SVC Student Authors to Read at Northshire Bookstore
Three students from Southern Vermont College’s Shires Press Publishing Program will read from their newly-published works on Monday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. The Program, a collaboration with the Northshire Bookstore, is a unique curriculum available through the College’s Hunter Division of Humanities that guides students through the publishing process; from manuscript writing and editing, to publishing and online and retail promotion. Seniors Tanisha Wright, Ben Wurmfeld and Mikaela Zemaitis will read from their books and discuss the process at the event. They recently finalized the design of their books with the Bookstore’s indie press manager Debbi Wraga, and will see their finished products on display at the store next month.
Their stories, all fiction, run the gamut in setting and drama. Tanisha Wright’s ‘Born from Death,’ tells about the Grim Reaper’s daughter, who finally steps beyond her sheltered lifestyle and controlling father to seek answers about how and why she has come to exist. Ben Wurmfeld wrote ‘Shadows in Mariner Valley,’ a story of personal growth, identity and family en route between far-flung star systems. ‘Don’t Talk to Alistair Moore’ by Mikaela Zemaitis is about a high school senior and the struggles he faces following the death of his mother. How much impact can one person can have on another’s life and is it enough to make a difference? Students in the Shires Press Publishing Program, which began in 2014, receive copies of their published work as well as opportunities to promote their books in Northshire Bookstore’s two retail outlets in Manchester and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and in online marketplaces. For more information, visit svc.edu or