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A day for celebration.  Advanced review copies (ARCs) of POLLY have arrived. 

It’s gratifying at last to have physical books in hand–and to have some to send out for first responses.  The novel has been in the works for some seven years.  It’s been through more than 30 drafts.  The help I have received along the way from a handful of astute and careful readers has been extremely valuable in guiding me through the complex development of character and story.  Now it’s on its own.

POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD will launch on Saturday, October 4, at the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Bookstore events are in the works at the Northshire in Manchester (and the store in Saratoga Springs), the Galaxy in Hardwick, Green Mountain Books in Lyndonville, and more.

As reviews come in and as more events are scheduled, I’ll be posting word here. 

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As the author myself of a banned and challenged novel (HARD FEELINGS, Atheneum 1977), I’m happy to announce that I’ll be taking part in “An Evening Without. Giving Voice To The Silenced,” a presentation sponsored by the ACLU of Vermont during Banned Books Week. The event will be held in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm, at the Catamount Arts cafe.

The evening will bring together seven Vermont writers to read from the work of writers whose writing has been challenged, censored, or banned:

· Don Bredes
· Garret Keizer
· Reeve Lindbergh
· Howard Norman
· Bess O’Brien
· Jane Shore
· Baron Wormser

John F. Kennedy said, “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all-except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”

Please come if you can.