Two Southern Vermont College Students to Read from First Published Novels at Northshire Bookstore

March 18, 2016

Two senior students from the Humanities Division at Southern Vermont College (SVC) will be reading from their first newly published novels at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester on Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m.  The books were written and produced through a unique SVC-Northshire publishing partnership. Cameron Curtiss of Milton, Vt., will read an excerpt from his novel, “A Brother’s Love,” and Lucas Gelheiser of Williamstown, Mass., will read from his novel, “A Gray Man.” SVC junior Sarah Weiler, a Creative Writing and English major, will also be reading from her book-in-progress. The public is invited to attend the book-reading event and to participate in a question and answer session with the authors.

During Spring of 2014, Southern Vermont College teamed up with the Northshire Bookstore, an independent bookstore with its own press label and publishing services, to create the Shires Press Publishing Program (SPPP). The SPPP offers students the opportunity to study the foundations of book publishing while working on their own manuscript from conception to completion. At the end of the program, participants have printed copies of their own published work, and opportunities to promote it in the retail and online marketplace. 

There are currently nine SVC students in the Shires Press Publishing Program with majors in Creative Writing, Communication, English, and Psychology.

Curtiss’s story, “A Brother’s Love,” is about a family tragedy which forces the eldest son to run away from home. “The Shires Press program has allowed me to create a story I’ve always wanted to write,” said Curtiss. “With this program, I don’t need to worry about my story being rejected.”

Gelheiser’s story, “A Gray Man,” is about an aspiring serial killer trying to get his start in a small New England town. “I’m extremely thankful for the wonderful people who are a part of The Shires Press program. They have guided me into the world of publishing and given me a chance to free some of the stories that have been trapped in my head for ages.”

Associate Professor and Chair of The Hunter Division of Humanities Jennifer Burg is the head of the program for SVC. “It’s been a real treat for me to work with these students on their books,” said Burg. “Seeing their stories evolve and working with them on their writing and revision processes has been inspiring.”

Books published through the SPPP receive an ISBN and barcode, and will have retail shelf exposure at Northshire’s two retail outlets as well as on The student authors will also receive royalty fees for any sales of their books.

For more information about the event at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, contact Debbi Wraga at 802-362-3565, ext. 117, or go to For more information on SPPP at SVC, contact Professor Burg at 802-447-4007 or