The Bennington Bookshop       July 2016

Vermont's oldest independent bookstore
Answer July -

Answer July -
Where is the Bee -
Where is the Blush -
Where is the Hay?

Ah, said July -
Where is the Seed -
Where is the Bud -
Where is the May -
Answer Thee - Me -

Emily Dickinson

Welcome to the July edition of the Bennington Bookshop Newsletter - the year is half over already! In this edition we profile local author Judith Schwarz. Judith's latest book is released this month, and we are celebrating with a reading on August 1st. See the Coming up... section for details. We also have reports on our June event with Juliet Wright and Stan Searl, and on Shirley Jackson Day. There are a couple of book reviews from Phil - I loved The House at Riverton! - as well as a student review from Catherine Morrissey. Congratulations, Catherine. We have lots of events coming up, including our first Family Coloring Night, so read on for details. As always, thank you so much for your continued support of The Bennington Bookshop - your local independent bookstore.
Author Profile - Judith Schwartz
Judith Schwartz is a journalist whose recent work looks at soil as a hub for multiple environmental, economic and social challenges and solutions. She writes on this theme for numerous publications and speaks in venues around the world. Her 2013 book Cows Save the Planet was awarded a Nautilus Book Award Silver Prize for Sustainability and is among Booklist's Top 10 Books On Sustainability. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and Brown University, Judith lives in southern Vermont.

Judith says that Cows Save the Planet gave her the opportunity to travel and speak to audiences about soil’s connection to climate change, biodiversity loss, floods, droughts and wildfires, and human health. In her travels, she discovered that others were making similar connections. She is now part of a broader movement on promoting ecological restoration to address environmental problems, including climate change. She says that one topic from the book - the role of the water cycle - kept tugging at her and this prompted her to write her latest book, Water In Plain Sight.

Note: Judith's new book, Water In Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World, is released this month. Judith will be holding a reading and book-signing at Pangaea in North Bennington on August 1st at 7pm. This event is co-sponsored by The Bennington Bookshop.
Stories, Songs and Poetry with Juliet Wright and Stan Searl
June 11th
Juliet read several excerpts from her latest book, Everything Is My  Fault, which observes her experience of codependency and how it weaves through her relationships and behavior patterns.

Here she is singing her song No-one Will Ever Know.

Juliet's friend, Stan Searl, read the title poem from his collection Homage to the Lady with the Dirty Feet and other Vermont Poems

Juliet and Stan's books are available at The Bennington Bookshop.
Shirley Jackson Day
June 27th

What a fun celebration of Shirley Jackson Day we had at the Left Bank in North Bennington. Jackson is best known for The Lottery, one of the most widely read tales in modern fiction. June 27 is the “Lottery Day” of the original story, which was published in The New Yorker in 1948 - hence Shirley Jackson Day.

Jackson's son, Barry Hyman, welcomed the crowd of about 60 people with some gentle guitar, before everyone settled down to hear four readings from a range of Jackson's work. Jackson's daughter, J.S. Holly, read from a new collection of her mother's work, Let Me Tell You. Brett Cox, one of the members of the board for the Shirley Jackson Awards, read from We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Writer Josh Gaylord said his work had been hugely influenced by Shirley Jackson. He read from The Sundial, noting that it was reputedly one of Jackson's favorite books. Then Barry read one of Jackson's poems. The evening ended with a question and answer session.

Note: A new biography of Shirley Jackson is being published by W.W. Norton in September. The Bennington Bookshop will be holding an event with the author, Ruth Franklin, to celebrate the release in early October. Details soon!

Shelf Talkers

The House at Riverton
Kate Morton
Reviewed by Phil

Grace Bradley is just a girl when she begins working as a servant for the Hartford family at Riverton House. For years, her life is inextricably tied up with the Hartford family's daughters, Hannah and Emmeline.  At a society party in the summer of 1924, a young poet shoots himself. The only witnesses are Hannah and Emmeline. Years later, when Grace is living in a nursing home, she receives a visit from a film director who is making a film about the events of that summer. The director takes Grace back to Riverton House for one last visit, awakening her memories of the vibrant twenties and the secret that Grace has kept all her life.

The House at Riverton was Kate Morton's debut novel but you would never know it: She writes with such skill and dexterity. Her characters are rich and well-developed, and the plot is finely woven. If you liked Remains of the Day or Downton Abbey, you will like this book too, describing, as it does, the end of an era.

I Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh
Reviewed by Phil

On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

You can find more reviews here: Reviews and Recommendations
Student review
Each month, we ask local school students to submit reviews of the books they are reading. We select one of these for publication in the newsletter. The reviewer receives a $10 gift certificate for The Bennington Bookshop. This month's review is from Catherine Morrissey. Congratulations, Catherine!

Belly Up
Stuart Gibbs
Reviewed by Catherine Morrissey, Grade 4

Belly Up focuses on two main characters, Theodore and Summer. Theodore’s parents work at FunJungle where the main attraction is Henry the Hippo, who was just murdered. Summer’s parents own FunJungle. Theodore and Summer team up to solve the crime and try to stop more animals from being murdered. The police won’t listen to Theodore’s and Summer’s ideas. Will they be able to solve the crime? Will FunJungle be saved? I found this book exciting and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery and adventure. This book was awarded the title of DCF (Dorothy Canfield Fisher) Book in 2011. Catherine Morrissey

Note: You can find all of our student reviews here.

Submissions: The decision of The Bennington Bookshop in selecting which reviews to publish in the newsletter is final. Other entries may be published on The Bennington Bookshop website. The Bennington Bookshop reserves the right to edit entries as necessary. By submitting a review, reviewers agree to these terms. Please submit reviews to

The magic continues!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released on July 31st. The book is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and is in the form of a rehearsal script book. What a great way to spend an afternoon with friends, each taking on a role! We are taking pre-orders now ($29.99).
Coming up...

July 14th, 7pm -
Family Coloring Night
South Street Cafe

Young or old, coloring is fun, so come along and join local artists Liz Capen and Everley St. Peter for a family coloring night at South Street Cafe. This is a free event, co-sponsored by The Bennington Bookshop and South Street Cafe. All materials will be provided.

Liz and Everley recently published Two Vermont Artists Coloring Book Volume 1. Liz is a multi-media artist, photo journalist and agricultural author. Everley is an artist, craftsperson and photographer. They find inspiration for their work in their everyday surroundings. Their book consists of 50 drawings of flowers, farm life, fishing, food, crafts and vacations. The coloring book is available from The Bennington Bookshop.

July 21st, 7pm~'til ???? 
Midnight Madness
Store-wide 20% off sale.

August 1st, 7pm -

An Evening with Judy Schwartz

Local author Judy Schwartz celebrates the release of her new book, Water in Plain Sight, with a reading and book-signing at Pangaea in North Bennington.

August 5th~7th - 
Bennington Arts Weekend
Downtown Bennington

Bennington hosts the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival. The town comes alive with juried fine art and craft exhibitors, Vermont craft beer on tap, and food vendors offering local farm to table fare. As part of the festivities, The Bennington Bookshop will have two Children's Story Hours: Saturday, August 6th at 11am; and Sunday, August 7th at 2pm. Come along and join in the fun as Chris Gingo reads from some of her favorite children's story books. 

August 20th, 10am~3pm -

Sun and Fun Festival
115 Hillside St. Second Congregational Church
Sponsored by Solar Pro and 2nd Congregational Church

The second annual Sun and Fun Festival will be held on Saturday, August 20th at the Second Congregational Church. There will be live music by the Hale Mt. Pickers and a range of children's activities, including face painting, giant bubbles and a scavenger hunt, amongst others. There will be bee-keeping and composting demonstrations, and the opportunity to join in painting a giant mural. The Bennington Bookshop will be there with a range of books on outdoor activities and the environment. Admission is free and there will be drawings for prizes throughout the day. For more information:

October 6th, 7pm -
An Evening with Archer Mayor
Bennington Free Library


Note: For more information on these authors and events, as well as functions coming up later in the year, check out the Events page on our website.
  • Book Clubs: We offer a 20% discount to book clubs and are happy to ship for a small cost. Check out what the other clubs in the area are reading here.
  • Summer hours: Several of the downtown businesses are staying open late on Friday evenings through the summer. The Bookshop has extended its Friday hours until 8.00pm.
    Monday~Thursday, Saturday: 9.00am~6.00pm

    Friday: 9.00am~8.00pm
    Sunday: Noon~4.oopm
  • Coming soon: We are in the process of expanding our local and regional author section. Be sure to check it out next time you're in the shop!
  • Dorothy's List: Vermont Public Radio compiles a list of books and reviews suitable for children. You can find the list here. We are happy to order books from the list for you if we don't have them in stock. There is no extra charge for special orders.
  • Best Sellers: We update the bestseller list each week. You can find the latest list here: Best Sellers
  • Looking for a book to read? Check out the Reviews and Recommendations page on our website.
  • Ordering online: To order books online, simply visit our website (, enter the name of the book you wish to order in the "Look for Books" window (in the right-hand column on each page), then enter your address details and credit card information as prompted. There is a small charge for postage or, if you're a local, you can opt to pick up the book in the store. Please note: Books appearing in the on-line search are not necessarily in stock at The Bookshop. We may have to order them in, but can ship most books in 1~5 days. Please call us if you want to confirm immediate availability: 802 442 5059
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Friday: 9.00am~8.00pm
Sunday: Noon~4.00pm
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