The Friends of Stowe Free Library Present
In Your Own Backyard:
Peter Miller's "Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture"
The first program that will kick off the “In Your Own Backyard” series is Peter Miller with his most recent self-published work title “Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture”. Mr. Miller is a long time photographer who has won numerous awards, honors and grants.
From the dust jacket of “Vanishing Vermonters”
Peter Miller is the author of several iconic books about the state of Vermont. Although his work is iconic, he’s iconoclastic because he chooses to produce his books on his own terms, self-publishing them with support from crowd funding—a decision he made long before many authors or photographers ever had the guts to take that chance. Miller did and he succeeded. His books are independent treasures of time and place in Vermont.
In 2012, he self-published a compilation of more than 60 years of his photography and writing in A Lifetime of Vermont People. The book was well-received by the public—but this time, in addition to praise, he began to hear a different kind of feedback. Readers wrote to Miller and shared their frustrations and disappointments about contemporary Vermont. As a result, and sharing similar feelings, Miller went on a journey around Vermont to interview those who might explain what was happening in and to the state.
In these pages, you’ll meet Vermonters grappling with a vanishing way of life. Miller writes: “This is not my book—it belongs to rural Vermonters, often self-employed Vermonters who live simply while enjoying their life amidst the beauty of the Green Mountains. My people, I call them, seem to have been priced out of our state as taxes and the cost of energy escalated and real-estate prices soared.”
Interviews with former Vermont Governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean, Jen & John Kimmich of Heady Topper beer fame, commentator and writer Bill Schubart, University of Vermont political-science professor Frank M. Bryan and his co-author John McClaughry, and many others!
Please join us Thursday, September 21, at 7pm in the meeting room. Light Refreshments will be provided.
Stay tuned to the calendar for the "In your own Backyard" series - Bill Schubart will be joining us in November!