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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


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!

Time for another party! April 30, 2012

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We strongly believe in having parties–period. We had a party to celebrate the announcement of our move, a party to move the store, and a party to celebrate our re-opening. This month, we have another reason to celebrate: the gorgeous mural that Tara Goreau designed and painted for us has been installed! Over the past few months, we’ve heard numerous creative suggestions for decorating our walls, and each time we were mentally rubbing our hands together with glee, thinking, “Oh, just you wait and see!” Well, the waiting is over, and the artwork is even more amazing than we could have imagined. A whimsical view of Hardwick overhung with a sky of sparkling constellations, full of so many imaginative details that it can take multiple viewings to notice them all; this painting is, itself, a celebration of books and reading and community.

Join us this Saturday, May 5th, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. to to toast Tara and her work!

Scenes from our Sirius Reader Party December 13, 2011

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We hope you enjoy this slideshow of scenes from our 23rd Anniversary celebration!

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Banned Books Virtual Read-Out! September 15, 2011

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Join Claire, Sandy, and hundreds of other readers across the country in a Banned Books Week Virtual Read Out. This year, Banned Books Week is September 24 – October 1, but you can celebrate early by recording yourself reading an excerpt from your favorite banned book and adding it to the Banned Books Week YouTube channel. If you need help with your video, feel free to stop by the store! We will have a camera available next week and the week after for recording banned book readings.

Here are our videos to give you a little motivation, because if we can do it, so can you!

Claire, reading from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:

Sandy, reading from Sylvester and the Magic Pebble:

The American Library Association list of Frequently Challenged Books.

A peek into 2012 August 12, 2011

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As much as we’re enjoying the here and now, our minds are often on the coming months as we read advance copies of books to be published and peruse catalogs for Fall 2011 and Winter/Spring 2012.

We’d like to share a bit of our excitement for one event taking place next year–the release of our dear friend Howard Frank Mosher’s new book, The Great Northern Express, on March 6, 2012! Howard has been talking about this book for a couple of years, a memoir of his travels around the country while on book tour. He stopped by Galaxy this week for an informal photo shoot and was joined by a special friend. On his way to Hardwick, he spied a small turtle in the road and decided to bring him along. (Those of you who have read Walking to Gatlinburg will understand the significance of this particular critter.) Howard is very hopeful that his picture, along with the turtle, on the steps of The Galaxy Bookshop, will grace the jacket of The Great Northern Express.

In keeping with tradition, The Galaxy Bookshop will host the premier event for The Great Northern Express–Howard’s first stop on his book tour about a book tour–on March 6, 2012, at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars!

22nd Anniversary Celebration and Sirius Reader Sale December 2, 2010

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We’re celebrating our 22nd anniversary this year, and will be hosting our annual Sirius Reader Party & Sale to celebrate and thank our wonderful customers for supporting this locally owned and independent bookstore. 

Saturday, December 4
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • 20 – 50% off select books
  • 10% off pre-paid special orders
  • Planet Shari Sample Sale
  • Refreshments and door prizes!
  • Cookbook signing and recipe tasting (read more below)

Vermont cookbook authors Andrea Chesman (Recipes from the Root Cellar) and Tracey Madeiros (Dishing Up Vermont) will be at The Galaxy Bookshop during our Sirius Reader Party on Saturday, December 4, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to sign copies of their cookbooks. There will also be samples of recipes from each book, cooked up by your very own Galaxy Bookshop staff, to taste.
Recipes from the Root Cellar will be a boon to anyone using up their stores of winter vegetables through the long season–Chesman offers 250 menu-saving recipes that feature everything from kale to rutabagas.
Dishing Up Vermont brings a wealth of recipes–many from the kitchens of chefs and farmers around Vermont–that put a spotlight on our state’s produce, meats, and artisanal foods.
Autographed copies of these books will make wonderful gifts for any home cook on your holiday list!

Bill McKibben Wrap-up June 7, 2010

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First of all, many thanks to everyone (somewhere around 100 of you!) who turned out for Bill McKibben’s talk last Thursday night. Also, a very special thanks to Bill for taking the time to visit us here in Hardwick. His message in person as well as in his book Eaarth, though full of hard–even difficult to face–truths, also offered a great deal of inspiration. Much of this inspiration comes from Bill’s own passion and energy for the cause of saving our planet and ourselves from our own excesses. It is too late, he says, to imagine that we might stop global warming, as it’s already well begun. What we can do is work, very hard, as hard as we can, to keep the trend from going beyond a point “any worse than it has to.” Bill’s realistic optimism gives an additional strength to his words, and in his realistic view of the situation, the most important work to be done is political. To that end, he encouraged all of us to talk to our politicians about the importance of making large, lasting changes to our environmental policies.

One way to do this is by getting involved with Bill’s own brainchild, 350.org. Last year, the group organized what CNN called “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history,” which included more than 5200 gatherings in 181 countries. This year, the non-profit group is planning a Global Work Party on October 10 (10-10-10, easy to remember!), with an open invitation for any and every community to join them by pledging to engage in  a clean energy project that day.  It’s a small thing to ask, and an event that will have far-reaching consequences. Let’s hope that world leaders will take notice and then take action to pass the legislation needed to curb our carbon emissions and begin healing our planet.

One further note on this event: Linda and I, as we often do, got too caught up in setting up for the event to remember to take out a camera and take pictures. If there is anyone who would be interested in volunteering to be a photographer for our events, even a few of them, please let us know! You don’t need to be a professional, and you don’t even have to bring your own camera–all we’re looking for is someone willing to take a few snapshots to record the memories.

Things to do April 16, 2010

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Despite the snow falling outside, spring is really here–you can tell just by looking at the community bulletin boards, full to bursting with flyers advertising events over the next few weeks.

The Galaxy Bookshop has already had some great readings this season–Howard Frank Mosher, Ben Hewitt, and Peggy Sapphire–and we’re looking forward to many more in the upcoming months. Mark your calendars now, before they fill up!

NEXT TUESDAY: April 20, 7 p.m. Open Mic Night! Tonight, the audience falls under the spotlight; writers of all styles and ages are welcome.

Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m. Myra Lewin. Learn how to deal with food in a healthy way, with the author of  Freedom in Your Relationship with Food.

Tuesday, May 18, 7 p.m. William Alexander. A man with a mission to bake the perfect loaf of bread documented his quest in 52 Loaves: One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust.

Tuesday, June 3, 7 p.m. Bill McKibben. Having marked 20 years from the publication of his now classic The End of Nature, McKibben moves on from warnings of global climate change to a plan for dealing with the aftermath of change that has already come. His new book is called Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and is available on shelves now.

Look for more scheduled events at our website, with more to be added through the summer.

Guest Blogger: Ben Hewitt March 5, 2010

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Ben HewittThis week, thanks to Cabot author Ben Hewitt for contributing. Ben will be launching his new book, The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food, at The Galaxy Bookshop on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

When Linda and Sandy asked me to write a post on the upcoming launch
of my book, The Town That Food Saved, I almost said no. After all, I’d just written 70-something thousand words on the Hardwick area; I figured I’d stuck foot (pen?) firmly in mouth plenty of times, already. And then, ever the glutton, I decided what the hell: A time or two more can’t hurt.

I spent about a year writing this book. The process was by turns
exciting, dispiriting, confusing, and affirming. I’d naively sold the
book on a simple premise: That Hardwick needed saving, and that a
localized food system was just the thing to make it so. It didn’t take
long to determine that it would be vastly more complicated than that,
and the book began to turn on my struggle to understand these
unanticipated complexities. I’d say more, but of course then you
wouldn’t need to buy the book.

In the weeks following this launch, I’ll be spending a lot of time
talking about the book (and by extension, Hardwick) in communities
throughout the northeast. The degree of interest has far exceeded my
wildest expectations, and it feels incredibly important that I carry
with me the news of Hardwick, particularly as it relates to the
region’s evolving food system. I want to know how you feel about the
goings-on about town, the boom in food-based enterprises, and the
ensuing media coverage. Are you inspired? Disheartened? Or merely
indifferent? Is Hardwick really the town that food saved, or does it
need another agricultural enterprise like it needs a snowstorm in
September? (To be sure, both will probably happen)

So I invite you to come to the Galaxy Bookshop on the evening of March
16. I’ll read a little; I’ll probably talk a little too. But mostly, I’ll be there to listen.

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The Town That Food Saved is already receiving praise from reviewers around the country:

Times Argus

Publisher’s Weekly (seventh title down)

School Library Journal (about two-thirds of the way down the page)

Los Angeles Times