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.

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.

We have a great lineup of authors scheduled, including:

Christian McKay Heidicker

October 30: Christian McKay Heidicker will be discussing 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.

November 12: 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. (Time TBA). This will be a live Zoom event only.

ON HOLD: Due to some personal issues we don’t have a date on this one but we’re hoping to bring it to you soon. Legendary local storytellers “Big Lenny” Montuori and A.J. Marro will share some of their favorite reminiscences about the Rutland area. Big Lenny ran his hot dog stand at various locations around the city, where the food always came with a conversation; A.J. was a staff photographer for the Rutland Herald for decades. He and his camera were ever-present around the community. It promises to be a rollicking good conversation, hosted by “Uncle Dave” Tibbs of WEXP radio. This event will be recorded.

Coming in 2021: 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 will be in conversation with students from Rutland High School. This will be a live Zoom event only.

Stefanie Schaffer and Yvonne Daley will discuss the process of collaborating on a book they are writing together about Stefanie’s life experience following an explosion on tour board 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. This event will be recorded. Date / time TBA.

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; 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.