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Here’s a look at what’s ahead:
Tuesday, August 1st, 7 p.m.: David Hinton, The Wilds of Poetry
David Hinton will read from and discuss The Wilds of Poetry, his account of a rewilding of consciousness in the West: a dawning awareness of our essential oneness with the world around us. With no Western vocabulary for this perception, poets made the first efforts at articulation, largely driven by Taoist and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhist ideas imported from ancient China. Hinton chronicles this rewilding through the lineage of avant-garde poetry in twentieth-century America–from Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound and Robinson Jeffers to Gary Snyder, W. S. Merwin, and beyond–including generous selections of poems that together form a compelling anthology of ecopoetry.
David Hinton is the author of Hunger Mountain, Existence, and many translations of classical Chinese poetry and philosophy. His books have earned wide acclaim and many awards, including a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Friday, August 4th, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Melody Dean Dimick, Blame
Visiting The Galaxy Bookshop during downtown Hardwick’s First Friday festivities, Melody Dean Dimick will chat with readers and sign copies of her young adult novel, Blame. This book is Dimick’s third published novel.
What would you do if you learned something that could destroy your parents’ marriage? Would you keep it to yourself or seek help from a friend you trust? In Blame, Jacob – a 17-year-old soccer player looking forward to his senior year – learns a horrible secret. Jacob jeopardizes his relationship with his girlfriend because, like an injured dog, he slinks away from her and his friends to lick his emotional wounds in silence. But a frightening event soon forces him to seek help.
Saturday, August 5th, 10 a.m., at the Craftsbury Farmers’ Market: John Churchman, Sweet Pea & Friends and Brave Little Finn
Meet children’s book author John Churchman at the Craftsbury Farmer’s Market!
John will be at the Craftsbury Farmers’ Market with one of his border collies, Laddie, to sign his books (Sweet Pea & Friends – The Sheepover & Brave Little Finn). Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with one of Vermont’s most celebrated new children’s book author. This event is produced in collaboration with the Galaxy Book Shop, Hardwick, VT. Place an order by emailing the Galaxy Book Shop and pick it up on August 5th at the Craftsbury Farmers’ Market.
John & Jennifer Churchman have run a mini-farm in Essex Junction, Vermont for thirteen years. As local Vermont authors and farmers they are active supporters of their local independent booksellers and fellow farmers who bring their local products to the community through farmers markets such as the Craftsbury Farmers’ Market.
Tuesday, August 8th, 7 p.m.: Peter Gould, Horse Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm
In Horse Drawn Yogurt, Peter Gould has created a patchwork of true stories of farm life, drawn from his experiences as a member of the back-to-the-land movement, living on a communal farm in southern Vermont. In these stories you’ll learn how locals and newcomers helped each other out in a pivotal moment of history, and how young people new to the land learned how to tend gardens and farms, while belonging to a national movement–against the Vietnam war and for peace and justice around the world.
Join us in welcoming Peter for a joyful reading from this book of memories of a turning point in the stories of both the author and our state.
Thursday, August 10, 1 p.m., at the Jeudevine Library: Cartooning Your World!
The Jeudevine Memorial Library and the Galaxy Bookshop invite you to come to the library to meet TWO Vermont cartoonists: Jon Chad and Mike Crosier! Jon and Mike will talk about why they do what they do and how they do what they do and will then lead a workshop in comic drawing! The Galaxy Bookshop will be on hand to sell copies of their books.
Friday, September 1: Adam Krakowski, Vermont Prohibition
For the final First Friday celebration of 2017, The Galaxy Bookshop welcomes author Adam Krakowski for a book signing with cocktail tasting, served by Caledonia Spirits.
In Vermont Prohibition, Adam Krakowski discloses the tumultuous side of Vermont’s temperance movement. Vermont became the nation’s second dry state in 1853. But some locals refused to comply, and inept law enforcement led to ineffective consequences. What was intended to increase wholesomeness forced a newly carved detour toward crime and corruption. Early laws, such as the Liquor Law of 1853, targeted distilled spirits while conveniently protecting cider. As regulations tightened, morals loosened. Without legalized booze, smugglers imported liquor from Canada, and bootleggers ensured that domestic speakeasies kept the liquor flowing. Crime ran so rampant that Newport, Richford and Lyndonville residents relocated to escape rum-running gangs.