An Evening with Martha Molnar: Playing God in the Meadow

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
2 Center St
Rutland, VT 05701

"I don't think 'meadow' and 'meditation' have the same root, but perhaps they should―Molnar’s book is a lovely reminder of how you can see the world in an acre."―Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

Please join us for an evening with Vermont author Martha Molnar for a discussion of her new book Playing God in the Meadow.

About the book:  After decades of fantasizing and saving, of working multiple jobs and embracing frugality in the midst of Manhattan, Martha Leb Molnar and her husband had found their parcel of land. Determined to turn an overgrown and unproductive Vermont apple orchard into a thriving and beautiful landscape, they decided to restore this patch of land to a pristine meadow and build a safe haven for their family and nearby wildlife.

Once they cleared the gnarled and dying trees away, Molnar was forced to wage war on the invasive species that had sprung up around the property. Propelled by the heated debates surrounding non-native species and her own complicated family history and migration, she was driven to research the Vermont landscape, turning to scientific literature, experts in botany and environmental science, and locals who have long tended the land in search of answers. At turns funny, thoughtful, and conversational, Playing God in the Meadow follows this big city transplant as she learns to make peace with rural life and an evolving landscape that she cannot entirely control.

Martha Leb Molnar is a freelance writer, author, and commentator based in Vermont. She is also the author of Taproot: Coming Home to Prairie Hill.


DATE:  Tuesday, April 4th, 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center St, Rutland, VT

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to all, but advance registration is appreciated.  Please register below. 

BOOKS:  Copies of Playing God in the Meadow will be available for sale at the event.  Can't make it to the event but still want to purchase a signed, personalized copyClick HERE  Signed copies will be available after the event on April 4th.  If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready.  If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.