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Virginia "Ginnie" Davenport, looks over a wall of family photographs at her home in Thetford, Vt. on Feb. 24, 2015. The painted portrait of Davenport on the left was made by an Italian artist from a photograph Davenport's  husband carried with him during World War II, when the couple was secretly engaged.   (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Deep, Clear Memories: Writing Courses Spur Thetford Woman’s Memoir

Friday, February 27, 2015

While assembling the first volume of her memoirs in 2013, Thetford Center resident Virginia “Ginnie” Davenport ventured several times through the countryside of Middlesex, Vt., in search of remnants of the farm where she’d spent childhood summers with her mother’s parents during the Great Depression. In the company of her former creative writing teacher, Hilary Mullins of Bethel, and of …

On Poetry: The Moral Force of Jean Connor’s Poems

Friday, February 27, 2015

It has been almost two years since I celebrated one of Vermont’s literary treasures, Jean Connor, a poet who, after a long career as a librarian in upstate New York, now lives at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. Here I offer such celebration again, for no especial reason save that I’ve lately been rereading her 2005 collection, A Cartography of Peace. The book …

‘What Pet Should I Get?’ New Dr. Seuss Book Due Out in July

Friday, February 27, 2015

Another recently-discovered manuscript is coming to summer reading lists, this time in the form of a new Dr. Seuss book. The manuscript by the late author Theodor Geisel, a 1925 Dartmouth College graduate known to readers as Dr. Seuss, is coming out in July-the same month as the release of a recently-discovered novel by Harper Lee. Random House Children’s Books announced recently that …

Piermont Photographs Are a Love Letter to a Time and Place

Saturday, January 17, 2015

In 2012, M.L. Gitchel, known to her friends as Mel, decided she wanted to do something to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Piermont town, which was then two years away. Some people might bake a …

If There’s Sound Reason, It’s OK to Rhyme, but Don’t Push It

Friday, January 16, 2015

I have by now visited just shy of 100 Vermont community libraries to talk about my chosen art, this in accord with the aim I announced on being installed in 2011 as the state’s poet laureate. If, in that span, there is one issue I have encountered more …

Remembering Robert Stone, Novelist Apart

Friday, January 16, 2015

Robert Stone was not a joiner. This might be what I admired about him most. During the 1950s, while living in Manhattan, he moved around the edges of the Beat scene (his wife, Janice, worked at the Seven …

Looking Back at Vietnam; Veterans in Dartmouth’s Class of 1964 Address War in Essays 

Friday, January 16, 2015

While writing about William Brewster “Bruce” Nickerson for Dartmouth Veterans: Vietnam Perspectives, Sage Dunlap Chase couldn’t help wondering what her former sweetheart would say about the era had he lived to tell the tale. “Bruce was very earnest …

The Best Gift? When a Friend Recommends A Great Read

Thursday, January 1, 2015

As a Los Angeles-based business reporter, I’ve always boarded eastbound flights with a shoulder bag of documents to review before landing. Preparing for intense interviews is akin to cramming for exams. Return flights? Those are an entirely different matter. I want a novel or engrossing biography, preferably one …

Three Decades in Print: Chelsea Green Publishing Revels in Its Independence

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thirty years ago, Ian and Margo Baldwin, transplants from Brooklyn, started a small publishing company on Chelsea’s South Green. Very small, as in the two of them. Like other publishers who go into business waving an idealistic flag, …

2014 in Review: The Commonplace Was a Common Thread in the Year’s Books

Thursday, January 1, 2015

What was the upshot of my year in reading, the ideas, the through lines that most stirred or provoked me in 2014? The dominant thread was what we might call that of common experience, work that finds significance …

Publisher Releases Torture Report

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Washington, D.C. — What better to give someone this holiday season than a paperback copy of the Senate’s report on the U.S. government’s torture practices. Wait, what now? Well, we’re not exactly sure what people are planning to do with the Senate Torture Report, but it appears that …

Fan Fiction Begets Publishing Success

Sunday, December 28, 2014

It starts with a familiar name, but then takes a turn. Jay Gatsby actually faked his death, and is now reunited with Daisy. Scandal’s Olivia Pope is somehow working on Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign. And a member of the boy band One Direction is falling in love on …

Danish ‘Cartoon Crisis’ Editor Reflects in Book

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Amid the murder threats and security alerts and thrown axes, Flemming Rose is not, he says, confrontational by nature. Rose is best known as the Danish newspaper editor who — in reaction to what he saw as increasing self-censorship by visual and verbal artists — nearly a decade …