Vermont Voices presents four authors in November

Thomas Christopher Greene

Thomas Christopher Greene

Leading off Misty Valley Books’ annual Vermont Voices Sunday, Nov. 2  is Thomas Christopher Greene, the founding president of Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.  Greene was a Misty Valley Books’ New Voices in 2004 with his novel, Mirror Lake.

His latest, The Headmaster’s Wife, is his fourth. Greene explores the way that tragedy and time assail one man’s memories. Like his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the headmaster of Vermont’s elite Lancaster School.

It is the place that has given him his life, but is also the site of his undoing as events spiral out of his control. Found wandering naked in Central Park, he begins to tell his story to the police, but his memories collide with one another.  It is a narrative of love, of marriage, of family and of a tragedy.

Archer Mayor

Archer Mayor

Archer Mayor, a regular fixture of Vermont Voices, returns with his 25th Joe Gunther mystery on Sunday Nov. 9.

In Proof Positive, two bodies are found in a hoarder’s Vermont home; one victim has a Philly rap sheet and may have played a role in the hoarder’s demise. Another body turns up in the City of Brotherly Love. Joe and his team leave Vermont for Philadelphia.

Mayor’s research for Proof Positive took him sniffing around Philadelphia Police Department headquarters, delving into historical data, interviewing locals, and photographing neighborhoods across Philadelphia.

In Stephen P. Kiernan’s debut novel, The Curiosity, which he will present on Sunday, Nov. 16, Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific expedition team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in ice.

Stephen Kiernan

Stephen Kiernan

The project is run by the egocentric Erastus Carthage who, heedless of the consequences, orders that the frozen man be brought back to the lab in Boston, and reanimated. As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was – is – a judge, Jeremiah Rice, and the last thing he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906.

Kiernan has taught at Middlebury College and at the Bread Loaf School of English. He is the author of two non-fiction books, Last Rights, which he presented at Misty Valley Books in 2007, and Authentic Patriotism.

Former Gov. Jim Douglas, who will be at the Stone Church on Sunday, Nov. 23, was first elected to the Vermont House in 1972, just months after graduating from Middlebury College. He was re-elected three more times, was majority leader, on the senior staff of Gov. Snelling, Secretary of State and state Treasurer. In 2002, he was elected to the first of four terms as Vermont’s 80th governor.

Former Gov. Jim Douglas

Former Gov. Jim Douglas

His memoir, The Vermont Way, recounts his political life and his belief that Vermont is different and that its leaders can work together to ensure prosperity and protect the state’s natural beauty.

There are numerous  photographs: Douglas kissing a cow at a county fair, chatting with kids at their lemonade stand, visiting Vermont National Guard troops in the Middle East, and offering advice to the president in the Oval Office.

Each event begins at 2 p.m. and will be held at the Stone Church (First Universalist Parish), 211 North St. in Chester’s Stone Village.  A book signing and reception will follow each event, all of which are free.  For more information call Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or visit

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