Book List for Osher Courses

The reading lists for Winter 17/18 classes are now available. Click HERE for details!


Upcoming events

  • 03/28/2018 - 7:00pm

    c murphyIn the mid-1900s, many of the the nation's top comic-strip cartoonists - including Cullen Murphy's father, John Cullen Murphy - lived within a stone's throw of one another in the southwestern corner of Connecticut. Anarchic and deeply creative, the cartoonists were independent spirits whose artistic talents had mainly been forged during service in World War II.

    (Rescheduled from January due to storms and again in February due to illness. We have started a fresh reservation list.)


  • 03/30/2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

    behr & swansonHusband & wife author-illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr will share a humorous, lively, image-rich presentation about how they creat their wonderful books for kids!



  • 04/06/2018 - 7:00pm

    r macarthurAlong with Literary North, we are excited to launch Robin MacArthur’s debut novel set in Vermont during Tropical Storm Irene. Told from the perspective of three generations of women - a farming widow, a back-to-the-land dreamer, and an owl-loving hermit - we learn of love and loss, hurt and healing. Like Half Wild, her collection of stories (2016), there is a strong sense of place running through the narrative.




A Bookseller's Blotter

what if

I have been inspired by the dedication of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Florida - as well as young people here in Vermont and New Hampshire, and across the country - who are working to change our gun culture and laws.

They are speaking out and talking about their fears and dreams. They are sharing their experiences and ideas about how to make sure others do not experience the horrors of February 14th. And they are being heard by those who have the power to institute change, like the retailers who will no longer sell guns to those under 21.

So many of our youth are articulate, caring, and - dare I say - underappreciated. To better understand today's teens, I encourage everyone to read Young Adult literature - both fiction and non-fiction. Some of it is gritty and raw, like their lives. Some of it is disturbing, like their world. Some of it is silly, like the humans we all are. And much of it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. Find time to talk to a teen, especially if you don't have kids in your day-to-day world. LISTEN to a teen! They need our ears, our hearts, and our understanding. And our support.

#WhatIf the hope for a better and safer America starts now? #WhatIf young people truly hold the power to change our country's gun laws? I applaud them. ~ Liza