‘Tale’ author receives Vermont award

Howard Frank Mosher, the Vermont author featured in the second “A Tale for Three Counties” reading project, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in November during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt.

“I’m very happy to get this award,” he said in an interview with The Caledonian-Record. “It’s a wonderful event in my life because it’s an award that comes from Vermont, which is my home and that state that I’ve written about. So it means a lot to me.”

Mosher, born and raised in the Catskills of New York, has lived in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for more than 40 years. Many of his stories and characters have been inspired by his experiences in Vermont.

The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, established in 1967, is presented to a Vermont artist who demonstrates exemplary standards of professional integrity and personal commitment to the development of cultural life in Vermont.

Mosher, 63, author of 10 novels, visited Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties in 2003 when the “Tale” project used his book Northern Borders.

Mosher told The Caledonian-Record that book is his favorite because it was inspired by his real-life grandparents.

The author is bouncing back and forth between two projects. He is wrapping up his new book, On Kingdom Mountain, and doing research for his next project, Walking to Gatlinburg, a Civil War-era novel that he says is “the highest-action book” he’s written since his first novel, Disappearances, in 1977.

Jay Craven, a Mosher friend and independent filmmaker, is completing his third film based on the author’s work. Disappearances, which stars Kris Kristofferson, is scheduled for release in February.

The Governor’s Award was presented Nov. 4.

The next “A Tale for Three Counties” features author Jennifer Donnelly and her novel A Northern Light. She will visit in March 2006.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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