VSB News Oct 11, 2011
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:
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
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
From Main Street Arts - more events at www.mainstreetarts.org
Taste of the Arts
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.
Village Square Booksellers
32 The Square, PO 245
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
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.
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