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Re: “Book Review: 'Their Names Are Mine,' by Rajnii Eddins

Congratulations to Mr. Eddins on the publication of his book - I look forward to reading it.

It is ironic that Ms Goodreaux advises those who might be uncomfortable with Mr. Eddins honesty to stick close to the knitting circle... Actually, there are many Black and brown knitters, designers, and dyers of yarn - and there has been an international conversation about diversity and more importantly, inclusion, in the knitting community for this entire year. Read more about this on Ravelry or Instagram, and/or in The Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, etc.

This white, Vermont-born, knitting, cis-gender woman has been working for Justice and inclusion for decades - and Im not alone! We all must value, listen to, and respect the voices and experiences of our friends and neighbors who belong to marginalized communities based on race, gender, disability, sexuality, etc. We will all be the richer for it.

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Posted by AVknits on 08/05/2019 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Book Review: 'Their Names Are Mine,' by Rajnii Eddins

Peace to brother Eddins. A stronger black man than I..

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Posted by reubendc on 07/31/2019 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Bookstock Festival Offers First Literary Inspiration Award

"She added that her authors routinely donate a percentage of their royalties to ... the Southern Poverty Law Center."

According to its latest online tax forms, the SPLC took in $110 million in donations in 2018 and $130 million in 2017. Its cash assets now exceed half a billion dollars. In short, the company doesn't need the money at the moment.

Give locally, where the needs are greatest and where you can see the results of your gifts firsthand.

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Posted by Richard Keefe on 06/26/2019 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Book Review: 'The Silk Road' by Kathryn Davis

The effort is too evident - making it hard to read for the sake of being hard to read. It's like putting something beautiful in the middle of a snow globe and then shaking it violently so that no one ever sees the actual bit of wonderment. A jumble of words and trains of thought derailing. Say what you mean and find beauty in simplicity. Not everything that's Good needs to be complicated.

Posted by Nopenopenope on 06/25/2019 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Book Review: 'The Silk Road' by Kathryn Davis

This is a meaningful review of a difficult but engrossing novel. I felt alone on my journey reading it---and afterward, when I looked for reviews to help me articulate my complex feelings about the book. The other reviews praised K. Davis (of whom I've long been an advocate/fan) but treated the work like a closed circuit, only addressing the whole, which gave me no insights to the huge, inchoate feelings the novel engendered. After reading your review, I feel I have a fellow pilgrim on my journey to understanding the ineffable landscape I traveled in reading The Silk Road.

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Posted by Therese Eiben on 06/04/2019 at 11:54 AM

Re: “South Burlington's Bookworms' Exchange to Close

I would visit this store at least once a month growing up until my family moved to North Carolina for two years and then Georgia, the store owner was like a grandmother to my generation in my family. My family was a loyal customer even when Barnes & Nobles opened in Burlington, we would stop there either before or after a trip across the street at K-Mart until she relocated down the road to beside Jiffy Lube. I was saddened to see that she closed the store. If I had known this was happening, my family would have made a special trip to Vermont to make one last purchase, not to see family, but to see her and her store one last time. She taught me how to treat books and would always point out the new Paddington Books and the latest Tom Clancy books on her shelves.

Posted by Vermonter@Heart GeorgianBYEducation on 04/11/2019 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Pierre Simenon, Son of Novelist Georges Simenon, Finds Himself in Shelburne

Georges Simenon was Belgian, not French. Given the precious few national treasures possessed by this most wonderful of Low Countries (Lambic beer and Jacques Brel being the only other two that readily come to mind), the inaccuracy is a cruel slight.

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Posted by Cedar Hannan on 03/28/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Book Review: 'Black Is the Body' by Emily Bernard

I hope shell stay, and yet, and yet, maybe Im just being selfish because Id like to experience a more diverse Vermont. Will black ever pepper the all-so-white snowscape of these northern New England towns in the spicy-rich way it does the South? Why did she have to get stabbed in my home town? It makes me feel, somehow, responsible and owing Emily an apology. I guess if shes drawn to the literature of this region, then staying here is the right move. Yes, I vote for stay.

Posted by Dave Celone on 03/21/2019 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Weighing the Loss of University Press of New England

I'd like to know why all the former institutional members abandoned UPNE ?

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Posted by Rich ard on 12/19/2018 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Dartmouth Prof Colin Calloway Pens Book on First President and First Peoples

COLIN G. CALLOWAY: "Here is a question for you to is a simple question. So simple, it is hard: "Where is the proclamation ratified by the voters of the United States to amend the United States Constitution to make the health, welfare, safety and benefits of a select group of U.S./State citizens distinguishable because of their Indian ancestry/race?"

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Posted by constitution defender on 11/07/2018 at 5:57 PM

Re: “New Book Examines How Entertainment Media Shapes Beliefs

An interesting topic. At 95.00 bucks sure to be read by upwards of 10 or 12 people with advance copies. Try knocking about 70 bucks off the price.

Posted by Mark S. Spencer on 11/07/2018 at 11:09 AM

Re: “New Book Examines How Entertainment Media Shapes Beliefs

When I was at UVM, Prof. Gierzynski was the only Prof. that required students to buy his book about Harry Potter - and it was really dumb. The whole point of the book is that UVM kids are liberal - they also happen to have watched/ read Harry Potter........just like literally every other kid that grew up in the 2000s.

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Posted by Burlington Political Observer on 10/31/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Author-Illustrator Leonard Wells Kenyon Shares Publishing Nightmare

Hi Gennita, Sorry to take a while to respond to this, but it's a good question. I don't know what is in this specific author's contract, but the book contracts I've seen specify that the publisher has X number of months to publish the book after it has been not just edited but formally "accepted" by the publishing house. This acceptance is different from the initial sale and follows a successful editing process. So my guess is that the acceptance phase wasn't reached in this case.

As for whether the author has to pay the advance back in such a situation, and what portion of the advance, and whether that provision only kicks in if the author wants to publish the book elsewhere, that seems to vary. I've heard of different cases.

Posted by Margot Harrison on 10/12/2018 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Author-Illustrator Leonard Wells Kenyon Shares Publishing Nightmare

I'm not sure I understand. It has been THREE years since his work was acquired? What is in his contract? All contracts stipulate time schedules for each phase--first part of advance money given upon signing, then second part upon approval of manuscript. Three years is quite a long time for a publisher NOT to get the work done, especially if it isn't the author's fault. Usually, there is a stipulation in the contract that states, when a manuscript as been received and edited, then the publisher has 12 months to publish it or the contract becomes void. The author does NOT owe the publisher the advance given at this point because he did NOT break the contract.

Posted by Gennita on 10/10/2018 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Rachel Lindsay's Graphic Memoir 'Rx' Creates a Buzz


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Posted by Jean Cherouny on 09/06/2018 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Hippie Havens

I was too young to join the now-legendary commune movement. I study it through "The 60's Communes" by Prof. Timothy Miller, first person accounts, and articles like this.

I keep wanting to come up with a simple explanation for the winding down of communes at the close of that period 1960 - 1975. Miller says you can't. He's the master. So, I subject myself to his judgement.

But it doesn't stop me from still trying to succinctly summarize why the commune movement spun down. Here's my theory de jour. It stopped being cool, new, and feeling right. The influx of hangers on and worse to the open communes, the routinization of hip poverty and deprivation, and the realization of the hippie lies such as that the rule of "no rules" can work in the long term (cf. p. 227 in "The 60's Communes, quoting Stewart Brand and Ken Kesey in "The Last Whole Earth Catalog") were as much factors as the ending of the draft and other societal changes.

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Posted by Softwine Market on 08/27/2018 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Debut Novel by Matthys Levy Shows How Buildings Rise and Fall

As a designer who works with contractors I look forward to a great read written from an 'insider's' perspective.

Posted by Jennifer Levy on 08/16/2018 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Debut Novel by Matthys Levy Shows How Buildings Rise and Fall

Thanks for your thorough, insightful review!

Posted by Steve Carlson on 08/15/2018 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Quick Lit: 'Everything That Follows' by Meg Little Reilly

Bravo, Meg Little Reilly!

Posted by Dan Bloom on 05/09/2018 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Hippie Havens

We were so much younger then, we're older than that now.

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Posted by Livia on 04/23/2018 at 9:55 AM

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