An evening with Chris Bohjalian

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Hotel Vermont hosts an evening with best-selling author Chris Bohjalian to benefit COTS from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Book It to the Walk COTSThe ticketed event ($35 at includes welcome drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds and a silent auction at the event will benefit COTS. Among the silent auction items: A character named in an upcoming book!

A book signing at “Book It for COTS” will be provided by Phoenix Books.

Chris is the author of 18 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, and three times become movies.

Chris’ latest novel, “The Guest Room,” has received critical accolades and topped the best-seller list at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. The novel also appeared on the Indiebound Bestseller list and was a featured Next Selection. This riveting read is a story about human trafficking, a marriage in crisis, and two remarkable women. The Washington Post review said: “The Guest Room has an edge-of-the-seat momentum that propels the reader straight to the last page…For those who value the well-researched novel, the author’s 18th book will please.”

Please join us for a reception and discussion with Chris.

Chris and Hotel Vermont are generously doing this event in conjunction with this year’s COTS Walk (“Book It to the Walk”), which centers on the importance of closing the “word gap” experienced by children living in poverty or experiencing homelessness.

As part of “Book It to the Walk,” Chris plans to visit with Burlington High School students participating in the COTS Walk earlier that day. The students are reading Chris’ novel, “The Double Bind,” which features issues surrounding homelessness as a theme.

“The Double Bind” includes 12 actual photographs taken by a formerly homeless photographer Bob “Soupy” Campbell, some of which have been woven into the text of the novel. Bob was a guest in a COTS emergency shelter when he was homeless, and he was successfully housed for many years in COTS’ permanent housing before passing away several years ago. Bob was well-known in the COTS community, particularly the COTS Walk, where he was a familiar face, documenting the annual community event.

Click here to see some of the photos that helped to inspire “The Double Bind,” and learn more about Bob Campbell.

Questions? Call Becky at (802) 864-7402, Ext. 204 or email her at

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