Voices on the Village Green
JUNE 21, 22 & 23, 2024
June 21, 22 & 23
Woodstock, Vermont
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June 21, 22 & 23, 2024

Bookstock is delighted to announce three internationally acclaimed authors among the dozens of authors scheduled to speak at Bookstock June 21-23. . These authors deftly and compellingly advance Bookstock’s mission: to unite people through storytelling and the written word.

Renowned author Julia Alvarez (fiction) is one of the country’s most influential Latino American voices. She is author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. With great personal authenticity over the past three decades, Alvarez has explored identity, immigration, and cultural divides. Her highly acclaimed novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, sold over one million copies. She also has been awarded the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling. The Cemetery of Untold Stories, will be published in April and can be pre-ordered now. She spoke at Bookstock with Sabra Field in 2015.

Tarek El-Ariss (non-fiction) tells an extraordinary true story of growing up in turmoil in the Middle East. Tarek is author, scholar, and the James Wright Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Beirut during the Civil War (1975-90) and trained in philosophy, literary studies, and visual and cultural, El-Ariss deals with questions of displacement, war, and desire in his work. He has written about disoriented travelers, outcasts, queers, hackers, and characters with complicated relations to home and power. His new book, Water on Fire: A Memoir of War, speaks to the social and personal trauma of life in a Middle Eastern zone of conflict and is due out in March with Other Press.

Internationally acclaimed and three-term United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky (poetry) is one of 12 poets who will speak at Bookstock. He is the recipient of the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy’s Premio Capri, and many others. Pinsky is also an essayist, translator, teacher, and speaker. His anthology The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His landmark, best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. His first two terms as poet laureate were marked by such approbation that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. His most recent work, Jersey Break: Becoming an American Poet, was published in January, 2024.

Former Vermont poet Laureate Ellen Bryant Voigt has many poetry collections, including  Headwaters (2013), Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976–2006, Shadow of Heaven (2002), and The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song (2009). Voigt’s collection Kyrie (1995), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. She is editor of The Flexible Lyric (1999), a collection of essays on the craft of poetry. With Heather McHugh, she co-edited Hammer and Blaze: A Gathering of Contemporary American Poets (2002), and with Gregory Orr,  she coedited Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World (1996). Voigt was a founder of the Goddard College low-residency MFA program that became the Warren Wilson Low Residency Program. Poet laureate of Vermont from 1999-2002, she was also Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2003 to 2009.  She has received grants from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2015 she was awarded a MacArthur fellowship. She grew up on her family’s farm in rural Virginia, earned a BA from Converse College and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and  has lived in Vermont for many years.

Three-time National Book Award finalist Lauren Groff is The New York Times–bestselling author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies, Matrix, and most recently The Vaster Wilds. Her celebrated short story collections include Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize, the ABA Indies’ Choice Award, France’s Grand Prix de l’Héroïne, and the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. Her work has been translated into thirty-six languages. She recently opened a bookstore in Florida.

Norwich-based author Ken Cadow is a National Book Award finalist for the young adult novel, Gather. He is also a Vermont high school principal. He has been creating and supporting personalized learning programs for students (both reluctant and enthusiastic) for over twenty years. For his work as an educator, he was given the Vermont Champion of Education Award from the Vermont Agency of Education and the New England Consortium of Secondary Schools in 2017; and the New Medallion Award for leadership and work in preparing students for success in college and career from the Vermont Business Roundtable in 2019. He will be interviewed at Bookstock 2024 by Vermont Public Senior Host and Correspondent Mitch Wertlieb.

Author, sociologist and policy maker Nikhil Goyal served as senior policy advisor on education and children for Chairman Senator Bernie Sanders on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Committee on the Budget.  His most recent book, Live to See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty was named a Best Book of 2023 by The New Yorker. As a policymaker, he has developed education, child care, and child tax credit federal legislation as well as a tuition college program for incarcerated people and correctional workers in Vermont. He has appeared on CNN, Fox and MSNBC, and written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, The Nation and other publications. At Bookstock 2024, he will be in discussion with American journalist Adrian LeBlanc, author of the The New York Times Bestseller, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in The Bronx.

Authors Jennifer Moorman and Jessica Dodge will be leading “The Magic and Science of Book Marketing” workshop on Friday, June 21 at the North Chapel in Woodstock from 4-5:30 PM. Moorman writes novels inspired by the everyday magic and whimsy in the world. She is the bestselling author of the magical realism series, Mystic Water, The Baker’s Man, and The Magic All Around. She is also a senior editor at HarperCollins Publishers. Dodge, meanwhile, published her #1 Amazon Historical Fantasy, The Forgotten Witch, in 2022. The following year, Misplaced Magic was released. Jessica recently finished The Lost Book of Enchantments, the last of the Triquetra Chronicles trilogy. Jessica writes in a renovated 1968 Airstream in the picturesque hills of Newbury, Vermont. Together they will present innovative techniques to elevate book visibility in a crowded marketplace, while guiding attendees through the often-intimidating realms of cover design concepts, book tours, social media tips, branding, and the creation of unique and marketable online events.

Also leading a workshop will be author and writing instructor Joni B. Cole. Her workshop will take place on Friday, June 21 from 5-6:30 PM at Soulfully Good Cafe. She recently published the essay collection, Party Like It’s 2044Finding the Funny in Life and Death (2023) and has authored other acclaimed writing guides that include: Good Naked: How to Write More, Write Better (2022). Her Wit, Wisdom, and a Writing Workshop will use “prompts” as a way to tap into a deeper understanding of yourself and your stories. Absolutely no writing experience is required, but for aspiring authors this workshop will serve as a mini masterclass in narrative craft.

Bookstock author events are free and open to all. Details for all author events and other Bookstock activities will be posted shortly.. 

Bookstock 2024…Voices on the Village Green
June 21, 22 & 23, 2024

Bookstock Festival of Words is a collaborative activity of the greater Woodstock Community, involving partner businesses and organizations, financial supporters and scores of volunteers who bring their talents and time to make this annual 3-day event possible.

Expect 50+ speakers, author signings, live music, workshops, exhibits, special events and a huge tent sale of 10,000-12,000 used & rare books.

It really does take a village to bring Bookstock’s “Voices on the Village Green” to life each June.

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