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We’ve moved! October 9, 2013

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You can now visit Written in the Stars: The Blog of The Galaxy Bookshop HERE.

Localvore Week in Hardwick! February 18, 2013

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Our neighbors at The Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op are promoting localvore week this week by selling only locally grown (defined as “within a 100 mile radius”) produce.

So, I wonder, could you limit your reading to a localvore diet as well? When it comes to the diet of the mind, I would venture to say that we would all be poorer for never stepping outside of that 100 mile radius to find books that expand our understanding of the world. Still, it would be easier than you might think to fill up days of reading time solely with books written locally! An unofficial count of our inventory came up with more than 70 authors from Vermont–of those, over 50 fell within the 100 mile radius mark. Poetry, cookbooks, memoirs, novels, picture books–a full range of literature, all created just down the road, so to speak.

If you’re in town, stop to browse our new window display – you may be surprised by the numbers and variety of books that have been written locally! You can also take a look at a handful of our local writers at our website, though this list is by no means complete.

For all we know, there may be someone sitting in the Co-op’s cafe right now, munching on a sandwich of bread from East Hardwick, sprouts from Craftsbury, and cheese from Greensboro, while working diligently on a soon-to-be-published manuscript!


The Awards Go To… January 30, 2013

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January is not just award season for movie stars and singers, it’s also award season for authors and illustrators! This week, the American Library Association held its ceremony honoring children’s books. Top honors were awarded to:

Winner of the John Newbery Medal (for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature): The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

Newbery Honor Books:

Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin (This book was also awarded the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, for most distinguished informational book for children, as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults!)

Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal (for the most distinguished American picture book for children): This is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Caldecott Honor Books:

Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds

Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (The first time since 1947 that an author or illustrator has been awarded both the Caldecott Medal and a Caldecott Honor in the same year!)

Green written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo

Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

Michael L. Printz Award Winner (for excellence in literature written for young adults): In Darkness, by Nick Lake

And our sincere congratulations to Vermont author Katherine Paterson, winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award! This award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Find the entire awards list here.

Join the Club! Stories & Stitches January 11, 2013

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stories & stitchesIf you’re looking for something to get you out of the house on some of these dark winter evenings, here’s a cozy option: join us at The Galaxy Bookshop on Tuesdays from 5 – 6:15 p.m. for our new Stories & Stitches Book Club. Created with the handcrafter in mind, we invite people to bring along a knitting or needlework project (or any other easily portable project) to work on while listening to a short story being read by a volunteer.

We’ve had one meeting so far and chose to read a selection from Birds of a Lesser Paradise, by Megan Mayhew Bergman. Cups of tea were brewed and knitting projects grew while the story unfolded. (One non-knitter attended, too–crafts are not required!)

We’re committed to continuing this book club through January, and through the rest of winter as long as there is an interest! Join us anytime – we’ll have a mug of tea and a seat waiting for you!

DATES: January 15, 22, 29

TIME: 5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

PLACE: The Galaxy Bookshop

The Bestsellers of 2012 December 31, 2012

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It’s always fun, at the end of the year, to run our bestsellers report. It rarely mirrors the national bestseller lists (you’ll find 50 Shades of Grey falling square in the middle of the list, rather than up at the top), but instead reflects the books and authors we have admired and welcomed to Hardwick through the year. All but two of the authors of our top 10 books gave readings at the store this year!

The topic of food continues to dominate our local reading lists, and there was an exciting race for our number 1 book of the year–Bethany Dunbar nosed ahead by one single copy to take the title from Ben Hewitt during the last week of the year!

Without further ado, here are The Galaxy Bookshop’s Top 20 Bestsellers of 2012:

1. Kingdom’s Bounty, by Bethany Dunbar
2. The Town That Food Saved, by Ben Hewitt
3. The Great Northern Express, by Howard Frank Mosher
4. The Lepine Girls of Mud City, by Evelyn Grace Geer
5. The New Feminist Agenda, by Madeleine Kunin
6. Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel
7. True Colors, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
8. Paradise City, by Archer Mayor
9. The Greenhorns, edited by Severine Von Tscharner Fleming, et. al.
10. Vermont Wild: Volume 3, by Megan Price
11. Stand Against the Wind, by Chris Braithwaite
12. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
13. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
14. Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch, by Constance Hale
15. Park Songs, by David Budbill
16. Falling Upward, by Richard Rohr
17. The Bear That Heard Crying, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
18. Privacy, by Garret Keizer
19. Life Everlasting, by Bernd Heinrich
20. A Wedding in Haiti, by Julia Alvarez

Celebrating Vermont Children’s Authors! December 6, 2012

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We are very excited about our upcoming Vermont Children’s Author Celebration, which will take place on Saturday, December 15th, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. We are hosting this event as a fundraiser for the Jeudevine Library, which provides our community with access to books, technology, and programming for all ages free of charge.

We are honored to welcome 6 men and women to represent the large and illustrious group of children’s authors who hail from our state, writing books for readers of all ages.

Katherine and John Paterson have recently collaborated on a spirited retelling of the 1910 fantasy, The Flint Heart. Katherine Paterson is the two time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award and author of numerous novels, including the classic Bridge to Terabithia. She and John live in Barre, Vermont.

Linda Urban’s most recent novel, Hound Dog True, was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2011. She is also the author of A Crooked Kind of Perfect and the picture book Mouse Was Mad. She lives with her family in Montpelier, Vermont.

David Martin began writing after having children of his own and making up stories for them. He is the author of fourteen picture books, including Let’s Have a Tree Party and All for Pie, Pie for All. He lives in Lyndonville, Vermont.


Jenny Land teaches English and creative writing at St. Johnsbury Academy and works on farms during the summer. Her debut novel, The Spare Room, is set in Vermont during the Abolitionist movement, prior to the Civil War. She lives in Peacham, Vermont with her husband and twin daughters.

Jo Knowles,
winner of the 2005 PEN Literary Award, has written three novels for teens. Background for her most recent novel, See You at Harry’s, came from the time her parents ran a restaurant and ice cream factory called Kellers’ Restaurant. She lives in Vermont with her husband and son.


This event will take place during Hardwick’s Holiday Happenings, so be sure to take a stroll around town, before or after visiting with our authors, to enjoy sales and events hosted by other local merchants!

Get to know your booksellers: An interview with Diane Grenkow November 23, 2012

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Diane Grenkow has been a customer of The Galaxy Bookshop since the beginning, or close to it. Now, as a member of our crack team of booksellers, she can be found behind the counter on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Here’s a little more about Diane, in her own words:

On your nightstand now: The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney, Smouldering by Mark Cox, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Searching for the Sound by Phil Lesh, Wild Delicate Seconds by Charles Finn, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison, The Nazi Doctors by Robert Jay Lifton… this is a small selection of the books teetering on the nightstand right now.
Favorite book when you were a child: Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards.  I wanted to find a garden like the one in the story more than anything.
Book that changed your life: On the Road.  I was already living on a school bus and traveling around and then I read On the Road.  Maybe it didn’t change my life so much as reinforce it.
Person who had the biggest influence on your literary life: Place that had the biggest influence:  Goddard College 1989-1993.
Five books you would want with you on a desert island: The River Why by David James Duncan, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, Secrets of the Universe by Scott Russell Sanders, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter.
Biggest literary crush:  I can’t give this away.  It would be too embarrassing.
Book you can’t live without: How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman.  I must look in there at least once a day for something or other.
Best thing about being a bookseller: When the books come!  Opening the boxes of new books for the store or the ones that people have special ordered or the advanced reader copies — it’s like Christmas every single time!
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you? I really don’t mind when you come in and you say, “I’m looking for this book?  I don’t remember the name of it.  Or the author.  It sounded really interesting though…” and then I say, “Can you give me anything else to go on?”  and you say, “Um, I think there was an H in either the title or the author’s name or maybe the name of the person that interviewed them on NPR?  Do you think you could find it for me?”  I LOVE THIS.

Get to know your booksellers: An interview with Edgar Davis November 16, 2012

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How well do you know the people who welcome you to The Galaxy Bookshop and help you find that “just right” book you came in for? Edgar Davis is the third in our literature-inspired interview series that we hope will give you some insight into our booksellers’ minds–or at least our personal bookshelves. You’ll usually find Edgar at the bookstore on Friday mornings and alternating Saturdays.
On your nightstand now:  The Best American Mystery Stories of 2012, Paradise City by Archer Mayor, Alberic the Wise by Norton Juster, and Looking at Philosophy by Donald Palmer
Favorite book when you were a child: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
Book that changed your life: As a Child: Green Eggs and Ham, as a teenager: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, as an adult: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley, and in middle age: Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama by David Mamet.
Person who had the biggest influence on your literary life: playwright/essayist David Mamet
Five books you would want with you on a desert island: 
1. Three Uses of the Knife (David Mamet)
2. The Martian Chronicles(Ray Bradbury)

3. Any art book featuring the work of Cubist artists
4. Any art book featuring the work of Surrealist artists
5. Green Eggs and Ham (Dr. Suess)
Biggest literary crush: Stephen King
Book (s) you can’t live without: Three Uses of the Knife by David Mamet, Black Betty by Walter Mosley, and The Best American Noir of the Century edited by Otto Penzler
Best thing about being a bookseller: Exposure to a wide variety of books and helping to get those books into the hands of book lovers
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you? I love to get things “right”.

Get to know your booksellers: An interview with Marisa Neyenhuis November 9, 2012

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Our second bookseller to be interviewed is Marisa Neyenhuis, who came to us with a glowing recommendation from her former employer at Chapter One Bookstore in Hamilton, Montana. Marisa is a woman of many hats who takes time from her other jobs to spend Thursday afternoons at The Galaxy bookshop.

On your nightstand now: A whole slew of galleys that I have the best of intentions to start, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, Messenger by Lois Lowry and The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman.  I also have a stack of The New Yorker that I have been fully neglecting for the last month.

 Favorite book when you were a child: This is a tough one. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia series, the Anne of Green Gables series, The Phantom Tollboothand the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series too. Not to mention the hundreds of picture books my parents read to me before I struck out on my own. There are too many good books to choose just one!

Book that changed your life: Wally Lamb’s first book, She’s Come Undoneinspired me to be a vegetarian from ages 16-26. There was a passage in the book equating meat to rotting flesh and it struck a chord. I didn’t eat meat in earnest again until my 2nd time living in Texas. Turns out, Texas is way more fun if you’re a carnivore!

Person who had the biggest influence on your literary life: I think my parents began reading to me before I had even left the womb and they were always happy to buy me a new book any time we went to the bookstore. When I started working at Chapter One Bookstore in high school all my co-workers were great about recommending new books that I wouldn’t have thought to pick up on my own. They loved pushing my literary boundaries.

Five books you would want with you on a desert island: The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Blankets by Craig Thompson, The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (This is my go to book on a bad day and I bet there are bad days on desert islands, too.)

Biggest literary crush: Johnny from S.E. Hinton’s The OutsidersWhen he died, I could not stop crying.  I first read this book right when I was starting to notice boys and Johnny was a very safe crush, unlike all the boys roaming the halls of Daly Elementary School.

Book you can’t live without: The book I always go back to, at least every other year, is The Giver by Lois Lowry. I suppose I could live without it, but I don’t know if the world would be as nice of a place.

Best thing about being a bookseller:  Spending time in bookstores is such a joy that it’s a dream come true to get paid for it!  There’s also the thrill you get when someone comes back to let you know they loved the book you recommended and that they’re recommending it to friends.

Get to know your booksellers: An interview with Sandy Scott November 2, 2012

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Welcome to part one of an interview series with our booksellers! The first under the spotlight is Sandy Scott, which is only fair since, with the exception of Linda, she has been a Galaxy bookseller the longest (11 years) and is also the one who is making everyone complete this interview.

On your nightstand now: John Saturnall’s Feast, by Lawrence Norfolk; Mrs. Queen takes the Train, by William Kuhn; The Center of Everything, by Linda Urban; and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente. What would be more difficult to list are the books around my nightstand, which are numerous and encompass everything from stacks of parenting books, to stacks of ARCs I’ve brought home with good intentions of reading, to stacks of picture books for my daughter’s bedtime storytime.
Favorite book when you were a child: This is really tough, but probably Miss Jellytot’s Visit may have been the one that I read the most times over the greatest amount of years. It was an ex-library book from the ’50s that we must have picked up at some sale, and it was about a little girl who decided to pretend to be a glamorous grown-up visitor in her parents’ house for a whole week.
Book that changed your life: Another tough one–different books influenced me in different ways–but the book that changed my life as a bookseller was The Shadow of the Wind,which was one of the first books I read as an adult that completely captured my imagination, just as the books I read as a child did. It was also the first book that I rabidly hand-sold to customers, and there was a real thrill in handing people my favorite new book, then having them come back as excited about it as I was.
Person who had the biggest influence on your literary life: My grandmother gave me books by some of her favorite authors throughout my childhood, which gave me an appreciation for the witticisms of Oscar Wilde, the Gothic romance of the Bronte’s, the intricacies of the casebooks of Sherlock Holmes. She encouraged and fed my love of reading, and I will always treasure the books she gave me.
Five books you would want with you on a desert island: The Forager’s Harvest, The Lord of the RingsJane EyreThe Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (I’ve only read a bit of Shakespeare, and this seems like it would be a good time to catch up), The Norton Anthology of Poetry.
Biggest literary crush: Mr. Rochester. I can’t help it–I know he’s a bit of a jerk, but all his glowering and stalking about and audacious declarations of love still make me swoon.
Book you can’t live without: Probably The Joy of Cooking. I can’t remember a recipe more complicated than scrambled eggs, so I always have to check a reliable source for measures, temperatures, and times.
Best thing about being a bookseller: I love meeting people, talking with customers and other booksellers about the excitement and pleasure of books. Plus, opening boxes full of new books continues to be a highlight of my job.
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
I love a good pun  (or even a mediocre one). I believe that few situations cannot be made better by a good book and a cup of tea.