Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Vermont!

On March 4, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state to join the Union and the first after the original 13 colonies.
About 2.5% of Vermonters speak French at home--probably because of their proximity to Quebec.
It is the 2nd least populated state, the 6th smallest state, and produces more maple syrup than any other state in America.
So it is small, not crowded, and very, very sweet.

Try one of the following Green Mountain State authors and see why good things come in small packages.

Chris Bohjalian--(Midwives, The Sandcastle Girls)--he is an American writer of 15 novels.  He was born in New York but has lived in Vermont since 1987.

Castle Freeman Jr.--(All That I Have, Go With Me)--Texas-born novelist, raised in Illinois.  He has lived in Vermont since 1972.

Shelby Hearon--(Footprints, Year of the Dog)--she is an American novelist and short story writer. She was born in Kentucky but lives in Burlington, Vermont.

David Huddle--(Nothing Can Make Me Do This)--Virginia-born writer and professor.  He teaches at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College.

John Irving--(The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meaney)--New Hampshire-born novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter. He divides his time between Vermont and Toronto.  His latest novel is In One Person.

Archer Mayor--(Open Season, etc.)--he lives in Newfane, Vermont and writes the Joe Gunther crime novels.  The 25th book in the series, Proof Positive, comes out in September 2014. When he's not writing he works as a death investigator and a deputy sheriff.

Howard Frank Mosher--(Walking to Gatlinburg, The Great Northern Express)--American author of 12 books who lives in Irasburg, VT.  Most of his novels take place in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and are set in the mid-20th century.

Jay Parini--(The Last Station, Robert Frost: a Life)--Pennsylvania-born writer and academic who teaches at Middlebury College.  He has lived in Vermont since 1982.

Sarah Strohmeyer--(The Cinderella Pact, Bubbles Unbound, etc.)--award-winning author best known for her crime novels about Bubbles Yablonsky (hairdresser/amateur detective).  The author was born in Pennsylvania but lives in Middlesex, VT where she is the town clerk.

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