FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2012


CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, 802.262.2626 x302 or Mark Fitzsimmons, Director of Community Programs, x306



Children’s Author Paul Fleischman Visits Vermont for Vermont Reads Events


Vermont’s Statewide Community Reading Program Brings Award-Winning Author to Vermont


Montpelier, VT ~ Award-winning children’s book author Paul Fleischman will visit Vermont on a three-day event tour September 20-22 as part of Vermont Reads, the Vermont Humanities Council’s statewide community reading program. Fleischman is the author of Bull Run, VHC’s 2012 Vermont Reads pick, an award-winning novella set during the Civil War. He also authored VHC’s 2005 Vermont Reads pick, Seedfolks.


Fleischman, a former Vermont resident, will kick off his visit on Friday, September 20 in the Northeast Kingdom with a meeting with eighth-grade students at Gilman Middle School in Gilman, where he will read and discuss Bull Run and talk about the writing process.


Subsequent events in the St. Johnsbury area will include visits to the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility and to Cobleigh Library, before moving to Chittenden County with visits to Edmunds Middle School in Burlington and Vermont Reads underwriter NRG Systems in Hinesburg. Fleischman will wrap up his tour with an appearance at the Burlington Book Festival on Saturday, September 22. (Some events not open to the public; see the bottom of this release for the full itinerary.)


The award-winning Bull Run is written in the first person from the point of view of sixteen characters. Eight northerners and eight southerners include male, female, black, and white observers—old, young, soldier, and civilian. The book’s format, which echoes Fleischman’s enormously successful 2005 Vermont Reads book Seedfolks, brings the reader into the social context of the war, from the run-up to the first battle and through to its aftermath, conveying a composite picture of life in mid-nineteenth-century America.


Fleischman is a Newbery Award-winning author of books for both children and young adults, including the Vermont Humanities Council’s 2005 Vermont Reads selection, Seedfolks. Born in Monterey, California, in 1952, he is the son of well-known children's author Sid Fleischman. He is the United States' 2012 author nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award.


NRG Systems of Hinesburg is the underwriter of the 2012 Vermont Reads program; they have underwritten the program since 2007. The media partner is Vermont Public Radio. VPR aired features on Bull Run and The Red Badge of Courage, its companion Vermont Reads 2012 pick, earlier this year.


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. To date, seventy-two Vermont communities have taken part in Vermont Reads 2012.


To learn more about Vermont Reads, contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626.


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.


Paul Fleischman’s Vermont Reads 2012 visit schedule:


Thursday September 20

  • Gilman Middle School,10:30 am-11:30 am (15 eighth-grade students). Paul will meet with students to read and discuss Bull Run and talk about the writing process. Nancy Croteau 802.892.5969. * * Open to the public.* *
  • Community High School of Vermont at Northeast Regional Correctional Facility, 1:00-3:00 pm (15 inmates). Not open to the public.
  • West Lyndonville Town House (hosted by Cobleigh Library), 5:00 pm-6:00 pm. (20 students and parents.) Paul will read from Bull Run, participate in a discussion about your favorite characters from the book and answer questions. Pizza and drinks will be served. Cindy Karazinski and Amy Ehrlich, 802.626.5475. * * Open to the public.* *


Friday, September 21

  • Burlington, Edmunds Middle School, 8:30 am–11:00 am (two groups, 30 students and teachers). In two separate sessions, Paul will meet with students who will share some of the work they’ve been doing, and discuss his own work, including Bull Run in particular and writing in general. Carole Renca, 802.864.8487. * * Open to the public.* *
  • Hinesburg, NRG Systems, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm (25 employees). Not open to the public.


Saturday, September 22

  • Burlington Book Festival, 11:00 am-11:30 am at Black Box, 3rd Floor, Main Street Landing’s Performing Arts Center (50 Young adults and adults). Angelica Caterino, 802.262.2626 x304 or visit for more information. * * Open to the public.* *


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