Join Northshire Bookstore at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 6, for an evening with T. Greenwood as she presents her new book, ‘Rust and Stardust,’ about the event that inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita.’ You’ll also be able to purchase a copy before the official publication date. In 1948, 11-year-old Florence ‘Sally’ Horner was abducted by Frank La Salle, a pedophile who would hold her captive for nearly two years. Nabokov read a mention of the case in the newspaper, and it inspired his novel, but despite this, Sally’s story is all but forgotten. Greenwood takes readers on a gut-wrenching journey with a fictional retelling of the case. When Sally steals a notebook from Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52-year-old Frank, fresh out of prison, is watching her. Accosting her outside the store, he convinces her that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested – unless she does as he says. This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward. Greenwood spent two and a half years meticulously researching Sally Horner’s case and years drafting the story. She writes, “My hope is that I have breathed life into this forgotten child, that I have done justice to the tragic story of a girl who, until now, has endured only inside the parenthetical confines of a single sentence in one of America’s most controversial and iconic novels.” T. Greenwood’s novels have sold over 250,000 copies. Her novels, ‘Bodies of Water’ was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards finalist; ‘Two Rivers’ and ‘Grace’ were each named Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards, and ‘Where I Lost Her’ was a Globe and Mail bestseller in 2016.
Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main Street, Manchester. Visit northshire.com for details.
Winhall Book Sale
Winhall Memorial Library will be holding a Book Sale of new and used books, including fiction, non-fiction and lots of children’s books. There will be something for everyone in the family! This annual event will be held on Saturday, August 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, August 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. Free hot dogs and popsicles, a 50/50 raffle, face painting, live music by the Ukeladies and entertainment with magician Tom Joyce start at 4 p.m. Winhall Memorial Library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road in Bondville. Call 802-297-9741 or visit winhallmemoriallibrary.org for the latest events, news, books and movies.
Dorset Village Library
Consider spending your Wednesday evening on August 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dorset Village Library’s Poetry Salon, reading your work and listening to the work of other poets. Light refreshments will follow. All are welcome.
The featured artist during the month of August will be Mark Tougias. The public is invited to meet Mark at the opening reception on Saturday, August 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the library. Tougias is a landscape painter and has exhibited at over 40 galleries throughout New England, including 35 solo shows. He has traveled throughout Europe, often painting small works on location. He has won numerous awards, and his paintings hang in collection throughout the US and Europe. He is the author of ‘Sicily Solo,’ which was released in 2013.
Jack Tse will be teaching a two-part summer photography class geared for both the novice and more experienced photographer at 3 p.m. on Saturdays, August 4 and 25. The first class will be an introduction to photography and cover all the basics including a brief history of photography, how cameras work, exposure, types of cameras and camera settings. In the second class, you will have opportunity to practice what you have learned and are encouraged to bring your photos for discussion. Learn about the story-telling aspect of photography, compositions and content. There will be a suggested donation of $5 for the class; a limited number of seats are available. If you are interested in taking the class, confirm that you are able to attend both dates and reserve your spot by calling 802-867-5774. The Dorset Library is located at Route 30 and Church Street. Visit dorsetvillagelibrary.org for more information.
Cambridge Public Library
On Saturday, August 4, Cambridge Public Library, Salem Fish and Game Club and Howard Romack will be offering a Summer Science Enrichment Day for adults beginning at 9 a.m. Seven different environmental professionals will offer programs throughout the day within their areas of expertise. Sue Van Hook is an expert mycologist who will share her knowledge of various mushrooms and fungi; Alan Dupuis will demonstrate mist netting and discuss how West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquitoes; Beth O’Grady will be sharing her expertise on environmental chemistry; Jeremy Chamberlain will offer a falconry demonstration; and Mike Bodnar will lead a walk around nearby woods while discussing safety. Mr. and Mrs. Henke, both outdoor columnists, will also be sharing their environmental expertise. This is a full-day event so please bring lunch or a dish to share. Call the library at 518-677-2443 for more information and to sign-up. Cambridge Public Library is located at 21 West Main Street in Cambridge, N.Y.