Howard Frank Mosher is a contemporary author of eleven books: ten fiction and one non-fiction. Much of his fiction takes place in the mid-20th century and all of it is set in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, a region loosely defined by the three counties in the northeastern corner of the state (Essex, Orleans, and Caledonia). His characters are often quirky, reflecting the distinctive peculiarities of the region’s taciturn residents. He is the 1981 recipient of the Literature Award bestowed by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. A Stranger in the Kingdom won the New England Book Award for Fiction in 1991, and was later filmed by director Jay Craven. Craven has also adapted Disappearances and Where the Rivers Flow North to film. He received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2006. His new book, The Great Northern Express, is both a chronicle of his recent 100-city book tour across America and a reflection on his development as a writer in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.