Misty Valley Books' Vermont Voices 2009, in its ninth annual edition, will host Madeleine Kunin, three-term Governor of Vermont and former Ambassador to Switzerland, on Sunday, November 8. She will present her book, Pearls, Politics, and Power, newly in paperback, at the First Universalist Church in Chester's Stone Village at 2 p.m.
Pearls, Politics, and Power is a call to action for new political engagement and leadership. Informed by conversations with elected women leaders from all levels, Kunin asks: What difference do women make? What is the worst part of politics, and what is the best part? What inspired these women to run, and how did they prepare themselves for public life? How did they raise money, protect their families' privacy, deal with criticism and attack ads, and work with the good old boys?
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin says: "A natural storyteller, Kunin combines her personal journey in politics with the stories of dozens of female politicians. Writing with wisdom, intelligence and warmth, she provides a guide for women at all levels who might seek to enter public life."
She interviews then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and analyzes her campaign for the presidency. Other interviewees include U.S. Representatives Loretta Sanchez, Linda Sanchez, Deborah Pryce, and Tammy Baldwin, and U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Amy Klobuchar, and Carol Moseley Braun, as well as Governors Kathleen Sibelius and Janet Napolitano.
Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton.
The remaining Vermont Voices 09 authors are, on November 15, Philip Baruth, professor at the University of Vermont and Vermont Public Radio commentator. He will talk about his new historical novel, The Brothers Boswell. On November 22, Robert Cohen, who teaches at Middlebury College, will present his recent novel, Amateur Barbarians.
A reception and book signing at the church will follow each. For more information call Misty Valley Books at 875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.