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Annual Meeting and Presentation

Join the Friends of the Stowe Free Library on Thursday, May 10 at 4:00pm in the Community Room at the Stowe Free Library

Annual Meeting and Presentation by Biddle Duke and Stuart Stevens

Biddle Duke began his career in journalism in 1985 as a reporter for a community newspaper in suburban New York and went on to write and edit for newspapers in New York City, New Mexico, Argentina, and South Carolina.

In 1998 he bought the Stowe Reporter and its related publications. Shortly thereafter he launched the Waterbury Record newspaper forming a regional newspaper group that includes seven newspapers in the greater Burlington area. In 2016 he sold his majority interest in the Reporter company and now splits his time between Stowe and Springs, NY. In 2016 he launched a magazine for eastern Long Island called EAST. He’s married to artist Idoline Duke.   

Stuart Stevens grew up in Mississippi. He is a founding partner of Strategic Media Partners.  He has worked on five U.S. presidential campaigns and consulted extensively in international political campaigns, helping to elect heads of state in Albania, Israel, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and the Czech Republic.

He has published seven books: Night Train to Turkistan, Malaria Dreams, Feeding Frenzy, Scorched Earth, The Big Enchilada, The Last Season and The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear. In addition, he has written for numerous television dramas such as Northern Exposure, Commander in Chief and K. Street. His journalism has appeared in New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Outside Magazine, Esquire and others. 

An obsessive but not very good endurance sport junkie, he has written about skiing to the North Pole and riding the 1,200 km. Paris Brest Paris bicycle event. He first discovered Vermont when studying for an MA at Middlebury. 

Take a Class - Learn Something New!


The Library is excited to announce a new partnership with the Community College of Vermont! Mia, a CCVT Job Hunt Helper, will be available at the library starting November 28th to offer assistance with job hunting skills, resume and cover letter writing, and finding educational programs and training opportunities. Appointments are available Tuesdays 12-3 pm and Fridays 2-5 pm at the library, and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (802-253-6145) or email ([email protected]) the Library or visit us at the front desk.

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