Celebrated author to read in Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — Vermont author Ellen Stimson will be at the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. for the shop’s October book discussion.
The book group will read Stimson’s earlier book, “Mud Season,” for discussion. Stimson’s new book, “Good Grief! Life in a Tiny Vermont Village,” is also a humorous memoir, focusing on parenting older children while dealing with life and death. “Good Grief!” was selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2014 Indie Next List. Jenny Lyons, marketing manager at The Vermont Book Shop, chose “Good Grief!” as her staff pick because “the quality of Stimson’s writing is so immediate and honest, you can’t help but be drawn into the author’s warm circle, as though you too were a part of her much-loved family.”
“Mud Season,” now out in paperback, is about the author’s move to rural Vermont after one delightful family holiday there. The reality of living in Vermont, they quickly discover, is a little muddier than they’d imagined, but, happily, well worth the trouble. “Mud Season” was selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2013 Indie Next List, and also selected for the October 2014 Indie Next List, Now in Paperback.
This is a ticketed event with limited attendance. A $28 ticket includes an evening with Ellen Stimson and a copy of her new book, “Good Grief! Life in a Tiny Vermont Village.” Light refreshments will be provided.
In conjunction with Stimson’s book tour, a national contest to win a getaway weekend at Equinox Resort in Manchester Village has been announced. Contestants purchase a copy of “Good Grief!” at The Vermont Book Shop, or another book shop hosting her for an event, to receive an entry form. They then write a paragraph or two about how humor helped them or someone they know grieve the loss of a loved one, and email or mail in their entry to address provided. Stimson will choose her favorite entry from those submitted.

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