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    • Fiction: The Hit Deer
    • Fiction: The Hit Deer

      Kurt was driving the kids back to Mona's, Sarah Vaughan crooning on the radio, Stip strapped into his booster seat reading Captain Underpants, Kate…
    • Meet the Authors
    • Meet the Authors

      Six local writers you may not have read yet — but should
      Quick, name a Vermont author. We’re guessing you said “Chris Bohjalian,” “John Irving” or “Howard Frank Mosher.” Maybe you thought of mystery maven Archer Mayor,…
    • Cryptic Connections
    • Cryptic Connections

      Jim Rader's word puzzles keep us guessing
      It was around this time last year that Jim Rader — a former Burlington city clerk and constituent advocate in Bernie Sanders’ congressional office —…
    • Turning Pages
    • Turning Pages

      Work: Doug Dows, vintage bookseller
      Doug Dows is a man of hobbies. He plays pool, he has driven across the country visiting small museums in small towns, he works…
    • It's All a Blurb
    • It's All a Blurb

      Who praised which Vermont book to the skies? Take our quiz and find out
      The book blurb is an underappreciated art form. We’re speaking not of back-cover descriptions (also, confusingly, often called blurbs) but of those gushy quotes from…
    • Hidden View
    • Hidden View

      Fiction
      In the new spring green one year, my life cleft in two. The break happened as simply as walking across a brook, wandering through…
    • Bloomsbury Heads West
    • Bloomsbury Heads West

      Short fiction
      We found her beneath the old footbridge at the western crook of our farm, diary splayed over one knee, scribbling away as she watched…
    • Burlington Bookstore Saga Continues
    • Burlington Bookstore Saga Continues

      State of the Arts
      On December 13, Slate published a story titled “Don’t Support Your Local Bookseller.” Two days later, Salon countered with a piece called “What Slate…
    • Book Bonanza
    • Book Bonanza

      Vermont publishers explain how and why their catalogs are growing
      Last month, an anonymous poster on reddit.com announced that he was making as much as $1000 a day selling his self-published fiction online. His…
    • Rootsy Reading
    • Rootsy Reading

      A Vermont author shares veggie quirks in a new book
      Next April 14, on the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Rebecca Rupp plans to prepare a feast based on the ship’s…
    • On the Same Page
    • On the Same Page

      He writes dark and she writes light, but Jon and Wendy Clinch are each other’s best readers
      At a recent writers conference, mystery author Wendy Clinch introduced her husband, Jon Clinch, to Charlaine Harris, best-selling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. He…
    • Twit Fic
    • Twit Fic

      Local writers write stories in 10 tweets or less
      .tweet p { font-family:Verdana,Arial,sans-serif; border-bottom:1px solid #CCCCCC; margin:1em; font-size:0.9em; } Whether we love it, hate it or prefer to pretend it doesn’t exist for…
    • Fat Chance
    • Fat Chance

      A prominent Vermonter shares his love -- and hate -- for food in a new book
      In 1982, Bill Schubart was fast approaching 500 pounds. He knew that if he were bedridden — or worse — by his heft, he…
    • Browsing Grounds
    • Browsing Grounds

      Touring some of Vermont's quirkier bookstores
      Is the printed page on its way out? According to Gartner Inc., an information technology research company, sales of e-readers could top 11 million in…
    • Self-Published in the 802
    • Self-Published in the 802

      A surprising variety of Vermonters put themselves in print in 2009
      Four years ago, I wrote a Seven Days story based on a startling statistic: According to a Jenkins Group survey from 2002, 81 percent…
    • Bivalve Job
    • Bivalve Job

      Book review: The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World
      A particularly delicious appetizer frequently launches a memorable meal. But not often does an exceptional hors d’oeuvre motivate months of research and reflection that culminate…
    • Guiding Gifts
    • Guiding Gifts

      Three new books for voyaging through Vermont
      I like to read, but I don’t like to read outdoorsy books very much — which is probably how my husband and I ended…

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