July

The Dipper - July 2019

"The Dipper" is our monthly newsletter, where we highlight readings, events, calls for submission, and other literary-related news for the coming month. If you have news or events to share, let us know 

July News

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We are so delighted to have had the opportunity to interview poet Ron Padgett about his new work, Big Cabin, which comes out on July 2. Written over the course of three autumns in Vermont, Big Cabin includes both poetry and prose, with thoughts on memory, time, aging, and the natural world right outside of his cabin window. We hope you enjoy the book as much as we did. Huge thanks to Ron for agreeing to this interview and to Daley Farr and Timothy Otte at Coffee House Press. To order your copy of Big Cabin, head over to the Coffee House Press shop or your local indie. Check out our interview with Ron in celebration of the book’s release!

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We have a new guest Friday Reads post for you over on our blog, written by Michael Epstein, who reviewed Peter Orner’s new book of short stories, Maggie Brown & Others, which releases on July 2. Thank you so much, Michael, for your review and for wanting to be part of our Friday Reads series. If you love Michael’s review, be sure to check out his blog, BookMarks, which is full of his reading lists and book reviews.

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Allie Levy of Still North Books & Bar (opening in the fall in Hanover, New Hampshire) had a fun idea that we were eager to partner with her on: Adult Summer Reading Bingo! Why should the kids have all of the fun? Adults, put a dent in your summer TBR list this year. To play, just download the card and keep track of the books you’ve read that match the card’s categories. Once you have “bingo,” take a photo of your completed card and email it to hi@stillnorthbooks.com. You’ll win a “Still North, Still Reading” tote!

Did you listen to Vermont Public Radio’s 2019 Summer Book Show? There was a lot of great discussion about books for every taste. If you missed it, get thee to the Vermont Edition archives. A few of Rebecca’s picks made it onto the show!

We’ve announced our third Slow Club Book Club selection of the year and we’ll begin reading on July 1. Head over to the SCBC page on our site to see which short story collection by a woman in translation we’ve chosen. It’s never too late to join us. Just sign up for our Slow Club Book Club newsletter for all of the details, plus a little check-in from us every now and again.

Thank you so much to everyone who has already reserved seats for Poetry & Pie III. We are already filling up! Now is the time to reserve your seats if you are hoping to attend. Imagine sitting in a beautiful Vermont barn watching the barn swallows, eating pie, listening to poetry and music, and drinking cold brew coffee. We can’t imagine a better summer afternoon, can you? We’d love for you to join us.

Once again we’re going to take August off from writing The Dipper. We hope we’ll see many of you at Poetry & Pie, and we hope all of you have a really restful and beautiful month filled with just the right books. We’ll be back in September. Have a great summer!

July’s Shooting Stars

A cool literary find from each of us to help light up your month!

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  • Writer Jami Attenberg hosted 1000 Words of Summer for two weeks last month. As a writer who needed a kick in the pants, I found this so helpful. Bonus advice in the daily dispatches from writers such as Alexander Chee and Celeste Ng. The best part is you can start whenever you can carve out two weeks and access the archives to follow along with the project. —Shari

  • While working on the design of our first Little Dipper chapbook (Rena Mosteirin’s gorgeous half-fabulous whales, coming later this summer), I tested a whole lot of layout tools. One of my favorite finds is Chapbookify, by Verse, home of the excellent weekly poetry playlists. Upload a PDF of your manuscript and Chapbookify speedily generates a two-up, two-sided PDF that’s ready to print and bind. It’s fast, it does what it says it will do, and it’s free. Go forth and create chapbooks!—Rebecca


July Highlights

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Calling all speculative fiction fans! Cadwell Turnbull will be reading at Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, Vermont, on Monday, July 1 at 6:00 pm. His debut novel, The Lesson, has a rave review on Lit Hub’s Bookmarks.

Howard Norman will be reading from The Ghost Clause on Tuesday, July 2, at 7:00 pm, at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont. We’ve heard rumors that this will be his last novel. An event not to be missed!

On Tuesday, July 9, at 7:00 pm, Rachel Barenbaum will read from her fabulous historical novel, A Bend in Stars, at the Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire. If you missed it, check out our interview with Rachel about her new book.

The always fabulous Canaan Meetinghouse Readings series kicks off on Thursday, July 11 and continues through Thursday, August 1 in Canaan, New Hampshire. We love the beautiful space, the homemade desserts, and the fact that you can borrow a cushion for your wooden pew. Hernan Diaz, Peter Orner, Gregory Pardlo, and more! A highlight of our summer.

Rachel Hadas reads at The Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, as a part of the Hyla Brook Reading Series on Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 pm.

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Jaed Coffin will read from his memoir, Roughouse Friday, on Saturday, July 13, at 6:00 pm, at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont.

The annual Tory Hill Author Series launches at the Warner Town Hall in Warner, New Hampshire, this month. Diane Les Bequets begins the series on Saturday, July 13, at 7:00 pm. The series also features Andre Dubus III, John Porter, and Peter Miller.

Rebecca Makkai brings her highly praised novel, The Great Believers, to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont, on Tuesday, July 16, at 7:00 pm

The third annual Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest will be held on Saturday, July 20 at The Saint Albans Museum in Saint Albans, Vermont. The day-long festival features presentations by cartoonists Glynnis Fawkes, Kurt Shaffert, Sara Yahm, Marek Bennett, and others.

The River Poets (Sue Burton, Laura Foley, Pam Harrison, Clyde Watson, and Carol Westberg) will read poetry inspired by Kira Fournier Schore’s sculpture, Split Lady, at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, New Hampshire, at 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 20.

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Lisa Taddeo will read from her debut nonfiction book, Three Women, on Thursday, July 26, at 6:00 pm, at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont.

The Bookstock Literary Festival, Woodstock, Vermont’s, annual book festival, will be held this year from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. The festival includes readings by Vievee Francis, Dede Cummings, James Crews, Carolyn Forche, Maggie Smith, Emily Bernard, Ilya Kaminsky, James Dobson, and others; workshops; a book sale; custom poems by Benjamin Aleshire; and plenty more.

Katherine Riley (The Bobcat) and Peter Orner (Maggie Brown & Others) will read on Sunday, July 28 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vermont, at 5:30 pm. If you’ve never attended a reading at BigTown, you should! It’s such an intimate space, filled with beautiful art.

Lucky you, you still have a chance to catch a local reading with Ocean Vuong. He’ll be at Bookstock in Woodstock, Vermont, on Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 pm, and then at The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, on Sunday, July 28, at 5:30 pm. In the meantime, check out this clip from his appearance on The Seth Meyers show and go buy his book, On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous.

Miciah Bay Gault launches her novel, Goodnight Stranger, on Tuesday, July 30, at 7:00 pm, at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont. Look for an interview with Miciah on our blog on July 30.

Visit our calendar for detailed information about these events and more!

 

Worth a Drive

  • Get your tickets now to see Colson Whitehead read from his latest novel, The Nickel Boys, at the First Baptist Church of Newton in Newton Center, Massachusetts, on Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 pm.

 

Worth a Listen

  • Start your summer off right by adding Mary Grimm’s story “Back Then” from The New Yorker’s Writer’s Voice podcast to your phone. Listen on your commute to work and think about the summers of your youth.

  • Another fantastic listening experience this month was Teju Cole on On Being.

 

We're Looking Forward to These July Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

MacDowell Colony Winter/Spring 2020 Residency
Applications open mid July for the Winter/Spring 2020 residency season (February 1 through May 31) in Peterborough, New Hampshire. A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. Applications must include a description of your proposed project, a letter of reference, and information about your artistic work such as education, training, and artistic achievements, as well as examples of current work. There is a $30 non-refundable application processing fee.
Deadline: September 15 | Details

Hunger Mountain Issue 24: Patterns
General submissions are open in prose and poetry on the theme of patterns. Work must not have been published before, including online.
Deadline: October 15 | Details

Lifelines Magazine
Accepting submissions of original and unpublished short stories, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork for their 2020 issue. While they consider a broad spectrum of subject matter for publication, they are looking for pieces that speak to the experience of medicine in some way.
Deadline: October 31 | Details

Center for Cartoon Studies, MFA Degree and Certificate Programs
Now accepting applications for the MFA, one- and two-year certificate programs, and low-residency second-year option. Learn all you need to know about making comics and self-publishing in a prolific and dynamic environment and community. $50 application fee.
Deadline: rolling admissions until programs are filled | Details


Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Fragments of a Great Mystery, A Writing Workshop with Sarah Anderson and Mercy Carbonell
Mondays, July 8 through July 29, 6:00 to 8:45 pm

This Summer Writing Workshop provides a chance to explore the translational and horological power of writing from saved artifacts, preserved objects, the inherited stuff of our lives. Through poetry, lyric reflection, flash fiction and the interweaving of photography, we will unravel what the poet, Philip Levine, called “the fragments of a great mystery.” This workshop is designed for those who “hold everything dear” (John Berger) and want to capture in language the memory, imagination, story, essence of the tactile, physical and tangible. The Workshop Series will culminate in an optional Word Barn reading.
Location: The Word Barn, Exeter, New Hampshire | Cost: $250 | Details

Poetry Workshop with Lee Ann Dalton and Matt W. Miller
Tuesdays, July 9 through July 30, 6:00 to 8:45 pm

In this workshop we will look closely at line, sentence, language, metaphor, and image in an attempt to revise and reshape our poems into stronger versions of themselves. Whether you are working in strict poetic form or testing the boundaries of what a poem can be, our goal will be to work collaboratively and be supportive while at the same time honoring the voice and vision of the individual. Looking at our poems in progress, we will offer suggestions for revisions and use our discussions to perhaps generate new work.
Location: The Word Barn, Exeter, New Hampshire | Cost $250 | Details

The Art of Bookbinding with Jong-Yoon Kim
Thursdays, July 11 to August 1, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

These workshops cover various types of non-adhesive, long-stitch binding techniques such as linking stitches and coptic sewing. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, this is the place to start.
Location: AVA Gallery, Lebanon, New Hampshire | Cost: $230-$270 | Details

Poetry Workshop with Deborah Brown
July 14 / Second Sunday of every Month, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

The workshops are designed to combine lessons and exercises on aspects of craft (image, diction, metaphor) with a small amount of critique and in-group writing. For the novice to the published, 9 to 99 years. Join at the beginning or when you can. Free and all are welcome.
Location: MainStreet BookEnds, Warner, New Hampshire | Cost: free | Details

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat with Joni Cole
July 13, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community. As part of the retreat, everyone is encouraged to bring 3-4 pages of writing to share for appreciation and quality critique. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome.
Location: Old Clary Farm, Greensboro, Vermont | Cost: $145 | Details

Expressive Writing Workshop with Joni Cole
Monday, July 15, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
This fun expressive writing workshop invites you to write from a prompt inspired by the photographs of Norwich resident Ros Orford, which will be on display in the Norwich Library’s community room. No writing experience is necessary. Bring a notebook or laptop, and leave all self doubts at the door.
Location: The Norwich Public Library, Norwich, Vermont | Cost: free | Details

Create Comics Workshop with Luke Howard and Jon Chad
July 15 to July 19
This five-day workshop packs in the essentials for producing your own comics. Through lectures, exercises, and group projects, students learn about story structure, page composition, pacing, materials and techniques, character design, environmental drawing, and production. Students collaborate on a comic anthology that they self-publish during the workshop. Create Comics is for both beginner and advanced students age 16 and over.
Location: The Center for Cartoon Studies, WRJ, Vermont | Cost: $1000 | Details

Drawing from the Past, A Nonfiction Comics Workshop with Marek Bennett
Friday, July 19, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
We'll look at basic techniques of cartooning and comics creation, then try our hands at drawing original comics based on primary source texts—including letters, diaries, oral history transcripts and recordings, photographs, and other materials. Our discussions will address elements of readability, historical accuracy, point of view, research, and the responsibilities of the artist as an interpreter of historical narratives. Participants each create 1+ pages of original comics drawn from primary source texts, and go home with the skills necessary to continue their work independently. No experience required!
Location: Saint Albans Museum, Saint Albans, Vermont | Cost: $55-$95 | Details

Mindfulness and Writing Workshop with James Crews
Sunday, July 28, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
In this generative writing workshop, we'll examine connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. Using poems and other written works as prompts, we will complete several exercises that invite us to pay closer attention to ourselves, our lives, and the world around us as we do our best to define the term, "mindfulness," and what that means for each of us.
Location: Northshire Books, Manchester Center, Vermont | Cost: $40 | Details

Graphic Novel Workshop with Paul Karasik
July 29 to August 2 or August 5 to August 9 (waitlisting)
During this week-long, on-campus workshop, students will participate in lectures, collaborative exercises, book discussion sessions, events, and group critiques, with the goal of producing the first draft of a longer comics project.
Location: The Center for Cartoon Studies, WRJ, Vermont | Cost: $1000 | Details

Queer Comics Workshop with Tillie Walden
July 29 to August 2
In this week-long workshop participants will explore the topic of identity in comic stories. This workshop focuses on learning to develop ideas through plotting, drafting, and class discussion. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate and reflect on their work in a group environment. Walden will also be giving lectures on all the relevant comics topics like world-building, character design, productivity, and monetizing your art. There will be enough time for free drawing, along with individual guidance and presentations of the results in the group. This workshop is specifically for queer comic stories!
Location: The Center for Cartoon Studies, WRJ, Vermont | Cost: $1000 | Details

Creating Graphic Novels for the Young Adult Market with Jo Knowles and Tille Walden
August 5 to 9
YALSA award winning author Jo Knowles teams up with Eisner award winning cartoonist Tillie Walden to share their strategies for crafting authentic, relateable teen characters and narratives. This five-day workshop utilizes lectures and exercises to successfully examine the idiosyncrasies of the young adult genre.
Location: The Center for Cartoon Studies, WRJ, Vermont | Cost: $1000 | Details

Talking ‘Bout Your Generation: A Poetry Workshop with BJ Ward
August 18 to 23
The generation of new writing, that is! Each morning, we will discuss a selection of carefully-curated poems to explore what makes them work. Then, we will write to prompts that will push us to create something new. Each afternoon we will convene for feedback sessions that will provide clear and compassionate critique of our new pieces. We will leave New Hampshire with newly-generated poems, and ideas on how to revise them and generate more. Beginning and experienced writers welcome.
Location: Dexter’s Inn, Sunapee, New Hampshire | Cost: $795 | Details

Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop One-Day Craft Classes and Multi-Week Workshops
Starting September 7
The Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop hosts a series of one-day craft classes and multi-week workshops throughout the fall. Class topics include nonfiction writing, fiction character development, writing about the body, writing dialogue, memoir writing, short story writing, poetry revision, and more.
Location: Williamsburg, Massachusetts | Cost: $60-$350 | Details

Writer’s Workshop with Rick Bass
October 11 to October 13
Writer and activist Rick Bass leads an intensive weekend workshop for up to eight writers who seek to improve their craft. Hands-on group sessions, both mornings and afternoons, will include active workshopping of individual manuscripts and craft-focused discussion. Writers at all levels will find support and challenge for their work. To apply, e-mail up to 15 pages of a manuscript—fiction, poetry or non-fiction—to landskeinfarm@gmail.com. Manuscripts will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. A non-refundable deposit of $375 is due upon acceptance.
Location: Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Commons, Vermont | Cost: $1,250 | Details: Melanie Viets at landskeinfarm@gmail.com

Friday Reads - July 13, 2018

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Rebecca is reading Donald Hall's final book of essays, A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety. I'm taking it slowly. I've reread "Solitude Double Solitude" (previously published in The New Yorker) three times already. I don't want the book to end, and for this to be the end.

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Shari just finished Andrew Sean Greer's, Less, which is perhaps the perfect summer read. It's full of travel, humor, wit, charm and heart. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Local Indie Bookstore Summer Reading Picks, part 2

Earlier this spring, we reached out to a handful of our favorite bookstores to discover their picks for the perfect summer read. To learn what the booksellers at The Vermont Book shop and The Yankee Bookshop are suggesting, keep reading below.

To find out what the booksellers at Left Bank Books and The Norwich Bookstore recommended, check out Part 1 of this series.


The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, Vermont

Whenever we happen to be in Middlebury, our first stop is always The Vermont Book Shop. We just love the vibe of this store. The Vermont Book Shop is one of the older bookstores in Vermont; they've been providing book recommendations to the local community since 1949. Jenny Lyons, their Marketing and Events Coordinator, selected six novels to share that will definitely appeal to fans of literary fiction. If you swing through Middlebury this summer, stop in and tell them Literary North sent you!

The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai has launched herself into a whole new category of literary achievement with this flawlessly written third novel, a lovingly told saga about the immediate toll of the AIDS epidemic on the gay community and the long term impact on its survivors and their families. Set in mid-1980’s Chicago and Paris in 2015, The Great Believers features characters whose lives have been indelibly marked by the virus. (Note: Rebecca Makkai will be at The Vermont Book Shop on July 11  at 6pm in conversation with local author Stephen Kiernan about this novel.)

Mad Boy, by Nick Arvin

Not only does this novel offer an insider’s view of the oft-neglected War of 1812, it also offers a smart, highly enjoyable, fast-paced, wholly original book reading experience. Pick it up, you will not be disappointed.

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Tin Man, by Sarah Winman

Loss and love figure prominently in this warm novel, sparingly yet richly told. Details of life, brief moments, words exchanged between friends and family, small kindnesses, grand gestures, memories recovered and re-lived—these valuable bits that make up a life are recorded as a testimony to human lives, their fragility and temerity and strength. It’s a love story, but an unconventional one, one sure to broaden the reader’s view on what it means to love another person.

Circe, by Madeline Miller

I devoured The Song of Achilles when it came out a few years ago and have been waiting, not so patiently, for the incredibly talented author Madeline Miller to publish again! Circe is smart, fresh, and authentic; a beautiful literary Greek mythology tale. I loved every word. Miller's depth of knowledge makes it possible for her to spin a rich and believable tale that readers will love.

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Florida, by Lauren Groff

Wow. That is all you really need to know. These short stories each have their own Floridian resonance and each touch on heartrending truths of life, family and humanity. Lauren Groff doesn't pull punches but also be prepared to hang on every word because she will surprise you with joy as well as hardship.

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

Sophisticated plotting and intricate storytelling in this redux of Rumpelstiltskin shed some much needed light on dusty preconceptions. The voices that tell the story are distinct and powerful, unforgettably unique. At once a tale of values, value and self worth, Novik also reminds us of our responsibility to our choices and reflects on the roles of honor and truth.  Along with these big topics and heavy-hitting truths, Novik tells an artfully enthralling story.

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The Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock, Vermont

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Have we told you how much we adore The Yankee Bookshop's new co-owners, Kari Meutsch and Kristian Preylowski? They are welcoming and kind, eager to collaborate, and full of excellent recommendations. We had a lovely event at their shop in the spring (Lady Sings The Blues book group) and were very impressed with the little changes they've made to Yankee. Hello, vinyl! Kari offers four picks that you'll definitely want to add to your summer reading list. If you haven't popped in to Yankee in awhile, make it a summer priority! You won't be disappointed.

The Electric Woman, by Tessa Fontaine

Few things make it feel more like summer to me than a carnival, and how many of us are consistently intrigued with the characters that make up the mythical traveling sideshow? Sword swallowers, fire eaters, death-defiers and all of their like. Tessa Fontaine spent a summer following the last American Traveling Sideshow and lived to tell the tale of learning their tricks and seeing their life on the road. Dovetailed with the story of her mother's recovery from what should have been a life-ending stroke, both women set out on adventures that teach them more about themselves and each other than they ever thought possible.

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, by Cherise Wolas

This book is best gone into mostly blind, recommended by a trusted friend who knows you will love it—which is how I found it myself. Since we aren't that level of friends (yet), what I will tell you is this: Joan Ashby knew at a very young age that she wanted to be a famous writer. At one point, in an early journal, she set down a list of rules for herself to make that happen, two of which proclaimed that she should never fall in love and never have children. She does become a world-renowned short story author, but then proceeds to break her own rules and essentially falls off the face of the writing world. What happened to her? You have to read to find out. Side bonus: Throughout the book, Wolas shares bits and pieces of the fictional Ashby's writing that are so intriguing I wish Joan Ashby were real and that I could read all of her books. And also that we were friends and could go out for a glass of wine together. This story is amazing, and you will not be able to put it down.

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Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi

If you are looking for a new fantasy world to sink your teeth into, I highly recommend you give Orïsha a try. A world where magic had been beautiful and strong is taken over by a king who fears it, and ultimately drives all maji into poverty or hiding. After losing her mother, and discovering her own abilities, young Zélie must decide whether to back down or help lead a rebellion to bring the maji and their powers back from the brink of extinction. Adeyemi's magic system is borne out of West African mythology, her characters are fully fleshed out and engaging, and the scenery is so vividly brought to life. I loved it, and can't wait for book two!

Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler

Written in the 1990s, but set in the ever-closer 2020s, this dystopian novel is disturbingly timely when read today. The story chronicles the experience of Lauren Olamina, a young girl with hyper-empathy, a condition that causes her to feel others' physical pain, as she tries to navigate an increasingly dangerous world and get herself and her loved ones to safety. Along the way, we also watch her develop a new religion, writing it down and sharing it with others she meets on her journey. If you are a fan of dystopia or speculative fiction, and intrigued by some comparative religion mixed in with your reading, this one will not disappoint.

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The Dipper - July 2018

"The Dipper" is our monthly newsletter, where we highlight readings, events, calls for submission, and other literary-related news for the coming month. If you have news or events to share, let us know!

 

July News

With the summer solstice just behind us, the strawberries are ripe, the days are long enough to fit in some extra reading after dinner, and Northern New England is blooming with literary festivals and summer reading series, including the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum's Readings in the Gallery, Brownington, Vermont's Back Roads Readings, the Hyla Brook Reading Series at Robert Frost's farm in Derry, New Hampshire, the Troy Hill Reading Series in Warner, New Hampshire, the Canaan Meetinghouse Reading Series in Canaan, New Hampshire, Authors at the Aldrich in Barre, Vermont, and the Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series in Rochester, Vermont.

If that's not enough to keep you busy, Woodstock, Vermont's 10th annual Bookstock Literary Festival is happening at the end of the month and promises three chock-full days of readings, workshops, live music, used book sales, and other goodies.

You can find details about all of these series and festivals on the Literary North calendar.

Poetry&Pie

And of course our very own Poetry & Pie is happening in just a few weeks! We're making lists, finalizing pie recipes, and putting in an order for a perfect summer day. We hope you'll be joining Didi Jackson, Julia Shipley, Ocean Vuong, our friends and volunteers, and us on Saturday, July 21 for a delicious afternoon. All of the seats for this event are already reserved, but if you're interested in attending, please add your name to the waiting list in case there are cancellations!

Oh! And speaking of festivals, we're excited to be sponsoring the 14th Annual Burlington Book Festival, which is happening in Burlington, Vermont, October 12 through 14. The three-day festival takes place in a variety of downtown venues and features author readings, signings, panel discussions, workshops, exhibits, lectures, Q&A sessions, performances, the 12th annual Grace Paley Poetry Series, and more. Keep your eyes on this space for more details soon.

We can rest in the winter, right?

This time of year, we love to talk to area writers and readers about their summer reading suggestions. This summer, we've started a new series with summer reading picks from our favorite local indie bookstores. First up are suggestions from the booksellers at Left Bank Books in Hanover, New Hampshire, and The Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont. Their suggestions are terrific, and you'll get a real feel for each book by reading their descriptions. Check out their suggestions on our blog!

SlowClubBookClub-Summer

If all of this is just too much excitement for you and your TBR pile is already wagging an accusing finger in your direction, we can empathize. Maybe you want to read just one book this summer? If so, our Slow Club Book Club might be right for you. We just announced that our summer book is Lost in the City, by Edward P. Jones. (Yes, that's right: just one book for the entire summer.) We'll start reading on July 1. If you'd like to join us, just subscribe to our newsletter, and then read the book at your leisure. No strings attached!

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New to our blog is our recent interview with Ray Keifetz, whose first collection of poetry, Night Farming in Bosnia, was published in April. You don't want to miss this book, or Ray's moving and thoughtful replies to our questions. To find out more and to read selections from Night Farming in Bosnia, visit our interview with Ray.

One final note for our blog readers: we've added a new Blog Directory page to our site so that you can find a full list of our posts, organized by category. We hope this helps make it easier for you to find a specific interview, reading list, or Dipper edition.

We're taking August off from this newsletter so we can have more time to read and go to readings. We'll see you back here in September. Happy summer, friends!

 

July Shooting Stars

A cool literary find from each of us to help light up your month!

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July Highlights

Vermont College of Fine Art's summer residency readings continue July 1 to 3 with Danielle Evans, Jeffrey Thomas Leong, and Mary Ruefle. The readings begin at 7:00 pm and take place in the College Hall chapel on the VCA campus in Montpelier, Vermont.

Nicole Homer. Photo by Maria Del Naja.

Nicole Homer. Photo by Maria Del Naja.

Nicole Homer—the 2018 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place—will be reading at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, on Thursday, July 5, as part of the Readings in the Gallery Series. The reading begins at 7:00 pm.

On Sunday, July 8, poets Jody Gladding and Sharon Olds share the bill at the first event of the 2018 Back Roads Readings series at Brownington Congregational Church, in Brownington, Vermont. All readings begin at 3:00 pm and are followed by a book signing and reception.

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Peter Manseau

Peter Manseau and Ivy Pochoda launch this year's Meetinghouse Readings in Canaan, New Hampshire, on Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 pm. The series, which continues through early August, includes readings by Christopher Wren, Lauren Groff, Howard Mansfield, Robin MacArthur, Lloyd Schwartz, and Joan Silber.

The Third International Thorton Wilder Conference takes place at the Monadnock Center for History & Culture in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The conference features paper panels, roundtable discussions, presentations, readings, and social events from Thursday July 12 through Saturday, July 14. Limited seats are available to the public to attend conference sessions.

Marcelo Gleiser, theoretical physicist, will be giving the 2018 Dartmouth Library Book Talk on Wednesday, July 18, at 4:30 pm. Gleiser will present his book, The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected, at Dartmouth College's Baker Library in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The 10th annual Bookstock Literary Festival takes place from Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at various venues in Woodstock, Vermont. The Festival features headliners Richard Russo, Robert Pinsky, Alexander Chee, Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, plus many other presenters, workshops, food, live music, and children's activities. You can see the complete schedule of events on our calendar. You can find details about the Festival, its presenters, and its events on the Bookstock website.

Amy Siskind

Amy Siskind

On Sunday, July 29, catch local authors Jensen Beach and Bianca Stone at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vermont, as part of the Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series. Readings begin at 5:30 pm in the main gallery. Refreshments follow the readings.

Amy Siskind visits The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, in support of her book The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year on Saturday, July 28, at 7:00 pm.

 

Visit our calendar for detailed information about these events and more!

 

Worth a Drive

You have two chances to catch Ottessa Moshfegh, who is on tour for her latest novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation. She will be at the Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Thursday, July 26, at 7:00 pm, and at the Odyssey Bookshop in Hadley, Massachusetts, on Friday, July 27, at 7:00 pm. Both events are free.

 

Worth a Listen

I enjoyed listening to Silas House on the WMFA podcast discussing his new novel, Southernmost. He spoke about otherness, sensitivity, writing from a young character's point of view, his complicated relationship to the South, his writing routine, and more. —Shari

 

We're Looking Forward to These July Releases

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Calls For Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

Nominations are open for the next New Hampshire Poet Laureate, who will serve a five-year term beginning in March 2019. To be eligible for the position, the nominee must be a resident of New Hampshire, and must have published at least one full-length book of poetry. Nominations are due by July 20. For more information and to submit your nomination, please visit the Poetry Society of New Hampshire website.

Clara Martin Center is seeking submissions for their third annual art/poetry show entitled "Abundance: Celebrating Creativity in Mental Health, Wellness, and Recovery" (September 10 to November 2). You are invited to submit poetry, or 2-D or 3-D artwork to display in the exhibit. Submissions are due by July 31. Applicants must be Vermont residents, and preference is given to artists/writers in the Upper Valley. For more information, please visit Clara Martin Center's website.

The Center for Cartoon Studies announces the third year of The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency (October 16 to November 18). The month-long residency in Cornish, New Hampshire, includes a $3000 stipend. The application deadline is August 15. For more information and to apply, please visit the Cornish CCS Fellowship page.

Registration is open for the New Hampshire Poetry Festival (September 15), which will be held in Henniker, New Hampshire. Speakers include Adrian Blevins, Robert Crawford, Sharon Dolin, Matthew Guenette, and Linda Pastan. For more information and to register, please visit the NH Poetry Festival website.


Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Joni Cole of The Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont, is offering Fast Feedback on July 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. For more information and to register, please visit The Writer's Center Workshops page.

The Word Barn in Exeter, New Hampshire is offering a summer writing workshop that explores the translational power of writing from photographs into memory and imagination through poetry. The workshop, "From Poetry to Ink to Poetry to Ink to ~," will meet on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm from July 9 to July 30. Tuition is $200. Registration is limited to 10. For more information and to register, please visit The Word Barn Workshops page.

Matt Miller will be teaching an Advanced Poetry Workshop at The Word Barn, in Exeter, New Hampshire. The workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm, from July 10 to July 31. Tuition is $300. Registration is limited to 8. For more information and to register, please visit The Word Barn Workshops page.

In her exhibition The Firmament, Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families. This dynamic workshop—held at Hood Downtown in Hanover, New Hamphire from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on July 11—fuses an exploration of the Ojih Odutola’s work with a fun and meaningful creative writing exercise using thematic prompts. All writing levels welcome. Free and open to all. Space is limited. Register by July 9. For more information and to register, please visit the Workshop Registration page.

Literary North friend and book fiend Beth Reynolds is hosting the Vermont chapter of the worldwide Summer of Proust book club. The Vermont group will be reading Lydia Davis' translation of Proust's Swann's Way, with the first 49 pages due by the first meeting at the Norwich Public Library on July 16. For more information and to join the group, send an email to summerofproustvt@gmail.com. If you're outside the Upper Valley area, you can join a group in your area, or simply join the group online. For more information, please visit the Summer of Proust website.

The Burlington Writers Workshop is hosting an Historical Fiction Workshop with Stephanie Storey on July 18 in Burlington, Vermont. This workshop will give students the skills to navigate the tricky waters of historical fiction. This class is not only helpful for those writing traditional historical fiction, but also for writers of creative non-fiction, memoir, or any fiction that requires research. For more information and to register, please visit the Workshop page.

On July 21, the League of Vermont Writers hosts its popular Writers Meet Agents event at Trader Duke's Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. All writers are invited to this event, which includes presentations, pitch sessions, panels, seven agents, and more. $135-$165; $35 for each pitch session. Registration deadline is July 7. For more information and to register, please visit the League's Gatherings page.

The Burlington Writers Workshop is hosting several day-long writing retreats in the coming months. Robin McLean leads the Prose Retreat in Grande Isle, Vermont, on August 25 (registration closes on July 28). Baron Wormser leads the Poetry Retreat in Adamant, Vermont, on September 8 (registration closes on August 11). Jericho Parms leads the Creative Non-fiction Retreat in Burlington, Vermont, on November 11 (registration closes on October 28). For more information and to register for a retreat, please visit the Writing Retreats page.

The Dipper - July 2017

"The Dipper" is our monthly newsletter, where we highlight readings, events, calls for submission, and other literary-related news for the coming month. If you have news or events to share, let us know

 

July News

Poetry & Pie

Please come join us for our very own Poetry & Pieto be held at Sweetland Farm in Norwich, Vermont, on Saturday, July 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Doors open at 1:30.

Poets James Crews, Dede Cummings, and Mary Kane will be reading from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and there will be a community poetry open mic from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. In addition, there will be a wide variety of sweet and savory pies, pencil favors, and poet Taylor Katz will be composing bespoke poems for a sliding scale fee of $10 to $25.

It's going to be an amazing day in a beautiful setting with delicious treats. We hope you can join us. Admission is $6 at the door and includes pie and a souvenir pencil.

 

Vermont Book Award

Congratulations to the 2017 Vermont Book Award finalists:

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  • Jensen Beach (Swallowed By the Cold)
  • Melanie Finn (The Gloaming)
  • Margot Harrison (The Killer In Me)
  • Robin MacArthur (Half Wild)
  • Angela Palm (Riverine)
  • Elizabeth Powell (Willy Loman's Reckless Daughter)
  • Alison Prine (Steel)
  • Mary Ruefle (My Private Property)

The Vermont Book Award is a $5,000 literary prize created by Vermont College of Fine Arts to celebrate the literature of Vermont. To qualify, a book must be a work of outstanding literary merit by a Vermont writer. The winner will be announced at The Vermont Book Award Gala on Saturday, September 23 in Montpelier, Vermont. We hope to see you there!

To celebrate the finalists and the arrival of summer, our blog is featuring the summer readings lists of several of the finalists. Hop on over to see summer reading lists from Jensen Beach, Margot Harrison, and Robin MacArthur.

 

Support Literary North!

Literary North is a labor of love for us, but we can't live on love (and pie) alone. We're powered by donations from people who attend our events and appreciate what we do. Please consider supporting us at any level that feels good to you. And if you're interested in co-sponsoring an event or volunteering your time, we'd be thrilled to hear from youWe appreciate your support from the bottom of our hearts!


July Highlights

Victoria Redel

Victoria Redel

The Canaan Meetinghouse Readings are every Thursday in July at 7:30 pm in Canaan, New Hampshire. Authors in this year's reading series include Cynthia Huntington, Rick Moody, James Wright, Megan Abbott, April Ossman, Victoria Redel, Major Jackson, and Alexander Chee.

Salman Rushdie  is giving a lecture titled "Public Events, Private Lives," on Friday, July 14, at 5:00 pm at Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College.

The Frost Place's 40th Anniversary Celebration takes place from July 21 to July 23 with a series of poetry readings from Nikki Finney, Charles Simic, Diana Delgado, Gerardo Pacheco Matus, William Palomo, Charif Shanahan, and Javier Zamora.

Bill Roorbach will be reading from his new short story collection, The Girl of the Lake, at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, July 14, at 7:00 pm.

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky

Poet Ilya Kaminsky will be reading at The Vermont Studio Center on Wednesday, July 26, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm in Johnson, Vermont.

"Poets in the Park" will take place every Thursday in July at 5:45 pm at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Bookstock takes place July 28 to 30 in Woodstock, Vermont, with a wide range of readings and workshops. Writers include Jorie Graham, Molly Peacock and Paul Muldoon and local favorites Joni Cole, April Ossman, Elizabeth Powell, and Bill Schubart. Visit the Bookstock website to see the entire list of authors and dates.

The Tory Hill Authors Series begins in July at the Warner Town Hall in Warner, New Hampshire. There are four Saturday events: July 8, July 22, August 5, and August 19. This year's authors are Anita Diamant, Mary Azarian, Gwen Florio, Paul Doiron and Kristen Lindquist.

Please visit our calendar for detailed information about each event and to see more event listings for July and beyond.

 

We're looking forward to these July releases:


Calls for Submission and Upcoming Deadlines

The Green Mountain Writers Conference (July 24 to July 28, in Chittenden, Vermont) has discounted registration rates if you register before July 15. For more information, please visit their Registration page.

Register now through August 31 for the Northern Woodlands Conference (October 20 to 22, 2017) and take 10% off the registration fee. Use the special code "EarlyBird" at checkout to receive the discount. For more information and to register, please visit the Conference page.

Registration is still for the Writers in the Round Songwriters and Poets Retreat, September 7 to 10, on Star Island, New Hampshire. This is a time for stretching boundaries, cross genre inspiration, and fresh salt air. We welcome all levels of artistry for daily classes, structured and unstructured time for composition and collaboration, small group workshops, and nightly song and poetry swaps. The program fee is $110. Room and board rates ($424 to $734) include lodging, meal, and ferry transportation from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For more information and to register, please visit the Retreat page.


July Workshops and Classes

Poet James Crews is teaching a "Mindfulness and Writing" workshop on Saturday, July 15, from 10:00 am to noon at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont. For more information and to register, please visit the bookstore's Event page.

Judith Hertog is teaching "Summer Tales: A Writing and Storytelling Workshop for High Schoolers" on Tuesdays and Fridays, July 11 to 28, from 10:00 am to noon at the Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont. For more information visit the Writer's Center website. To register, email judith.hertog@gmail.com.

"Into the Words!" the League of Vermont Writers second biennial Summer Retreat and Member Showcase takes place on Saturday, July 22, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, in Irasburg, Vermont. $25 for members; $35 for non-members. To see the full schedule and to register, please visit their Gatherings page.

Baron Wormser hosts a poetry workshop in the History Center at Bookstock on Friday, July 28, from 10:00 to 11:40 am. Contact Bookstock for more information.

Terry Osborne presents "Perception, Self-Awareness, and Nature Writing" at Billings Farm as a part of Bookstock 2017 on Friday, July 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Workshop limit is 12; pre-registration is required. Call (802) 457-3368 x222 (Marsh Billings front desk).