Arts & Leisure

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux) In 2002, Nadia Wassef, along with four business partners, one of them her sister, opened Diwan Bookstore in Cairo, Egypt, the flagship store of what was to become, and is, a successful chain of bookstores and the leading seller of English and Arabic books in Egypt. This loving recollection takes the reader through that first store on 26th of July Street — in one of the grand Baehler mansions replete with high ceilings, courtyards and stucco details that echo their glorious past — section by section, talking about the origins, inspirations, and aspirations by...

RAKU-FIRED CLAY with crackle glaze by Valerie Dearing
BRISTOL — What’s “5X5,” you ask? Five artists will be showing five new pieces of work at Art on Main in Bristol. The show opens on Oct. 15 and will run through Nov. 14. There will be an opening reception on Friday from 5-7 p.m. The featured artists include Valerie Dearing, David King, Anne Majusiak, Ellen Spring and Michelle Turbide. Their works reveal a new twist or turn to their current mediums — this could be a new technique, a new source of inspiration, color or shape. Come see the new pieces at Art on Main. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

THE GARDEN IN fall is full of vibrant colors that match the surrounding forest. Photo by Dick Conrad
Fall is here — that magnificent but fleeting season when the forests array themselves in their most splendid finery as they bid a final adieu to summer. But, not to be outdone by the surrounding forests, as the season gradually draws to a close, our gardens also offer their own grande finale. Here are some of the delights of the season in my Goshen garden: Blue flowers create the perfect foil for all the yellow and bronze colors in our gardens at this time of year, especially Autumn Joy Sedum and the ubiquitous Black Eyed Susans. And the best blue flowers for fall are undoubtedly the hardy...

ILLUSTRATION BY ADELAIDE Murphy Tyrol
I have often been stopped in my tracks by the sight of a white-tailed doe standing in the lush summer grass. Depending on the sun’s slant, the animal’s coat is a rich shade of rusty brown or burnt orange. More delightful still is the sight of a fawn, reddish brown with scattered white dots. Deer are not the only creatures that start out spotted, but their speckled young may be among the prettiest that do. Born between late April and early June, each fawn bears approximately 300 spots on its back and flanks. The spots are arranged in two lateral lines along the spine, from ears to tail, and...

Michael Collier recently published “The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems” looking back at over 40 years of his work. Copies of this comprehensive retrospective are available at The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
On a given morning, Michael Collier wakes up (early), brews a pot of coffee and walks directly to his desk. This isn’t what he calls a ritual, it’s an “imperative.”  “Another is to avoid the blank page as much as possible,” said Collier, a distinguished poet who directed the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences for more than 20 years. “I write the way a tortoise runs, although occasionally, instead of a hare, I pull a poem out of a hat.” And he’s been doing it this way for over 40 years. Now retired from the conferences and from his work as an English professor at the University of...

FORMER POET LAUREATE of Belfast, Maine, poet, bass clarinetist, and composer Toussaint St. Negritude
THROUGH THE WILDERNESS by Toussaint St. Negritude   Through the wilderness of my freedom   through territories uncharted for corporate  consumption   through cogent dreams and cosmic streams   I have climbed  to find my Star House high amongst the peaks   of an ever-emancipating  consciousness.   Through these constellations strewn within my  soul   here I have climbed to find my sanctuary   housing all the juju this new day can hold.   Through days clouded  in the valleys of self-deceit    through the darkest  immobility of shackling  bigotries   through hours journeyed by prayer and by hand...

A WORK BY Jeff Bye
Edgewater Gallery will open a solo exhibition of paintings by Jeff Bye on Oct. 1, called “Shenandoah.” The work will be on view through Oct. 31 at Edgewater Gallery on the Green, 6 Merchant’s Row in Middlebury. There will be a free opening reception with an artist talk on Friday, Oct. 8, from 5-7 p.m. The artist talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.   “Shenandoah” is a series of paintings of the interior spaces of the deserted Cooper Community Center in Shenandoah, Penn. The parallels to life during the current pandemic are striking as the community center had...
(Doubleday Books) This is the Harlem of the 1960s, crucible of the Civil Rights Movement, where cultural, religious and political leaders could be found on street corners and in business establishments, teeming with political, social, and economic empowerment activities. Whitehead’s man Carney — Ray Carney, a mostly-upright furniture salesman — is just living his life. He’s a guy you wouldn’t mind spending the afternoon with, he’s relatable, he’s endearing, he’s just a little bit crooked. His in-laws aren’t quite sure he’s good enough for their daughter but Carney knows his wife Elizabeth,...

TWANGTOWN PARAMOURS WILL perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Photo / Scott-Simontacchi
MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis — aka The Twangtown Paramours — are busy. They recently launched their singles “Talk about Peace” and “Double Down on a Bad Thing,” and are planning the release of a Christmastime single “My Gingerbread Man” in November as well as their new full-length album on Feb. 4, 2022. Catch this acoustic husband and wife duo when they play a show on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Brandon Music. Lead singer Zamer was a fixture in the Washington, D.C. club circuit for many years. She performed with the band Ignition and sang background vocals for Eva Cassidy in the band Method Actor...
The Burnham Music Series is coming back! Although the venue is beginning to host its live music series a month later than usual, they hope to host live music on the second Saturday of the month through May. Kicking off the Burnham Music Series’ 10th year is Abby Sherman and The Way North on Saturday, Oct. 9.  Sherman is a young, up-and-coming Vermont musician who demonstrates strong songwriting in the utmost raw, personal and relatable way. This young artist has a soothing sense of wisdom and age to her voice.   Following this performance the series will host: The Revenants on Saturday, Nov....

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