Join Yvonne Daley to learn about her new book, Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks, and Radicals Moved to Vermont. This event will feature a reading and a short panel discussion with Melinda Moulton (CEO of Main Street Landing), John Douglas, (cofounder of the Free Vermont movement and a filmmaker whose work captured resistance to the Vietnam War and included films shot in North Vietnam), Barbara Nolfi (cofounder of the Free Vermont movement and an organizer in the free Women’s Health Center in Burlington), Mo Dwyer (a nurse who served in the Vietnam War), and Senator Dick McCormack (D-Bethel).
ABOUT THE BOOK: How the counterculture changed Vermont—and America
Going Up the Country is part oral history, part nostalgia-tinged narrative, and part clear-eyed analysis of the multifaceted phenomena collectively referred to as the counterculture movement in Vermont. This is the story of how young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the backwoods of rural Vermont, spawning a revolution in lifestyle, politics, sexuality, and business practices that would have a profound impact on both the state and the nation. The movement brought hippies, back-to-the-landers, political radicals, sexual libertines, and utopians to a previously conservative state and led us to today’s farm to table way of life, environmental consciousness, and progressive politics as championed by Bernie Sanders.
“Anyone fleeing to Vermont to escape retrograde politics elsewhere will learn much from this book!”
—Steve Early, author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City
“Artists, dreamers, craftspeople—they all discovered Vermont during a great migratory culture clash that began in the 1950s and continues today. How these newcomers changed the Green Mountain State, and how it changed them, is the fascinating subject of Yvonne Daley’s deep and personal study.”
—Jon Clinch, author of Finn and Kings of the Earth
“A love letter to a time and a place.”
—Randal Smathers, director of the Rutland Free Library
“I cannot imagine a more authoritative and inspiring voice than Yvonne Daley’s to guide us on this dazzlingly relevant journey.”
—Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
“Vermont experienced an invasion of self-proclaimed ‘freaks’ who transformed the state in ways that were both profound and long lasting. Daley captures this brilliantly in her riveting account of how so much of the cultural and political life of the state was changed by them.”
—Tony Marro, former editor of Newsday
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Yvonne Daley is the author of five previous books and director of the Green Mountain Writers Conference.
DATE: Thursday, June 14th at 7pm
LOCATION: Main Street Landing UPDATE: 60 Lake Street entrance by Skinny Pancake, not Black Box theater!
ADMISSION: Free and open to all.