FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2008

CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications

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Vermont Humanities Council Kicks off Vermont Reads 2008 at Woodstock’s Norman Williams Library

Vermont’s Statewide, One-Book Community Reading Program Brings A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost by Natalie Bober to Vermont Communities
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Montpelier, VT ~ The Vermont Humanities Council will launch its 2008 Vermont Reads program with a special appearance by biographer Natalie Bober at Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock on Saturday, May 17 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. Bober is the author of A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost. The book is this year’s pick for Vermont Reads, VHC’s statewide, one-book community reading program.

The kick-off celebration will include a talk by Bober, who will answer questions and sign copies of her book. Members of the Norman Williams Library’s Robert Frost Seminar will read selections of the poet’s work. Families are welcome; one free copy of A Restless Spirit will be provided to those families who do not already have one.

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Thompson Senior Center and the Yankee Bookshop will have copies of Bober’s other books for sale. Attendees are invited to stay after the event for a group dinner with the author at a local restaurant (to be determined). Seating is limited and advance reservations are required; please call the Norman Williams Library at 802.457.2295.

The first biography chosen for Vermont Reads, A Restless Spirit spans the lifetime of Robert Frost, one of the most popular, celebrated, and studied poets in American literature. Bober, an award-winning biographer and historian, artfully places Frost against the backdrop of his time and reveals a complex portrait of the man.

Established in 2003, the Vermont Reads program promotes community-building, open dialogue, intergenerational exchange, a focus on the humanities, and literacy. The program brings together communities around the state to discuss and build activities around a book of high quality and acclaim.

Twelve communities are taking part in the spring/summer round of Vermont Reads. They include Alburg, Ascutney, Brattleboro, Chelsea, Chester, Highgate Center, Quechee, Shaftsbury, South Royalton, Tunbridge, West Pawlet, and Westminster. The deadline for late summer/fall applications is May 30. For more information, visit www.vermonthumanities.org or call 802.262.2626 x304.

Vermont Reads will hold its fall celebration on September 6 in Middlebury with a full program of events at Vermont Reads Day at the Story Festival. In addition, Natalie Bober and VHC Executive Director Peter Gilbert will speak on a Robert Frost panel at the Brattleboro Literary Festival on October 4. And VHC will continue its exploration of Robert Frost’s life and legacy at its annual Fall Conference, to be held this year in Middlebury on November 14–15. Visit www.vermonthumanities.org to find out details as they become available later this year.
The Vermont Reads 2008 kick-off is held in collaboration with Norman Williams Public Library, Pentangle Council on the Arts, the Thompson Senior Center, and the Woodstock Historical Society.

NRG Systems of Hinesburg is the sponsor of the 2008 Vermont Reads program, with additional support from the John and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

The Vermont Humanities Council presents Vermont Reads in partnership with Vermont Public Radio.


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