FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2010
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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

Author and Illustrator David Macaulay Discusses His Creative Process at Rutland Free Library


Rutland ~  Vermont author and illustrator David Macaulay will talk about the creative process that goes into his acclaimed books in a talk at Rutland Free Library on December 1. His talk, “Building Books,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Macaulay will trace the development of his books, from his earliest ideas to the published work—dead ends, successes, inspiration, disasters—everything that makes the creative process so interesting, exhilarating and often frustrating. 

Macaulay is a bestselling author and illustrator, a Caldecott medalist and recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” fellowship. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and has garnered numerous awards. His books have sold millions of copies and include Castle, The Way We Work, Building Big, Mosque, and The Way Things Work. He lives in Norwich.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Rutland are held at Rutland Free Library.

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Burlington (at Fletcher Free Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Norwich (at Norwich Congregational Church, hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. 

Upcoming Rutland talks include “From Rutland to Baton Rouge and Back: How the Civil War Forever Changed Vermont” with national park superintendent Rolf Diamant on January 5; “Poetry of the Earth: Re-imagining Nature” with New Hampshire Poet Laureate Cynthia Huntington on February 2; and “100 Years since Triangle: The Fire That Seared a Nation’s Conscience” with Dartmouth professor Annelise Orleck on March 2.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Rutland Free Library is sponsored by Friends of the Rutland Free Library and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

For more information, contact Rutland Free Library at 802.773.1860, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit

The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.

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