A commununity forum with Alan Benoit: energy efficiency, living green, and sustainable practices.

Alan Benoit's Sustainability Series continues at the Northshire, offering a forum for our community to learn what local experts are applying to their daily lives right here in Southern Vermont.

Each talk in the series focuses on a different topic and includes presentations by local experts geared toward increasing public awareness about energy efficiency, living green, and sustainable practices. These presentations are free, informative, and sure to inspire and support your own sustainability aspirations. Some recent topics in the series have been: Wind Power and Wind Turbines; Socially Responsible Investing; Heating Systems Demystified; Gardening, and Maximizing Food Production on Minimal Land. (READ MORE)

4 Questions: Spencer Lewis, a snapshot.

This past Saturday we hosted Spencer Lewis as he presented his memoir Cabin Songs: Searching Woody Guthrie's America and Finding Home in Vermont. After the event, I sat down with him to plumb his reading choices. The following is a snapshot of what informs this multi talented singer-songwriter-author.

Q: What book you would take with you if you were sent to jail?

Robert Frost : The Complete Poems

Q: Do you have a literary hero/heroine? (READ MORE)

The Big Miracle Of Book To Movie Adaptation

We have a saying we frequently use here at Northshire Bookstore; “the book is better”. The implication, of course, being that cinematic adaptions of classic and/or popular books, both fiction and non-fiction, usually pale by comparison in overall quality versus their source material books. There are exceptions, of course, and we all might debate on which occasions a movie adaption exceeded the artistic merit of the original book. (The fact that I can't think of a single example at the moment to the contrary notwithstanding.)

Despite what would seem to be a somewhat snobbish attitude towards movie adaptations, however, we do owe a debt of gratitude to that entity we call “Hollywood” for bringing attention back to an ongoing stream of bestselling books. Kathryn Stockett's The Help is an example that springs to mind. In an interesting sales cycle, we will see a novel such as The Help receive great reviews, rise to the bestseller list quickly in its hardcover edition, sell through the roof once it comes out in paperback, and then, just as its popularity might begin to fade, get another boost from a successful movie adaption... and then, yet another sales push once again when the dvd is released. In the case of The Help, I can actually attest to the movie adaptation being wonderfully done and powerfully acted but, and this could get me in trouble around here... I have not actually read the book, only seen the movie. Shhh- don't tell my coworkers. The Harry Potter series was another example of a successful book, the popularity of which was driven on even beyond its own, wide and wild self-created buzz by the continuing production and success of the subsequent cinematic versions. (READ MORE)

The Help By Kathryn Stockett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425232200
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

If you have any interest in bookstores, dogs, or taxidermy, this will interest you.

We received the following note from a customer yesterday. (Dear Customer, One for the ages. Thank you!)

Dear Awesomest Bookstore in the World, Do you know how awesome you really are?  If you were a dog, I would let you sleep on my bed and I would sleep on the floor.  I would have you cloned so that the world could be full of dogs like you.  I would love you while you were alive, then I would bring you to an expert taxidermist to have you mounted on a pedestal so you could be with me ever in death. Then I would leave money in my will so you would be dusted regularly.  That's how awesome you are!  Never change!

So, what happened to the lifeboats?

In this, the centennial year of the most celebrated -- and romanticized -- shipwreck in history, brace yourself for more books about the fateful night of April 14, 1912 and the largest vessel in the world's chance encounter with an iceberg. Who knew, on that deathly cold and calm night in the North Atlantic, that an event was unfolding that would one day instigate a great drama at Downton Abbey, both upstairs and downstairs? Who knew that Leonardo DiCaprio would board the fabled ship a promising young actor and plunge to the depths a superstar?

Who envisioned a traveling show called  Titanic: The Bodies that featured photographs of cadavers, as if we needed further evidence that an era that doted on good manners had been eradicated by one that thrives on bad taste?

We are tentatively planning a panel discussion in April at the Northshire on the subject with, among others, Katherine Howe, the author of a new novel titled The House of Velvet and Glass, in which the Titanic figures prominently. (READ MORE)

Jeff Kinney packed the house (and the parking lot)!

Estimates varied, but consensus seems to be around 800 people... The line went through kids, down through the cafe, through the middle level, down through the old part of the store and out the door. Here is a picture of the end of the line around 6:30... Many happy kids and many new faces!



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