Attendance: Eileen Williams, Don Lefebvre, Ev Larson, Nancy Fuller, Michelle Willard, Scott Martell Becky Rupp
Meeting commenced at 6 pm.
Bookstock Vermont, June 24-26 2022 "Come to Woodstock for this premier literary festival with a boutique feel and a big heart! Showcases literary luminaries and cross-cultural voices, including Pulitzer Prize winners, Poets Laureate, National Book Award winners, plus debut and best-selling authors from Vermont and beyond. Features a huge sale of used, rare, and vintage books, along with author book signings, live music, food, and entertainment all on The Green in this storybook New England village. It’s free, walkable, and fun for all ages. Be part of the story!" Find all the information HERE
Green Mountain Book Festival, September 23-25 2022 "The Green Mountain Book Festival honors free expression, embraces diverse voices, and encourages a deeper understanding of self and community through a shared love of reading and books." Find more information HERE
Brattleboro Literary Festival October 13-16 2022. Find all the details HERE
Also, if you are in the area considering attending their monthly Literary Cocktail Hour. Description: "The Literary Cocktail Hour is an fun, informal monthly event featuring a pair (or more) of speakers in an entertaining, illuminating virtual event that opens with the notion of cocktails!" Schedule found HERE
Tuesday, June 21, is World Make Music Day! Scott will be performing on the Swanton Green - and NW Access TV is an official venue and is looking for volunteer helpers (anywhere from 10 AM - 10 PM). If interested - or if you're a potential performer - contact Roger Lindala at EMAIL
Tuesday, June 21: next meeting of the But I Progress Book Club (renamed club), 6 PM at the Swanton Public Library. A group devoted to feminism and related cultural and political issues. Book for this meeting is Rebecca Solnit's "Men Explain Things to Me."
Literary North "Literary life in Northern New England"
Joy Choquette, self-publishing coach and author will hold two workshops in the next few weeks.
Tuesday June 28th 6 pm: "Writing your first novel: Tips and Tricks to help you get to the end"
Tuesday July 5th 6 pm: "Book publishing options: Traditional, Indie Hybrid-Oh My"
Location: The Swanton Public Library. Preregistration is required. EMAIL the library to register. Call for additional information (802) 868-7656
"Several Short Sentences about Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg "An indispensable and distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means for them to be writing"
In between discussions several members read their work.
Michelle read "The Pay-loader" Artifact story: a poignant account of her conflicted relationship with her dad and a favorite toy
Eileen, who has been watching a front-porch robin's nest, read "Mama Robin," a poem that showed that there's much more to robins than just robins.
Ev read "Catching a Break," in which everyone's favorite characters Grub and Hook provide entertainment at a vineyard. He elaborated on his writing process by discussing an ever growing list of nicknames he has collected and how the names help inspire stories-sometimes loosely based on characteristics of the name holders.
Nancy, inspired by Eileen's memoir "The Gosling Bride", read a great account of her experiences with religion and spirituality, which began with a Nigerian phone call and progressed through transubstantiation and cannibalism.
Scott shared the first episode of "Around the Back Food and Drink Reviews," in which he revealed the awful truth about coconut water. (Scott! This could be a great blog!)
Next meeting is July 21st at the Swanton Public Library. In person at 6 pm. Zoom is available. Our ongoing writing assignment is to pick an artifact in your home/office and write a piece no longer than 1,000 words. Essay, poem, story. Please share and bring a picture of the item if you can. Hope to see you all soon!