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Saturday Oct 6 at Rockingham, Library/Masonic Temple-
Star Wars Reads Day-  Star Wars activities & Star Wars books for sale

Tuesday Oct 16 JK Rowling Webcast at VS Books
J.K. Rowling’s special one-time public event in New York City on Tuesday, October 16th. At the event, which will be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Rowling will be interviewed on stage about her newest book, Casual Vacancy, by critically acclaimed bestselling author Ann Patchett. The event will be webcasted live exclusively to booksellers across the country, with VS Books registered to be one of those stores- more details later!  Casual Vacancy is publishing Sept 27 and will be available at the store.   http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/jk-rowling-webcast-vs-books

Sat Oct 20, 2pm   Jessie Haas & Michael Daley  
Jessie’s new books include Westminster, Vermont, 1735-2000: Township Number One, as well as her new children's books, Chico's Challenge: The story of an American Quarter Horse and Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl.
Michael will talk about his new book, Pinch and Dash Makes Soup as well as his science fiction works for young adults - the Jeff and Rat Series - Space Station Rat and Rat Trap, plus Shanghaied to the Moon.   
http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/jessie-haas-michael-daley-sat-oc...

Tuesday November 13, 1:30pm   Kate O'Connor at the Bellows Falls Womans Club - United Church on School Street  
Kate O'Connor served as an aide to Howard Dean from his swearing-in as Vermont governor in 1991 to the last day of his presidential candidacy in 2004. DO THE IMPOSSIBLE: My Crash Course On Presidential Politics Inside The Howard Dean Campaign is a revealing read for anyone who followed Dean for America or just wants to know what really happens inside a presidential campaign.  Call in your book and event reservations so Pat can let BFWC know how many will be attending.   
http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/kate-oconnor-do-impossible-bf-wo...


Friday November 16, 7pm   Archer Mayor        
Archer Mayor will be making his annual visit to Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls on Friday Nov 16 at 7pm, as part of BF3F, to discuss his 23rd Joe Gunther mystery book, Paradise City, this time focusing on Northampton, MA.  Books will be available at the store on October 2. Be sure to call in your event & book reservations!
http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/archer-mayor-paradise-city-frida...


Still in the works - organizing appearances:
Ernest Hebert - Never Back Down


Janet Wallach-Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age   (dinner event?)


 

Book Suggestions:
Pat has some great reads annotated on our website at
http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book-selections-sept-2012 -

New England Authors: 
Bean By Bean by Vermont author Crescent Dragonwagon,
Great Northern Express by Vermont author Howard Mosher,
In One Person by Vermont author John Irving,
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha,
Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Massachusetts author Eric Carle  
plus
Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan-  book 2 of the Kane Chronicles in paperback
Here's the last list if you missed it: http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/summer-reading-suggestions-2012



Did  You Know:
Did you know that books can always be ordered from our website, with pick up & pay at store? There is no need to save any credit card info on our website.   Pre-orders for autographing events can be done too.

Teachers: Did you know that you can research books to order from our website (no need to use Amazon), put together an order on our site with all the correct  ISBN’s- we can adjust the invoice with our admin LOGIN to show your correct discount rate, then you can print it up to find out how much your Purchase Order will be, or we can send it to you by PDF? Once the order is ready, we can place the order at our distributor or directly from the publisher.   Do you have a WISH LIST for your classroom or School Library?  We can prepare a Wish List page and parents can make purchases for your classroom or library.

Did you know that you can order books for out-of-town relatives and we can ship them out for you?  Our
distributor has warehouses spread throughout the country. It is called the Direct to Home Program.  Need  to send a book to a West Coast relative? We can have it shipped from their Oregon Warehouse.   We need to place any of these orders by 10am to get it shipped out that day.

Did you know that we will have KOBO e-reader products and accessories in store and a new e-book interface?  The KOBO’s should be here the end of October- an e-ink reader, a backlit reader (GLO) plus in November we will have the ARC, the new KOBO tablet


Tickets at VS Books: (Cash or check made out to Event Organizer - no credit or debit card purchases for tickets)
Sept 28, 7:30pm: Vermont Symphony Orchestra - Made In Vermont Concert at BF Opera House $26 Adults, $22 Seniors, $13 under 18  (VSO) http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/vso-made-vermont-bf-opera-house-...

Sept 28, 7:30pm: Anais Mitchell at Rockinghill Farm (104.7 The Point)

Sept 29, 7:30pm: Thea Hopkins (Stone Church Arts)

Oct 7, 1:30: Jatoba at Rockingham Meeting House  - $18 or $25 for best in house (VT Festivals)

Oct 19, 7:30pm: Horse Flies at BFOH  $22 - (Kingdom County Productions)

Nov 3, 7:30pm: Paula Poundstone at BFOH - (Kingdom County Productions) - $28, $32, $38, $44

Nov 29, 7pm: Natalie MacMaster at BFOH - (Kingdom County Productions)

Senior Solution Quilt Tickets ($1 or 6/$5) and VSO Wine Raffle Tickets ($35 or 3/$100) are also available for sale

Book Suggestions
Pat has some great reads annotated on our website at http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/book-selections-sept-2012
New England Authors:
Bean By Bean by Vermont author Crescent Dragonwagon
Great Northern Express by Vermont author Howard Mosher
In One Person by Vermont author John Irving
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha
Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Massachusetts author Eric Carle

Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan-  book 2 of the Kane Chronicles in paperback

Here's the last list if you missed it: http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/summer-reading-suggestions-2012

Events at Village Square Booksellers  (links to our website with more info and book pre-order with pickup & pay at store) Call for book & event reservations
Saturday September 22, 2pm Eric Stanway Madame Sherri   http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/eric-stanway-madame-sherri-sep-22
Take a walk through West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and you will discover, deep in the woods, the crumbling remains of Madame Sherri’s castle. Theatrical, eccentric and flamboyant, Madame scandalized the locals for years, before succumbing to poverty. Here, illustrated with a smorgasbord of illustrations and photographs, is the diva’s full story, told here for the first time.

Saturday Oct 6 at Rockingham, Library/Masonic Temple- Star Wars Reads Day-  more details later on activities- Star Wars books for sale

Tuesday Oct 16 JK Rowling Webcast at VS Books J.K. Rowling’s special one-time public event in New York City on Tuesday, October 16th. At the event, which will be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Rowling will be interviewed on stage about her newest book, Casual Vacancy, by critically acclaimed bestselling author Ann Patchett. The event will be webcasted live exclusively to booksellers across the country, with VS Books registered to be one of those stores- more details later!  Casual Vacancy is publishing Sept 27 and will be available at the store. http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/jk-rowling-webcast-vs-books

Sat Oct 20, 2pm   Jessie Haas & Michael Daley  http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/jessie-haas-michael-daley-sat-oct-20
Jessie’s new books include Westminster, Vermont, 1735-2000: Township Number One, as well as her new children's books, Chico's Challenge: The story of an American Quarter Horse and Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl.

Michael  will talk about his new book, Pinch and Dash Makes Soup as well as his science fiction works for young adults - the Jeff and Rat Series - Space Station Rat and Rat Trap, plus Shanghaied to the Moon.

Tuesday November 13, 1:30pm   Kate O'Connor at the Bellows Falls Womans Club - United Church on School Street   http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/kate-oconnor-do-impossible-bf-womans-club

Kate O'Connor served as an aide to Howard Dean from his swearing-in as Vermont governor in 1991 to the last day of his presidential candidacy in 2004. DO THE IMPOSSIBLE: My Crash Course On Presidential Politics Inside The Howard Dean Campaign is a revealing read for anyone who followed Dean for America or just wants to know what really happens inside a presidential campaign.  Call in your book and event reservations so Pat can let BFWC know how many will be attending.

Friday November 16, 7pm   Archer Mayor http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/archer-mayor-paradise-city-friday-nov-16-7pm
Archer Mayor will be making his annual visit to Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls on Friday Nov 16 at 7pm, as part of BF3F, to discuss his 23rd Joe Gunther mystery book, Paradise City, this time focusing on Northampton, MA.  Books will be available at the store on October 2. Be sure to call in your event & book reservations!

Tickets at VS Books: (Cash or check made out to Event Organizer - no credit or debit card purchases for tickets)

Sept 28, 7:30pm - Vermont Symphony Orchestra - Made In Vermont Concert at BF Opera House $26 Adults, $22 Seniors, $13 under 18  (VSO)
Sept 28, 7:30pm- Anais Mitchell at Rockinghill Farm (104.7 The Point)
Oct 7, 1:30 - Jatoba at Rockingham Meeting House  - $18 or $25 for best in house (VT Festivals)


Senior Solution Quilt Tickets ($1 or 6/$5) and VSO Wine Raffle Tickets ($35 or 3/$100) are also available for sale


Your local independent booksellers:
Pat   *    Alan    *    Nancy    *   Mitzi


Chico's Challenge- Set in Wyoming, Chico’s Challenge follows a young buckskin quarter horse who is trade to Sierra, a teen who works her father's ranch and dreams of becoming a cutting horse champion. Chico seems to have the makings of a great cow horse, but…he has never seen a cow in his life! Can he and Sierra, both novices, learn to work together as a team?     Feiwel & Friends   $6.99

Pinch and Dash's disagreement over the use of pepper and hot sauce in their soup ends up spoiling the meal.

Paradise City- Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are alerted to a string of unrelated burglaries across Vermont. Someone, in addition to flatscreens, computers, and stereos, has also been stealing antiques and jewelry.
Meanwhile, in Boston, an elderly woman surprises some thieves in her Beacon Hill home and is viciously murdered. The Boston police find that not only is the loot similar to what's being stolen in Vermont, but it may have the same destination. Word is out that someone powerful is purchasing these particular kinds of items in the “Paradise City” of Northampton, Mass.

Gunther, the Boston Police, and the vengeful niece of the murdered old lady convene on Northampton, eager to get to the bottom of the mystery and find the "responsible parties"—although each is motivated to mete out some very different penalties. Minotaur Books $25.99

Did you know that books can always be ordered from our website, with pick up & pay at store- no need to save any credit card info on our website.  

Teachers: you can research books to order from our website (no need to use Amazon), put together an order on our site with all the correct  ISBN’s- we can adjust the invoice with our admin LOGIN to show your correct discount rate, then you can print it up to find out how much your Purchase Order will be, or we can send it to you by PDF.  Once the order is ready, we can place the order at our distributor or directly from the publisher.   Do you have a WISH LIST for your classroom or School Library?  We can prepare a Wish List page and parents can make purchases for your classroom or library.

Did you know that you can order books for out-of-town relatives and we can ship them out for you?  Our
distributor has warehouses spread throughout the country- It is called th Direct to Home Program.  Need  to send a book to a West Coast relative? We would have it shipped from their Oregon Warehouse.   We need to place any of these orders by 10am to get it shipped out that day.

Coming soon- KOBO e-reader products and accessories in store and a new e-book interface.  The KOBO’s should be here the end of October- an e-ink reader, a backlit reader (GLO) plus in November we will have the ARC, the new KOBO tablet

 

Pat Fowler

Kobo and Independent Bookstores Join Forces to Expand eReading Across the U.S.

Kobo Technology Powers eBooks and eReaders for Local Bookstores



VS Books will carry KOBO readers as well as offer Kobo eBooks

NEW YORK – August 29, 2012 – Kobo, a leader in eReading with over 10 million registered users worldwide, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) today announced a new partnership to bring Kobo’s world-class eReading platform to independent bookstores across the United States.  By partnering with the nearly 2,000 ABA-member stores, Kobo continues its successful strategy of working with booksellers around the world, and America’s indie booksellers grow their ability to discover and deliver great reads, in any format, to their customers

In partnership with the ABA, Kobo has developed a unique program designed for independent booksellers and their customers.  Booksellers will be able to offer a total experience for their customers including a full line of eReaders, eReading accessories, and ebooks from Kobo’s catalog of nearly 3 million titles. ABA members will share in the revenue on every sale. The program includes valuable training, in-store merchandising, marketing, sales, and logistics solutions to help independents be successful. ABA members will also be able to offer ebooks directly to their customers online.   Kobo expects to launch with the first 400 bookstores this fall.

“We are very excited to work with the ABA and independent bookstores across America to bring an Indie alternative to the eReading market,” said Mike Serbinis, CEO, Kobo. “With this partnership, we are confident that independents will have a world class offering for their loyal customers and a voice in the digital transformation.”

“We are pleased to offer our ABA members a competitive eBook retailing solution uniquely crafted to meet the needs of independent booksellers and their customers,” said Oren Teicher, CEO, American Booksellers Association. “Through this partnership with Kobo, indie bookstore customers will have access to a broad and diverse inventory of eBooks. Today’s readers want a first-class shopping experience, both in-store and online, and this new partnership allows indie booksellers to meet the ever-changing needs of shoppers in a dynamic marketplace.”

KOBO - A GLOBAL STANDARD

Since its inception in 2009, Kobo has built a global base of over 10 million registered users in 190 countries, and one of the largest ebook stores in the world with 3 million books, newspapers and magazines with titles ranging from the NYT bestseller list, the hottest new releases, Indie Next List and Bestseller List titles, and over a million free books in 60 languages.   With one of the largest content catalogs in the world, a line of award winning eReaders available in 7 languages, free eReading Apps, and the newly launched self-publishing program, Kobo Writing Life - Kobo has a rich eReading ecosystem and a unique win-win approach to the market.

THE READ FREELY COMMITMENT

Kobo and the ABA share fundamental values that are rooted in the love of reading. The ABA and its independent bookstore members introduce newly discovered titles to readers, as well as support freedom of speech, literacy, and programs that encourage reading. Kobo’s Read Freely philosophy supports an open platform and adoption of industry standards to ensure that people own the books they buy and are never locked to one device or service. Additionally Kobo offers free eReading apps so people can read conveniently anytime, anyplace from a device they already own. With Kobo, consumers can easily browse and shop from the Kobo eBookstore and automatically sync their library across most popular devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, and smartphones, as well as all Kobo eReaders.

THE BOOKSELLERS’ CHOICE

In less than three years since the company was founded, Kobo has developed a successful turnkey solution that enables a wide variety of retailers – both large and small – to capitalize on the eReading growth occurring around the world. First-class brick-and-mortar booksellers like Indigo, Fnac, WHSmith, Mondadori, Collins, Future Shop/Best Buy, Target and others have taken advantage of what has become known as Kobo’s “Playbook” to quickly introduce eReading to their customers and ultimately creating new streams of revenue by making eBooks more accessible around the world. Through the partnership with ABA, Kobo adds to this network nearly 2,000 independent bookstores that will be able to take advantage of Kobo’s unique services, including one of the largest content catalogs available today and line-up of accessible eReading devices and free eReading applications.

“This partnership signifies a tipping point for independent booksellers around the world and Kobo is leading the way,” said Serbinis. “We expect to quickly bring our unique offering to independents globally.”
About Kobo Inc.

Founded in 2009, Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering 3-million eBooks, magazines and newspapers. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo has built an open-standards platform to provide consumers with a choice when reading. Inspired by a “Read Freely” philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo has expanded to 190 countries, where millions of consumers have access to localized eBook catalogues and award-winning eReaders, like the Kobo Touch. With top-ranked eReading applications for Apple, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows products, Kobo allows consumers to make eReading social through Facebook Timeline and Reading Life, an industry-first social experience that lets users earn awards for time spent reading and encourage others to join in. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains across the globe.
For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

About American Booksellers Association (www.BookWeb.org)

Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit trade organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members -- independently owned bookstores with storefront locations -- through education, information dissemination, business products and services, and advocacy. ABA exists to protect and promote the interests of independent retail book businesses, as well as to protect the First Amendment rights of every American. The association actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that support local and independent retail shops. A board of 10 booksellers governs the Association. ABA is headquartered in Tarrytown, New York.

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Village Square Booksellers Newsletter  Oct 11, 2011

Call 802-463-9404 for book and event reservations.

 

Every Wednesday afternoon- Knitting Together - making hats & mittens for school kids in the area

Saturday Oct 15, 2-4pm: American Girl Club Reading aloud, coloring & crafts based upon American Girl dolls.   Bring your dolls & your friends! Ages 5 & up (independent craftswork).   Also Nov 19, Dec 17  3rd Saturdays

Friday Oct 21, 7pm:  Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls welcomes New York Times bestselling author and animal advocate Jon Katz.  Katz has written meaningfully about the cherished bond between humans and animals—especially our intense connection to our pets. Now, in Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die, Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a devoted companion, and offers comfort, wisdom, and a way forward from sorrow to acceptance. Full of empathy, insight, and sage advice, Going Home is an invaluable guide and touchstone for anyone who has lost a pet. Jon Katz honors the animals that have graced our lives and reveals their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.  Katz is married to journalist and Columbia University professor Paula Span. Their daughter Emma Span is a sports writer living in Brooklyn. He lives on Bedlam Farm in upstate New York with his border collies Rose and Izzy; his black lab Lenore; his donkeys, Lulu, Fanny, Jeannette and Jesus; his barn cats Mother and Minnie; his steers Elvis and Harold; the cow Luna; roosters Winston and Winston, Jr.; hens; goats; and a flock of sheep.  Village Square Booksellers, in partnership with The Animal Rescue and Protection Society, Inc. (TARPS), will be accepting donations for their "Webster Fund" - a fund set up for the vet bills of a special needs cat living at the shelter and VSBooks will also be donating some of the proceeds from the books sold at the event. TARPS opened their doors in the Fall of 2000. TARPS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is manned solely by volunteers as a no kill shelter. Bella Luna, a TARPS adoptee, lives at the bookstore and welcomes donations for TARPS year round (we also have 2 TARPS kitties at home). Representatives from TARPS will be present to answer any questions about the shelter and animal adoption. Call 802-463-9404 for book and event reservations.     BF3F---  Bellows Falls 3rd Friday

Thursday Oct 27, 7pm: Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls welcomes Vermonter Steve Delaney. Cooney: The Making of a Country Cop is the second book in Milton author Steve Delaney’s Nilesburgh Chronicles, which began in 2009 with “Kevin, The Story of The Last Invisible Vermonter.” While Kevin (who first met Cooney in the first grade) reveals a solitary man living off the grid, the new book relates the life of a fatherless child who struggles, sometimes desperately, to fit into the often-confusing world around him. Nilesburgh, a fictitious Franklin County town located somewhere in the vicinity of the real Sheldon, Vt., is home to a rich population of characters brought to life via a true-life journalists’ deft imagination and his obvious love for them. Delaney's distinctive voice has been heard on Vermont Public Radio for the past decade. He has won national honors for two NBC White Paper television documentaries, and for radio documentaries and news programs produced for VPR. Delaney is a fifty-year broadcast journalist who has covered politics and other petty crime in Washington, finance and other felonies in New York and wars on three continents. He is the middle link in a five-generation family love affair with Lake Champlain and the state and now calls Milton his home. Vermont Seasonings was his first book- he visited Village Square Booksellers when his book Vermont Seasonings came out in 2007. 

Saturday Oct 29, 2pm: Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls welcomes Flynn Johnson, author of Journey to the Sacred Mountains- Awakening Your Soul in Nature.  Journey out into the Wilderness to find out who you really are, as Flynn Johnson guides you using an ancient Sioux story. Along the way, you will reconnect with Mother Nature, our original home, and learn a sacred, sustainable way of living on the earth. Weaving together three wisdom traditions—Native American spirituality, depth psychology, and Buddhism—into a profound understanding of the soul’s journey, Flynn offers vision quests and other nature-based experiences as a way to reestablish an intimate connection with the earth. The knowledge and beauty of an ancient Sioux story, which serves as the guiding thread of the book, teaches the value of setting out on a quest in the natural world to discover who and what one truly is, while notions of a Buddhist path illustrate how to free oneself from constraining beliefs and conditioning. Seeking to explore the core center of any spiritual quest—a direct, unmediated experience of the sacred—rather than ascribe to one religion or dogma, this inspiring guide is a timely voice that advocates an equitable, sustainable way of living on the earth.  Flynn Johnson, MA, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and founder of The School of Natural Wonder, has been leading Vision Quests since 1993 and has gone on many quests himself. Passionate about working in the transformational context of the archetypal quest, he is skilled at creating unique rite-of-passage experiences. His training as a wilderness vision quest guide was with Steven Foster and Meredith Little, pioneers in the field of wilderness initiatory process. In his work, he draws on his background in Jungian psychology, ecopsychology, Core Energetics, Native American spiritual traditions, shamanic energy medicine, meditation, storytelling, Buddhism, and yoga. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.  Flynn  leads Wilderness Vision Quests and other Earth-based programs, designed to people connect more deeply with themselves, each other, Nature, and Spirit. He also has a healing practice, drawing on his  background in Jung, mindfulness, and shamanic healing.  Flynn is interested in doing workshops here if there is any interest.

 

Saturday Nov 5, 1-4pm Strategy Games   Magic The Gathering, YUGIOH, Pokemon. Also Dec 3  1st Saturdays

 

Tuesday Nov 8, 1:30pm: Jessie Haas will be speaking at the Bellows Falls Woman's Club about her recent book, Revolutionary Westminster.  From Massacre to Statehood. The Battles of Lexington and Concord have long been considered the beginning of the American Revolution. However, Vermonters know that the first blood was actually shed in Westminster in March 1775. Over a month before Lexington and Concord, Westminster Whigs endured an attack from their own Loyalist sheriff and his men that left two dead. In response, the county rose in revolt in what became known as the Westminster Massacre. This bloody event set the stage for Vermont's separation from New York and its position as a mainstay of American independence throughout the entire war. Jessie Haas and the Westminster Historical Society vividly retell the story of the real first battle of the American Revolution and Windham County's important role throughout the war. Jessie Haas grew up in Westminster on the farm owned in Revolutionary times by John Wells (a member of Azariah Wright's militia and a soldier in the Continental army). She lives adjacent to that farm with her husband, Michael J. Daley, in an off-grid cabin they built themselves. A graduate of Wellesley College, Haas is the author of over thirty award-winning books for children and young adults, including several historical novels.  The BFWC meets at the United Church in Bellows Falls.  Please check out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bellows-Falls-Womans-Club/196579640370500?sk=info  for more info on the Club ( we're always seeking new members) Contact Pat at VSBooks or Judy Boynton if you wish to attend 603-357-1530.  Books will be available for sale at the event.

 

Friday Nov 11, 7pm: Archer Mayor will be making his yearly appearance at Village Square Booksellers to talk about his newest book, Tag Man. Across Brattleboro, Vermont, rich people (some with dark secrets) are waking up in their high security, alarm-equipped homes to find a Post-it note stuck to their bedside tables reading, "You're it." There is little sign of disturbance anywhere, nothing stolen (that anyone admits, ) and only a bit of expensive food eaten as a signature. The Press loves the story and dubs the burglar the Tag Man. But who is he? And what's he actually doing? In fact, he's quickly running for his life, for what he discovers in one of these houses appears to be proof of a heinous string of murders. But is it? Joe Gunther, struggling to recover from a devastating personal loss, leads his VBI team to untangle the many conflicting pieces of evidence, while the burglar himself struggles for survival in the no-man's-land between the police and the villains. With no one knowing what to believe, or who to trust, with Tag Man running for his life in a way he never imagined possible, as no one knows who's watching as they sleep, or who truly did what, the Tag Man is critically acclaimed author Archer Mayor at his very finest.  Archer Mayor lives in Newfane, Vermont. He writes full time and volunteers as a firefighter/EMT. He is also a death investigator for the state's medical examiner and a part-time police officer for the Bellows Falls Police Department. Mayor has lived all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has been variously employed as a scholarly editor, a researcher for TIME-LIFE Books, a political advance man, a theater photographer, a newspaper writer/editor, and a medical illustrator. He won the New England Independent Booksellers Award for Best Fiction in 2004. He has also written short stories, two books on American history, and many articles. You can learn more about Mayor at www.archermayor.com   GET YOUR BOOK AND EVENT RESERVATIONS- this is always our most popular event!

 

Saturday Nov 12, 2-4 pm Open Mic, Poetry or Prose.   Also Dec 10   2nd Saturdays

Thursday Nov 17, 7pm: Comedian-actor Rusty DeWees will read from his new book of essays, Scrawlins Too and may even sing a couple of tunes. Best known for his role as "The Logger," DeWees grew up in Stowe, and was active in theater throughout high school and college. As a young adult, he performed with the award-winning Vermont Repertory Theatre before moving to New York City, where he trained at the George Loris Actors Theatre School and the Lee Strasberg Institute. He writes, acts, directs and produces radio and television spots for companies throughout New England.   Rusty is always very entertaining and draws a crowd so be sure to make reservations for this event.

Friday Nov 18, 5:30pm: Rockingham author Anna Dewdney will read from her newest LLama LLama book- LLama LLama Home Sick With Mama.   When Llama Llama wakes up with a cold, Mama Llama feels his forehead, looks at his throat, and sends him back to bed to rest. Later, she reads Llama Llama a story and makes him some soup, but while Llama Llama is on the mend, Mama is starting to feel sick herself: "Get more tissues. Bring a cup./ Fluff a comfy pillow up./ What else could Mama Llama need?/ How about some books to read?" Dewdney's rhymes are as cozy as ever, and she captures the frustrations of both those who are ill and those who have to attend to them: "Mama coughs, and Llama yawns..../ How long can this day go on?" Readers of any age who have been there will relate. Ages 3-5.  Pat read the original Llama Llama Red Pajama book for READ FOR THE RECORD on Thursday Oct 6th to the Kindergarten class during the Saxtons River Elementary School Book Fair- when more than 2 million people read the book aloud.  Anna lives in Lower Bartonsville and is co-chairing the Lower Bartonsville Covered Bridge Fundraising committee http://www.bartonsvillecoveredbridge.com/   So I am sure she'll welcome any donations to the cause…  BF3F---  Bellows Falls 3rd Friday - a children's event this time!

 

 

E-Books specials-   $3.99 each through 10/31/2011:

http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/google-ebooks/dairy-queen

http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/google-ebooks/extremely-loud-and-incredibly-close

http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/google-ebooks/life-we-knew-it

 

New  - Made in Vermont Products at VSBooks

Millborne Farms - Probiotic Drinkable Yogurt  in Various Flavors 12 oz $2.80

Palmer Lane Maple Maple Jelly Beans 8oz. $6.99  (check out the tasting dish on the counter- these are yummy!

Burnham and Mills Maple Leaf Pop Net Wt. 1 ¾ oz. $.80   - we also have some drops for $.25

Assorted Maple Sugar candies, Crackers, Cookies & snacks

 

Just in: ChicoBags in assorted colors and sizes including a 3 piece Produce set

 

Tickets:

Destination Bellows Falls Raffle Tickets$5 6 for $25

Oct 15, 4-8pm: From Our Garden to Yours- Westminster Schools Benefit for Harlow Farms  $8 or $15 Family

Oct 15, 7:30pm: Alash- Tuvan Throat Singers- concert moved to Stone Church Arts venue at Episcopal Church - Beau is issuing new tickets for this event

Oct 27, 7:30pm: Peter Mulvey at Main Street Arts-     VT Festivals $18 & $30 Angel tix                                                           

Nov 6, 7:30pm: Aine Minogue at Stone Church Arts $17 general, $13 seniors & students

Nov 6, 5pm: Empty Bowl Benefit for Our Place  $30

Nov 6, 7:30pm: Steel Wheels at Main Street Arts-     VT Festivals $12 & $20 Angel tix 

Nov 19, 7:30pm: Cody Michaels at Stone Church Arts $17 general, $13 seniors & students

Dec 3, 7:30pm: Possum Haw at Stone Church Arts $17 general, $13 seniors & students

Dec 17, 7:30pm: Hungrytown at Stone Church Arts $17 general, $13 seniors & students

Jan 14, 7:30pm: Coracie at Stone Church Arts $17 general, $13 seniors & students

March 31, 7:30pm: Russian Duoat Stone Church Arts $17 general, $13 seniors & students

April 14, 7:30pm: Eugene Friesen at Stone Church Arts $17 general, $13 seniors & students

students                 

 

From Main Street Arts  - more events at www.mainstreetarts.org

Taste of the Arts
Ken & Julie Olsson: Sharing their love story through song

There is still time to register for the 1st Taste of the Arts presentation for this season.  Ken and Julie Olsson, singers and musicians, will share their love story through song.  It is sure to be an evening to remember.

Thursday, October 13
Dinner at 6:00pm, Speaker at approximately 7:00pm
Cost: $15 for Dinner and Talk (Adult).  Children (accompanied by an adult) $5.

Email us to reserve your spot!  Reservations need to be in by Wednesday, Oct. 12.

                                     

 

Enjoy the foliage - what a welcome break in the weather.  Not sure what the rain will do later this week - hope it does not deter our leaf-peepers.

Pat Fowler

Village Square Booksellers

32 The Square, PO 245

Bellows Falls, VT 05101

802-463-9404

Open Daily

www.villagesquarebooks.com  for books and e-books

 

Your local independent booksellers:

Pat   *    Alan    *    Nancy    *   Mitzi

 

DO THE MATH: Spend $50 with a local indie and keep $22.50 here. Spend $50 with a national chain and keep $6.50 here. Spend $50 online with a remote online vendor with no sales tax collected and keep not one penny here.

 

See it here. 

Buy it here. 

Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square in Bellows Falls, is pleased to welcome T Namaya for a multi-media performance on Wed. September 7 at 7pm. The show is a collection of music, stories, and multimedia created by performance artist, storyteller and poet T. Namaya.  Vermont My Home: A Celebration is an eloquent and, at times, humorous, show celebrating his home in the forest sanctuary of Blue Heron Pond.

T.Namaya – Is an international performance artist, jazz poet, story-teller, and humorist.  He has performed around the world in theaters and clubs in Europe, Asia (Japan, Malaysia, Australia, & New Zealand), though out the USA, and in the past year Palestine and Syria.  He has performed with his band “Jazz Beat Poetry Ensemble,” and as a solo artist with his show “GOD SEX POLITICS,” and “Imagine this” a show completely improvised with the audience in NYC.  Described as, “The high wire performance artist of the spoken word.”

His 2011 show is based on his new CD “Vermont My Home: A celebration” is a multimedia performance based on Namaya’s stories, music, songs, and photographs.  “It is a celebration of my home on Blue Heron Pond, characters like my neighbor Josiah, the wayward monk Li Pon, and this 5 season paradise we call Vermont.” It is a story about traveling around the world, but always coming home to Vermont. Namaya will have copies of his new book, as well as his new CD for sale.  A portion of the sales of his work supports community projects at GRACE Cares such as Hurricane Irene Flood relief. T Namaya will be bringing books and CD's to the event, so call 802-463-9404 for book and event reservations.

Here's some more great reads- some e-Books to try out on your new e-reader (download to everything BUT a Kindle- an IPAD, IPOD, IPhone, Nook, Android reader or phone, your computer…) for all ages from Random House- fantastic authors like Lisa See, Alice Hoffman, books for the younger set like Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House Dinosaur Before Dark (book 1), Barbara Park's Junie B Jones and the Smelly Bus (book 1), Beyond the Deepwoods- the first book in the Edge Chronicle series.  It's a great assortment of books- only $1.99-3.99.  Once you have downloaded them, they are yours to read on your phone, e-reader, IPad, computer- all accessible through your Google account.  Here's the link to check them out: http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/random-house-e-book-specials   Set up your account at www.villagesquarebooks.com so that you can take advantage of these specials.

James Fowler is starting up his 6 Week Poetry Workshop starting Monday Sept 12th   9:30am - 12:30pm $100 payable to James Fowler (no relation to owners Pat & Alan Fowler) Jim gives a short lecture on some aspect of poetry and give examples, then everyone critiques the student's poems for that week. The workshop meets in the cafe. Coffee and tea are available for sale.

Poetry or Prose Open Mic Sat Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12- 2-4 pm, hosted by the River Voices Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for a reservation.  802-463-9404

Friday Sept 16 - BF3F- tentatively scheduled - James Gordon on the harmonica - Jim lives right here in Bellows Falls- we just received his new CD, "MS Blows"

Wed Sept 27 & Thurs Sept 28- Margaret Trost, author of On That Day, Everybody Ate: One Woman's Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti.  There has been a one-book program at the Bellows Falls Union High School over the summer.  The author will be appearing at the church in Saxtons River on Wednesday evening & at the school Thursday. Books available

Thursday Oct 6- Saxtons River Elementary School Book Fair

Friday Oct 21- BF3F- Jon Katz- Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die.  Jon is well known for his Bedlam Farm dog stories.  Katz has written seven novels and 12 works of nonfiction focused mostly on the lives of animals, particularly those on Bedlam Farm, where he lives in upstate New York. Now he offers a book on coping with a pet's dying. For the country's 77.5 million dog owners and 93.6 million cat owners, this account of the essential grieving process should be extremely helpful.  This event will be a fundraiser for TARPS- The Animal Rescue & Protection Society in Chester, VT. We'll be inviting all of the local vets to participate. Jon visited our store this summer and insisted on Random House adding us to his book tour.  More details later.

Friday Nov 11 - Archer Mayor - Tagman

Thurs Nov 17 Rusty Dewees - Scrawlins Too (book is here now)

Fri Nov 18- BF3F - Anna Dewdney - LLama Llama Home With Mama (book is here now)

Tickets:

Win an IPAD2 32GB with a $50 e-book gift certificate from Village Square Booksellers- Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce raffle  $2 each or 3 for $5

SEVCA Raffle for $500 cash and prizes: $1 each or 6 for $5
Sat Sept 17- Walpole House Tour $25- Cash or Checks to Walpole Historical Society

Sun Sept 18, 2pm - JATOBA at the Rockingham Meeting House-  Vermont Flood Relief Benefit  $8 Cash or Checks to FUR

Sat Sept 24 - Sun Sept 25- Fairy House Tour at Nature Museum in Grafton Children $4, Adult $10, Sr/Student $8, Family $30  Cash or Checks to Grafton Nature Museum

Sat Sept 24, 7:30 pm: Alki Steriopoulos, Jazz pianist Stone Church Arts - Tickets at VS Books http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=216808921684348


Friday Sept 30 - Vermont Symphony Orchestra  www.tix.com or at Village Square Booksellers -  $2 fee - cash, check, charge. Pick your seats- http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/vermont-symphony-orchestra-made-vermont-music-festival-tour    Patron Reception at Intermission & after the event.

Patron including Reception - $100.00 Individual - $45.00 Student/Senior - $35.00

Patron including Reception - $100.00 Individual - $30.00 Student/Senior - $20.00

Patron including Reception - $100.00 Individual - $20.00 Student/Senior - $10.00

Friday Sept 30- Final Friday Coffeehouse   - Stone Church Arts -  tickets???  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=141752205916263

Other Community events:

Friday, September 9 at 7:00am - September 11 at 10:00am: Rockinghill Music Festival Barnaby Presents http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173747266027465

Sunday, September 11 · 4:00pm - 10:30pm   GOODNIGHT IRENE Benefit Dance!  Location: Stone Church, Main & Grove Sts. Brattleboro, VT   http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=275904145769686

Thursday, September 22 at 12:00pm - September 30 at 12:00pm: 2011 Narrow Gauge Trip w/ Over The Rhine, Mary Gauthier, Richard Shindell http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170604012992417

Friday, September 23 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm: Living MindFULLY Festival http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=269911763036754

Saturday, September 24 · 12:00pm - 7:00pm  Free Community Potluck & Live Music at Saxtons River Rec    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=281253571888669


Sat Sept 24- Farmers Rock at Cafe Loco- Harlows Farmstand-Ninja Monkey

Wednesday, October 12 · 5:00pm - 7:30pm  CONNECT 2011 at Alysons Orchard, Walpole, NH  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=255866784438697


Sunday Nov 6 save the date- Our Place Empty Bowl


New Items:
Box Girls from Melissa & Doug- Party & Family Games- great for party favors, parties, kids in the car. Don’t let the name fool you, The Box Girls conversation cards are perfect gifts for girls and boys. Each box contains 40-60 cards with questions that are intended to start fun, meaningful conversations.  Each box has a different theme. We especially like the “Slumber Party” or “BFF” boxes for gifts.

We have also received lots of different stuffed animals and new Zoobies. 2012 Calendars are starting to show up too.


Hope everyone is recovering from Hurricane Irene.  If there is anything Village Square Booksellers can do to help, please email me back. Happy to collect donations, donate raffle items for fundraisers, etc. Some non-perishable goods were collected Sunday at WOOL & made their way to Our Place. Our Place has seen their lunch traffic grow from 30 to 60 over the past week.  Any donations are appreciated. TARPS has had 9 animals end up at the shelter since the hurricane hit, including a chinchilla - they can always use some help/donations caring for the animals.   

Thanks to everyone for pulling together and helping their neighbors. Sadly, many farms, businesses and homes were destroyed. It will take time to heal our community.

Pat Fowler

Village Square Booksellers
32 The Square, PO 245
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
802-463-9404
Open Daily
www.villagesquarebooks.com  for books and e-books

Your local independent booksellers:
Pat   *    Alan    *    Nancy    *   Mitzi

DO THE MATH: Spend $50 with a local indie and keep $22.50 here. Spend $50 with a national chain and keep $6.50 here. Spend $50 online with a remote online vendor with no sales tax collected and keep not one penny here.

Member of American Booksellers Assn, New England Independent Booksellers Assn., New England Children's Bookseller Association, American Booksellers for Children Association, Local First Vermont, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bellows Falls Downtown Business Alliance.

Becky Dennison Sakellariou Poetry Event Sat Feb 12, 1 pm

Becky Dennison Sakellariou, whose New England roots have stretched overseas to Euboia, Greece, while nourishing her poetry and connection to both worlds. Former New Hampshire Poet Laureate Patricia Fargnoli calls the poems “carefully crafted with astonishing phrases and beautiful language and rhythms. Earth Listening, with its depth, its explorations of love and loss, and its spiritual awareness, seems to me like one long prayer. I love this book.” The poems in Earth Listening reflect the complex tapestries of the two very different worlds that Sakellariou inhabits. She says, “These poems also explore what I call the beginning of dying; the way our pores open to the world even more intensely as we age and as death appears more visceral around us. There is both the contradiction and balance, the push and pull of that continual ‘making sense of the world.’ ”

http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/becky-dennison-sakellariou-poetry-event

Open Mic Sat Feb 12, 2 pm Open Mic hosted by the River Voices.  Read your own poetry or a 1-2 page short story, read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for reservations 802-463-9404 or email vsbooks@sover.net


COOKBOOK & History Book Sale  - BF3F  - Feb 18,1-7pm

All Cookbooks 30% off (except benefit cookbooks of course) 

History Books, except local history books, 20% off


American Girl Club 02/19/2011 2- 4pm  Reading aloud, coloring & crafts based upon American Girl dolls.   Bring your dolls & your friends! Ages 5 & up (independent craftwork). Call 802-463-9404 or email the bookstore to reserve a space for your child! 


 Upcoming events- Tickets at Village Square Booksellers

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Fri Mar 4  http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/vermont-symphony-orchestra   expecting tickets to be delivered soon, $25 & up with $5 off for seniors and kids.   Patron Passes- $250 includes 2 Premium Center-Aisle seats, an exclusive reception during Intermission and an after concert reception with Performers and the Conductor. Call Pat at 802-463-9404 for more info.

FRIENDS OF ROCKINGHAM FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY GALA DINNER- March 5, 5:30pm The Rockingham Free Public Library, one of four historic Andrew Carnegie libraries in Vermont, is celebrating over 100 years of service, with a gala dinner on Saturday, MARCH 5, 2011. To be held at the Chivers Center at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, the evening will feature a three-course meal with cash bar, live music and more. Cocktails are at 5:30, dinner at 6:00. Tickets are $45 per person or two tickets for $80. These can be purchased at the library, located at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Please call 802-463-4270 for more information, or e-mail: friends@rockinghamlibrary.org. Seating is limited and advanced purchase of tickets is required. Enjoy good food while supporting this fundraiser for the Friends of the Rockingham Library.

Main Street Arts - High Button Shoes - A Lively Broadway Musical from the 1940's - Performances March 4,5,6, 10,11,12 & 13. Tickets at Village Square Booksellers

Spring Play at Bellows Falls Union High School March 11,12 & 13

Sat March 26th - Falls Area Community Television has scheduled its 4th Annual TV Auction for Saturday March 26, 2010, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Pat organizes the phone operators for this event- if you'd like to participate (or have your organization represented) contact her at vsbooks@sover.net Through the generosity of local area corporate sponsors, the 4th Annual Falls Area Community Television TV Auction has become a well-known showcase for local area products and services. Support us in our effort to keep community media alive and thriving in our area.     For the cost of the product, service, or gift donated (minimum $25. retail value). The 4th Annual Falls Area Community Television provides on-air, prime time exposure to an audience eagerly wanting to know more about our area’s businesses. The TV viewing, pre-assigned with auction bid numbers, has indicated an active interest for making televised purchases.   Whether you are a retailer, wholesaler or distributor, or local area artist, any product donation can be made to showcase your company’s business. Doctors, dentists, lawyers, financial planners, and business consultants can provide gift or dollar donations to showcase their services. For businesses servicing markets outside the Greater Falls Area, gift or dollar donations showcase your company’s support of area businesses.
This year FACT is going to revamp the look and feel of our beloved auction in an effort to freshen up the event. If there is any time to donate, it’s now. It is our goal with our changes that we will drive up viewership from our previous record-breaking year.
If you are interested in donating: Download a Donor Form Here   Contact Pat or Alan at 802-463-9404  vsbooks@sover.net

 

Sat March 26- Radioke at Wool 100.1 fm 8-10pm at 33 Bridge Street

 

Village Square Booksellers

32 The Square, PO 245

Bellows Falls, VT 05101

802-463-9404

Open Daily

www.villagesquarebooks.com

 

Your local independent booksellers:

Pat   *    Alan    *    Nancy    *   Mitzi

 

Member of American Booksellers Assn, New England Independent Booksellers Assn., New England Children's Bookseller Association, American Booksellers for Children Association, Local First Vermont, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bellows Falls Downtown Business Alliance.

 

 

 

 

Jazz Guitarist Draa Hobbs will perform at Village Square Booksellers on Friday Dec 17 from 6-8 pm as part of Bellows Falls 3rd Friday.  Open late for your holiday shopping convenience.  Always Free Giftwrap. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=169907809715847&index=1

BF3F : Art, Music & Literary Events:
Works on Paper: Artist's Reception: Figments - Drawings of the Imagination by Gil Perry
Village Square Booksellers. Draa Hobbs Jazz Guitar 6-8 pm.  Refreshments
Wool Black Sheep Radio Live Show
Sherwin Art Glass - Glassblowing plus other Bridge Street art galleries
Bellows Falls Farmer's Market 4-7pm   Special Market at Boccelli's http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/bellows-falls-farmers-market-0
Downstreet Café: open for dinner, craft exhibit, open Mic.
Boccelli's on the Canal Café open from 5-9pm
Halladays - Halladays Harvest Barn dips, Vermont cheese & Honora wine tasting. Open until 7pm, Live music with John
Adventure Trek - open
Michael Joseph - Antique Jewelry
Coyote Moon open (Square)
Maplewing Artisans (Square)  Vermont Handmade crafts.
The Rock and Hammer open until 8pm. Refreshments
PK's- ask about a BF3F special
Exner Block, Canal Street - Dellamano Glass, Canal Street Beads, etc.
J&H HARDWARE open until 7pm for your shopping convenience.  
J&H Sporting Goods open
Saxtons River: Pleasant Valley Brewing
Saxtons River: Jelly Bean Tree Crafts Cooperative - handmade Vermont crafts 12-5pm
Saxtons River: Saxtons River Inn open for dinner.
Rockingham, VT: Leslie’s Tavern - Saxtons River Art Guild
Bellows Falls, VT:   People's Bank art exhibit- Sherwin Art Glass + painting exhibit; Health Center of Bellows Falls- Saxtons River Art Guild
Westminster, VT: Sojourns Gallery during regular hours.
Walpole, NH: Walpole Artisans, Burdick's Restaurant, Ruggles & Hunt
Visit our BF3F Facebook Page

Sat Dec 17, 2-4 pm- American Girl Club  http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/american-girl-club-2

Sun Dec 19, 1pm: New England author Neil Goodwin will talk about his new book, We Go as Captives. Goodwin's book is the first book of its kind on the Royalton Raid - with no warning and in almost complete silence, a war party of 265 Canadian Mohawks and Abenakis, led by five British and French-Canadian soldiers, materialized from the forest at dawn. They moved so fast and so quietly there spread the alarm. Prisoners were taken, and the town of Royalton was burned to the ground. The author, Neil Goodwin, clearly worked hard to understand the perspectives of the Abenaki and Kahnawake Mohawks as well as others.   http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/neil-goodwin-we-go-captives

Want an e-Book? Here's the scoop on buying an ebook from VS Books http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/ebooks

Book Notes:   http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/newsletter-notes   Buy it online - or reserve a copy and have us set it our special order shelf - or we can ship books to friends & family!
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan. by Greg Mortensen
The author of the #1 bestseller" Three Cups of Tea" offers the continuing story of this determined humanitarian's efforts to promote peace through education. Filled with rich, personal stories and insights into the Middle East, this book is an inspiration--and a call to action. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where "Three Cups of Tea" left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan.

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth
A landmark in reference publishing and overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, "Natural History" presents an unrivaled visual survey of Earth's natural history. Giving a clear overview of the classification of our natural world-over 6,000 species-"Natural History" looks at every kingdom of life, from bacteria, minerals, and rocks to fossils to plants and animals. Featuring a remarkable array of specially commissioned photographs, "Natural History" looks at thousands of specimens and species displayed in visual galleries that take the reader on an incredible journey from the most fundamental building blocks of the world's landscapes, through the simplest of life forms, to plants, fungi, and animals.

Snowmen All Year
In this lighthearted, funny follow-up to the previous Snowmen bestsellers, our young narrator dreams of a non-melting snowman friend who joins him for all of the year's events. They ride a roller coaster together, dive into a swimming pool in the summer, watch the Fourth of July fireworks, and trick-or-treat on Halloween. A child imagines what it would be like if a snowman, made of magical snow, could be a companion throughout the year. Pat's note: Just in time for the first snowfall of the season in BF.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama- Rockingham author Anna Dewdney   Llama Llama plush toys available in two sizes
If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Finally, Llama Llama just can't wait any more! It takes a cuddle from Mama Llama to remind him that Gifts are nice, but there's another: The true gift is, we have each other. Here's the link to a page covering all of Anna's books. http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/anna-dewdney


Three Little Kittens by Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney
Young children all know the Mother Goose rhyme of the kittens who have lost their mittens, but they've never seen it illustrated with so much energy, beauty, and flair. Preschoolers will delight in these cuddly kittens as they frolic outside in the falling leaves, get their whiskers sticky while eating a just-baked apple pie, and do the washing-up under Mama Cat's watchful gaze.   BELLA's PICK    Tell us Bella sent you to buy this one and get 20% off this title!

The 3 Little Dassies by perennial favorite Massachusetts author Jan Brett
In the tradition of her bestseller, The Three Snow Bears, beloved artist Brett finds inspiration for her version of a familiar story in Namibia, where red rock mountains are home to appealing little dassies and hungry eagles. Full color.   Pat's note: We have a full selection of Jan Brett titles, including The Mitten, The Three Snow Bears, Christmas Trolls, Wild Christmas Reindeer.  Autographed bookplates available with all Jan Brett purchases.

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide (2011)
The New York Times-bestselling film guide contains more than 17,000 new entries, including over 350 new entries, 12,000 DVD listings, and 13,000 video listings. Pat's note: This is the mass market edition of this book- only $9.99 - a great stocking stuffer for the movie buff!

Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck
Newbery Medalist and Edgar Award-winning author Peck spins a chilling young adult ghost story. Kerry is chosen by the coolest clique in school, but her life seems over when her three friends are killed in a car accident. Or are they?  Pat's Note: I was lucky enough to get to listen to Richard Peck speech at the Book expo session in NYC this past May - what a moving speech.  I have a piece of the video.

Tale of Applebeck Orchard by Susan Wittig Albert   After his haystack is torched, Mr. Harmsworth barricades the common path through his orchard. But witnesses--both human and animal--claim a ghost perpetrated the deed. And the ghost has a message that Miss Potter hopes to figure out.  Pat's note: Mystery novels always make a great stocking stuffer - we have several different ones by Wittig, plus 2 cabinets full of mystery novels to choose from - just the perfect gift!

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side--and crime buffs. One of whom is Aurora Roe Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club. It's a harmless pastime--until one of the Club's members is killed. Pat's note: this is a new hardcover book by the author of the Sookie series- we also have mass market paperbacks books of hers in stock.

Juliet Naked by Nick Hornsby Nick Hornby returns to his roots-music and messy relationships-in this funny and touching new novel which thoughtfully and sympathetically looks at how lives can be wasted but how they are never beyond redemption. Annie lives in a dull town on England's bleak east coast and is in a relationship with Duncan which mirrors the place; Tucker was once a brilliant songwriter and performer, who's gone into seclusion in rural America-or at least that's what his fans think. Duncan is obsessed with Tucker's work, to the point of derangement, and when Annie dares to go public on her dislike of his latest album, there are quite unexpected, life-changing consequences for all three.
Nick Hornby uses this intriguing canvas to explore why it is we so often let the early promise of relationships, ambition and indeed life evaporate. And he comes to some surprisingly optimistic conclusions about the struggle to live up to one's promise.

Here's a link to some books in this week's newspaper ads:   http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/books-all-ages

Holiday Catalog- mention you saw the book in our catalog when making your purchase for 10% off http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/holiday/2010NEIBA.html

December 17-18-19: In the bookstore Book Fair for the Bellows Falls Middle School Library - coupons sent home today from the BFMS-  all books purchased with this coupon- 25% will be credited to Librarian Emily Graves to enable her to buy some new books for her library.

TICKETS/Local Events:

Wed Dec 15, Thursday Dec 16, Fri Dec 17, Sat Dec 18 at 6:45 pm: Walpole Players, A Christmas Carol - Tickets at VS Books & other Walpole venues- pick them up early - Donation accepted.

Rockingham Library Holiday Party: On Saturday, December 18 from 1-3 pm the Rockingham Free Public Library’s Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Library invite the community to celebrate  the 2010 Holiday Season with an afternoon party at the Library.  Holiday music and excellent refreshments.  Free, open to the public and everyone  is welcome!  Pat's note: there's been a flood at the library, with major damage to the History Collection, possibly caused by a ruptured internal water pipe. More on the event:  http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/rockingham-library-holidayparty

Still placing special orders, so give us a call, stop in, email us, or place an order on our websiute for in-store pickup.

Happy Holidays to all - Thanks for your support.

Pat, Alan, Nancy & Mitzi   & BELLA of course

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