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Author Reading: Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm


Date & Time: 
Jun 14 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

We
hope you will join us as Peter Gould presents his new book, Horse-Drawn
Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm, here at Brooks Memorial Library,
on Wednesday, June 14, at 7:00, downstairs in the Main Reading Room.


Gould was a founding member of the 1970's "Back-to-the-Land" commune
movement in Vermont, a story he has told in various ways in his two
nationally-known novels, "Burnt Toast" and "Write Naked," which won the
2009 National Green Earth Book Award.

Horse-Drawn Yogurt, from
Green Writers Press, is his first published non-fiction book. It's a
collection of true-life stories of a young man’s life on a Vermont farm
commune at the height of the movement.

In this book, readers learn how locals and newcomers
helped each other out in a pivotal moment of U.S. history, and how
young people, new to the land, learned to cut wood, clear fields, tend
organic gardens, and raise animals, while still belonging to a national
movement against the Vietnam war and for peace and justice around the
world.
“But, this book is not a memoir,” Gould says. “It’s a
comforter. I didn’t throw all those old clothes away. I cut and pieced
them and sewed them together. Now they keep me warm.”

The Vermont
Historical Society says "Peter Gould's voice and personality shine
through all the stories with wit and incisive insight. His perspective
on life in Vermont's 1970s counterculture is an invaluable
one...incredibly helpful, personal and emotional," Vermont author
and National Book Award Finalist Howard Norman says, “Gould is the
dramaturge of our worldly problems and sense of wondrous possibility—he
is a national treasure.”

The performance is free, accessible, and open to the public. Gould will read from the book, and will have copies for sale.


Across Vermont, Gould is known for more than his writing. Peter
received the 2016 Arts Education Award from the Vermont Arts Council. In
the 1970's he was one of five growers who started the Brattleboro
Farmers Market, now a centerpiece of our community. He founded and still
runs the "Get Thee to the Funnery" youth Shakespeare camp in the
Northeast Kingdom, directs at the New England Youth Theatre, and he will
always be the smaller half of the legendary physical comedy team of
Gould & Stearns.

For more information contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290.

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