1.05: Peter Mendelsund | Take a Leaf

On this episode of Take a Leaf, join Peter Mendelsund, one of the most prolific book cover designers at work today, and I in discussing the relationship between books and their readers. We chat about book covers, translation, dead authors, and Peter’s first novel, Same Same. Join us for a discussion of repetitions, visual meaning, and where, exactly, you, too, can find a same same shop.

Find Peter at https://www.petermendelsund.com/

You might notice that the audio gets a little wonky on this episode: we dealt with some car alarms and traffic, but, hey, we’ve all got to get where we’re going.

1.04: John Elder | Take a Leaf

On this episode of Take a Leaf, join John Elder and I in discussing the integral relationship between music, landscape, and home. We touch on life after retirement, the beauty to be found in new experiences, and living life as a beginner, at any age. Picking Up the Flute: a Memoir Through Music combines traditional structure with audio enhancement, allowing the reader to experience Elder’s love for music as they read. Come with us on a journey from Vermont to Ireland and back again.

1.03: Gov. Madeleine Kunin | Take a Leaf

On this episode of Take a Leaf, we welcome former Governor Madeleine Kunin to discuss her new memoir Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties. We discuss the memoir itself, including Kunin’s poetry, her thoughts on aging, and her post-political life. This episode concludes with a reflection on women in politics, sources of empowerment among women, and the inspiration that Gov. Kunin took in first deciding to run for office. Join us for a timely discussion with Vermont’s first female governor.

1.02: Katy Farber | Take a Leaf


Our second episode features Katy Farber, an environmental activist and writer from central Vermont. Her most recent book, Salamander Sky, follows a young girl named April as she helps her mom, the scientist, rescue spotted salamanders. Katy Farber's experience as an educator and parent informs this episode's focus on children's literacy and involvement in conservation. Join us in becoming a #SalamanderDefender.

Here’s a link to Ann Braeden’s project Kids Need Mentors, which Katy mentions in this episode.

1.01: Sarah Ward


Welcome to the inaugural episode of Take a Leaf, a new podcast from Green Writers Press! In this first episode our host, Heather McCabe, interviews Vermont author, Sarah Ward, about her newly-released novel, Aesop Lake. Aesop Lake follows Leda Keogh and Jonathan Tanner-Eales as they grapple with the aftermath of a homophobic hate-crime in rural Vermont, where loyalties run deep and progressive identity is rarely called into question.

Meet Take a Leaf

Welcome to takealeaf.org, Take a Leaf's home on the internet. Take a Leaf is a new podcast from Green Writers Press in Brattleboro, VT. We're interested in the business of making, reading, writing, and living with books. And while Green Writers Press has a particular interest in environmental and local-to-Vermont literature, we're interested in hearing from folks near and far!

You can listen to Take a Leaf on any and every podcast platform and we'll be posting them here as well. Our first episode is an interview with Vermont author and social worker, Sarah Ward, about her latest book, Aesop Lake

You can contact us using our contact page or on Twitter and Instagram. 

Happy listening,

Heather