Sara Dillon has deep family roots in northeastern Vermont and during her many years spent in Ireland, she did important work in linking cultural values to landscape preservation. She currently divides her time between
Belmont, Massachusetts and Greensboro, Vermont. Her new novel from Green Writers Press is Planning for Escape. The protagonist, Catherine, interweaves her own unique perspectives on memory, family, and place, with the compelling and luminous account of her endlessly disappointing search for love through a dazzling array of quirky people and unforgettable places. Grounded in an escape to memorable places—from New England to Ireland, to Japan and back again—the narrative ultimately shifts to the historically preserved and richly ambient world of Greensboro, Vermont. This novel is for all those who ever wanted to escape, ever longed to return home, or ever considered deriving new joy from simply giving up and saying goodbye to old places in search of the new.
Brett Ann Stanciu knows the soil of Vermont well. A sugarmaker and graduate of Marlboro College, she lives on Woodbury Mountain with her two daughters, surrounded by bears and wild blackberry bushes, with an undiluted view of the Milky Way. Her novel Hidden View is located on
an isolated Vermont hillside farm; its tension revolves around a couple struggling to bolster their dairy farm’s sagging economics through sugaring. The cyclical nature of farming, with its braided elements of fruition and decay, reflect the interior struggles of the novel’s main characters. Landscape does not lie as mere backdrop in this novel. As the Vermont landscape fluctuates through seasons, Hidden View’s characters live in the shifting everyday world – childbirth and mothering young children, lust and lonely nights beneath the moon, green yarn, folding laundry – while suffused with an ineffable philosophical seeking of rock-hard truths (love? loyalty? beauty?) to guide them through the stony soil of human living.
In The Road to Walden North, novelist Sheila Post has written an elegiac tribute to the spirit of Thoreau—a timely ‘Walden revisited.’ The story chronicles the desperate and deliberate lives among four individuals whose worlds converge
on the Harvard University campus until forced to grapple with the themes she teaches in her course on Walden. A luminous tapestry of dreams lost and places found, The Road to Walden North will continue to ‘rewild’ the inner lives of its readers, long after arriving in Walden North. The preservationist passion that flows through Your Own Ones will appeal to a wide range of readers, both caretakers of the land and of the heart. Sheila Post, Ph.D., taught American literature & nature writing for over a decade in New England before deciding to write her own spirit-of-place novels and green women’s fiction (as Síle Post). Sheila resides in the forested mountains of her own Walden North.
As an honorary Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and author of numerous scientific writings, Dr. Cardy Raper stands as a fantastic role model for young women. In her memoir, A Woman of Science: An
Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms, she speaks of the challenges of raising a family amid two adults’ advancing careers at a time when the concept of mothers working outside the home was exceedingly rare. In her new book An American Harvest: How One Family Moved From Dirt-Poor Farming to a Better Life In The Early 1900’s, she brings readers into her husband’s childhood. This family memoir, in the tradition of oral history, conveys the inside-outs of what it was like for a growing family to eke out a living on an eroded tobacco farm in the South. See www.cardyraper.com for details.
Leslie Rivver grew up in the Deep South of Alabama. She earned an MA in religious education from Princeton Theological Seminary and an MA in elementary education from Auburn University. She
spent close to a decade teaching children on the Arctic shores of Alaska and now lives on a wild and cold mountain with her family in Vermont. Leslie is a library media teacher and reading interventionist, spending much of her day beside first-grade students. Her first novel, Blackberries and Cream, won the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award for Children’s Fiction in 2016.