Arts, Dining & Entertainment
December 4, 2018

Author signs books in Rutland

Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.—RUTLAND—On Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host Stephen Russell Payne for a book signing and meet-and-greet featuring his new novel, “Life on a Cliff.”

“Life on a Cliff” is the highly-anticipated sequel to Payne’s award-winning novel, “Cliff Walking.” Famous seascape artist Francis Monroe has come to love Kate Johnson and her artistic son Stringer, who were tracked from California to Maine by their abusive husband and father, Leland. After surviving a brutal attack and a subsequent grueling trial, Francis assumes they can all enjoy a normal life together. Kate, however, is anything but settled as her old demons of addiction and self-destructive behavior threaten to destroy the good life they have fought so hard to create. Set on the breathtakingly beautiful coast of Maine, “Life On A Cliff” explores how deeply rooted we are in our established ways and that change, in its many forms, can be exceedingly hard to accept – even if it is for the better.

Stephen Russell Payne, a fourth generation Vermonter from the fabled Northeast Kingdom, is the author of the novel, “Cliff Walking.” 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.

“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.

This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St. Copies of the book will be available to purchase and have signed. For more information, call 802-855-8078 or visit

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