This week in news and events in the Green Mountain State's political sphere: an "interesting" Obama fundraiser, a Vermont appearance by former Obama adviser Van Jones, and some newsworthy readings at the Burlington Book Festival.
Monday, September 17
Today's the deadline for monthly campaign finance reports. It's like Christmas for political reporters.
Vermont Business Magazinehands out its 5x5x5 Growth Awards, for five growing local businesses in five categories over five years, at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington.
Longtime political journalist Barrie Dunsmore gives a talk called "Discerning Fact From Fiction: Navigating Political Campaigns and the Media." (Sounds useful this year, no?) The talk begins at 7 p.m. at the Writers' Barn in Shelburne. It's free, but RSVP by emailing Lin@windridgepublishing.com.
The Burlington Book Festival runs all weekend, with readings, panels, workshops and lots more fun for you bookworms. Some of the events mentioned below are of particular interest to this blog's target audience. All of these events happen at various theaters and rooms in the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington.
Climate activist Bill McKibben, who is this year's "festival dedicatee," gives a talk on The Fight We Actually Should be Having: Taking on the Fossil Fuel Companies at 11 a.m. at the Film House.
Former house rep and current VPR commentator Bill Mares and Green Mountain Coffee director of social advocacy Rick Peyser team up for a talk about sustainability practices in the coffee industry. The two men wrote a book about it called Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. That event happens at high noon at the Black Box.
Harper's contributing editor Garrett Keizer, whose latest book is all about privacy issues, speaks at 3 p.m. in the Great Room.
Journalist and Vermont native Michael Hastings talks in the Black Box at 4 p.m. Hastings has contributed to Rolling Stone (including the piece that took down Stanley McChrystal) and more recently BuzzFeed, and released his latest book about the war in Afghanistan, The Operators, earlier this year.
Also happening all weekend long: the Pride Vermont Festival. Parades, food festivals, cruises, and lots more fun. Check out the full guide in this Wednesday's Seven Days.