Biography

Craig Brandon is a national award winning author of seven books of popular history and public affairs and a former award-winning newspaper reporter. He is also editor and publisher of Surry Cottage Books, a micropublishing company in Middlebury, Vermont.

His most recent book is Stratham at 300, a brand new history if the town of Stratham, N.H. in honor of its 300th birthday. His book before that was Good Night Irene: Stories and Photos about the Tropical Storm that Devastated Vermont, the Catskills and the Berkshires, an account of the Aug. 28, 2011 storm. It consists of more than 300 interviews with survivors and first responders along with more than 250 photographs collected in three states.

In 2010, BenBella Books published his The Five-Year Party: How Colleges Have Given Up On Educating Your Child and What You Can Do About It. It's a warning to parents about the binge drinking, grade inflation, dumbed-down classes and anti-intellectualism that passes for learning in the lower regions of American higher education. It won the silver award in education in the national Book of the Year competition in 2010.

Craig spent 20 years as an education reporter, general assignment reporter, columnist and editor at newspapers in Upstate New York. His writing and reporting won awards from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Associated Press, the National School Boards Association, the New York State United Teachers, the Gannett Foundation and Heast newspapers. He also won first prize in investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association.

He served as Director of Communications for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, NY, the public affairs research arm of the State University of New York from 1993 to 1995.

He was an on-air expert and technical advisor for a segment of the "Unsolved Mysteries" television program and has appeared a number of times on the History Channel, the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio stations across the country. He served as an on-camera expert for "The Day They Died" on the History Channel.

Craig's research on the Gillette case was used by the producers of "An American Tragedy," an opera performed by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 2005.

Murder in the Adirondacks: An American Tragedy Revisited, his 1986 book, now in its 15th printing, was selected for the community pro-literacy reading project called "Amsterdam Reads" in 2009 and by "Auburn Reads" in 2010.

His 2007 book Monadnock: More Than a Mountain is being transformed into the documentary film "Monadnock: The Mountain that Stands Alone," which will be released in 2014. Craig wrote the screenplay based on his book.

The Electric Chair: An Unnatural American History, Craig's 1999 book was republished in paperback by McFarland and Co. in 2009.

From 1995 to 2007 he was involved with student media at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he advised the student newspaper and taught classes in reporting, news writing and editing.

"North Woods Elegy: Incident at Big Moose Lake," a documentary about the Gillette murder case by Derek Taylor released in 2011, features Craig throughout and he has appeared at showings of the film to talk about it.

Craig has a number of interesting lectures / slide shows that he has presented at hundreds of colleges, historical societies, libraries etc. His topics are Tropical Storm Irene, Mount Monadnock, the Chester Gillette murder case of 1906, the history of the electric chair and micropublishing. For more information, contact him at the e-mail address below.

On June 29, 2003 Craig was married to Jean Winter,a former French and Spanish teacher. They live in a home on Robert Frost mountain in the Greeen Mountain National Forest in Ripton, Vermont.

Among his current writing projects is a revision and update of Murder in the Adirondacks with 50 new photos that will be published in 2015.

updated November 2014

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Surry Cottage Books

Box 226 East Waterbury VT 05740

 

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