Angela Patten releases “High Tea at a Low Table”

Sept-3-A-High-Tea-SCWind Ridge Books of Vermont is pleased to announce the September release of “High Tea at a Low Table.” Written by Irish-born and Vermont-settled author Angela Patten this intriguing storytelling memoir takes us from horse-and-cart Dublin to her coming of age in the 60s when an unsettling welcome on American soil beckoned. The publisher will donate 10 percent of the proceeds of this book to the author’s nonprofit organization of choice, Shelburne Farms.

Patten is author of two poetry collections, “Reliquaries” and “Still Listening,” both published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland. Her work has also appeared in literary journals including The Literary Review; Prairie Schooner; Michigan Quarterly Review and Poetry Ireland Review; and in several anthologies, among them Cudovista Usta (Marvelous Mouth), Slovenia; Salmon: A Journey in Poetry; and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets. She has been a visiting poet at The Frost Place in New Hampshire and at Stranmillis University College-Queens in Belfast, N.I. She is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Vermont.

Bill Roorbach author of “Life Among Giants,” “The Smallest Color,” “Writing Life Stories,” and other books has this to say about Patten’s newest title:

“High Tea at a Low Table is a work of heart and soul, wit, and quiet wisdom. An eventful childhood in Ireland, colorful characters abounding… a whole life playing out in the shadow (and sobering metaphor) of an All-American kidnapping. Charm and intelligence, beautiful sentences, a poet at work, Angela Patten delivers her life whole, and in the process, teaches us how to live.”

Copies of “High Tea at a Low Table” can be purchased for $15.95 online at, at local bookstores, or by calling Lin Stone at 985-3091.

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