Release Day: Proof Positive


Archer Mayor’s 25th Joe Gunther novel, Proof Positive, officially lands in bookstores today!

Ben Kendall was a troubled man. Coming back from Vietnam with PTSD and scars that no one else could see, he hid away from the world, filling his house with an ever-increasing amount of stuff, until finally, the piles collapsed and he was found dead, crushed beneath his own belongings. But what at first glance looks to be a tragic accidental death of a hoarder, may be something much more—and much deadlier. Ben’s cousin, medical examiner Beverly Hillstrom, unsettled by the circumstances of his death, alerts Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team.

Ben, it seems, brought back something else from Vietnam than personal demons—he also brought back combat photos and negatives that someone else wants desperately to keep from the public eye. When Beverly’s daughter Rachel made her cousin Ben—and his photos—the subject of her college art project, some of those photos appeared on the walls of a local art gallery. This in turn resulted in the appearance of a two man hit squad, searching for some other missing negatives. With Joe Gunther and his squad trailing behind the grisly research results of the hit team, and the deadly killers closing in on Rachel, Gunther has little time to find and protect Rachel before she ends up in the same grisly state as her cousin before her. Archer Mayor’s Proof Positive is another enthralling installment in the Joe Gunther Series.

As is now a fall tradition here in Vermont, he’s on tour throughout the state – here’s where he’ll be next.

Geek Things for September 30th, 2014

  • Proof Positive Release Day Party, 6:30pm, Mystery On Main, Brattleboro. (Authors)
  • ‘Into the Woods’, 7:30 pm, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $20-55. (Theater)
  • Michael Morell – Former deputy director of the CIA discusses pressing international issues, 4:30-6 pm, Cook Auditorium, Murdough Center, Hanover. (Talk)
  • Gaming for Teens & Adults, 5-7:45 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Technology Help, 10 am-1 pm, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. (Tech)
  • Knights of the Mystic Movie Club, 8 pm, Main Street Museum in White River Junction. Upper Valley (map). Free.
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mathematics Seminar: Bruce Peterson, Middlebury College – Can You Stretch A Line? 3 – 4:15pm, Warner 202, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Maths)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Game Night in Danby, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Silas Griffith Inn, Danby. (Gaming)
  • MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Guided Nature Walk. 9am, Barre Town Forest, meet at Brook St. parking area, Info. 476-4185. (Barre Town)
  • Middlesex Historical Society Meeting. 7-8:30 pm, Middlesex Town Hall, Middlesex. Info. 272-8074. (History)
  • Author Rowan Jacobsen. “Apples of Uncommon Character,” 7pm, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Info. 229-0774. (Food)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Khans of Tarkir 2HG, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Fights! Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Montshire FIRST® LEGO® League Team (first meeting), 3:30 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Burlington Beer Company Community Movie Night: Back to the Future

It looks like Burlington Beer Company is getting into the movie business: starting on Saturday, October 11th, they’ll be holding a screening of Back to the Future at their headquarters in Williston:

Join us for games, pints, and BACK TO THE FUTURE! We’ll be projecting the movie starting at 7:30 onto a 12 foot screen. Order food for take out, delivery, or bring your own.

Movie starts at 7:30. We’ll be open all day for samples, growler fills, and pints.

RSVP here.

Geek Things for September 29th, 2014

  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MTG:MNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Casual Card Games, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mystery Book Club: The Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie and Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman, 7:00 pm, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. (Books)

Geek Things for September 26th, 2014

  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Vermont Archaeology Month: War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley – “On the Land, On the Water and Under the Water.” 8:15 am-3:30 pm, Burlington City Hall Auditorium, Burlington. $15-20. (History
  • Family Movie – Hoot, 3 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Movies)
  • PSYC Lecture: Dr. Jeffrey Arnett (Emerging Adulthood), 12:30 – 1:30pm, Dana Auditorium, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Teen Movie – Divergent. 6-8:30 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Movies)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • FNM at Heroes Kingdom, 6:00pm, Heroes Kingdom, St. Albans. (Gaming)
  • Khans of Tarkir Release Draft, 6:00pm, Dark Tower Gaming, St. Johnsbury. (Gaming)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • MTG:FNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • FNM at the Book Garden, 7:00pm, Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • The Magic of Bird Migration, 4 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; free for children ages 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Birds)
  • ‘Into the Woods’, 7:30 pm, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $20-55. (Theater)
  • Technology Help, 1-4 pm, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. (Tech)
  • Fall Migration Bird Walks, 7:30-9 am, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $10; free for kids and members. (Birds)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 8 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • Archer Mayor – “Proof Positive” reading & discussion, 7:00pm, Salisbury Free Library, Salisbury, NH. (Authors)
  • Friday Night Magic: Draft, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Flames of War Open Play, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Friday Nights for Teen Tinkerers, 6:30 pm , Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Star Party, 7:45pm, UVM Horticulture Research Center, South Burlington. (Astronomy)
  • Star Parties, Green Mountain Observatory, Hinesburg. (Astronomy)

The Art of Horror 2014

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington has a really cool looking showing coming up: The Art of Horror 2014. There’ll be an opening reception on Friday, October 3rd from 5-11pm.

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and Soda Plant are pleased to present a juried group show for Halloween. Guest curators, Sarah Vogelsang-Card and Beth Robinson, have chosen work that best defines the “art of horror.” Works in the exhibit will represent the beautiful side of decay, the finer points of blood letting, and that special something inside a depraved mind.

You are invited to kick off the Halloween season at our opening reception on October 3 from 5 – 11pm. Costuming is highly encouraged. For one night only, indulge your senses with bloody burlesque, fire dancing goddesses, spirit conjuring performance art from Shakti Tribal Dance at Green Mountain College, Dread Shaman Manic Dan, Graveyard Girls, Merrique Hysteric, and Aeshna Mairéad Dance

Top off the night (from 9 – 11pm) with brooding metal from local favorites, Cruciferion and Vultures of Cult, performing in The Backspace. Visual noise provided by The Retinal Exploitation Cooperative.

The exhibition will run through October 25th.

There’s an impressive number of artists included in this showing. Here’s the list:

  • Aaron Reil
  • Akino Fukawa
  • Andrea Currie
  • Andy Gimino
  • Andy Van Ness
  • Ashlin LeBlanc
  • Athena Kafantaris
  • Avram Halperin
  • britta brickell
  • Collin Albury
  • Cullen Johnson
  • Dan Flanders
  • Dan MOran
  • Dana Dale Lee
  • Danny Bryant
  • Dave Mahan
  • doug hoffman
  • Hillary Kelly
  • Holly J Danger
  • Jamie Meehl
  • Jennifer LeBlanc
  • Jeri Miller
  • Jme Wheeler
  • john finn
  • Josh St.Onge
  • Kristin Richland
  • Lila Rees
  • Lisa Eldred
  • Lucie Stein
  • Mary Ellen Boisvert
  • matt morris
  • Matthew Sylvester
  • Melissa Chaput
  • Melissa Kristiansen
  • Mike Turner
  • morgan stark
  • Nicole Christman
  • Nikki Laxar
  • Noah Hirka
  • Rachel Hooper
  • Rachel Laundon
  • Robert Waldo Brunelle JR
  • Samuel Balling
  • Scott Monteiro
  • Sierra Skye Makaris
  • Simone Claxton
  • Stephen Mease
  • Taylar Main
  • Timo Frosch

RSVP here!

Geek Things for September 25th, 2014

  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series – Environmental Studies Core Panel Discussion Theme:Technology and the Environment, 12:30 – 1:20pm, Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • MTG @ Rutland Collectibles, Rutland Collectibles, Rutland. (Gaming)
  • After School Games – Fairlee, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Fairlee library, Fairlee. (Gaming)
  • 802MTG Randolph, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Kimball Library, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • Rowan Jacobsen: Apples of Uncommon Character, 7:00pm, Phoenix Books, Burlington. (Authors)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12:30-5:30 pm, Williamstown High School, Williamstown. (Blood)
  • Magic EDH Casual Play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • An Evening with Archer Mayor to benefit the Dunbar Free Library Building Expansion Fund, 7:00pm, Ava Gallery, Lebanon, NH. (Authors)
  • Climate Change Symposium, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center 417/419, UVM, Burlington. (Climate)
  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Writer’s Circle, 5:30-7 pm, The Wellness Co-op, Burlington. (Writing)
  • ‘Into the Woods’, 7:30 pm, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $20-55. (Theater)
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6-7 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington. $10. (Workout)

Don Bredes Tour


Don Bredes has his latest novel, Polly and the One and Only World, coming out next month, and along with it, he’s going on a short tour around Vermont and New York. Here’s where he’ll be:

  • October 4, Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro, VT, 2:30 pm
    October TBA, Galaxy Books, Hardwick, VT
    October 10, Green Mountain Books, Lyndonville, VT, 4-6 pm
    October 30, St. Johnsbury Academy Library, St. Johnsbury, VT, 3 pm
    November 14, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT, 7 pm
    November 15, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY, 7 pm

Cover & Blurb for Erin Moulton’s Keepers of the Labyrinth!

Erin Moulton is currently entertaining me with her latest novel, Chasing the Milky Way, and she’s just unveiled the plot and cover for her next, Keepers of the Labyrinth!

Here’s what it’s about:

Lilith Bennette runs at midnight. She scales walls in the dark and climbs without a harness. She hopes that if she follows exactly in the steps of her strong, air-force pilot mother, she’ll somehow figure out the mystery of her mother’s death—and the reason why her necklace of Greek symbols has been missing ever since.

So when Lil is invited to Crete for a Future Leaders International Conference, the same conference her mom attended years ago, she jumps at the chance to find some answers. But high in the mountains of Crete, tucked away from civilization, beautiful Melios Manor holds a secret. Lilith and her hall mates, Sydney, Charlie and Kat overhear their mentors mention something that they know has nothing to do with the conference. They see them retrieve an artifact from a locked safe. And that artifact looks just like the necklace that Lil’s mother wore. But what does it mean? And what does it have to do with the counselors?

The girls aim to find out by sneaking back into the library, but their mentor unexpectedly shows up wounded. Soon they are handed the artifact and thrust through a secret door, pursued by those who have an unrelenting desire for it. With no other way to go but forward, the girls face a labyrinth filled with ancient mechanisms. Each chamber they pass through, in hopes for the exit, is deadlier than the last. They find themselves unraveling a thread of mythological proportions. Lil can see the artifact and the labyrinth and their predators go together, but what do they have to do with Lil’s mom? Lil moves forward, remembering her mothers favorite saying, Min zeis aplos. Zeis tolmira. Don’t just live. Live boldly. But is Lil bold enough to navigate the labyrinth without becoming one of the bodies entombed below the manor?


Read an excerpt over on her website.