This St. Patrick’s Day, it’s not only the Irish who will be clad in forty shades of green. GWP publisher, Dede Cummings, and her ecologically-minded team at Vermont Green Writers Press, are launching their own green tribute to the Emerald Isle.
Green Writers Press—whose books are already being nominated for several prestigious national literary awards—is launching an exciting new imprint, sure to green the hearts of its readers.
GreenPlace, a line promoting “Green Places & Cultural Spaces for all Readers,” will launch two new green voices in the Irish-American literary scene, authors both deeply committed to preserving Place.
Author Síle Post, an Irish-Canadian-American writer and literary scholar who resides in Prince Edward Island, Vermont, & (periodically) Ireland (and collaborator with publisher Dede Cummings on establishing the imprint), has written an elegiac tribute to preserving traditional Irish Celtic culture in her novel,Your Own Ones, celebrated as “a unique combination of Barbara Kingsolver with the warmth and humor of Maeve Binchy.” Set in pristine Prince Edward Island, the novel chronicles one woman’s transcendental journey back to the old country, now lost in the unsustainable ways of the new. For wild salmon conservationist, Áine O’Connor, the journey of the wild salmon leads her from her home on Prince Edward Island back to the rivers of her own birth on Dingle Peninsula, to continue—and re-live—a thousand year old family tradition of protecting the land and sea.
Author Sara Dillon, an Irish-American literary and legal scholar, has written a lyrical novel celebrating culture and place, called Planning for Escape. While teaching law at University College Dublin, Dillon co-founded the preservationist group, Friends of the Irish Environment, an initiative to value and preserve landscapes from over-development. Her novel depicts the world of old Ireland before the Celtic Tiger took as its prey the traditional culture, lifestyle, and the open spaces of Galway. Grounded in an escape to memorable places—from New England to Galway, Ireland, to Japan and back again— Planning for Escape ultimately settles in the historically preserved (small) place of Greensboro, Vermont.
With a fall 2015 publication date, GreenPlace from Green Writers Press will continue to publish books like Your Own Ones and Planning for Escape sure to motivate readers to protect their own special places and cultural spaces.
Pre-orders for both titles are available now at https://squareup.com/market/green-writers-press