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Dan Hamel, of Hartland, Vt., talks about his recovery from alcoholism during an interview at his home on February 6, 2016. It is one of several topics he writes about in his book of poetry "Inspirations and Emotions." (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Woods and Words

Saturday, February 13, 2016

F ive years ago, Dan Hamel wrote a poem he called A Hunter’s Prayer , which happened to be the first poem he’d ever written. In it Hamel, who was raised as a Catholic but no longer worships in the church, writes about spending time in the woods. When he sits long and patiently enough, the birds and animals wander …

‘Harry Potter’ Play to Be Published

Friday, February 12, 2016

When die-hard Harry Potter fans first heard that J.K. Rowling was writing a sequel to her beloved seven-part series, they couldn’t wait to get their hands on the book. Then they realized the sequel wasn’t going to be a book at all — it was a play. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to debut in London at the Palace Theatre …

An Operatic Novel of a 19th Century Diva

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (561 pages, $28) Alexander Chee’s second novel, The Queen of the Night, has a plot so crammed with wild incident, shattering reversal and explosive emotion, one wonders if the author somehow got his hands on Alexander Dumas’ old munitions dump and emptied it of its contents. In a historical note, Chee says …

Bringing Medieval Works to the Digital World

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bethlehem, Pa. — At Lehigh University, a visitor to the Linderman Library can plunge into the Middle Ages and study a 15th-century text that shows the Earth as the center of the universe. Or touch the pages of …

Book Notes: Group to Discuss‘Between the World and Me’ in West Lebanon

Friday, February 12, 2016

The most-talked-about nonf iction book of 2015, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which takes on the sadly eternal issue of American racism in the form of a letter from Coates to his adolescent son, is the subject of a four-part book discussion group that begins …

Reporter’s Book Details Seattle Murder Case

Sunday, February 7, 2016

We sat in the sun to talk, which made us both happy, since so much of what brought Eli Sanders and me to this meeting was steeped in darkness: The sweltering July night in 2009 when Jennifer Hopper …

America’s Secret Life

Friday, January 29, 2016

The writer Thomas Powers has spent the past 40 years thinking about the American intelligence community, beginning with articles he wrote for Rolling Stone on the CIA and its director Richard Helms, who served as director from 1966 …

Book Review: Bill Bryson Takes a Turn for the Worse

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson; Doubleday (380 pages, $28.95) The world is always in decline if you want it to be. In the 1880s, the English experienced an intense …

Vermont Poet Laureate Torch Passes Down Conn. River Valley

Friday, January 29, 2016

In November, I was succeeded as Vermont poet laureate by the more-than-worthy Chard de Niord of Westminster West, on whom I wish a tenure as full of rewards as mine proved. I visited over 100 community libraries as laureate, and more often than not, I used the following …

In Westminster West, How Poetry Carries the News

Friday, January 29, 2016

I’m deeply honored by the Vermont Council of the Arts decision to appoint me as the new Vermont poet laureate, especially since Vermont is full of strong poets who are also deserving of this position. I hope to work with my fellow poets in making poetry even more …

New Beatrix Potter Book to Come Out This Year

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ready for the brand-new, 100-year-old tale by Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter? It’s on its way. Two years ago, Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s in the U.K., came upon a reference to a mysterious Potter manuscript featuring “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads …

Trio Made Heroes in France Have Book Deal

Sunday, January 24, 2016

They tackled a terrorist. Now they’re ready to tackle a book. Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, the three American friends who beat a would-be killer unconscious and saved a train full of people traveling to Paris …

Veteran Writes Novel About Life Post-War

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Late in A Hard and Heavy Thing, University of Wisconsin-Madison law student Matthew J. Hefti’s debut novel, Levi Hartwig is drinking with his dad in a bar, more than a year after returning from stints as a soldier …