Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls welcomes Richard “Skip” Lamere, the author of “Camp Stories From the Backwoods of Vermont” on Sunday, December 10 at 1pm. In 1965 the author, his brother, and father built a “glorified shack” in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom over ten miles in the woods on logging roads at a campsite leased from a timber company. Many other campsites were also leased at that time resulting in a community of camps all occupied by people with similar interests. Mr. Lamere wrote the book to memorialize events experienced in his more-than-fifty-years of camp life—camaraderie, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, animal encounters, problems, fun, food—with a lot of humor. The book jogs the memories of people who have experienced camp life and makes those who have not experienced it feel like they have. The book also includes a bit of the history of the area (including rise and fall of certain animal populations) and of changes in hunting garb, techniques, and technology he has seen in his six decades of hunting. Secret camp recipes that can’t fail round out the book.
The author, a Vermont native, was born in Newport but lived in several other towns while growing up. He now lives in Waterbury Center with his wife, Joan, who is also a lifelong Vermonter. Educated at the University of Vermont, Skip was a high school biology and chemistry teacher before going to work within the Vermont Agency of Human Services in programs for people with disabilities. Both he and Joan left their “real jobs” earlier than planned to keep up with their business—making strings for folk harps. For book and event reservations, call 802-463-9404.