Norwich University Writers Series Presents “Unschooling” Author Ben Hewitt

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Fall 2014 Writers Series kicks off with Vermont author Ben Hewitt on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room.

Hewitt will read from his latest book, “Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting Off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World.” The book is a meditation on childhood, learning and nature, and his experience raising two sons on his family’s 40-acre Vermont farm.

The book draws upon Hewitt’s own unconventional educational path. Raised in a two-room cabin on his family’s 160-acre homestead, Hewitt dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to pursue a “self-designed study program in excessively loud heavy metal music and extreme partying.”

In his 20s, he began writing for major national magazines as a full-time freelance journalist. His journalism has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Wired, Discover, Yankee, and the New York Times Magazine, among other outlets.

Hewitt’s three previous books, “Making Supper Safe,” “The Town that Food Saved,” and “Saved,” also address our connection with nature through the lenses of healthy, sustainable and locally sourced food and intentional, simple lifestyles.

The October author reading at Norwich continues the university’s Writers Series, now in its third academic year, which is presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications.

All events in this series are free and open to the public. Hewitt’s books will be available for sale, and a signing will follow the reading.


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