Upcoming Events

The grand launch for Liar from Vermont will be on location and sponsored by
Pettee Memorial Library and Bartleby's Books:
July 14, Memorial Hall, Wilmington Vermont, 7:00 PM

A northern Vermont launch will be held on August 5 at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7:00 PM.
It will include a lecture:

Writing from Life: turning experience into fiction

"Write what you know," is one of the first pieces of advice any would-be writer receives.
But how do you write what you know? What if you suspect your experience has no interest to anybody but you? Then you incorporate material that's true with material that isn't … but should be, or might have been, or is simply untrue. Welcome to the art of distortion.

Laura C. Stevenson launches her new collection of short stories, Liar From Vermont, with remarks on its relationship to the Vermont of the 1950's and 1960's, and reflections on the perils and pleasures of turning experience into fiction.

Reading: Enosburgh Public Lbrary, 241 Main St., Enosburg Falls, Vermont, August 20, 6:30 PM

 

Praise for Laura's Upcoming 2015 Story Collection


Laura Stevenson’s Liar from Vermont is the elegantly written, ruthlessly honest, very funny, and astonishingly insightful story of a bright young girl’s coming of age during her summers in mid-twentieth century Vermont. It’s a story about family, friendship, class, and, most of all, love. I, for one, fell in love with Peggy Hamilton, the liar from Vermont, on the first page. Ms. Stevenson writes like an American Jane Austen, though her vision reminds me more of Hemingway’s and Edith Wharton’s. Liar from Vermont is a superb work of fiction.

-- Howard Frank Mosher, author of A Stranger in the Kingdom and Northern Borders

Laura Stevenson’s Liar From Vermont is a captivating novel for young people, and for all of us. Beautifully written and rich with humor, wisdom, and the often heart-piercing real experiences of growing up at any time and in any place, this is the (mostly!) truthful account of a young girl who lives partly in rural Vermont and partly in the urban academic circles frequented by her father, known here as The Great Man. The author tells a good story with unusual understanding and compassion, yet without a drop of sentimentality. I loved this book.

-- Reeve Lindbergh, author of Under A Wing and No More Words

Stevenson’s book is delicious—I found myself slowing down, trying to make it last. Yet although the collection of stories is beautiful, both in its descriptions of Vermont in the ‘50s and ‘60s and in its evocation of youth, its pages never sink into nostalgia. Peggy is a real, imperfect heroine, and through her eyes, I felt myself back in each stage of childhood with its mixture of the not-quite-as-expected and the unpredictable. And through the observant Peggy, who experiences Vermont as a summer visitor, we have snapshots of irrevocable change in a state often viewed from the outside as anachronistic and static. The stories skillfully weave through chapters of Peggy’s early life, presenting carefully distilled moments which can each be enjoyed independently, but when taken together reveal the arc of her development towards adulthood. It’s one of those books as perfectly balanced as a poem, where every phrase and detail count and where what is left unsaid stays with you as much as what is on the page.

-- Jenny Land, author of The Spare Room

Laura Stevenson paints for us the long farewell from childhood to adulthood, one bright and sometimes shocking brush stroke at a time. In LIAR FROM VERMONT, young Peggy Hamilton's journey echoes the one from graceful rural Vermont (full of horses for Peggy to ride) to overbearing ski-town development, and from family comfort to often-lonely independence. The vulnerability of fields and farms and fragile friendships shines in Peggy's self-aware narrative. Stevenson's heart-breaking stories of the 1950s to 1970s demonstrate what a treasure life can be. Even when it hurts. Thank you, oh thank you, for this brave and unforgettable portrait.

-- Beth Kanell, author of The Secret Room and Darkness Under the Water