Bookstock supports the cultural richness and diversity of Vermont and New England. Our region is home to many talented writers representing diverse genres, from national Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging young writers and those who have found their compelling voice at midlife. Bookstock encourages appreciation for good writing and other artistic endeavors by introducing residents and visitors of all ages to writers, musicians and artists in an intimate setting.
Most events take place in historic buildings around Woodstock’s lovely Green, within three minutes’ walk to the center of Woodstock village, with its unique shops and superb dining. In addition, ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret, hosts the opening reception, as well as the UnBound exhibition of book art. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park hosts a writing workshop and presentation. Catch of the Day restaurant holds a brunch reading Sunday morning.
Bookstock has grown immensely over the last 11 years. But the Village and its venues remain the same size. It’s possible that readings will fill up and it will be up to each venue manager to deal with the overflow. In some venues standees may be admitted but there will be presentations which will close the doors when all seats are taken. Please be patient and try to get to your chosen venue early.
All venues at Bookstock are handicapped access. Call 802 989-4338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on parking or specific venues.
There is limited parking, nearly all of it metered, in Woodstock village. We suggest that you park just outside the village, either at the Billings Farm and Museum on Rt. 12 north, or in the lot between Village Hardware and Pizza Chef on Rt. 4 just east of the village. There are also lots in Woodstock’s east end (on the north side of Rt. 4, between the Shire Motel and Mobil station), and behind the Woodstock elementary school (off South St., Rt. 106 south).
Bookstock hosts two remarkable book sales at once. Norman Williams Public Library offers a unique selection of fine vintage books of interest to both serious and casual collectors. In addition, NWPL and the North Universalist Chapel Society collaborate to put together an extraordinary used book fair. Thousands of quality secondhand books are available at yard sale prices under a tent on the Green, carefully arranged by genre and topic.
Among the pleasures of Bookstock is the opportunity to purchase signed copies of presenters books right after each reading. This is only made possible by the hard work of Woodstock’s Yankee Bookshop. Kari Meutsch and Kristian Preylowski and their staff work with the organizing committee to have books and a salesperson at every reading to make the books available to attendees. In addition, there will be a Yankee Bookshop table in the vendor tents where signed copies of all the presenters books will be available for purchase.
Bookstock is truly a community event, planned and hosted by nonprofit organizations under the sponsorship of Sustainable Woodstock, with the support of small businesses and individual volunteers. Our planning committee includes:
Coordinator: Jordan Engel; Financial Management: Peter Rousmaniere; Programming: Pam Ahlen, Partridge Boswell, Jim Schley; Web Site: Kristin Maffei; Publicity and Marketing and Anything Else Needed: John Matthews, Roger Logan, Marie Cross, Bob West, Sharon Whitney, Dave Whitney, Steve Shama, Susie Stulz, Michelle Fountain; Housing: Charlotte Hollingsworth; Program Guide: Tayo Skarrow; Program Ad Sales: Tina Miller; Book Sale and Vendor Tents: Mitzi Bockmann, Akankha Perkins, Mac McClelland, Alison Hankey, Amanda Merk. Venue Book Sale Angels: Kari Meutsch, Kristian Preylowski.