The Green Mountain Book Festival takes place in Burlington Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 during Banned Books Week. Cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel will headline.
Three Washington County residents and authors of fiction for children, middle grade readers, and young adults will participate on panels at the Fletcher Free Library on Sunday, Oct. 1: international best selling author Laurie Forest, and award winning authors Kekla Magoon and Linda Urban. These three authors will take part in the “Writing for Teens (and In-Betweens!)” panel at 3 p.m. Urban will also discuss writing ideas as part of the “Scribbling Ideas: What’s in Your Writer’s Notebook?” panel at 1 p.m. Magoon will join others in speaking about nonfiction research on the “Hidden History and Secret Science” panel at 2 p.m.
“Looking forward to talking books with Vermont readers and authors!” said Laurie Forest about the event.
Based in Vermont, the Green Mountain Book Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to cultivate and promote literary arts in Burlington and across Vermont. This annual event, which offers its Saturday and Sunday programming free of charge, celebrates the written word, inviting participants to honor free expression, embrace diverse voices, and encourage a deeper understanding of self and community through a shared love of reading and books. Learn more at greenmountainbookfestival.org.
And the Award Goes to …
Aly Richards of Montpelier, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids, is the recipient of the 2023 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Young Changemaker Award. The honor recognizes an individual under age 40 who has led the formation of a socially responsible enterprise and has demonstrated an ability to advance innovative solutions to society’s challenges.
Under Richards’ leadership, Let’s Grow Kids, along with the 40,000 supporters who make up Vermont’s Child Care Campaign, made history by passing the 2023 Child Care Bill (now Act 76) into law. This comprehensive new law is not only a first-of-its-kind for Vermont and the nation, but it also changes the trajectory of our state through long-term public investment in our state’s child care system.
Richards’ accomplishments and those of the other 2023 awardees will be celebrated at the Oct. 5 VBSR awards ceremony and dinner at the Zenbarn restaurant in Waterbury Center.
Stinson to Lead Barre Area Senior Center
In addition to National Senior Center Month, September marks the arrival of Kim Stinson as the new director of operations for the Barre Area Senior Center.
Beyond her extensive background in nonprofit work, Stinson has worked as a ski patroller, dog trainer, and horseback riding instructor. Much of her volunteer time was spent with search-and-rescue work in Alaska, where she lived for almost ten years. Stinson moved back to Vermont in 2014, and settled in Northfield three years ago. Stinson lives with her daughter, two dogs, and a cat. When not at work, she can usually be found at the horse farm with her daughter and their pony, or managing a huge garden at home.
Drop in to meet Kim and help the Barre Area Senior Center celebrate National Senior Center Month. barreseniors.org—press release