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SVC Student Authors to Read at Northshire Bookstore

Three students from Southern Vermont College’s Shires Press Publishing Program will read from their newly-published works on Monday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester.

The Program, a collaboration with the Northshire Bookstore, is a unique curriculum available through the College’s Hunter Division of Humanities that guides students through the publishing process – from manuscript writing and editing, to publishing and online and retail promotion.

According to Division Chair and Associate Professor Daisy Levy, the students, seniors Tanisha Wright, Ben Wurmfeld, and Mikaela Zemaitis, will read from their books and discuss the process at the May 7 event. Levy said, “Working with these writers on their book has been thrilling and inspiring – they’ve really embraced the commitment to seeing a large-scale project through to the end, not to mention telling important stories we can all relate to.”

In collaboration with Debbi Wraga, Indie Press Manager at the Northshire Bookstore, the students recently finalized the interior and cover designs for their books, and they will get to see the finished products on display at the store next month.Born from Death Book Cover

Their stories, all fiction, run the gamut in setting and drama. Tanisha Wright, a Creative Writing major from Brooklyn, N.Y., published “Born from Death,” a story about Libitina, the Grim Reaper’s daughter, who finally steps beyond her sheltered lifestyle and controlling father to seek answers about how and why she has come to exist.

Shadows in Mariner Valley BookBen Wurmfeld, a Psychology major with a Creative Writing minor from Nassau, N.Y., wrote, “Shadows in Mariner Valley,” a culturally-rich science fiction story of personal growth, identity, the family you are born with, and the family you make along the way, taking place en route between far-flung star systems on a journey back to Mars.

Dont Talk to Alistair Moore BookMikaela Zemaitis, a Creative Writing and English double major, hails from Watertown, Conn. Her story, “Don’t Talk to Alistair Moore,” is a realistic-fiction tale about high school senior Alistair Moore and the struggles he faces following the death of his mother. It begs the question of how much impact one person can have on another’s life and whether that impact is ever enough to make a difference.

Students in the Shires Press Publishing Program, which began in 2014, receive copies of their published work as well as opportunities to promote their books in Northshire’s two retail outlets (Manchester, Vt., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and in online marketplaces.

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