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Author Event at Bear Pond Books: Dara Levan

Join Bear Pond Books in Stowe, Vermont for an author event! Dara Levan will be promoting her new book, It Could Be Worse.

Podcaster and storyteller Dara Levan makes her fiction debut with the inspiring story of a young mother’s awakening to the truth about her parents in It Could Be Worse (Regalo Press; March 12, 2024). Driven by a complex, relatable protagonist and written with empathy, the novel affirms the author’s faith in the human capacity for resilience, observations of how radiance emerges from our breaking points, and belief in the power of genuine friendship and unconditional love.

About the Book:

Mired in self-doubt and blind loyalty, Allegra Gil suspects her charmed life may be a gilded cage. In her thirties, she has a devoted husband, Benito, two loving children, a thriving practice as a mindfulness therapist, and lifelong friends. But when a surprising discovery in a piano bench reveals a shocking family secret, Allegra questions everything she thought she knew about the two people who raised her. Was it true? Did her father, Dr. Curt, a respected pediatric neurosurgeon with exacting standards, harm instead of heal? And Allegra’s mother, Roberta—how much did she know?


DARA LEVAN writes about love, loss, resilience, and how radiance emerges from our breaking points. She is the founder and host of Every Soul Has a Story, a podcast in which she interviews inspiring people from around the globe about their life journeys. Her calling to impact others through words began at the age of 12 in her hometown of North Miami Beach, Florida, when she interviewed the residents of the nursing home where her grandmother lived and wrote their stories. As an undergrad at Indiana University, Dara earned a B.A. in English and pursued a career in journalism but decided to pivot and returned to South Florida to earn her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She established a practice as a pediatric speech-language pathologist and has edited several nonfiction books. Actively involved in her community, she is currently a board member of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation and has served on the boards of the Goodman Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Broward County and Junior Achievement of South Florida. Her greatest sources of inspiration come from her husband, two children, and finding meaning in everyday moments.


April 13
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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38 Main Street
Stowe, 05672
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