Vermont author discusses timely novel

WARDSBORO-  On Saturday, September 8, at 1 pm, the Wardsboro Public Library will host Vermont author Bernie Lambek, who will be talking about his latest Vermont-based legal mystery “Uncivil Liberties.”
This timely novel  is set in a Vermont town. There is nothing simple about the mystery that underlies the story - the circumstances that led to the death of a young and promising gay high school student. Neither are the legal and moral principles and convictions that animate and divide the community as it deals with her death and the issues it triggers: hate speech and free speech, cyber-bullying and privacy, and religious and sexual freedom.
In the courtrooms and streets and bedrooms of Montpelier, the lawyers and their clients and loved ones work through their conflicting values and commitments - and uncover the shocking truths below the surface.
The novel is imbued with a deep respect for the law as well as the passionate and irrational human beings who live within, and sometimes beyond, its constraints.
Lambek grew up in Montreal, the son of Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe. He studied philosophy at Dartmouth College, lived on a communal farm, and taught fourth grade for several years. He later attended Yale Law School, where he published articles on civil disobedience and international human rights. After judicial clerkships, including with Judge Fred Parker on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Lambek has practiced law at Zalinger Cameron & Lambek in Montpelier, for the past 25 years. He represents a number of school districts around Vermont, occasionally dealing with issues of student speech and religion in the schools. In a 2012 lawsuit, Lambek and ACLU colleagues successfully challenged the practice of holding official prayer at Town Meeting in Vermont. Lambek serves on the boards of the Vermont ACLU and the Green Mountain Film Festival. His wife, Linda Sproul, is a retired obstetric and pediatric nurse and they have three sons and four grandchildren. He plays table tennis and recently competed in the National Senior Games in Birmingham, AL. “Uncivil Liberties” is his first novel.
To contact Lambek email him at or visit
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