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Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell is a novelist, essayist, and sometime screenwriter whose most recent books are The Nature Notebooks (a novel) and a guidebook to Vermont in the Fodor's/Compass American series. He's also the architect and builder of over a dozen low-cost, energy-efficient structures on Treleven Farm, and a shepherd with thirty-five years' experience managing a flock of sheep there. One of his current interests is forest management with the goal of enhancing habitat for endangered bats.

From 1984 to 2009 Don taught courses at Middlebury College, primarily in creative writing -- especially narrative fiction and writing for film -- and environmental literature. Now he devotes most of his time to projects designed to enhance the farm and support the vision of Treleven, Inc.

    Don's Upcoming Events

    • Don Mitchell at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center
      58 Barre St., Montpelier VT
      April 22, 2014, 12:45 pm

      Don will give a presentation and reading of "Flying Blind" at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center on Earth Day. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after the talk. Free and open to all ages!

    • Don Mitchell at the Charlotte Senior Center
      212 Ferry Rd, Charlotte VT
      May 7, 2014, 1:00 pm

      Don will speak about his latest book, "Flying Blind," at the Charlotte Senior Center on May 7th @ 1pm. This is a part of their After Luncheon Speaker Series. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

    Don's Books

    Flying Blind

    One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats

    When a biologist approaches Mitchell about tracking endangered bats on his farm, Mitchell's relationship with bats and government is distrustful, at best. Ruminating on the nature of authority and the value of inhabiting one's niche, Flying Blind is a perfectly paced and skilled story of place.

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