F. Brett Cox event at Bear Pond Books

Norwich University professor and science fiction / fantasy / horror author F. Brett Cox will be holding a reading event for his upcoming collection of short stories, The End of All Our Exploring. The book will hit stores this month, and Bear Pond Books of Montpelier will host Cox on September 17th as part of its Sci-Fi Plus book club. He’ll read from the book and answer questions at 6:30PM.

RSVP here.

Free screening: The Princess Bride

If you’re looking for a cheap night out next Tuesday, the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center has you covered. It’ll be screening the classic film The Princess Bride on August 7th at 7PM.

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by befriended companions along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The film effectively preserves the novel’s narrative style by presenting the story as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage).

As always, screenings are free, but they’re first-come-first-serve. RSVP here.

Archer Mayor’s 29th Joe Gunther novel: Bury the Lead

Fall is coming, and that means that Vermont mystery author Archer Mayor will have a new book out in a couple of months. His next is called Bury the Lead, and it’ll be the 29th installment of his long-running Joe Gunther series.

The book will be released on September 25th, and will follow Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation as they investigate the death of a young woman found on a trail of a ski resort. At the same time, a local grocery distributor is being attacked by vandals — resulting in another death — while a local hospital deals with a potential case of Ebola.

When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent.

At the same time, a large local business is being targeted with escalating acts of vandalism―a warehouse fire, a vandalized truck, a massive cooling system destroyed―resulting in loss of life. And either by coincidence, or not, Mick Durocher, the self-confessed murderer, was once employed by this very company.

These two puzzling cases―now possibly connected―are further complicated by the sidelining of a key member of VBI, Willy Kunkle, who undergoes surgery at a hospital that appears to be having an unlikely―and suspiciously timed―outbreak of Ebola.

Joe and his team pursue these cases, uncovering motives that might link them, while proving that trust betrayed can be a toxic virus, turning love into murderous loathing. Indeed, behind the mayhem and murder, Joe must uncover a tragic history before another victim dies.

As is to be expected, Archer will be touring around Vermont to a variety of bookstores throughout the fall.

Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is being turned into a movie

Shirley Jackson famously lived in Vermont for much of her life, and wrote her most famous short story, “The Lottery” while living in Bennington. Now, it’ll apparently be made into a movie, according to Deadline.

Interestingly, there’s never been a film adaptation of the story, which involves a morbid, small-town ritual that involves stoning a randomly-selected neighbor to death. (If you haven’t read the story, you can do so here.)

The film will come from Paramount Pictures, with Jake Wade Wall writing the screenplay and Frank Marshall attached to produce. It’s still a long way from actually being made, but hopefully, if it is, it’ll be produced back where it started: in Vermont.

 

John Goodrich Signing

Local author John Goodrich will be holding a signing for two of his books, Dark Draughts and Hag, next month at the Bennington Bookshop.

The signing will take place on Thursday, August 9th from 7PM to 8PM.

Here’s what the books are about:

Hag:

All David wanted was to rest and get better. He moved from Vermont to Boston to beat his cancer. Even before the boxes are unpacked, he and his best friend Sam notice an eerie presence in his new apartment building. The emaciated haunt is a roiling storm of fury with black iron claws and jagged metal teeth. She attacks David without reason or pity, leaving him in agony. Hag is a dark, brooding novel set in a blighted personal landscape. A story of deathless rage terrible love.

Dark Draughts:

Culled from nearly a decade of work, Dark Draughts is the first collection of John Goodrich’s short fiction. Discover a terrifying new god, and an old, well known one just as malicious. Encounter horror tropes broken and remade; dead and undead pharaohs, a compassionate ghoul, and a serial killer who discovers something darker than himself. Find out what happens to a man literally at war with himself. With stories set in Arkham, ancient Egypt, the blood-soaked battlefields of World War One, rural Vermont, and a hideous apocalyptic future, these stories encompass the terrors of the past as well as our fears for the future. Dark Draughts: Strong medicine for what ails us all.

RSVP here.

Here are the finalists for the 2018 Vermont Book Award

Vermont College has announced its finalists (via VPR) for the 2018 Vermont Book Award, an award that honors “work of outstanding literary merit by Vermont authors.” Winners for the award include poet Kerrin McCadden (2015), Major Jackson (2016), and Jensen Beach (2017).

This year’s finalists are:

  • The Bear and the Nightingale (Fiction) by Katherine Arden
  • Breaking Bread: A Baker’s Journey Home in 75 Recipes (CNF) by Martin Philip
  • Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray (CNF) by Adam Federman
  • Grand Canyon (Children’s Lit, Picture Book) by Jason Chin
  • Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time (Children’s Lit, YA fiction) by Tanya Lee Stone
  • Event Boundaries (Poetry) by April Ossmann
  • Selected Delanty (Poetry) by Greg Delanty

The books are nominated by a committee of independent bookstores in four categories: Children’s Literature, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry. Their suggestions are whittled down by a panel of judges, and the winner of the award will be announced at the Vermont Book Award Gala in September. The winner gets a $5,000 cash prize.

Tickets are now on sale for Trekonderoga 2018

The Star Trek Original Series Set Tour of Ticonderoga, New York, has announced its next annual Trekonderoga, which will take place from August 24th through August 26th. Guests this year will include Karl Urban (McCoy), Robin Curtis (Lt. Saavik), and others. The entire schedule can be found here, and tickets are now on sale.

Some are pretty pricy, like the Leonard McCoy Ticket, which’ll run you $1500 (which includes a photo opp, signing and tour with Karl Urban.) The basic admission for the weekend is $65, which includes 3-days admission, a tour, and more.