Monday, June 22, 2015

Finally Here!

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An ode to American folk art, Christine Hadsel’s SUSPENDED WORLDS features a gorgeous collection of historic theater scenery in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  Before television, radio, and the internet, live theater was a community’s main form of entertainment, a way to be transported to another time and place. Each grand drape and backdrop, colorful and memorable in its own way, is a testament to cultural life between 1890 and 1940.  

Conquering a century of dirt, damage, and neglect, Hadsel led a team of conservators from “Curtains Without Borders” as they took on the Herculean task of restoring hundreds of these historic painted theater curtains for community use and display. From romantic landscapes, to picturesque streets, to advertising drops, these hand-painted scenes are beautifully preserved in full-color photographs—an ambitious presentation that celebrates otherwise overlooked pieces of vernacular art.

“[Suspended Worlds] will continue to delight and inform future generations of audiences and scholars.” —Michael Sherman, Vermont History
Hardcover. $40

You can e-mail Chris Hadsel directly at to get a signed copy, or you can find them at the following fine, independent bookstores:
Green Mountain Books, Lyndonville, VT
Phoenix Books, Burlington, VT
Vermont Historical Society Bookstore, Barre, VT
Galaxy Books, Hardwick, VT
Northeast Kingdom Artisan Guild, St. Johnsbury, VT
Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT
Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT
Northshire Books, Manchester, VT
Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, VT
Main Street BookEnds, Warner, NH
Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH