Tables of Content

Janet Clapp

Have you ever had the opportunity to sit down to dinner with an author? This is your chance. At the Rutland Free Library on Friday, April 27, dine and converse with Vermont writers at the Tables of Content fundraiser. Here are the scheduled authors and their latest works.


by Archer Mayor

For years, fictional detective Joe Gunther has explored the Green Mountain State in the long-running mystery series set in various towns, although Gunther’s home base is Brattleboro. “Joe was a cop, after all, had been for decades, trained to expect the worst.” The first in this series is “Open Season.”


The Baker’s Secret

by Stephen Kiernan

Set in 1944 occupied France, this novel describes life in a small village where the baker and others suffer but surreptitiously defy the Nazis. “Here was the war’s strangest lesson yet. All sorts of people — friends and family, yes, but also adversaries and annoyances — all kinds had died. As they left behind everything, work and home and habits and opinions and even hidden chickens, somehow Emma’s heart broke for all of them, including the ones she couldn’t bear.” Kiernan also wrote the novels “The Hummingbird” and “The Curiosity.”

Swallowed by the Cold

by Jensen Beach

collection of short stories takes place in Sweden. “He was in a Stockholm he no longer recognized, and he understood at once that here anything at all might reasonably transpire.” Beach teaches writing at Johnson State College.


Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm

by Peter Gould

In brief essays, Gould recollects life on a Vermont commune. “Back in the 1970’s, when we took a moment to look up from where we were working, we often did something called ‘striving to understand.’ I’m doing that today, and also seizing hold of a memory, trying to get it right.” Gould received the 2016 Arts Education Award from the Vermont Arts Council.

The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump

by Bill Mares and Jeff Danziger

Writer Bill Mares and cartoonist Jeff Danziger, with contributions by Vermont writers and artists, put together this humorous book reacting to the 2016 presidential election. “We see Trump as just a bully accustomed to stiffing banks (Vermonters make their payments), cheating his subcontractors (we pay them, because we’re related to most of them), and treating women poorly (we just know better).” Mares and Danziger collaborated on other titles, including “The Vermont Owner’s Manual” with Frank Bryan.

Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes

by Philip Baruth

This biography about Vermont’s senior senator covers his decades of service, “telling a sequence of targeted stories, a chronological selection meant to capture most of the eventful life of my subject, but also to cast light on a larger argument about the America we inhabit now.” Baruth also wrote the novels “The Brothers Boswell” and “The X-President.”

World Class: The Making of the U.S. Women’s Cross-Country Ski Team

by Peggy Shinn

When Shinn interviewed American women on the cross-country ski team, the racers attributed their success to teamwork. Shinn “wanted to tell the story of a team that’s making it work…They have everything from the transformational leader, to the coach who connects with his athletes, to the agreeable, conscientious, energizers.” Shinn is also the author of “Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont’s Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself.”

The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook: 125 Organic and Farm-to-Fork Recipes from the Green Mountain State

by Tracey Medeiros

Medeiros compiled recipes and profiled farms, restaurants and chefs who make organic food possible. “The recipes found in the cookbook were generously contributed by a number of Vermont’s hardworking organic farmers, non-GMO food producers, chefs and restaurant owners who are working tirelessly to change the face of food as we know it.” Medeiros also wrote “The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook: 150 Home-Grown Recipes from the Green Mountain State.”

Hidden History of Vermont

by Mark Bushnell

In this short book, historian Bushnell describes interesting people, events and scams in the history of the state. “I hope that through “Hidden History of Vermont” you’ll feel you’ve experienced a bit of the past and understood why people viewed the world the way they did and made the decisions, right or wrong, that they did.” Bushnell has written columns about Vermont history for the Rutland Herald and VTDigger.

No One Cares about Crazy People: The Chaos and heartbreak of Mental Health in America

by Ron Powers

Award-winning author Ron Powers alternates the history of mental illness in the United States with the personal experience of his own family. “Too many of the mentally ill in our country live under conditions of atrocity…America must turn its immense resources and energy and conciliatory goodwill to a final assault on mental illness.” In addition to other titles, Powers wrote “Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain.”

To Look Out from: Poems

by Dede Cummings

In this collection of poems, Cummings writes, “I am alone now. I can only imagine where you are.” Cummings founded the Vermont-based publishing company Green Writers Press.


A Farm for Maisie and Brave Little Finn

by John and Jennifer Churchman

These two children’s picture books tell the stories of animals on a farm. The Sweet Pea & Friends series began with “The Sheepover.”

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Janet Clapp

Janet Clapp is an adult services librarian at Rutland Free Library.

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