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February literary club meet-up: "Peace Like a River"

Chris



As we gear up for Nor'easter Nemo, we thought it was about time we get the book announced for the month since there could be some quality time to read over the weekend with all this predicted snow (but will it really happen?).

Some of the general thoughts from the discussion of last month's, "Gone Girl" were that  it was a real page turner with an intricate twisting plot but we felt there wasn't much character development. It felt shallow. We didn't really care about who they were and, in turn, why they were acting as they were. Yes, there were moments that were funny and interesting  but overall, it felt sort of flat. How about you, have you read it? What was your takeaway? 

This month we are zooming back a few years to a book recommended from some women that have never led us astray in their book suggestions. "Peace like a River" by Lief Enger was written just after 9/11.

Hailed as one of the year's top five novels by Time, and selected as one of the best books of the year by nearly all major newspapers, national bestseller Peace Like a River captured the hearts of a nation in need of comfort. "A rich mixture of adventure, tragedy, and healing, " Peace Like a River is "a collage of legends from sources sacred and profane -- from the Old Testament to the Old West, from the Gospels to police dramas" (Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor). In "lyrical, openhearted prose" (Michael Glitz, The New York Post), Enger tells the story of eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been controversially charged with murder. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and its remarkable conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies, the most tragic of fates. Leif Enger's "miraculous" (Valerie Ryan, The Seattle Times) novel is a "perfect book for an anxious time ... of great literary merit that nonetheless restores readers' faith in the kindness of stories" (Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press).

Did you read this back when it came out? We are excited to delve in.  Please join us on February 28th at 7:30PM in the Maxwell Perkins library to discuss. All are welcome to attend, even if you aren't able to read it but want to come listen and enjoy some discussion.

You can also join the facebook group here.

See you then!

Recent Review: Room 3

Chris




It's February! Yesterday was warm & windy but the temperature is much more February today. Enjoy your first weekend of the month. We are gearing up for a full few days with our wonderful guests. Here's a recent review from one of our past guests. 
Always am a bit hesitant to head to B&B's as I feel they can be on the musty side and so on. This place was a winner though. Completely renovated in 2010 it has beautiful pine floors, good wifi/TV, etc, excellent bathroom with heated floors and a bed that was so good, we slept through breakfast. Well sized, immaculate with modern/cheerful rooms. Very quiet as well & with helpful staff. Located in the pretty locale of Windsor and near 89/91 so easy on/off. Close to Quechee/Woodstock areas. Head to Simon Pearce for a great dinner by the water.
Room Tip: We stayed in Room 3. Up one floor. Faces street and parking but was still very quiet with lots of light.

Year in review: 2012

Chris



Live @ Snapdragon with Chris Velan
Announcement that Colin Firth will be playing Maxwell Perkins in upcoming film
Beautiful Simon Pearce glass trees on our mantels
Our DIY pumpkins
A summer of beautiful weddings
Recipient of 2012 Certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor
Our week with Gordon Ramsay 
Making lip balms with our very own beeswax
Having the most wonderful guests (and their notes)
More weddings
A new swing
Jen, our amazing event/wedding planner 
and of course our 2012 Holiday Video

What a wonderful year. Thank you to all of our amazing guests. 
Here's to another great one in 2013!

January literary club meet-up: "Gone Girl"

Chris




Happy New Year folks! Our literary club took a break for the holidays after reading "The Great Gatsby" in November. We had an excellent discussion that evening on the excellence of Fitzgerald's prose and his biting social commentary of his time. We are ready to start the new year off with a book that topped many of the reading lists for 2012. Perhaps you have already read it?

On January 31st at 7:30PM will meet to discuss, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.  We haven't read a good thriller since " The Devil in the White City" earlier last year so we thought this would be a good change of pace for us. 

From the author,
You might say I specialize in difficult characters. Damaged, disturbed, or downright nasty. Personally, I love each and every one of the misfits, losers, and outcasts in my three novels. My supporting characters are meth tweakers, truck-stop strippers, backwoods grifters ... 
With Gone Girl, I wanted to go the opposite direction: what happens when two people intertwine their lives completely.I wanted to explore the geography of intimacy--and the devastation it can lead to. Marriage gone toxic.
Gone Girl opens on the occasion of Amy and Nick Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. (How romantic.) Amy disappears under very disturbing circumstances. (Less romantic.) Nick and Amy Dunne were the golden couple when they first began their courtship. Soul mates. They could complete each other's sentences, guess each other's reactions. They could push each other's buttons. They are smart, charming, gorgeous, and also narcissistic, selfish, and cruel.
Are you ready to dive in? Luckily there is an extra week this month so you have 4 weeks to read and join us to discuss. All are welcome!

You can join our facebook group here to check out any updates.

Fassbender + Firth = Movie Magic

Chris


Can this really be true? Will the Mr. Darcy be playing literary giant Maxwell Perkins? It is! And if that isn't enough, Michael Fassbender will be playing the role of Thomas Wolfe, one of the authors Perkins discovered and mentored.  The two had a creatively fruitful yet strained relationship, which we expect to be the focus of the film.

You heard it right. Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender.


Perkins & Wolfe

Firth & Fassbender

There is some serious excitement around the project. The official synopsis: "Finding fame and critical success at a young age, Wolfe is a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality to match. Perkins is one of the most respected and well-known literary editors of all time, discovering such iconic novelists as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Wolfe and Perkins develop a tender, complex friendship. Transformative and irrepressible, this friendship will change the lives of these brilliant, but very different men forever." Read in full here.

The script will be adapted by John Logan from the National Bestseller, "Max Perkins, Editor of Genius" by Scott A. Berg.  Logan will add this project to a long  list of screenplays, including Gladiator, Aviator, Hugo, and the new James Bond film, Skyfall.  London stage director, Michael Grandage, is the director behind the project.

We would love to be of any assistance during the research or filming process. Perhaps Colin needs a place to stay while he walks in Perkins' beloved Paradise Park and gets all zen with the history of this wonderful place. We'd be more than happy to assist--the inn is very private and quiet and he can sit in the Maxwell Perkins library and meditate.  ;) Give us a shout Colin! 

Shooting is meant to begin in early 2014.

In case you want to read more about the buzz:

Telegraph
Book Buzz
Indie wire
Filming in Asheville
Hitflix
Filmolfia


November literary club meet-up: "The Great Gatsby"

Chris





Last week, we had a great discussion of the "The Double Bind" by Chris Bohjalian. It is definitely a book that could be read again to uncover more depth but we had a great discussion about the many layers and the unique context of the book. It was also a fun comparison to the world we had read in "The Call" during October. Both had strong elements of the conscious  subconscious  the brain, and mental health. The characters of the "The Great Gatsby" do, indeed, play an important pull of the narrative and not all had read it, and if we had, it was in high school, so we have chosen that for our November title.

Perhaps we will see it differently with a fresh reading. This is also the first book that our own, Max Perkins (former owner), edited. We are excited to spend a little time discussing the relationship of Fitzgerald and Perkins as author and editor. Interestingly enough, Fitzgerald was unsure of what to name the novel. On November 7, 1924, Fitzgerald wrote to Perkins. — 
"I have now decided to stick to the title I put on the book [...] Trimalchio in West Egg" but was eventually persuaded that the reference was too obscure and that people would not be able to pronounce it. His wife and Perkins both expressed their preference for The Great Gatsby and the next month Fitzgerald agreed.[12] A month before publication, after a final review of the proofs, he asked if it would be possible to re-title itTrimalchio or Gold-Hatted Gatsby but Perkins advised against it. On March 19, Fitzgerald asked if the book could be renamed Under the Red, White and Blue but it was at that stage too late to change. The Great Gatsby was published on April 10, 1925. Fitzgerald remarked that "the title is only fair, rather bad than good".*

We will meet up on November 29th at 7:30PM in the Maxwell Perkins library. All are welcome! Even if you did read it a long time ago but would be interested in joining in, come on down. You can check for updates on our facebook page here. 

*Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph (2002). Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2nd rev. ed.). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 1-57003-455-9 

October Literary club meet-up: "Double Bind"

Chris




Last night we met to discuss, "The Call" by Yannick Murphy who actually lives one town over from us here in Windsor. It was unanimous; we all really liked it. As a novel, it has a very different tempo and structure but you get used to it quite quickly. We noticed that our discussion was a bit random but the book itself is a novel of extemporaneous thought (how most of us think). Rather than being confused and totally random, Murphy wove the free-flow thoughts of her protagonist veterinary, into a heavy story of pain, anger, patience, and empathy. It was especially fun when she mentioned things that were particularly local (like the zebra). 

So we are carrying on with our Vermont kick and reading, "The Double Bind" by Chris Bohjalian. He is another Vermont author and the book takes place here too. 

When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet.

We were also intrigued by the connections to, "The Great Gatsby" edited by our very own Maxwell Perkins. We will meet on October 25th at 7:30PM in the Maxwell Perkins library. Join the Snapdragon Literary Club on facebook for any updates. All our welcome to join in on the discussion.

Speaking of Vermont authors...Archer Mayor will be reading from his new novel at the Inn on October 12th at 4PM. This event is being hosted by the Friends of the Windsor Library. You can even buy a raffle ticket that puts you in the running to name a character from his next novel...sweet!

Fall at the Inn

Chris








( action shot-- tinfoil, masking tape, sprain paint & patience)

Fall is here and we have embraced this gorgeous time of the year with some chic fall decor. We got some inspiration online and pinned them to our Inn decor board. Then we got some masking tape, tin foil and spray paint and had some QT with our pumpkins. We had some glorious big white ones that look amazing as is but experimented with some of the others. It is time consuming but they sure look cool. We mixed it up with a few metallic ones as well.  After we worked on ours, we saw the cover of Country Living and couldn't help but think that perhaps we had our finger on the pulse of the 2012 pumpkin trend. We love the way they turned out and think they fit right into our Snapdragon style. We suggest listening to the new Mumford & Sons album while you tape your patterns. 

We can't wait to welcome all of our guests this colorful season. 


September Literary club meet-up: September 27th

Chris




For the month of September we are going local and reading a book by an author just a few towns over. We've heard excellent reviews and would love to have a read. It's "The Call" by Yannick Murphy.


The daily rhythm of a veterinarian’s family in rural New England is shaken when a hunting accident leaves their eldest son in a coma. With the lives of his loved ones unhinged, the veterinarian struggles to maintain stability while searching for the man responsible. But in the midst of their great trial an unexpected visitor arrives, requesting a favor that will have profound consequences—testing a loving father’s patience, humor, and resolve and forcing husband and wife to come to terms with what “family” truly means.

The Call is a gift from one of the most talented and extraordinary voices in contemporary fiction—a unique and heartfelt portrait of a family, poignant and rich in humor and imagination.


We hope everyone has had a smashing summer and beginning to settle into their new fall schedules. We'd love to have you out to our literary club meet-up or if you follow us from afar, send us a question or thought and we'll discuss it at our get together on Thursday September 27th.

You can also join our group here on facebook and check out the events tab for any updates.