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Book Notes: Dartmouth College Hosts ‘A Life with Wildlife’



Valley News Staff Writer
Friday, April 21, 2017

Naturalist and author George Schaller reviews his career of studying, writing about and advocating for wildlife around the world on Wednesday night, during a presentation at Dartmouth College’s Kreindler Conference Hall.

The octagenarian Schaller’s presentation, “A Life with Wildlife: The Arctic, Brazil and Tibet,” starts at 5:30 in room 41 of the Haldeman building, next door to Baker-Berry Library on North Main Street. Admission is free.

Schaller’s books include The Year of the Gorilla, The Last Panda and Tibet’s Hidden Wilderness, and he has contributed articles and photographs to National Geographic and other magazines. Among the many expeditions he joined over the years, one to northeast Alaska early in his career led to the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Wednesday’s presentation is hosted by the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth’s Dickey Center for International Understanding.

The Write Stuff

Upper Valley residents Joseph Citro and Joni B. Cole are among the authors scheduled to make presentations during the League of Vermont Writers’ spring gathering in Waterbury on April 29.

The league program, on the theme of “Springtime is the Write Time: Inspirational Words to Open Your Mind, Create and Live By,” will take place at the Best Western motel in Waterbury, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Citro, a Windsor resident whose books focus on unusual and often unexplained phenomena, will talk about his research, his experience with publishers and with readers, on the theme of “Vermont Writing from the Dark Side.”

Cole, an author and writing teacher who lives in Wilder, will lead an exercise on “Good Naked: Wit, Wisdom and Happy Endings.”

Admission to the gathering is $55 for league members and $60 for other writers. The league encourages writers to register by the end of Monday, by visiting leagueofvermontwriters.org.

Talk Amongst Yourselves

Historian Sarah Rooker and retired Upper Valley schoolteacher Kate McMullan will lead a discussion of two books about the experiences of African-Americans at the Quechee Library on Thursday afternoon starting at 5.

Rooker, who directs the Windsor-based Flow of History network of educators, and McMullan will examine Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, a memoir written as narrative poetry, and Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina’s biography Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How An Extraordinary Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend. The libraries in Quechee and Wilder have copies available for borrowing.

The gathering is part of the Vermont Reads initiative of the Vermont Humanities Council.

Edith Wharton’s 1917 novel Summer is the focus of this month’s classic-book discussion at Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library on April 29. The gathering runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Verse-a-tility

The Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon hosts a poetry jam on Friday night at 7, for poets of all ages, stripes and experience. Poets get between four and five minutes to read their work, either a long one, a medium-length work and a couple of shorter ones, or several shorter ones.

The gathering also is open to spectator/listeners. While admission is free, donations to the center are welcome. To learn more, visit sevenstarsarts.org.

New London residents Rylee Pauling, Haili LeBoeuf and Molly VanVranken won top honors for their poems on April 6, during the seventh annual poetry contest hosted by the Literary Arts Guild of the Lake Sunapee-area Center for the Arts.

Writing on the theme “Two,” VanVranken led the field of elementary-school pupils with her poem Duet. Meanwhile, LeBoeuf topped the middle-school division with her Two and Pauling finished first among adults with my love is the land between two rivers.

Voices from the Past

Documentarian Mark Greenberg talks about his years collecting oral histories of Vermonters through their folk music, tonight at 6:30 at Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library. His presentation, part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s cultural series, includes an examination about how early music survived in the 20th century.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304.