Join us for an evening with Stephen Russell Payne to celebrate his new novel, Life on a Cliff, the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning Cliff Walking. Payne’s suspenseful new story takes us back to the beautiful coast of Winter’s Cove, Maine, and to the lives of famous seascape artist Francis Monroe, his troubled love, Kate Johnson, and her artistic son, Stringer. Stephen will be reading from Life on a Cliff, answering your questions about his life in writing, and signing books. Don’t miss it!
Stephen Russell Payne, a fourth generation Vermonter from the fabled Northeast Kingdom, is the author of the novel, Cliff Walking, Ties That Bind Us: A Collection of Vermont Short Stories, and the biography, Riding My Guitar: The Rick Norcross Story. He has also published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in Vermont Life Magazine, The Vermont Literary Review, The Tufts Review, and other journals. He brings an impressive breadth of life experience to his writing, drawing on careers as a former police officer and practicing New England surgeon for over 30 years. Payne received his Master’s in English from Tufts University before attending medical school at the University of Vermont, where he has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery since 1988.
Cliff Walking received the 2017 Bronze Medal in fiction from the Readers’ Favorite Awards. Payne was also awarded the 2017 Physician Award for Community Service from the Vermont State Medical Society, in part because of his efforts through sales of Cliff Walking to support organizations working to end spousal and child abuse.
He lives on an organic farm with his family and is an active supporter of area land trusts, serving on the board of directors of the Lake Champlain Land Trust.
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