Gibson’s Bookstore, the Capitol Center for the Arts, and New Hampshire Public Radio are pleased to present Bill McKibben (The End of Nature; Eaarth; Oil and Honey). He will be joined on stage and in conversation by Virginia Prescott, host of NHPR’s Word of Mouth and the 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop podcasts, as they discuss his debut novel, Radio Free Vermont, in which a band of Vermont patriots decide that their state might be better off as its own republic.


As the host of Radio Free Vermont–“underground, underpowered, and underfoot”–  Vern Barclay broadcasts from an “undisclosed and double-secret location.” With the help of computer prodigy Perry Alterson, Vern uses his radio show to advocate for an independent Vermont,  where the state secedes from the U.S. and operates under a free local economy. He and his radio show must remain untraceable, because Vern is a fugitive from the law.  Along with Vern and Perry, McKibben imagines an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middle school children early in honor of ‘Ethan Allen Day’ and hijacking a Coors Light truck and replacing the stock with local brew.


Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books, including Eaarth and Oil and Honey. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. He lives in Vermont.

Virginia Prescott is the Gracie Award-winning host of Word of Mouth, and the Civics 101 and 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop podcasts from New Hampshire Public Radio. Before returning to her home state of New Hampshire, Virginia was a producer and editor for NPR’s On Point and Here & Now programs, and a director at WNYC in New York. Throughout her career, she’s trained journalists and helped develop independent community radio in post-conflict zones from the Balkans to West Africa. She was a member of the Peabody Award-Winning team at Jazz from Lincoln Center, an Edward R. Murrow Award-winner at WNYC, and a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. She loves working in radio but regrets that so many good outfits go unnoticed.

Entrance to this event requires a ticket bundle, which includes a copy of Radio Free Vermont.