Riding My Guitar - The Rick Norcross Story is scheduled to be released in May 2013 by Cedar Ledge Publishing. This book will be part of the celebration of Rick's 50th anniversary as a professional musician. Our kick off event will be held at Phoenix Books Burlington, Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7pm and will feature Stephen talking about the book and Rick performing some of his classic folk songs. Stephen will also be speaking in between sets when Rick and The Ramblers Western Swing Band play a special concert Sunday June 30, 2013, 5:30 at the Grand Isle Lake House for Island Arts. Stay tuned for multiple other events featuring Rick and Stephen that will be sure to entertain.
Stephen Russell Payne is a fourth-generation Vermonter from the Northeast Kingdom. A surgeon by trade, he has been writing most of his life and has published many stories, both fiction and non-fiction. His acclaimed debut novel, Cliff Walking, is available worldwide in bookstores through Ingram Distributors. In New England, it is sold at Better Planet Books, Main St., Bristol, Vermont; Phoenix Books & Cafe, Lang Farm Essex, Vermont and 191 Bank St., Burlington, Vermont; Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont; Bridgeside Books, Waterbury, Vermont; Boxcar & Caboose in St. Johnsbury; Bear Pond Books in Montpelier and Stowe; Rivendell Books, Main St., Montpelier, Vermont; Norwich Bookstore, Main St., Norwich, Vermont; the Vermont Book Shop Main St. Middlebury; The Crow Bookshop Church Street Marketplace, Burlington; Ebenezer Books and The Johnson Woolen Mills in Johnson, Vermont, the Northwestern Medical Center and Fletcher Allen Health Care Gift Shops; Annie's Book Stop 676 Post Rd (Rte 1) Wells, Maine and River Run Books, 142 Fleet St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is also available through Barnes & Noble Booksellers and BarnesandNoble.com. Please support your local bookstore! Cliff Walking is also available at Amazon.com and as a Kindle ebook. A portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to causes working to end spousal and child abuse, including Prevent Child Abuse Vermont .
Already garnering impressive endorsements, this is an intense, passionate love story that takes readers on a riveting emotional journey. Once you've begun reading, you simply won't want to put it down.
As renowned American writer, X. J. Kennedy, says of Cliff Walking , "Payne is in top form."
Stephen will lead a lively discussion about writing and his novel, Cliff Walking, at the Fairfax, Vermont Library Tues Dec. 4, 2012 at 7pm.
Stephen will be appearing at a benefit for Island Arts and the Alburgh Library in memory of long time director, Marybelle Singer, on Wed August 15, 2012 at 7:30pm at the North Hero Methodist Church. He will be discussing his novel, Cliff Walking, as well as his experiences publishing independently.
Payne hopes to see you at the Boxcar & Caboose Bookstore and Cafe, Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, Vermont Wed March 21st 4-6pm.
Payne will be at the Fairfield, Vermont Library, Thursday March 22nd at 7 pm to discuss Cliff Walking. Hope you can make it.
Payne appeared on Burlington Ch 17 TV's program Positively Vermont on Feb 1st, which can be viewed here:
You can watch a brief video of Payne's recent interview on WCAX-CBS TV Ch 3 here:
Please check out this story in Seven Days that talks about Cliff Walking being a top selling regional book.
CLIFF WALKING is a best selling book at PHOENIX BOOKS-ESSEX & BETTER PLANET-St. Albans for 3 months running!!
Listen to Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition 6-25-12 when Phoenix Books owner, Mike Desanto discusses their best seller, Cliff Walking.
“Stephen Payne’s short stories have shown him to be among New England’s finest writers of regional fiction. His debut novel, Cliff Walking , is an absorbing story, skillfully told. Not every writer can interest us in characters who are generous, kind, and good, like Francis, Kate, and Stringer. All three have known horrific events, and have survived. We believe in these characters and care about them. What Payne has given us isn’t a plotless “literary”novel, but a warm and touching love story full of suspense and conflict, likely to have wide popular appeal. I like this story a lot. ”– X. J. Kennedy, award winning American poet, writer and editor
“Stephen Russell Payne has emerged as a new voice in Vermont's impressive pantheon of creative writers, and a powerful one. For years I've enjoyed his journalism and short fiction. Now, with his first novel, he has written a dramatic story of suspense, love, and redemption. Cliff Walking is written with clarity, passion, and great sympathy for, and understanding of, all aspects of human nature.”– Howard Frank Mosher, author of Walking to Gatlinburg, Northern Borders, Disappearances, A Stranger in the Kingdom and seven other books. He is the recipient of the New England Book Award.
“No one writes with as much passion and insight about northern Vermont as Stephen Russell Payne. With the meticulousness of a surgeon, and the lyricism of a poet, Payne captures the tenacity and honesty of the denizens of the Green Mountain State's small towns and villages. Reading Payne is like a visit from a good old friend. His tales are always infused with equal measures of humor, wisdom, and love."– Jennifer Finney Boylan, best selling, award winning author of She’s Not There, and twelve other books