Upcoming Readings

Saturday, October 2: The Brattleboro Literary Festival, Write Action Readings, in River Garden, Brattleboro, VT, 11:45-1:00

Tuesday, October 13: Marlboro College Library, Marlboro, VT, 4:00.PM

Wednesday, November 11: The Wilmington Historical Society, Lisle Hill, Wilmington, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 17: The Howe Library, Hanover NH, 7:00 PM



"Writing From Life" Lecture Now Online

Earlier this summer at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, as part of her promotional tour for Liar from Vermont, Laura gave a talk on the art of turning fact into fiction. You can view the presentation below or on YouTube.




Caledonian Record

In St. Johnsbury, Jenny Land Mackenzie reviewed Liar from Vermont. Her July 28 review begins, calling the book:

"[D]elicious—I found myself slowing down, trying to make it last. The collection of stories is beautiful, both in its descriptions of Vermont in the '50s and '60s, and in its evocation of youth, but 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-expected and the unpredictable."

A PDF version of the printed review is available here. If you have a subscriber to the Caledonian Record, you can view it on their site.


Deerfield Valley News

On July 7, Mike Eldred reviewed Liar from Vermont. In part, he wrote:

"[T]he book is hard to put down, and readers with a connection to the Deerfield Valley may find themselves drawn in by a sense of familiarity as much as they are by the story. Although it’s never mentioned specifically, the setting for much of the book is Wilmington."

Read more: Deerfield Valley News - No lie author to talk about new work of fiction


Bennington Banner

On June 9, a story by Chris Mays appeared in the Bennington Banner on Laura Stevenson and her book of Vermont-based short stories. In part, he wrote:

"The series of interlocked stories follow the fictional character Peggy Hamilton through the 1950s and 1960s. It deals with class, changes, feminism, illness and death. Hamilton witnesses a neighbor's farm being sold then it's later offered to her father. She gets mixed up with some horse dealers, who turn out to be nice guys."

The full story is available here.


Online reviews of Liar


Susan Barton of eBook Review Gal posted a review of Liar that describes the book as being "...a kind of Jane Austen meets Lucy Maude Montgomery meets Harper Lee...." Read the rest here.

The blog, Reviews from a Book-Obsessed Human, had some nice things to say about Liar from Vermont.


Advance Praise

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