Geek Things for January 26th, 2015

  • Make It!: Duct-Tape Crafts, 3:30 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Duct Tape)
  • Tabletop Game Night, 5:30-7:45 pm, Colchester Meeting House, Colchester. (Gaming)
  • Neuroscience of Mindfulness, 4:30-5:30 pm, Living Room: Center of Positivity, Essex Junction. $8-10. (Neuroscience)
  • Casual Card Games, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MTG:MNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Mystery Book Club – Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger / Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. (Books)

Angela Palm wins the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

Here’s some outstanding news for a Vermont author: Angela Palm, formerly of the Renegade Writer’s Collective, has won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, which comes with a publication date for her book and a nice advance.

Riverine by Angela Palm has been chosen as the newest winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. The book was selected from hundreds of manuscripts by Graywolf editors and judge Brigid Hughes of A Public Space. In addition to a spring 2016 publication, the prize comes with a $12,000 advance.

Riverine is a bold portrait of girlhood, adolescence, and adulthood that explores growing up in a small river town in rural Indiana. Over a century ago the Kankakee river was forcibly straightened to make way for farmland, but it floods and returns to its old course every year. Like the river, the girls and women in Riverine are drawn back to their origins. For Angela Palm, this means visiting a prison where a lost love is serving a life sentence for murder. A mesmerizing map of one woman’s life, Riverine is a brilliant melding of hybrid essays that use narrative form as a way for Palm to discover if she’ll ever be able to move on, despite all she’s left behind.

We’ve read a bunch of Angela’s works before, and we can say that it’s well deserved. Read the entire announcement here.

Reminder: Vermont Stories of Imagination!

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Reminder: the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Vermont Stories of Imagination!, is tomorrow, January 24th at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier at noon. Authors included in this event are Sean Patrick-Burke, Brett Cox, Kane Gilmore, Mike Luoma, Aimee Picchi and Ginger Weil.

Event attendees for the Montpelier event will be provided a discount on museum admission for the day.

Geek Things for January 23rd, 2015

  • Mathematics Colloquium – “Using Machine Learning to Better Understand Complex Systems.” 3:15 pm, Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. (Math)
  • Gary Miller – ‘Museum of the Americas’, 7 pm, Main Street Museum, White River Junction. $2-20 suggested donation. (Authors)
  • A Market Day at Birka, Barony of Stonemarche, Manchester, NH. (SCA)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MCAB Free Friday Film Big Hero 6, 6 – 8pm / 9 – 11pm, Dana Auditorium, Middlebury COllege, Middlebury. (Movies)
  • SB Mentoring Winter Bookfair, 9:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Books)
  • Fate Reforged Midnight Booster Draft, 12:00am, Flights of Fantasy Books and Games, Albany, NY. (Gaming)
  • FNM – Fate Reforged 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)
  • FOL Basement Book Sale! 10AM-4PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. (Books)
  • FNM: Modern Masters Meltdown Qualifier II: 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 Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Early Bird Math, 11 am-12 pm, Richmond Free Library, Richmond. (Math)

Geek Things for January 22nd, 2015

  • Kathryn Cramer & James Cambias – Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, 6:30 pm, Phoenix Books, Burlington. (Science Fiction)
  • Predator Prowl, 9-10:30 am, Meet at the education barn, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. (Kids)
  • Library Feedback Session, 4:30-5:30 pm, Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Libraries)
  • National Theatre Live: ‘Treasure Island’, 2 & 7 pm, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. $18. (Theater)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Dragons Workshop, 6-7:30 pm, Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $5-8; preregister. (Dragons)
  • Generator Membership Orientation, 6-7 pm, Generator, Burlington. $10. (Tech)
  • Solar Home Heating Workshop, 6:30-8 pm, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. (Energy)
  • Sue Morse – “Animals of the North: What Will Global Climate Change Mean for Them?” 6:30-8:30 pm, McClure Center for School Programs, Farm Barn, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. (Talk)
  • National Theatre Live: ‘Treasure Island': St. Johnsbury, 7 pm, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $16-24. (Theater)
  • ‘Writers on Writing and Money’, 7 pm, Hotel Vermont, Burlington Free; preregister at meet up.com. (Writing)
  • Lego Club, 4-5 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. (Legos)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 11am – 4pm, Atwater Commons, Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Blood)
  • SB Mentoring Winter Bookfair, 9:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Books)
  • After School Games – Fairlee, 3:00pm – 5:00pmShareMap, Fairlee library, Fairlee. (Gaming)
  • MTG @ Rutland Collectibles, Rutland Collectibles, Rutland. (Gaming)
  • 802MTG Randolph, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Kimball Library, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6-7 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington $10. (Workout)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • 2-Player Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

ECHO Seeks Interactive Data Visualizer

The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain has a really interesting new position open: a Project Manager for Interactive Data Visualizer. Here’s the description:

ECHO is an interactive science center committed to inspiring stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin and its waterways through hands on exhibits, interactions with live animals, and dynamic educational programs. ECHO will partner with Google to create an 1,800 square foot interactive visualization on ECHO’s glass facade that will motivate and document public contributions to stewardship challenges and environmental data sets. ECHO is seeking a Project Manager to lead this initiative, including developing a vision, engaging partners, overseeing production, and building public participation. The ideal candidate has a strong creative vision, experience with project management, and a passion for connecting public audiences to open data. This is a one-year, part-time position.

This looks pretty interesting. Apply here.

Strange Magic Early Screening @ Essex Cinemas

There’s a new George Lucas movie coming out this year, and it isn’t Star Wars. The surprise animated film Strange Magic is opening this week, and the Essex Cinemas will be screening it early:

From the mind of George Lucas comes a story about goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. It’s STRANGE MAGIC and we have special showings this Thursday at 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm. Regular showings start Friday.

Here’s the trailer:

Vermonters Pursue Pinball Championship

The second annual Pinball Championship is coming up soon, and yesterday, ABC 22 went in depth to look at what goes into pinball culture  here in Vermont:

Get your tokens out and head to the arcade! That’s what eleven Vermonters will be doing now more than ever to prepare for the Vermont State Pinball Championship. It’s less than a month away and the winner will move on to compete Nationally in Las Vegas. But gaining the right skills doesn’t come with just luck.

MyChamplainValley has a number of videos covering everything from playing to repair. Watch here.

The Vermont Pinball Association is also beginning to organize, and they’ve created a facebook page to keep track of their activities. Like them hereTheir website is also under construction. Check back soon for more updates.

Lunar Chronicles Day @ Phoenix Books

Phoenix Books is holding a release party for Fairest, the latest in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles Series.

Phoenix Books Essex will celebrate the release of Fairest, the latest book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Come on by to find out why this series is a multiple staff pick at Phoenix, and get some Lunar Chronicles swag! (While supplies last.)

The Lunar Chronicles are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales. In Cinder, a teenage cyborg (half human, half machine) must deal with a wicked stepmother, start a rebellion against the evil Queen Levana, and decide how she feels about a handsome prince. As the series continues, Cinder forges alliances with Scarlet, a spaceship pilot who is determined to solve the mystery of a missing loved one — with the help of a magnetic street fighter named Wolf; Cress, a computer hacker who is imprisoned by Queen Levana; and Winter, a princess who’s in love with a commoner, and who discovers that Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress may hold the key to saving her kingdom — and the world.

The event will be held on Tuesday, January 27th at Phoenix Books’ Essex location throughout the day!