That Vermont is home to more writers per capita than any other state in the nation is a testament not only to the natural beauty of our surroundings and the possibilities for solitude and contemplation, but also to the great traditions and institutions that support our literary artists when the time comes to share their work. from: New England Review, Vermont Reading Series handout, November 21, 2013
We had a literary outing, the women in the writing group I attend. We drove to Middlebury, VT, and spent time browsing the Vermont Book Shop, one of those small, independent book shops like I remember from the old days. (Owning a store like that has always been a part of my fantasy life.) I did a bit of Christmas shopping. We went out for pizza at American Flatbread which is in the Old Marble Works district.
The hostess asked if we wanted to be seated next to the large brick fired oven.
Now why would anyone ask such a question of three menopausal-age women?
We sat away from the oven, but within view of it, and had a delicious supper.
Then on to the impetus for our field trip--a nonfiction reading hosted by the New England Review that included Jessica Hendry Nelson, Christopher Shaw, John Elder, and Julia Alvarez.
The venue, Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe, cozy and standing-room-only, was perfect.
Sometimes, at this time of year when it is dark so early, it can be difficult to roust one's self out of the house for an evening--making it all the more important to do so. I am grateful to have had this opportunity.