Green Writers Press: John Elder, Sheila Post, & Sara Dillon

Event date: 
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join us in welcoming John Elder, Sheila Post, and Sara Dillon! These three authors explore the spirit of place from the Green Mountains to the Emerald Isle in their most recent titles from Green Writers Press.


Picking Up the Flute sets to music a former professor’s musings on retirement, marriage, literature, and the natural world. From his home in historic Bristol, Vermont to Ireland’s Connemara coast, travel through John Elder’s exquisite topography and relish his explorations of nature, poetry, and geology. John Elder’s memoir is permeated by music, through his interwoven narrative of learning to play the Irish flute. Along the way, Elder also revisits his time teaching at Middlebury College and explores the next phase of retirement, utilizing texts and memories from his past whose meanings echo with a new sound now. Picking Up the Flute is an interactive, multimedia memoir that immerses the reader in Elder’s provocative prose, while offering the ability to listen to his spirited playing on his website.

In The Road to Walden North, Vermont novelist Sheila Post has written an elegiac tribute to the spirit of Thoreau—a timely ‘Walden revisited.’ Resplendent and richly nuanced, the story chronicles the desperate and deliberate lives among four individuals whose worlds converge on the Harvard University campus: Heather Channing, a back-to-the-lander student adrift in the elite world of Harvard; William Channing, a self-proclaimed disciple of Thoreau, living in cultural exile in the north woods of Vermont; Blake Prentiss, a Boston Brahmin with multi-generational family ties to Harvard, and Dr. Kate Brown, a newly-hired assistant professor, whose life revolves around her academic work—until forced to grapple with the themes she teaches in her course on Walden. A luminous tapestry of dreams lost and places found, The Road to Walden North will continue to ‘rewild’ the inner lives of its readers, long after arriving in Walden North.

In Your Own Ones, by Sheila Post (writing as Síle Post), the author’s “poetic, storytelling voice,”[Howard Frank Mosher], shapes this lyrical novel of one woman’s transcendental journey back to the old country, now lost in the unsustainable ways of the new. For Prince Edward Islander and wild salmon conservationist, Dr. Áine O’Connor, the journey of the wild salmon charts the route of her own journey back―to the rivers of her birth on Celtic Dingle Peninsula―to continue a one thousand-year old family tradition of protecting the land and sea. When the economic tide suddenly turns in Ireland, Áine launches a Celtic Roots Campaign―a traditional & local foods initiative―through which she re-casts the Joycean ‘nightmare’ of Irish history into a sustainable dream for the country’s future. The preservationist passion that flows through Your Own Ones will appeal to a wide range of readers, both caretakers of the land and of the heart. “Come Away,” (in the words of W.B. Yeats), “to the waters & the wild” of Your Own Ones―an Irish State of Wonder.

Planning for Escape, a novel by Sara Dillon is the haunting, darkly comical, story of a young woman’s quest for personal and artistic fulfillment—a goal she is brilliant at sabotaging. Narrated through an intense, witty, yet poetically lyrical interior monologue, Catherine interweaves her own unique perspectives on memory, family, and place, with the compelling and luminous account of her endlessly disappointing search for love through a dazzling array of quirky people and unforgettable places. Grounded in an escape to memorable places—from New England to Ireland, to Japan and back again—the narrative ultimately shifts to the historically preserved and richly ambient world of Greensboro, Vermont. This novel will inspire every searcher who ever felt disappointed with what life had delivered, as opposed to what was expected. It is for all those who ever wanted to escape, ever longed to return home, or ever considered deriving new joy from simply giving up and saying goodbye to old places in search of the new.


From 1973 to 2010 John Elder (above right) taught at Middlebury College, where he was the Stewart Professor of English and Environmental Studies and was known for his wonderful teaching and for his critical work on nature writing. He is the author most recently of Reading the Mountains of Home and has edited an encyclopedia, American Nature Writers, and (with Robert Finch) The Norton Anthology of Nature Writing. He lives with his family in Bristol, Vermont.

Sheila Post (middle right), Ph.D., a former college professor, taught American literature & nature writing for over a decade in New England before deciding to write her own. A prolific academic author, she now writes spirit-of-place novels and green women’s fiction (as Síle Post). Sheila resides in Vermont, overlooking the forested mountains of her own Walden North.

Sara Dillon (bottom right) has deep family roots in northeastern Vermont. She has been a legal scholar, as well as a teacher and writer of fiction and poetry. Holding a PhD in Japanese literature from Stanford and a law degree from Columbia University in New York, she has published and lectured widely in such diverse areas as international children’s rights, global economic development, and the modern Japanese novel. During many years spent in Ireland, Sara did important work in linking cultural values to landscape preservation. She currently divides her time between Belmont, Massachusetts and Greensboro, Vermont.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: Green Writers Press is a vibrant Vermont publishing company, founded with the mission to help spread a message of hope and renewal through the words and images they publish, to help facilitate the gift of words, and to help foster a sustainable environment.


DATE:  Thursday, September 8th at 7pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION:  Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off a book by one of the featured authors.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.  Seating is limited.

Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Picking Up the Flute: A Memoir with Music Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996135726
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Published: Green Writers Press - May 6th, 2016

Planning for Escape Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996135740
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Published: Green Writers Press - November 6th, 2015

The Road to Walden North Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996135764
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Published: Green Writers Press - June 24th, 2016

Your Own Ones Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996135733
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Published: Green Writers Press - January 15th, 2016