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Ponderings - Bear Pond Books October 15, 2014 Newsletter

posted at 4:45 pm Thu Oct 16th, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

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Even More Events. . . 

Our normal monthly routine of one events newsletter and one book recommendations newsletter has been disrupted by the number of great events we lined up for October . . . so we've got two events newsletters. For regularly-updated Staff Picks, check the recommended reading on our homepage at

Moonlight Madness Sale - Thursday, Oct. 16th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Bear Pond Books joins other downtown businesses for Montpelier's Moonlight Madness Sale - 20% storewide this Thursday from 6-9pm

Montpelier Art Walk - Friday, Oct. 17th, 4:00 - 8:00 pm      

We're excited to be participating in Art Walk again this month, with author Shelagh Connor Shapiro and artist Daryl Storrs.

Shelagh will be at the store from 4:00 - 8:00 to sign her debut novel "Shape of the Sky", with a reading upstairs in the Children's Room at 7:00 pm.

The cover of Shelagh's book uses a block print by noted Vermont artist Daryl Storrs. Daryl will be here, too, making an original block print starting at 4pm. Using multiple hand cut blocks, she will ink and print each block separately to create her final pieces. There will be block prints and jewelry exhibited and for sale. You can also find Daryl's work at Artisan's Hand.

Writing Workshops with S. S. Taylor, Saturday, Oct. 18th 

S. S. Taylor (Sarah Stewart Taylor) author of the popular Expeditioners book series, is coming to the store on Saturday to conduct a writing workshop, open to all ages (recommended for ages 11 and up). The workshop begins at 11:00 am and Sarah will be staying afterwards to sign books. For more details e-mail

You can read more about S. S. Taylor on our Featured VT Author page.

This event is the second in our 2014-2015 educators' workshop series. If you're interested in the books discussed at our October 3rd Educators' Materials Review that kicked off this year's events, we've posted notes and lists at our Educators' Resources page.

Next up in this series: Jason Chin and Deirdre Gill talk about the ways nature inspires their picture books on Saturday, Nov. 15th, at 11:00 am. These events are open to anyone who is interested, there is an emphasis on ideas for classrooms and libraries. Certificates are available for teachers who can count these workshops towards continuing education credits.

Polly Young-Eisendrath, Monday, October 20th, 7:00pm   
On Monday, October 20th, we're hosting Polly Young-Eisendrath, a well known psychologist, speaker, and writer who approaches psychology through her Buddhist practice. She has published a new memoir The Present Heart. This book describes her relationship with Ed Epstein, her husband of 25 years, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the young age of 53. Over the next ten years, as her husband's condition progressed, Young-Eisendrath drew on her practices of Buddhism and psychoanalysis to learn new insights about living in the present moment.

Come hear Polly Young-Eisendrath speak about this book and its larger themes of how to maintain engaged, reciprocal relationships - with a partner, parent, child, or friend - under any and all circumstances. The talk begins at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book signing.

Ben Hewitt, Tuesday, October 21st, 7:00pm   
On Tuesday, October 21st, Bear Pond Books is hosting local author Ben Hewitt to speak about his most recent book Home Grown. Ben's previous books have explored food (The Town That Food Saved and Making Supper Safe) and consumer culture (Saved), now in Home Grown he writes about the unconventional education of his two young sons on a rural Vermont farm.

Instead of a traditional classroom, Ben's family uses the world surrounding their home to spark curiosity, creativity, and discovery. It is a story of both education and parenting. Hear Ben speak about what learning beyond the classroom, building from a passion for exploring the world around us, can mean for learning at any age on October 21st. The talk begins at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book signing.

Garret Keizer, Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00pm   
Author Garret Keizer has taken on a variety of major social issues in his books, including privacy (Privacy), sound pollution (The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want), and how we humans help each other - with varying results (Help). Now, Keizer writes about education in his new memoir of a year of teaching: Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher.

When the book opens, Keizer has returned after a fourteen year absence from the classroom to teach once more at a rural Vermont high school. It takes readers through the experience of a year of teaching, from the teacher's perspective. It is both highly personal and also an insightful reflection on larger issues in education. Keizer's Bear Pond talk begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 28th. It is free and open to the public. 

Coming in November. . .
Helen and Lynne are busy cooking up a storm to test recipes in the latest cookbooks for our Cookbook Review happening Tuesday, November 11th, at 7:00pm. It includes insightful reviews, giveaway prizes, and of course plenty of samples.

Picture book author-illustrators Jason Chin and Deirdre Gill speak as part of our educators' series at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 15th.

Katherine Paterson comes to the store Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm to talk about her memoir: Stories of My Life.

Plus, stay tuned for our special holiday events and sales.


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