The Bennington Bookshop      April 2015

 Vermont's oldest independent bookstore


This is our second monthly newsletter. We are excited to include a review of The Stonekeeper, submitted by Maple Van Horden. Maple is in Grade 4 at the Village School of North Bennington. We celebrate National Poetry Month with a quiz and feature Jo Ellen Kwiatek's recently published book of poetry, Study for Necessity. There is news about the up-coming Independent Bookstore Day, and Linda makes a book recommendation. There is also news of our website, launched April 10.
National Poetry Month
It's National Poetry Month, and to celebrate we have a quiz! The first person to email Phil with the correct name of the poet and the poem from which this line is taken wins a $10 gift certificate for the Bennington Bookshop! The winner will be announced in next month's newsletter.
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way
Study for Necessity
Jo Ellen Kwiatek is the winner of the highly prestigious Iowa Poetry Prize for 2014. Awarded annually by the University of Iowa Press, the Iowa Poet
ry Prize is one of the nation’s most acclaimed poetry awards. Study for Necessity, published April 1, 2015,  is Jo Ellen’s second book of poetry.
“Kwiatek’s poems emit the uncanny luminosities of the artists’ worlds they refer to: those of Caspar David Friedrich, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Odilon Redon. Each is a ‘token of strangeness’ built with delicacy and restraint, embodying, vivifying what the poet calls the mind’s ‘l
onesome flourish.’ Like entries in a recondite log, or the etchings, or tracks, of a complex consciousness, this work cannot help but identify its own material and spiritual corollaries: a bridle worn to threadbare, a voyage that ‘grows more & more captivating. More terse.’ It is, as one poem puts it, as if seeing / were a form of radiant /isolation. And yet the presence established over the course of the book is profoundly connective, rich with acute physical apprehension and charge. It moves under pressure toward its singular end, its very ‘necessity.’”—Emily Wilson, judge, 2014 Iowa Poetry Prize
Kwiatek's first book of poetry, Eleven Days Before Spring, was published by the esteemed Harper Collins publishing house and was met with critical acclaim. She is the winner of a Pushcart Prize for Poetry and has been published in major poetry periodicals, such as The Ame
rican Poetry Review. Her works infuse her love of art, myth, and a keen observation of the natural world.
Jo Ellen is a former professor of writing at Syracuse University and SUNY Oswego. She currently resides in West Valley, New York.
Mary Jo
Footnote: We hope to have Jo Ellen at the Bookshop for a poetry reading soon!

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with us!

Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd. From the Bay Area to Bennington, book lovers should mark their calendars for this special day of literary parties. We will post our plans for the day on our Facebook page and on our website. See you On May 2!
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 Maple Van Horden. Congratulations Maple!

The Stonekeeper - Kazu Kibuishi
Reviewed by Maple Van Orden, Grade 4

The book series I am reading now is called Amulet. The first book in the series is The Stonekeeper. It is a graphic novel about a girl, Emily, whose father died and she goes to live in her great grandfather’s house with her brother and mother. At the house, she finds herself holding a maroon stone necklace. What she doesn’t know is that this isn’t any plain old stone. It gives her powers and talks in Emily’s [the girl’s] mind. She finds her great grandfather, who had disappeared, after she found a secret door. He tells her that she must not turn back and that she is the only hope. Emily thought strangely of this, but when the stone asked her to be the keeper of the stone, she did not refuse. She goes on an adventure, to help defeat the evil elves. I like these books because there is adventure and magic and I like mystical creatures. Maple Van Orden, March 28th, 2015.
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

Staff Pick: When the Sky is Like Lace
Islandport Press has reissued this gorgeous children's book by Elinor Horwitz and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. The story is lyrical and magical and makes one long for the possibilities found on a clear summer evening. The watercolor illustrations are warm and playful. This is a book to be shared with readers of all ages. Linda
Welcome John!
We are pleased to welcome John Goodrich as the newest member of the Bennington Bookshop staff. John settled in Bennington after moving from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003. An avid reader of horror, fantasy, Icelandic sagas, history and the weird, he has sold more than fifteen short stories to various anthologies. His debut novel, Hag was published by Thunderstorm Press in 2014, and he's working on a follow up. In his own mind, John describes himself as a combination of the tough, bloody-minded tenacity of Robert E. Howard with the suavity of Dashell Hammett and the brilliant unorthodoxy of Jorge Luis Borges. However, John admits that objective testing has not borne out these comparisons. John says he tends to stay behind the camera, rather than in front of it, but submitted this fantastic picture to go with this introduction.
Welcome to the Bennington Bookshop, John!
It's here! We launched our Bennington Bookshop website on Friday, May 10. You can order books online, as well as browse book reviews and keep up with what's happening at the Bookshop. We have a page for book clubs; if you want to promote your book club let us know and we will include it there. There's an archive of past newsletters, as well as a collection of stories relating to the Bookshop. There's also information for local authors who would like us to carry their books on consignment. Check it out and let us know what you think:
Coming soon...
Our next newsletter will feature an interview with local best-selling author Megan Mayhew Bergman.
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