I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing: Don Hooper and Bill Mares

Virtual Book Launch Celebration
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Phoenix Zoom Channel






“When Hooper and Mares got together to write I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing, they made sure you won’t be able to either. Most writers have to CRAFT titles for their books; Hooper and Mares ARE their own titles.”—Frank Bryan, University of Vermont professor and humorist

Join us for an evening full of laughter and stories as we weclome Don Hooper and Bill Mares to celebrate the release of their new book, I Could Hardly Keep From Laughing: An Illustrated Collection of Vermont Humor.

In kindergarten, Don Hooper was the last to master coloring inside the lines. But with an undergrad degree and a master’s from Harvard, even on Hooper’s screwiest days, people surmised erroneously that he must be smarter than he seems. Hooper is or has been: a Peace Corps teacher in Botswana; a back-to-land Vermont invader; goat milker; farmers’ marketeer; dirt worshiper; tree hugger; legislator; Secretary of State. With his partner Allison (co-founder of Vermont Creamery), the Hoopers have produced three, side-hill, entrepreneurial lads, Miles, Sam, and Jay, who perpetuate revered Vermont traditions of thinking outside the box, earnest tinkering, and trying not to make things worse. Grandkids Olcott and Weston call Hoops “Mothusi,” which means “helper,” the generous nickname his students gave him in Botswana.

Raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, Bill Mares is a former journalist, state representative, and high school teacher. He has authored or co-authored 18 books on subjects ranging from the US Marines to desert travel, from war memorials to economic democracy, from brewing beer to beekeeping. Among Mares' books were four volumes of  Vermont humor with University of Vermont professor Frank Bryan, one of which ("Out of Order") was illustrated by Don Hooper. From 2007 to 2018, Mares wrote over 200 commentaries for Vermont Public Radio. He serves on the boards of VTDigger, the Vermont Beekeepers Association, the Vermont Brewers Association and Food4Farmers. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife of 50 years, Chris Hadsel. They have two sons, Timothy and Nicholas.  

How to register:  Registration is free, but book purchases are welcomed and appreciated--thank you for supporting our author! You must register on this page to attend the event. The event will stream on Zoom. You will receive an email with the Zoom link after registering. If you don't receive a confirmation email after registering today, contact us right away so we can check for problems.

Purchase a copy of I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing? from our website HERE.   Copies will be available a few days after event.  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 via USPS Media Mail.

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