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Save the Date: October 20 @ 2 p.m.

When Korongo finished its last workshop series in January, Patrick was in a hospital in France. Since then, he and I have sold an apartment, bought an apartment, renovated, rehabbed, and learned a lot of fancy French medical terms. With all the distractions, the publication this fall of these three books is a miracle. Two of them originated in Korongo writing workshops, and the third is from a manuscript I found in a cupboard. You can't imagine how excited I am about their formal debut. It has been eight long months since I last saw my home town, and I will only be in Randolph for a few days—Patrick cannot travel and I must return to France. In that little chunk of precious time, I want to see as many folks as possible. So let's have a party!

Korongo's fall lineup includes books by Shirly Hook, the Korongo Writers Group, and my mother-in-law.

What's happening: A launch party in downtown Randolph sponsored by Kimball Public Library, Chandler, and Korongo Books.

Where: Chandler Center for the Arts.

Who's Gonna Be There: Shirly Hook, author of My Bring Up; Amy Hook-Therrien, illustrator of Shirly's book; me, editor of A Provençal Childhood; Joan Feierabend, co-author ofToward the Glimmer.

As a kid, Shirly Hook learned how to lasso a rooster, ride a heifer, and turn a steamer trunk into a toboggan. She made friends with a bat. She earned 25 cents an hour hanging wallpaper, saved up for a secondhand bicycle, and was riding it through the woods one day when she got between a panther and its dinner. A citizen of the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, Shirly tells about the traditions that helped her family put food on the table, the legacy of the eugenics program in Vermont, and the ties of love and respect that bind neighbor to neighbor. Her collection of twenty stories is a Vermont treasure. Buy it on or