Woodstock set to morph into Bookstock’
By Kevin O’Connor
Staff Writer | July 21,2014
The annual Bookstock literary festival will bring speakers and sellers to Woodstock this coming weekend.
WOODSTOCK — What do you do when a U.S. poet laureate of a headliner sells out two weeks before a still advertised event?
In the case of the sixth annual Bookstock literary festival, you point to the two fellow laureates and 30 other speakers coming to town for next weekend’s series of free public programs.
When Bookstock’s volunteer organizers announced their July 25-27 lineup last month, they didn’t foresee people snatching up all 400 tickets for 2001-2003 laureate Billy Collins within days, even though his now-closed Town Hall Theater appearance Friday night remains billed on long-distributed publicity.
“We have no idea how many people are going to show up,” says event coordinator Ron Miller, noting another 100 have asked to add their names to a waiting list.
Organizers instead will point the overflow crowd to two other events. Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Simic is the 2007-2008 laureate who’s speaking at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Town Hall Theater, and Louise Glück is the 2003-2004 laureate who’s speaking at 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Universalist Chapel.
Other poets include:
n New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel and former Center For Cartoon Studies faculty member Peter Money appearing at 4 p.m. Friday at the Woodstock Inn Wilder Room.
n Bennington College writer Mark Wunderlich appearing at noon Saturday at North Universalist Chapel.
n David Ferry, billed as “the preeminent American poet-translator of our time,” appearing at 3 p.m. Saturday at North Universalist Chapel.
As for other notable New England writers, Cabot freelance writer and farmer Ben Hewitt will speak about his new memoir, “Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World,” at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Norman Williams Library.
Anita Diamant, best-selling author of the novel “The Red Tent,” will present the keynote speech at 10 a.m. Saturday at Town Hall theater.
Roland Merullo, best known for his novel “Breakfast With Buddha,” will speak about its sequel of sorts, “Lunch with Buddha,” at noon Saturday at the Norman Williams Library.
East Calais summer resident Howard Norman will speak about his latest novel, “Next Life Might Be Kinder,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Town Hall conference room.
Benjamin Kilham of nearby Lyme, N.H., author of the new Chelsea Green Publishing memoir “Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me About Intelligence and Intuition,” will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Norman Williams Library.
The New Yorker magazine cartoonist Harry Bliss of South Burlington will present his newest illustrated children’s book, “Anna & Solomon,” written by his mother-in-law, at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Norman Williams Library.
Randall Balmer, chair of the religion department at Dartmouth College, will discuss his new biography, “Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter,” and the religious faith of the former president at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Woodstock History Center.
Theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser, a fellow Dartmouth professor and author of the new book “The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning,” will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday at North Universalist Chapel.
Woodstock documentary filmmaker Anne Macksoud will screen her latest release, “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community,” at 1 p.m. Sunday at Town Hall theater.
Young writers ages 13 to 19 can participate in a free daylong hiking, writing and drawing workshop Thursday at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. (To register, call 457-3368, ext. 44.)
The festival also will feature dozens of exhibitors selling new and vintage books on the village green, as well as a book-themed art show, “UnBound,” at the ArtisTree Gallery on Route 12 north.
More information, including a full schedule and descriptions of every session, is available at www.bookstockvt.org.