Join Green Writers Press authors Peter Gould and Nancy Hayes Kilgore at Phoenix Books Rutland, and discover two new books from this Vermont publisher.
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
Horse Drawn Yogurt is a book of stories about Peter Gould's decade on Total Loss Farm in Vermont. Gould has created a patchwork of true stories of farm life. In these stories, you'll learn how locals and newcomers helped each other out in a pivotal moment of history, and how young people new to the land learned how to tend gardens and farms, while belonging to a national movement—against the Vietnam war and for peace and justice around the world. "This book is not a memoir," Gould says. "It's a comforter. I didn't throw all those old clothes away. I cut and pieced them and sewed them together. Now they keep me warm."
Wild Mountain, by Nancy Hayes Kilgore: Vermonter Mona Duval loves the covered bridge beside her store. She loves local history and the rugged, rural nature of her home state. But when an ice storm collapses the bridge, she is bereft. Frank MacFarland, a seasonal resident who is beguiled by Mona, lends his political expertise to help rebuild the bridge. But they meet with powerful opposition. Tensions arise in the town, compounded by resistance to the soon-to-be-voted on Freedom to Marry bill. And then, unexpectedly, Mona's abusive ex-husband arrives. Wild Mountain is a page-turning, beautifully written novel about the love between Frank and Mona, the love of place, freedom to marry, and freedom from the past, by a writer whose prose has been compared to Alice Munro's.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Peter Gould (above left), recipient of the 2016 Arts Education Award from the Vermont Arts Council, wrote wrote the legendary back-to-the-land novel Burnt Toast (Alfred A. Knopf)—the first fictional treatment of the 1970s commune movement in New England. Peter’s young adult novel, Write Naked (Farrar Straus) won the Green Earth Book Award. Read more at www.petergouldvermont.com.
Nancy Hayes Kilgore (above right), a writer and psychotherapist, is the winner of the 2016 Vermont Writers Prize. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her first novel, Sea Level, was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year. Her second novel, Wild Mountain, is set in Vermont and due out October 1st from Green Writers Press. Formerly a parish pastor, Nancy leads workshops on writing and spirituality for clergy, therapists, and writers throughout the U.S. She lives in Burlington, Vermont, with her husband, a painter.
DATE: Thursday, September 28th at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Rutland
ADMISSION: Free and open to all.