Book News: Vermont Public Radio

On March 9, we threw a book launch party for When the River Rose at the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Cafe at Waterbury Station. It was an incredible event that was featured in a segment on Vermont Public Radio.

The VPR segment included quotes from Waterbury’s David Goodman, who edited the book; Sue Minter, who is helping lead the recovery efforts; and Gordon Miller, a long-time resident who donated photography to the book project. You can listen to the segment at VPR.net.

The book party was a huge success: We sold more than 100 books to a veritable flood of folks from the community, who came out to hear David Goodman and Duncan McDougall speak, watch Gordon Miller’s slideshow, and listen to personal stories from When the River Rose read by their authors – the citizens of Waterbury.

We were even serenaded by two very talented high school students who wrote a song about the flood and sang it to the crowd in perfect harmony.

Book News: WCAX TV’s “The :30″

CLiF Executive Director Duncan McDougall and journalist and When the River Rose editor David Goodman were recently interviewed on the WCAX-TV news show “The :30.”

The interview focused on the devastating impact of last summer’s floods on the town of Waterbury, and how Goodman and McDougall gathered flood stories and worked together with a small team to develop When the River Rose as a benefit for flood relief.

You can watch the segment at WCAX.com.

Book News: Cash Mob at Bridgeside Books

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When the River Rose was featured prominently in this “Stuck in Vermont” video by Eva Sollberger of Seven Days. In the video, a “cash mob” descends on Waterbury’s Bridgeside Books to buy a whole lot of books in a short, wild burst.

You’ll get the idea. Just check out the video!

Book News: Associated Press

Nina Brennan (right) and Phyllis Berry clean mud from in front of the Proud Flower store Aug. 29 in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in Waterbury. / TOBY TALBOT, The Associated Press

Wilson Ring of the Associated Press wrote a recent feature about When the River Rose and other Tropical Storm Irene flood books and story projects. The feature was picked up by newspapers and websites across the U.S., including the Burlington Free Press, Bennington Banner, and Brattleboro Reformer in Vermont; the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire; and Boston.com, the website of the Boston Globe.

You can read the story at the Burlington Free Press.