Village Square Booksellers is welcoming the authors of The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump, Bill Mares & Bob Stannard, Charles Norris-Brown, the author of the picture book, Did Tiger Take the Rain? on Thursday December 14 at 7pm. Call 802-463-9404 for book and event reservations.
Vermont is a small state with a history of making a large impact. We’re little, but we’re loud. We recognize that we can’t ignore Trump and his actions, but he won’t be able to ignore us, either. Short of seceding from Union (we’ve already tried that to no avail), you can be sure that we’re not just going to sit back. That’s not our style. With the help of almost a score of “guest appearances”—including Madeleine Kunin; Steve Terry; David Gram; Marialisa Calta; Mike Martin; Don Hooper; Ed Koren; Bob Stannard; Bill Schubart; Sally Pollak; Julia Alvarez; Harry Chen, MD; Larry Feign; Christopher Louras; Al Boright; Eric Hanson; Tom Slayton; Joe Hagan, MD; Haviland Smith; and Jasper Craven — the literary duet of Bill Mares and Jeff Danziger has become a chorus. They’ve assembled a first-rate “posse” of Vermont writers, cartoonists, and politicians to add their intelligence and wit to this momentous task. In addition, the book has quizzes, quotations, escape literature, a Vermont tool box, and more.
Bill Mares was raised in Texas and educated at Harvard. He has been a journalist, a high school teacher and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. Bill Mares has authored or co-authored 16 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps to workplace democracy to Presidential fishing, plus four books of humor with Prof. Frank Bryan, including the best-seller, Real Vermonters Don't Milk Goats. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife of 45 years, Chris Hadsel. They have two sons.
Bob Stannard is an eighth generational Vermonter who has served in the Vermont Legislature; served as a member of the Manchester Selectboard and served for thirteen years on the Bennington County Regional Planning Commission; three years as Chair. He worked as a lobbyist in Montpelier and a commercial broker with Sotheby's. He has been Vermont columnist for fourteen years and although retired he continues to lead one of Vermont's hottest Blues bands; "Downtown" Bob & Those Dangerous Bluesmen. He has produced four CDs and written two Vermont humor books. (How to Survive the Recession, How to Survive the Recovery) He co-wrote "Frankie & Bobby - Growing up Zappa"; a book on the early life of Frank Zappa, with Frank's younger brother, Bobby Zappa. He lives in Manchester, Vermont with his wife, Alison, of forty-four years.
In a Tharu village in the Nepal terai, it has been uncommonly hot and dry. One day, a tiger comes. People run away in fear. The villagers think it is a bad omen and that the tiger has taken the rain. Best friends Usha and Anjali decide to ask Tiger herself why she has taken the rain. They set out for the jungle. Entering the forest, they meet various animals (jackals, monkeys) who help them understand that cutting down of the trees in the forest by the villagers is causing the lack of rain.
Charles Norris-Brown is an anthropologist and artist living in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Vermont is trying to cope with the realities of having Donald Trump as our 45th President...
In a Tharu village in the Nepal terai, it has been uncommonly hot and dry. One day, a tiger comes. People run away in fear. The villagers think it is a bad omen and that the tiger has taken the rain. Best friends Usha and Anjali decide to ask Tiger herself why she has taken the rain. They set out for the jungle. Entering the forest, they meet Jackal who wants to know why they are there. They tell Jackal that they have come to ask Tiger why she took the rain. Jackal asks them to follow him and he will help them find out where the rain went. Thus they start on an adventure and are swept away into the treetops by monkeys who tell their own side of the story. Tiger did not take the rain. Forest help make clouds. Rain comes from clouds and when the forests disappear, so will the rain. What happened to the forest and how can we bring it back?
Monkey gives them the seeds they need to replenish the forest. The girls return to the village, plant seedlings and watch a new forest take shape. The rain returns. Jackal, Tiger, and Monkey return deeper into the forest. In the end, Anjali realizes that when the sun shines, it shines down on humans and tigers together. When it rains, we share the same rain.