Paul M. Searls visits Moore Free Library in Newfane on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 PM , as part of a statewide book discussion.The Vermont Historical Society (VHS) and Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) are the sponsors of these community conversations that are inspired by the publication of the book “Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century” by Paul M. Searls. Conversations will provide an opportunity for community members to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and immigration in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future.
Following Searls’s presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on their communities. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone?
Paul M. Searls is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Vermont, where he specializes in American and Vermont history. He contributed to The Vermont Encyclopedia (UPNE, 2003) and is also the author of “Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910 (Revisiting New England)” (2006).
On Saturday, March 7 at 7:00 PM, Williamsville author Theresa Maggio will share vintage slides of the giant bluefin tuna fishermen of Favignana, Sicily which she took in conjunction with the research that led to the publication of her first book, “Mattanza: Love and Death in the Sea of Sicily” The slides will be followed by the 17-minute “Mattanza” segment of former National Geographic videographer Bill Livingston’s Emmy-winning documentary, The Italians.
Theresa Maggio grew up in the New Jersey Meadowlands, the granddaughter of Sicilian immigrants. She has worked as a science writer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as a reporter for Brattleboro, Vermont’s daily paper, The Reformer and as a freelance travel writer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, London Daily Telegraph, Miami Herald and the New York Daily News, among other publications. Mattanza was named one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2000 by the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor.
On Saturday, March 28, award-winning Newfane author Castle Freeman will be reading from some of his works at the Moore Free Library at 7:00 PM. In 2019, Freeman received the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts from the Vermont Arts Council. Freeman is a regular contributor of fiction to New England Review and has been a regular contributor to several periodicals, including The Old Farmer’s Almanac (1982-2011), Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine (1992-93), and Vermont Life Magazine (2009-2013).
Freeman’s 2008 novel “Go With Me” was adapted to a film called “Blackway” (2015) starring Anthony Hopkins.
Erica Walch, Director
Moore Free Library
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