Here at Bear Pond Books the entire front half of our store is dedicated to Vermont authors, folklore, poetry, and children's titles. Not to mention greeting cards and prints created by local artists. See below for a short sample of some of the products we sell that are unique to the Green Mountain State.
Peter Miller is a photographer-writer-author who lives in Colbyville, Vermont. He began his career in 1959 as a reporter for LIFE Magazine. He left LIFE to move to his home state of Vermont where he became a freelance photographer and writer. For 20 years he was a contributing Editor to SKI Magazine and a freelance writer for The New York Times, Smithsonian and many travel magazines. He became a stock photographer for The Image Bank, Iconica and Picade, a cooperative stock photographer agency. He has authored nine books including Vermont People, Vermont Farm Women, People of the Great Plains and The First Time I Saw Paris. He has won numerous awards for his books, his photography, and was named Vermonter of the Year and honored by the Vermont Legislature for his work in documenting the culture of Vermont.
The Von Trapp Family
After their musical adventures throughout Europe and America, the Von Trapp Family (of The Sound of Music fame) settled in Stowe in the 1940s. Books written by and about this dynamic musical family include Maria Von Trapp's "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" and Agathe Von Trapp's "Memories Before & After the Sound of Music." Beyond these titles, Bear Pond Books also carries the children's book "V is for Von Trapp," among others.
Experience the vibrant hues of autumn in Vermont through over 200 glorious photos depicting all aspects of the season in Ken Paulsen's beloved book from Schiffer Publishing. Organized into five geographical chapters, covered bridges, waterfalls, farm scenes, quaint villages, mountaintop views, and much more from every corner of the state are displayed. A sixth chapter records scenes on or close to Vermont Route 100, one of America’s most scenic highways. Visitors to the Green Mountain State will find the book a valuable reference when planning their stay.
Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” He is also a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction—the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. In 2011, Mayor’s 22nd Joe Gunther novel, TAG MAN, earned a place on the New York Times bestseller list for hardback fiction.
Stowe is a special place. Nestled into the Mansfield mountain range and flanked by the Worcesters, the lay of the land lends the valley a natural beauty. And at a time when traditional main streets are disappearing, the village is truly iconic. Join local Vermont photographer, Orah Moore, and take a visual trip through the seasons in this comprehensive look at an historic New England town in northern Vermont: Stowe!
Stowe Historical Society
The history of the development of the ski industry on Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, VT, the Ski Capitol of the East. Details and anecdotes of the process are told by two of the major players, Sepp Ruschp and Charlie Lord, (in their own words). Each trail, each building and each lift are chronicled. Through these documents donated to the Stowe Historical Society, we learn how trails were cut by hand, men were carried by horse and wagon, buildings (dorms, ski huts, camps, shelters, etc.) were erected as the needs became obvious and how Austrian, Scandinavian, and local natives carved a place in the style of skiing and ski instruction in Stowe, and how safety on the mountain drove the development of the first ski patrol. This is a very compelling story of passion, creativity, engineering, employing state and federal programs available at the time and hard work by a lot of people who came to work and settle in Stowe. There are 35 mini biographies of people who were there. Each are fascinating, educational, and entertaining.
Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of 15 books, including the New York Time's bestsellers "The Double Bind," "The Night Strangers," and "Skeletons at the Feast." His novel "Midwives" was a number one New York TImes bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages, and 3 of his novels have become movies. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.
Hilarious, true Vermont game warden encounters with lovesick moose, hungry bears, raucous raccoons, wily poachers, a nutty hunting dog and the most ingenious use of dynamite you’ll ever read! Anyone of any age who enjoys reading or listening to well-written outdoor stories will love this book. Stories include: Raccoon, Riot, Bear Where, Squish in the Night, Moose Vesuvius, Gimmee the Gun, Furry Fish Finder and many more! Vermont Wild is the perfect book to read out loud before a campfire or enjoy curled up on the couch on a snowy day. Loved by kids and adults. A Vermont bestseller! We also have volumes 2 and 3!
Rusty DeWees grew up in Stowe. He has worked as a paper boy, gas jockey, landscaper, logger, concrete worker, school bus driver, basketball coach, and musician. He spent 4 years racing stock cars, and, for a half-dozen years, he was assistant to the late William J. Doyle of the Doyle New York auction house. He works in radio and TV, and has appeared in more than 25 motion pictures. Bear Pond books carries both of his novels: Scrawlins and Scrawlins Too.
Up the Creek Without a Saddle marked the fulfillment of a dream for Jerry. He worked on this book for 8 years. The book contains 99 poems and Jerry’s excellent artwork on 172 pages. In addition, the book includes a FREE CD of 16 poems from Up the Creek Without a Saddle which are transformed into beautiful contemporary folk music, sung and played by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two of Vermont’s legendary and most beloved master musicians. The book is divided into four chapters: Gifts from Animals, Natural Things, The Human Element, Time and Place.