of book art, will be on view at ArtisTree. Bookstock also offers two panels that will be of special interest to those who write: Award-winning authors Jo Knowles, Phoebe Stone and Rebecca Rupp will tell aspiring authors everything they need to know about writing books for children and young readers, and in another session, two literary agents — Jeff Herman and Roger Williams — and two editors — Kermit Hummel and Stephen Hull — will discuss how to develop a book proposal, find an agent and choose traditional publishing, e-books or other outlets. The novelists are headed by Bookstock keynote speaker Anita Diamant, who will discuss her 12th novel, “Day After Night,” based on the actual 1945 internment of 200 so-called illegal immigrants by the British in Palestine. Diamant’s “The Red Tent” is a perennial book club favorite. Howard Norman is a novelist and scholar who has translated and adapted folklore of the Cree, Inuit and Algonquin people. Many of his stories and novels are set in Canada’s Maritime Provinces. His latest book, “Next Life Might Be Kinder” is a story of murder, faith, the afterlife and love as redemption.
“Breakfast With Buddha” by Roland Merullo has gone through 15 printings. The author has now published a sequel, “Lunch With Buddha,” which continues the story of an unlikely pair, a skeptical New York food book editor and a devout Siberian monk and spiritual teacher. Merullo will relate how the first Buddha book led to the second.
Thomas Christopher Greene is the president and founder of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a novelist in his spare time. His fourth book, “The Headmaster’s Wife,” has been described as a tragic narrative of love, marriage and family set on the campus of a Vermont private boarding school.
Bill Schubart has ranged widely for his subject matter. His successful
“ Lamoille Stories,” and now “Lamoille Stories II,” published this year, are collections of Vermont tales. “Fat People” deals with compulsive relationships with food. “I am Baybie” narrates the story of a blind street singer in New York City. In his presentation Schubart will discuss the author’s voice and read from his books.
Well-known in the Upper Valley for her writing classes at Colby-Sawyer College and at special programs at Dartmouth College, Katharine Britton will read from her well-received novels, “Her Sister’s Shadow” and “ Little Island.” She will also describe the route she traveled from writing to successful publication.