Vermont Bound: Conversations with storytellers

Rutland Free is excited to announce a brand-new series of conversations with local, state, and nationally known storytellers, beginning with an interview with Rutland author & physician Peter Hogenkamp. Covid interrupted our planning for our Tables of Content fundraiser, which was penciled in for May 2020. ToC is also a celebration of authors, books, readers, and stories, so we decided to continue with the celebration as best we could, culminating in these Vermont Bound programs.

The doctor is IN

Dr. Hogenkamp discusses his first novel The Intern and his upcoming book The Vatican Conspiracy in this half-hour chat with Dick Courcelle. The video is available now via YouTube, Facebook, or at PEG-TV. Peter’s talk is sponsored by Rutland Regional Medical Center.

BYO hot dog …

Not every great story is in print! RFL sat legendary storyteller and hot dog guy Big Lenny Montuori down with Uncle Dave Tibbs from 101.5 WEXP FM Community Radio for Rutland County and the Killington Valley for a heaping helping of oral history, family stories, and tales from the hot dog cart.


Stefanie Schaffer and Yvonne Daley discuss the process of collaborating on a book they are writing together about Stefanie’s life experience following an explosion on a tour boat that resulted in the amputation of both of her legs. Yvonne is the author of several books including her most recent one, Going Up the Country.

In our schools:

Christian McKay Heidicker

October 30: Christian McKay Heidicker discussed his 2020 Newbery Medal Honor title, Scary Stories for Young Foxes, with students from Rutland Intermediate School, just in time for Halloween! Thanks to the students and teachers! Thanks to Christian! It was a terrific event.

February 12: Alison Bechdel, cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author of Fun Home, which was turned into a Tony Award-winning musical, and 2014 recipient of a MacArthur Genius fellowship was in conversation with students from Rutland High School. Thanks to Abby Brodowski, RHS and the students, and a special thank-you to Ms. Bechdel for calling in from her busy day working on a Hollywood script!

Date TBA: Julie Berry, whose last book, Lovely War, won numerous national awards, will be live with kids from Rutland Middle School. Her newest book, Wishes and Wellingtons, just hit the bookstores in October. She has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Support for this series comes from scheduled sponsors of Tables of Content who were gracious enough to let the Library keep their donations despite our not holding the promised event. They are: Joanne & Greg Pencak; Casella Construction; Casella Waste Management; Rutland Regional Medical Center; OMYA, Paul & Ingrid Gallo / Rutland’s Magic Brush Painting; Same Sun of Vermont, VELCO – Vermont Electric Power Co.; VMS Construction; Vermont Roofing; Heritage Family Credit Union, and Trust Company of Vermont.

Thank you to our supporters and sponsors!

Contact us:

Follow Rutland Free Library at;; Twitter @RutlandFree; and Instagram @rutlandfreelibrary. Reach us by phone at 802-773-1860 or email 10 Court St. Rutland, VT 05701


If you are a Rutland County teacher who wishes to participate in one of our Zoom sessions with an author, please contact Director Randal Smathers as soon as possible.