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Published at last: As We Were

Photo by Patsy Zedar
Book cover for "As We Were" by watercolorist Maurie Harrington.
 
Verdant Books of Rutland has published "As We Were." A collection written by the Gables and Friends Memoir Group. These are stories of love, loss, war and adventure. Memoir writers at the Gables include: Anna Caleb, June Dorian, Kae Fretz, Dick Hamilton, Dick Rodgers, Art Wolk and E.L. Bogart to whom the book is dedicated.

The Friends are primarily members of the Killington Arts Guild: Judy Gould, Donna Martin, Betty A. Little, Yvonne Daley and Killington resident Mary T. Holland. KAG Watercolor Artist Maurie Harrington, who participated in the memoirs group as a writer and artist, created the book cover. Maurie tried painting a cover based on the windows, doors and gardens of the Gables, then tried various Vermont landscapes and finally the memoir group chose her mountains by the waterside. What the writers wanted to use with their  stories was a picture that captured the feeling of Vermont.

The Gables and Friends Memoir Group evolved from discussions and classes offered by the Killington Art Guild at the Sherburne Memorial Library. After the Gables at East Mountain was built in Rutland Township the group moved there.

In August 2011, when a class Yvonne Daley had been teaching ended, she offered to edit a book for participants. In the year it has taken to prepare "As You Were" for publication and to print it, Yvonne wrote, "A Mighty Storm; Stories of Resilience After Irene," taught at San Francisco State University where she is a tenured professor and directed the Green Mountain Writers Conference in Tinmouth, Vt.

On Sunday October 28 from 1:30 -3 p.m. The Gables Activities Committee will present a book review of "As We Were" in the Commons. Yvonne Daley, editor, and many of the authors will read short pieces to convey the variety of the writing and the spirit of the book. Refreshments will follow with an opportunity to talk with the authors. Books will be available for $14 at the review.

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