Booktopia Vermont: Day 2

The highlight of the day for me was attending Gail Caldwell’s afternoon event.

Gail Caldwell and Michael Kindness
I adore Gail’s memoir, Let’s Take the Long Way Home, and am looking forward to reading her new one, New Life, No Instructions 
But first, some shots from around town (Manchester, Vermont).
Future home of the Manchester Community Library.

Ye Olde Tavern . . .
. . . wining & dining since 1790 (website).
Flying Cow Signs (website)

The American Museum of Fly Fishing (website). Notice the marble side walk. There’s lots of marble around town. I’ll have to ask someone about that tomorrow.
The view up Main Street from the Northshire Bookstore.
The Northshire Bookstore runs on solar power. How cool is that?
#shelfie in Northshire. Some day I’ll own my own cow.
And here we are at the big Saturday night author event. Ann and Michael say a few words to a standing room only crowd. It appeared that all 85 Booktopians and lots of folks from the community attended.
Bruce Holsinger read us Caedmon’s Hymn in both Old English and modern English. So beautiful.
Gail Caldwell: “Writing is a solitary act of faith.”
John Demos. His new book is The Heathen School: A Story of Hope & Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic. An earlier book of his, The Unredeemed Captive (1995), is still selling strong at Northshire. In fact, they’ve sold more copies of the book than any bookstore in the country. I’m embarrassed to admit I bought that book when it first came out and I’ve yet to read it. I just moved it toward the top of my TBR list!
Rupert Thomson: now a posh author, but once upon a time he was the winter caretaker of Miriam Margolyes’s (Professor Sprout) house in Tuscany.
P.S. (Penny) Duffy talked about the inspiration for writing stories, the fire that a writer feels to explore a subject.
Kelly Corrigan. Shoplifter. Wow, is she funny! Glitter and Glue is her new book.
The one canine in attendance fell asleep a time or two, but overall seemed to enjoy the evening as much all as the humans in the room. Each author spoke for about 10 minutes and afterwards signed copies of their books. Ann and Michael recorded tonight’s event and will eventually feature the authors on Books on the Nightstand. Stay tuned!


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