Author Events

Bear Pond Books is excited to bring your favorite authors to Stowe, Vermont! We often host book signings, readings and discussions. View our events calendar, below, for more information! We hope to see you at our next author event. 

Lynne Spriggs O'Connor, June 28th from 3pm - 5pm

We are excited to welcome author, Lynne Spriggs O'Connor to promote her book, "Elk Love".

Having spent ten summers on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation near Glacier National Park, part of her doctoral fieldwork for a Ph.D. in Native American Art History at Columbia University, forty-two-year-old Lynne Spriggs thinks of Montana as her healing place. When she moves to “Big Sky Country” from the East Coast in a quest to reset her life, she has high hopes for what awaits her.

Great Falls, a farming and military town in central Montana, is not what Lynne imagined when she left city life behind. But her dream of being more connected to nature in the American West comes alive when she meets Harrison, a handsome rancher thirteen years her senior. Wary but curious, with her dog Willow by her side, she leans into the seasonal rhythms of his unfamiliar existence. In a modern world where listening is rare, Elk Love explores an intimate place where loneliness gives way to wonder, where the natural world speaks of what matters most.

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Catherine Drake, July 6th from 1pm - 3pm

We are excited to welcome local author, Catherine Drake to promote her book, "The Treehouse on Dog River Road".

About the Book:

Twenty-eight-year-old Hannah Spencer wants nothing more than to change everything about her life.   After ten years of living in cities, Nathan Wild has just moved back home to Vermont and doesn’t want to change anything about his.  

Recently laid off from her depressing job in Boston and ready for a challenge, Hannah heads to Vermont for the summer to take care of her sister’s kids and do some serious soul searching.  There, against the stunning landscape of the Green Mountains, she embarks on an ambitious project: building a treehouse for her niece and nephew.

 As she hammers away, she formulates a plan to jump-start her life with a new job out west. But will Nathan-next-door complicate her desire to change course? A witty, romantic, and inspiring story of a young woman taking control and making tough choices about love and work to build the life she wants, The Treehouse on Dog River Road will have you rooting for Hannah every step of the way.

About the Author:

Catherine Drake enjoys life with her husband, dog, and extended family in Vermont.

The Treehouse on Dog River Road is her first novel. To learn more follow her on Instagram @catherinedrakewrites.

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Sean O'Brien, July 13th from 1pm - 3pm

We are excited to welcome Sean O'Brien to promote his book, "White House Clubhouse" and the sequel coming out this Fall.
About the Book:
Marissa and Clara’s mom is the newly elected president of the United States, and they haven’t experienced much freedom lately. While exploring the White House they discover a hidden tunnel that leads to an underground clubhouse full of antique curiosities, doors heading in all directions—and a mysterious invitation to join the ranks of White House kids. So they sign the pledge.
Suddenly, the lights go out, and Marissa and Clara find themselves at the White House in 1903. There they meet Quentin, Ethel, Archie, and Alice, the irrepressible children of President Theodore Roosevelt. To get back home, Marissa and Clara must team up with the Roosevelt kids “to help the president” and “to make a difference.”
White House Clubhouse is a thrilling and hilarious adventure that takes readers on an action-packed, cross-country railroad trip, back to the dawn of the twentieth century and the larger-than-life president at the country’s helm.
About the Author:
Sean O’Brien is a former White House speechwriter who teaches at Georgetown University. He served as director of speechwriting to Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, and special assistant to President Barack Obama. He lives in Washington, DC.

Elaine Cole-Kerr, July 27th from 11am - 1pm

We are excited to welcome Elaine Cole-Kerr to promote her Children's books and Vermont Covered Bridge Calendar!
About the Elaine Cole-Kerr:
Elaine was born and raised in Westmore, where the mountain top view of Lake Willoughby inspired her painting. Works include portraits of animals and friends and depict landscapes and sights familiar to residents of the NEK.
A self-taught, inspiring artist, Elaine enjoys working in a number of mediums including pencil, watercolor, oils and acrylics. Familiar scenes presented by the artist move from the common-place to the extraordinary. Many of her frames are designed and created by her husband, Rod Kerr. Says Cole Kerr, "My husband not only makes the beautiful frames but has helped me build my business and is very supportive." This is a great passion that I so cherish !
Following a brief retirement from painting, Elaine returned to share her talents, creating scenes on not only canvas, but also barn board and glass. Cole Kerr was recently the featured artist at Copley Hospital Morrisville, NVRH Hospital in St. Johnsbury, WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, N H. Some of her work is also at the NEK Crafter’s Emporium in Newport, Vt. Elaine will do commissioned work of your favorite place, jus email her! Elaine also has a gallery at her residence in Greensboro, VT.
She has also exhibited in other venues in our area, including a display at Greensboro Free Library, and the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.
The artist's works call to mind painting by "Grandma Moses," Ralph Cahoon and Martha Cahoon, whose artworks have been associated with the "primitive" school of painting.

Peter Cobb, August 31st from 11am - 1pm

We are excited to welcome Peter Cobb to promote his new book, "Some Things Aren't Meant To Be."

Following the arc of John’s life between 1929 and 1962 in rural Vermont, Some Things Aren’t Meant to Be is a love story, a coming-of-age story, a story about faith in God, and a celebration of literature and writing.

About the Book:

As a 28-year-old farmhand, John Gauthier falls in love with both the farmer’s wife and her sister, forcing them all to face the question: Do I follow my heart or do I do the right thing for my family? In an attempt to right an impossible situation, John leaves the hardscrabble dairy farm and turns to the church, becoming a Roman Catholic priest. But as the head of Sacred Heart parish he struggles with a church council more interested in getting bodies in the seats than helping the needy. It is here John faces new questions: How do people keep faith in God when bad things happen to good people? And, what happens when faith, or love, is not enough?

Peter Cobb was the executive director for 33 years of the VNAs of Vermont, the professional association for the 10 Vermont Visiting Nurse Associations. He has been a reporter, grant writer, soccer coach and mental health worker. He lives in Barre Town, Vermont with his wife Cindy.

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Amber Roberts, October 19th from 1pm - 3pm

We are excited to welcome Amber Roberts to promote her book, "Haunt Your Heart Out."
About the Book:
Homebody Lex McCall loves her sleepy Vermont town and quiet bookstore job. After her family, friends, and exes all moved away to seek futures elsewhere, Lex set one rule: no dating tourists, newcomers, or anyone else who is bound to leave her behind. When the bookshop owner, eager to off-load the supposedly haunted building, offers to sell the store to Lex at an unbeatable price, Lex jumps at the chance to further put down roots.
Then handsome stranger James stops by the bookstore. Lex assumes he’s just another tourist passing through, but it turns out he’s part of a ghost-hunting documentary crew that’s looking into the many “verified” ghost stories in town. Lex can’t resist getting involved—especially because these so-called ghosts are actually made-up stories from Haunted Happenings, her hobby vlog from a decade prior. Worried her ghost-faking secret will get out and ruin her chance to buy the store, she tampers with the ghosthunters’ research and skews the results. After all, James’s stay is only temporary, and her career dreams come first.
But as they spend more time together, Lex realizes she’s falling for James. Worse, there’s more at stake than her simply being found out and losing his affection: his mission isn’t as frivolous as it seems, and her interference may cost him much more than a spooky story.
This not-quite ghost story is sure to delight Gilmore Girls fans and anyone who loves flirty romances with a little extra spirit.
About the Author:
Amber Roberts writes contemporary romance about unabashedly nerdy characters in ridiculous situations. She lives with her husband, two children, and formerly feral cats in the Vermont woods, where eating maple creemees is a year-round activity.
She spends her time copywriting, forgetting to water her plants, and awkwardly replying “you too” at inappropriate moments. 

Jackson Ellis, October 26th from 1pm - 3pm

We are excited to welcome author, Jackson Ellis to promote his book, "Black Days".

About the Book:

Black Days tells the story of Daniel Fassett, a Vermont man who crashes his vehicle into the Mad River on Christmas Eve, 1992. After nearly drowning, Daniel falls into a four-month-long coma shortly before his retirement date and loses a significant portion of his pension. Depressed and financially strapped, he enlists the aid of a local semi-retired physician, Dr. William Butcher, to help him hibernate through the winter in a homemade casket housed in a backyard maple sugarhouse.

Despite Daniel’s attempts to maintain secrecy, word of the procedure eventually gets out—and that is when trouble begins.

From across the country, folks eager to escape their woes reach out to Daniel and Dr. Butcher in hopes of becoming the next to pass a season in oblivion. Large sums of money are offered for the privilege—but death, deception, and moral and ethical dilemmas that have no clear solutions wreak havoc on Daniel’s life.

I believe Black Days will appeal to fans of domestic suspense and fans of offbeat, gothic, literary thrillers with dark humor and a relatable protagonist. Specifically, readers of fellow Vermonters Shirley Jackson and Castle Freeman, Jr., or fans of Hubert Selby, Jr., may especially enjoy Black Days. It is a terse, engaging book, and as such may be well-liked by those who appreciate Stephen King’s shorter works such as Elevation, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, or Secret Window, Secret Garden.

About the Author:

My short fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, and for nearly two decades I co-published Verbicide Magazine, which I founded as a print periodical in 1999. My debut, Lords of St. Thomas, received the 2017 Howard Frank Mosher First Novel Prize.

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