Bookstock: The First Annual Green Mountain Festival of Words!


  • I wish I had known about this earlier but, if I have any readers in Vermont who are free this evening and tomorrow, try Woodstock’s first annual literary extravaganza! I have copied the brochure. Hopefully the promoters of  Bookstock won’t mind. To see the brochure in its native environment, along with links to its sponsors, click on the image above.

Program for Bookstock, the Green Mountain Festival of Words

Held July 31 to 1 August 2009 in Woodstock, VT, Bookstock is a community-wide celebration of books & authors – especially those connected with Vermont – & their role in helping us explore a wide range of human experiences.

Conceived as an inclusive event for all ages & literary inclinations, Bookstock features performances, lectures, workshops, participatory poetry events & readings for children & adults from Friday evening through Saturday evening. Many nationally recognized writers will be participating, as well as others familiar to Vermonters. (Speaker, writer and poet bios here.)

Bookstock is also designed to be a book browser’s & buyer’s nirvana. A mammoth book sale combining the North Universalist Chapel Society’s annual “Worlds Greatest Book Sale” with the Norman Williams Public Library’s “Summer Book Sale” will offer tens of thousands of new & used books for sale.

Most Bookstock events will be free. All events are open to the public. Programs will be held at various sites including the Town Hall Theatre, the Woodstock Elementary School, the Norman Williams Public Library, the North Universalist Chapel the Woodstock Inn, & the Woodstock History Center. All venues are within easy walking distance & are universally accessible. This program includes a map for your convenience.

If you have any questions please speak with one of our volunteers at any of the venues or visit our hospitality tents in front of the Norman Williams Public Library & in front of the Woodstock Elementary School.

Have fun & happy reading!


Friday, July 31
7 PM
SpeakChorus: “The Incomparable Miss Welty”
Harriet Worrell, the Yoh Theatre Director in Woodstock, leads her students in a performance drawing from the work of Eudora Welty. North Universalist Chapel

7:15 PM
Keynote Speech, Reeve Lindbergh: “Of Words & Wings”
Anne & Charles Lindbergh left a combined legacy of flying & writing with their youngest child, Reeve. She will talk about the books she has written – for children & adults – & the stories behind them. North Universalist Chapel

8 PM
Opening Reception & Read-a-thon Kickoff, North Universalist Chapel
From 8 PM Friday to 8 PM Saturday, readers of all ages participate in continuous “relay reading.” Reeve Lindbergh kicks off this event reading from her book,Under a Wing. Participants will then walk to the Library for the remainder of this event. Norman Williams Public Library

Saturday, August 1

World’s Greatest Book Sale & Exhibitors

9 AM until 4 PM, Woodstock Elementary School
Tens of thousands of new, used & antiquarian books for all ages at great prices under one roof.

Countryman Press
Everybody Wins! Vermont
Harbor Mountain Press
Otter Pond Bindery
Pleasant Street Books
Quechee Public Library
Thistle Hill Publications

10 AM-11 AM
Scavenger Hunt
Children ages 8-12 search the Norman Williams Public Library for clues left in the stacks. An exciting journey through one of the most beautiful libraries in America. Prizes awarded to all participants. Norman Williams Public Library

Lecture & Panel Discussion on the Graphic Novel
Presented by the Center for Cartoon Studies. Woodstock Elementary School

Become an Exciting Clown Character
Jennie Lindheim will teach us different clown walks, voices, how to use clown props, & why clowns are happy all the time! For ages 10 & older. Norman Williams Public Library

Mystery & Danger in Vermont
The Darkness Under the Water is Beth Kannell’s historical mystery set in Waterford, VT. The book presents a dark & disturbing period in the state’s history as seen through the eyes of a teen. Beth will describe the events & narratives that led to her novel. She will read from it & answer questions. Ages 12 & older. Woodstock Elementary School

11 AM-12:30 PM
Make a Simple No-Sew Book
Susan Bonthron of Otter Pond Bindery will demonstrate & help you make (with materials provided) a simple book of your own, using decorative paste, paper & other materials. She will provide printed instructions so you can make more books without the need for special tools or equipment. All ages. Woodstock Elementary School

Book signing with Reeve Lindbergh
The Yankee Bookshop, 12 Central Street, Woodstock

1:30-3 PM
Writer’s Workshop
Vermont poet Geof Hewitt will lead a writing workshop emphasizing “quickwriting” as a means to get beyond the inner critic. Bring a pencil or pen & your notebook or paper! All ages. Norman Williams Public Library

Food & Wine Pairing with Deirdre Heekin & Caleb Barber
Local restaurateurs & authors, Deirdre & Caleb will lead a workshop on the flavors & scent of terroir in food & wine pairing. They will encourage participants to find the language to describe what defines taste & scent & how to apply it to the alchemy of creating & combining what we eat & drink. Food & wine tasting. Small fee of $10. North Universalist Chapel

Pearls, Politics & Power
Madeleine Kunin, Vermont’s only woman governor, discusses how women can win & lead in politics. Norman Williams Public Library

Write Next Door
Come listen to local authors Bruce Coffin, Peter Fox Smith & Joseph Olshan
as they share selections from their respective works. Following the readings & commentary, there will be a question-and-answer period, book signings, & refreshments. Woodstock History Center

Drawing Funny Faces with Anna Dewdney
Learn how this children’s illustrator makes her books & where she gets her ideas. Program features a reading & drawing presentation. Woodstock Elementary School

3-4 PM
Poetry Reading Featuring former Vermont State Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt
This Pulitzer & National Book Award finalist will read from her extensive collection of poetry. Norman Williams Public Library

3-4:30 PM
Make a Canvas-Covered Sewn Book
Maine book-art artist Annie Lloyd & local book designer Edie Crocker lead
us in crafting an eight-page sewn book with a decorative linen cover. This class is designed for ages 12 & older & is limited to 20 participants. Woodstock Elementary School

3:30-4:30 PM
Storytelling & readings for all ages
Stories for all ages with some of your favorite local librarians & storytellers. Norman Williams Public Library

Vermont Observed: An Essayist’s Viewpoint
Castle Freeman, an essayist for The Old Farmer’s Almanac & Vermont Life Magazine, will share his observations & writing experiences. He will read from his latest novel & answer questions. Woodstock Elementary School

4-5:30 PM
All Ages Poetry Slam*
Bring two original pieces of writing, each of which you can read or recite in three minutes or less. Our “slam-master,” Vermont slam champ Geof Hewitt, will provide modest prizes. *Slam is a lighthearted competition. Audience members, chosen at random, act as judges. Norman Williams Public Library

7:30 PM
Film: Inkheart
A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books & must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, & a storybook hero. Town Hall Theatre

9:30 PM
Writers’ Salo(o)n
After the pages of readings & workshops & lectures & book sales have all been turned, take an informal breather with like-minded, lit-minded folk. An opportunity to rhapsodize about the festival or favorite authors, read, recite,or just unwind with a glass or pint & chat: a book-lover’s medley in one of Woodstock’s most convivial venues. Richardson’s Tavern @ the Woodstock Inn

Sponsors & Supporters
Many thanks to our generous sponsors, supporters, organizers, presenters & volunteers!

Anything Printed
The Ardmore Inn
The Quechee Public Library
The Woodstock Elementary School
Woodstock Home & Hardware
The Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Yankee Bookshop, est 1935

Supported in Part by
The National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The Vermont Arts Council
The Vermont Humanities Council

Norman Williams Public Library
North Universalist Chapel Society
Pentangle Arts Council
Thompson Center
Woodstock Historical Society

Thank You
Hartland Public Library
Howe Public Library
Woodstock Coffee & Tea
Woodstock Chamber of Commerce

Special Thanks
Program Front Cover Art & Bookstock Poster, Carol Egbert 2009
Back Cover Art, Katherine Roy 2009