Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Unlaunch'd Voices: An Evening With Walt Whitman

This program opens with the elderly Whitman (played by Stephen Collins) on the evening of his seventieth birthday. The audience is a visitor in his room as he prepares for his birthday celebration. Whitman begins to reminisce during the telling. He transforms into his young vibrant self and we begin to trace back with him the experiences that led to the creation of Leaves Of Grass, his lifetime work. Through Stephen Collins’ recitation of poetry and readings of actual letters, we experience Whitman’s movement from selfishness toward selflessness and his growth into a mature artist who is at peace about "himself, God and death."

Contact: Howe Library


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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Philip Baruth, Jason Broughton, Nancy Richardson, Gov. Madeleine Kunin (Burlington Book Festival)

Philip Baruth: Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes

Jason Broughton—State Librarian

Nancy Richardson: An Everyday Thing

Governor Madeleine Kunin: Coming of Age

Contact: Burlington Book Festival

The Opening Ceremonies will take place in Contois Auditorium.

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Sep
28
8:30 AM08:30

The Power of Visual Media in Storytelling

  • St. Albans Historical Society and Museum, Bliss Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The League of Vermont Writers presents “The Art of Writing: The Power of Visual Media in Storytelling,” a program for writers and artists.

Agenda:

A talk by Gowri Savoor, a visual artist and educator, who will help participants explore "world building" through art, word and blog.

In his presentation, "Art of the Moving Book," D. B. Johnson will describe how writers and artists can use HTML to animate stories for e-books. Johnson is the author/illustrator of 12 picture books, including a Boston Globe-Horn Book award winner, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg.

Corrina Thurston, a wildlife artist, TEDx speaker and author of two books on business and marketing for creatives, will share ideas for incorporating visual media and storytelling in marketing plans.

Ted Tedford, a former Vermont newspaper editor and reporter, who will discuss how he researched and wrote The Incident at St. Albans, his historical novel about the 1864 raid by Confederate soldiers on three St. Albans banks.

The program concludes with a free open mic from 3:30 to 4:30 p. at The Eloquent Page, 70 North Main St. Participants are encouraged to bring an original piece of writing to read although not required to attend.

Cost: The fee is $32 for LVW members, $47 for non-members. High school and college students (with valid ID) may attend for a discounted fee. Contact Bobbi Jo Capone, LVW president, at lvw@leagueofvermontwriters.org for details.

Registration: The deadline to register is Sept. 24. Register online, or by sending a check made payable to League of Vermont Writers and sent to LVW, P.O. Box 5046, Burlington, VT 05402. Please write "Fall Program 2019" on the memo line.

Contact: The League of Vermont Writers




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Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Says You! The Inside Story (Burlington Book Festival)

  • Contois Auditorium at City Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Says You! The Inside Story offers a peek behind the scenes at the creative process of the people who make the magic each week on one of public radio's most entertaining and enduring quiz shows. Join head writer and host Dave Zobel along with first seat panelist par excellence Carolyn Faye Fox for an evening of witty, word-based conviviality. Dave and Carolyn will share stories about researching material used on the show, the writing of its devious, trademark questions, the secret to the perfect ad lib and more. You'll enjoy videos of classic Says You! moments and get to ask Carolyn and Dave your own questions when we open up the floor to an audience Q&A. Both will be happy to sign copies of your favorite Says You! books as well. A benefit for the 15th annual Burlington Book Festival, it's guaranteed to be the very definition of a great time!

Cost: $25 to $25. Buy tickets online.

Contact: Burlington Book Festival

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Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

"Toni Morrision: The Pieces I Am" Film

  • Hopkins Center for the Arts, Loew Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With the peerless style and complex perspective on Black America she brought to such acclaimed novels as Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison has earned a reputation as one of America's greatest writers. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to '70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, this new film offers an artfully intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist.

Cost: $8

Contact: Hopkins Center for the Arts

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Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Bill Torrey

Bill Torrey: Cutting Remarks

Contact: Town Hall Theater

Tickets are $10-$20 plus fees.

Sixth generation Vermonter, and four time NPR Moth Story Slam winner, Bill Torrey recently retired from logging with most of his sanity and darn near all his fingers and toes. Join us for an evening of storytelling about living and working in the forests of Vermont. 

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Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Daniel Lusk, Janet Pocorobba (Words Out Loud)

Daniel Lusk: The Shower Scene from Hamlet

Janet Pocorobba: The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me

Following the Words Out Loud readings, which wrap up around 4:00, visitors are welcome to come down the road to a reception held within this year’s Art at the Kent exhibit, titled “reVision,” for a chance to meet the authors, enjoy light refreshments, see the art, and have books signed. Art at the Kent is an annual Fall exhibit showcasing contemporary work by Vermont artists in an historic setting.

Contact: Kent's Corner

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Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Family, Memory, Place: Writing Family Stories

What family stories do you carry with you? What story do you tell over and over? What landscape do you cherish the most? One of the deepest human instincts is to tell our life stories, to figure out who we are and what it means to be human. This interactive workshop led by Maura MacNeil explores how the landscapes of our lives shape the stories that we tell. Participants explore the themes of family, memory, and place through sample narratives and a series of short writing exercises, gaining a deeper awareness of how their stories can preserve personal, generational, and communal history.

Contact: New Hampshire Humanities

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Oct
2
11:00 AM11:00

Ann Patchett Book Signing

Ann Patchett's next novel The Dutch House will be published on September 24th. Part of her tour promoting the book brings her through Peterborough for a brief stop at the store to sign copies and meet her readers. Though she wont have the time to give a formal talk, we are sure she will share a smile and a signature. We hope you can drop in.

Contact: Toadstool Bookshop - Peterborough

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Oct
2
5:00 PM17:00

Archer Mayor

Archer Mayor: Bomber’s Moon

Contact: The Mill

To celebrate the release of Bomber’s Moon, there will be a book party and signing at The Mill, in conjunction with Northshire Bookstore who will be selling books, hot off the press! Join us to toast Archer, and enjoy hot mulled cider and cider donuts, along with door prizes! Free and open to the public, but please RSVP as seats are limited.

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Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Ann Patchett

  • Capitol Center for the Arts, Chubb Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Gibson's Bookstore is thrilled, in partnership with the Capitol Center for the Arts and New Hampshire Public Radio, to bring international best-selling author Ann Patchett to the main stage for an evening of literary discussion with NHPR's Peter Biello. They'll be in conversation about her newest novel, The Dutch House, a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. A Q&A with the audience follows their chat.

Cost: This is a ticketed event. Single ticket: $37.00, includes admission for one, and one signed copy of The Dutch House. Double ticket: $46.00, includes admission for two, and one signed copy of The Dutch House.

Contact: Capitol Center for the Arts

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Oct
5
11:30 AM11:30

Great Goose Egg Auction

Join Open Fields School for the 2019 Great Goose Egg Auction, a biennial fundraiser featuring ovoid works by artists young and old, famous and new-to-the-art- world have to be seen to be fully appreciated. This year’s goose egg creations (with a couple of ostrich eggs thrown in) include painted, drawn, sculpted and otherwise transformed works of all sorts, combining fine art and whimsy, and a nearly ineggsaustible supply of puns.

This year’s clutch of eggs includes work by writers, book illustrators, and cartoonists Priscilla Alpaugh, Malcolm Bird, Harry Bliss, Theresa Brandon, John Hassett, Thacher Hurd, David Macaulay, Rebecca Thornburgh, Sam Van Dam, Ed Young, and many others!

Opening preview during the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, October 4. Morning preview on Saturday, October 5, beginning at 11:30 am. Auction starts at 1:00 pm.

Absentee bidding is accepted at the Opening or through the school’s website (www.openfields.org). If you can’t attend but want all the eggcitement of the auction, you can sign up for telephone bidding by advance arrangement.

Cost: Preview and attendance are free; eggs sold by auction.

Contact: Open Fields School



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Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

Robyn Smith and Whit Taylor

Robyn Smith: The Saddest, Angriest Black Girl in Town

Whit Taylor: Ghost Stories

Robyn Smith, a graduate of the Center for Comic Studies in White River Junction, wrote The Saddest, Angriest Black Girl in Town to explore the intersections of Blackness and mental health. She and Whit Taylor—author of Ghost Stories, The Anthropologists, and many other comics—will discuss mentorship and networks among female cartoonists of color.

Contact: The Fleming Museum

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Oct
5
1:00 PM13:00

Comics Workshop with Marek Bennett

Join New Hampshire teaching artist Marek Bennett for a hands-on comics creation lab, featuring basic techniques of cartooning, comics creation, and self-publishing. Learn to create and publish original comics based on primary sources of social justice activism in Vermont and elsewhere. No experience required – everyone can draw comics!

Contact: The Fleming Museum

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Oct
5
1:30 PM13:30

Marek Bennett, Julie Doucet, and Andy Kolovos

Marek Bennett: The Civil War Diary of Freedom Colby

Julie Doucet: Carpet Sweeper Tales

Andy Kolovos

El viaje mas caro is an ethnographic cartooning project that employs collaborative storytelling and graphic narratives as tools to help address loneliness, isolation, and despair among Latin American migrant workers on Vermont dairy farms. Project members will discuss how the graphic storytelling format allowed for communicating personal stories about stigmatized or complicated subjects in images.

Contact: The Fleming Museum

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Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

S. S. Taylor

S. S. Taylor: The Expeditioners and the Lost City of Maps

Sarah Stewart Taylor will give a brief presentation at 2:00 pm followed by a book signing.

Free and open to the public. Reservations are not needed. To reserve copies of the book, please call 802-649-1114 or email info@norwichbookstore.com. If you are not able to attend, we are happy to arrange to have Sarah sign copies for you.

Contact: The Norwich Bookstore

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Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Bill Torrey

Bill Torrey: Cutting Remarks

Contact: Next Stage Arts

Tickets $12.50-$15

Join Master Storyteller, Woodsman and Author Bill Torrey as he weaves together true, hilarious, heartwarming and sometimes heart wrenching stories of his life. The NPR Moth Mainstage Performer and Four-Time Moth StorySlam Winner will take you on a jaunt through the real Vermont. Listen to a sixth generation native who grew up close to the land and worked in the woods for forty years. Stories of loyal friends and tolerated family, middle school dances and mean teachers, tall trees and devoted dogs.

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Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Vermont Reads: Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

  • The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Congressman John Lewis: The March Trilogy

Andrew Aydin: The March Trilogy

Vermont Humanities Council presents Congressman John Lewis and his co-author, Andrew Aydin, who will discuss their transformative and award-winning graphic novels, The March Trilogy. Lewis is considered one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement. March: Book One was selected by Vermont Humanities for its statewide one-book reading program, Vermont Reads.

Underwriters include Middlebury College and the University of Vermont’s Office of the President.

Registration: Admission is free but all advanced tickets have been claimed. Please check back the week prior to the event for more information; seats will be released at 6:50 that evening as capacity allows.

Contact: The Flynn Center

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Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

Glen Suokko

Glen Suokko: Marsh, Billings, Rockefeller In Woodstock

Contact: The Yankee Bookshop

In a concise reading and through his own photography and historic photographs from the Billings Family Archives, Suokko provides a unique tour of the Mansion, art collection, formal flower gardens, and forest at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the working dairy farm and agricultural history museum at Billings Farm & Museum.

This event will be held in the Norman Williams Public Library.

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Oct
8
6:15 PM18:15

Poetry Workshop with Kate Gibbel

  • The Writer's Center of White River Junction (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you having trouble making time and space to write poems? Are you new to poetry and want a structured environment where you can explore? Are you a seasoned poet looking for new approaches to writing?

In this workshop we will experiment with new forms and techniques. Over the course of five weeks, we will strengthen our work and take risks in our writing. Through a combination of in-class writing exercises, workshops, and discussion of outside poems, we will develop reading and writing practices that will make us more attentive, generative, and generous poets. Participants will be expected to read three short poems and hand in one new poem each week.

This poetry workshop welcomes poets of all experiences.

This workshop will meet Tuesdays from October 8 through November 5

Cost: $100

Registration: Registration is required by contacting Kate Gibbel.

Contact: The Writer’s Center of White River Junction

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

L.S. McKee, Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, Shira Erlichman (The Silo Series)

L.S. McKee

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

Shira Erlichman: Odes to Lithium

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Reading begins at 7:00 pm. The reading will be followed by an optional conversation with the poets for those who would like to linger a bit after the reading.

Cost: $5 suggested donations. Treats/coffee (complimentary); beer/wine/cider (by donation)

Contact: The Word Barn

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Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

Children's Book Festival

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Donald Hall's "The Ox-Cart Man," Strawbery Banke’s Fall Festival showcases traditional New England handmade crafts, heritage breed and farm animal demonstrations, and the museum's heirloom gardens and seed-saving program. The event also incorporates the 5th Annual Children's Book Festival, featuring 20+ local authors and illustrators in the TYCO Visitors Center.

Cost: $19.50; children 17 and under free; military, military families, and veterans free

Contact: Strawberry Banke Museum

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Oct
12
4:00 PM16:00

Naima Wade

Naima Wade: Elbow Dreams

The series talks are springboards to provoke meaningful conversations, and will be guided by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant as moderator. This third annual speakers’ series is free and open to the public at the historic Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT. Advance registration is required and a donation is welcome. A Q&A and discussion will follow each presentation.

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

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Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Rick Bass

Montana author and activist Rick Bass will offer a public reading and talk. Bass' work as a writer and activist is grounded in his home, the Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana. In addition to reading, Bass will share stories of his work with the Yaak Valley Forest Council, their efforts within the Kootenai National Forest and the Yaak community, and the challenge of supporting a small group of grizzlies in the Yaak.

The Galaxy Bookshop will be on hand with a selection of Rick Bass’ novels, short story collections, and his nonfiction writing about the natural world. There is no cost to attend; donations to the Yaak Valley Forest Council will be welcome.

This event will take place at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

Contact: Melanie Viets

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Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Bill Torrey

Bill Torrey: Cutting Remarks

Contact: Highland Center for the Arts

Join master storyteller, woodsman and author Bill Torrey as he weaves together true, hilarious, heartwarming and sometimes heart-wrenching stories of his life. The NPR Moth Mainstage Performer and Four-Time Moth Story Slam Winner will take you on a jaunt through the real Vermont. A sixth-generation native who grew up close to the land and worked in the woods for forty years, Torrey weaves the stories of loyal friends and tolerated family, middle school dances and mean teachers, tall trees and devoted dogs.

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Oct
14
4:00 PM16:00

David Smuts

  • Dartmouth College, Sanborn Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Dartmouth College Department of English and Creative Writing welcomes Namibian Supreme Court Justice David Smuts.

Justice Smuts was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2019. His book, Death, Detention and Disappearance : A lawyer's battle to hold power to account in 1980's Namibia, will be published by Tafelberg in South Africa next year.

Smuts was appointed to the High Court in 2010, and has been very active, writing a number of key opinions. He also, during apartheid, founded the Legal Assistance Centre, a non-profit legal aid center that remains one of its kind in Namibia.

This event will be held in the Sanborn Library on the Dartmouth College Campus.

Contact: Leslie Center for the Humanities

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Oct
15
4:30 PM16:30

Robert Kuttner

Join us at Dartmouth to hear Robert Kuttner, author of The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy, speak about American democracy, capitalism, and the stakes of the upcoming 2020 election.

The Stakes explains how the failure of the economy to serve ordinary Americans opened the door to a demagogic president, and how democracy can still be taken back from Donald Trump. The Stakes demonstrates how a progressive Democrat has a better chance than a centrist of winning the presidency, and how only this outcome can begin the renewal of the economy and our democracy.

This event will take place on the Dartmouth College campus.

Contact: The Norwich Bookstore

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Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

One Story at a Time: A Writing Workshop

Join Joni B. Cole, author and founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction, for this fun and meaningful workshop. You will be invited to write from a “prompt” as a means of mining material from your own life story. You also will have the opportunity to read aloud what you wrote and, equally powerful, listen as others share their voices, memories, and perspectives. Absolutely no writing experience is required, but aspiring authors in the workshop will pick up narrative techniques and tips on how to effectively craft memoirs or personal essays. Please bring a ready pen (or laptop) and an open mind.

Registration: Open to beginner to experienced writers. Space is limited; registration is required with the Information Desk starting October 1.

Contact: Howe Library

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Oct
16
5:00 PM17:00

Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards

  • Dartmouth College, Moore Building, Filene Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Winners of the Literary Arts Awards along with the judges, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, will have a panel discussion. Open to the public with a book signing and reception to follow.

See the 2019 Book Shortlist and 2019 Play Shortlist.

This event will be held in Filene Auditorium in the Moore Building on the Dartmouth College campus.

Contact: Neukom Institute for Computational Science

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Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

Jackson Clemmons and Lydia Clemmons

Jackson Clemmons and Lydia Clemmons: Making A Way Out of No Way: 100 Years of African-American Family Storytelling

In addition to their medical careers, Jack and Lydia Clemmons pursued lives as farmers, artists, and are the parents of five children and 13 grandchildren. The Clemmons are also gifted storytellers who blend gentle humor and humility with vivid descriptions of people, places and events. Their stories shines a personal light on African-American history and a culture of resilience and triumph. In the face of the dramatic loss of 93% of African-American owned land assets nation-wide over the course of their lifetimes, the couple have owned and maintained the Clemmons Family Farm for nearly 60 years. A vital land and cultural heritage asset, the 148-acre farm with six beautiful historic buildings is one of just 0.4 percent of farms in the U.S. that are still African-American owned. 

The series talks are springboards to provoke meaningful conversations, and will be guided by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant as moderator. This third annual speakers’ series is free and open to the public at the historic Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT. Advance registration is required and a donation is welcome. A Q&A and discussion will follow each presentation.

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

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Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Touché! A Tournament of Words and Launch Party

A night of mischief, joymaking, and word games to celebrate the launch of Mount Island, the new magazine for rural LGBTQ+ and POC writers and artists!

Doors open at 6:30 pm for mingling and a variety of word games until 7:00 pm, when the main event begins: Touché! A Tournament of Words.

Touché is a tournament-style game show pitting emerging writers and intrepid laypeople against unique takes on word games and writing exercises.

Contestants compete in five kooky and thought-provoking rounds for the love and mercy of the judges panel (Frances Cannon, Donald Mutebi, and GennaRose Nethercott) and a tyrannical audience, and for the grand prize: $100 and the title of Archbraggadocio.

Cost: Tickets are $5 online, and $5-10 suggested donation at the door. Purchase your ticket online to guarantee a seat. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!

Contact: Mount Island

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Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Workshop with Marie Harris

Marie Harris (author of Desire Lines) will join the MainStreet BookEnds monthly poetry workshop, led by former UNH English professor Deborah Brown (author of The Human Half). The workshop is designed to combine lessons and exercises on aspects of craft (image, diction, metaphor) with a small amount of critique and in-group writing. Open to the novice and to the published.

Contact: MainStreet BookEnds

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Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Peter Zheutlin

Peter Zheutlin: The Dog Went Over the Mountain]

Peter will be joining us for an evening of reading and anecdotes. There will be opportunities for questions and book signing.

This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Bennington Free Library and The Bennington Bookshop.

Contact: The Bennington Bookshop

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Oct
23
4:30 PM16:30

Speculative Fiction Roundtable with N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin is currently one of the best known and respected science fiction and fantasy writers in the world. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Hugos in a row for her Broken Earth novels. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and a number of other honors. She recently published her first collection of short stories, How Long ‘til Black Future Month.

The location for this event is still to be determined.

Contact: Leslie Center for Humanities

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Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Joseph A. Citro

Joseph A. Citro: The Vermont Ghost Guide

Contact: Phoenix Books Rutland

Join Joseph A. Citro, the Vermont author and folklorist who has been referred to as the "Bard of the Bizarre" and "the Ghost-Master General," for insight into the folklore, hauntings, ghost stories, paranormal activity and occult happenings of New England.

This event is free and open to all.

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Oct
25
3:00 PM15:00

Margaret Atwood: In Cinemas

The momentous reveal of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, will be celebrated with an exclusive cinema broadcast. With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humor, and intellect.

Please note that this is an on-screen presentation and that it is not on the original live broadcast date of 9/10.

Cost: $15

Contact: The Music Hall

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Oct
26
2:00 PM14:00

Rachel F. Seidman

Rachel F. Seidman, in conversation with Felice Belman, discusses Speaking of Feminism: Today’s Activists on the Past, Present and Future of the U.S. Women’s Movement.

In Speaking of Feminism, Rachel F. Seidman presents insights from twenty-five feminist activists from around the United States, ranging in age from twenty to fifty. Allowing their voices to take center stage through the use of in-depth oral history interviews, Seidman places their narratives in historical context and argues that they help explain how recent new forms of activism developed and flourished so quickly.

Rachel F. Seidman is director of the Southern Oral History Program in the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact: Gibson’s Bookstore

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Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Margaret Atwood: In Cinemas

The momentous reveal of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, will be celebrated with an exclusive cinema broadcast. With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humor, and intellect.

Please note that this is an on-screen presentation and that it is not on the original live broadcast date of 9/10.

Cost: $15

Contact: The Music Hall

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Nov
5
5:00 PM17:00

Walking in the Whites: A Poet/Painter Dialogue

  • Plymouth State University, Museum of the White Mountains, Open Lab 020 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Featuring visual artist Kathryn Field and poet Tim Muskat, this interactive and dynamic experience will engage visitors in a sense of place through works focused on the White Mountains. Field and Muskat are both are both avid, experienced, and respectful hikers with many years of experience capturing the White Mountains in their respective artforms.

Contact: Plymouth State University

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Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

One Story at a Time: A Writing Workshop

Join Joni B. Cole, author and founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction, for this fun and meaningful workshop. You will be invited to write from a “prompt” as a means of mining material from your own life story. You also will have the opportunity to read aloud what you wrote and, equally powerful, listen as others share their voices, memories, and perspectives. Absolutely no writing experience is required, but aspiring authors in the workshop will pick up narrative techniques and tips on how to effectively craft memoirs or personal essays. Please bring a ready pen (or laptop) and an open mind.

Registration: Open to beginner to experienced writers. Space is limited; registration is required with the Information Desk starting October 1.

Contact: Howe Library

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Nov
7
4:30 PM16:30

Rena J. Mosteirin and James E. "Jed" Dobson

  • Dartmouth College, Baker-Berry Library, East Reading Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Rena J. Mosteirin '07, lecturer in MALS, and James E. "Jed" Dobson, director of the Institute of Writing and Rhetoric and lecturer in English & Creative Writing, present their book, Moonbit (Punctum Books, 2019). Moonbit is a hybrid work comprised of experimental poetry and critical theory based on the computer code that made space travel possible: the source code of the Apollo 11 Guidance Computer, or the "AGC." Part poetry reading and performance, and part discussion about erasure poetry and critical code studies, this fall edition of the Dartmouth Library Book Talks offers an entry into considering code as both cultural and computational artifact.

This event will be held in the Baker-Berry Library, East Reading Room on the Dartmouth College campus.

Contact: Dartmouth College

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Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Ekphrastic Poetry Night (Painted Word Poetry Series)

How do you interpret and respond to the messages of RESIST! INSIST! PERSIST! and Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul?

Compose an ekphrastic poem inspired by the works in these exhibitions that explores how language and visual art can work together to amplify a message.

The ancient Greeks taught ekphrasis as a way to share the emotional experience and content of an art object through detailed descriptive writing. In later centuries, ekphrasis was used to create vivid descriptions of art that functioned as works of communicative art in themselves.

Writers of selected poems will be invited to take part in this public reading. A collection of submitted poems will be printed in a booklet available at the Museum.

Contact: The Flemming Museum of Art

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Apr
15
4:30 PM16:30

Steven Pinker (Burt Dorsett '53 Lecture Series)

  • Hopkins Center for the Arts, Moore Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Steven Pinker asks the big questions about human progress—and sets out, in public, to answer them. In 2018’s Enlightenment Now, Pinker argues that, despite the headlines, the world is getting better, not worse. (Bill Gates calls it “my new favorite book of all time.”) In optimistic keynotes, full of sharp wit, common sense, and dazzling argumentation, Pinker makes the case for reason, science, and humanism. These Enlightenment ideals, in the face of tribalism, authoritarianism, and other modern dangers to democracy, are worth celebrating—and protecting.

This event will be held at the Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Contact: Dartmouth College

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Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

Rick Winston, Elizabeth A. I. Powell (Words Out Loud)

Rick Winston

Elizabeth A. I. Powell: Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter

Following the Words Out Loud readings, which wrap up around 4:00, visitors are welcome to come down the road to a reception held within this year’s Art at the Kent exhibit, titled “reVision,” for a chance to meet the authors, enjoy light refreshments, see the art, and have books signed. Art at the Kent is an annual Fall exhibit showcasing contemporary work by Vermont artists in an historic setting.

Contact: Kent's Corner

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Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Bill Torrey

Bill Torrey: Cutting Remarks

Contact: Main Street Landing

Join Master Storyteller, Woodsman and Author Bill Torrey as he weaves together true, hilarious, heartwarming and sometimes heart wrenching stories of his life. The NPR Moth Mainstage Performer and Four-Time Moth StorySlam Winner will take you on a jaunt through the real Vermont. Listen to a sixth generation native who grew up close to the land and worked in the woods for forty years. Stories of loyal friends and tolerated family, middle school dances and mean teachers, tall trees and devoted dogs.

Doors open at 6:45 pm. Refreshments and books are available for purchase.

Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door.

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Sep
21
2:00 PM14:00

Zoe Mulford

Zoe Mulford: The President Sang Amazing Grace

We are thrilled to welcome to Northshire for this very special kid's event singer, songwriter, and author Zoe Mulford presenting her new book, The President Sang Amazing Grace—a lyrical account of the day President Obama sang with a grieving nation following the 2015 shooting in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Contact: The Northshire Bookstore

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Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Climate Activism Workshop (Voices for Change)

Join Young Writers Project Community Leaders Hazel Civalier and Sophie Dauerman for this free writing workshop and open mic! This event is on the eve of the Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike and Hazel, Sophie, and Vermont poet Lizzy Fox will help you prep your words and message. Make signs for the 20th (materials provided) and/or participate in our public speaking/spoken word workshop and open mic. Whether you are participating on the 20th or just interested in climate change activism, please join us! More info on the Vermont Climate Strike! And the Global Climate Strike.

Register: Sign up online

Contact: Young Writers Project

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Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Alexandra de Steiguer

Alexandra de Steiguer: Small Island, Big Picture: Winters of Solitude Teach an Artist to See

This event takes place in the third-floor Shaw Research Library.

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members

Reservations: Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call (603) 431-2538 ext 2 to reserve your seat.

Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum

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Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas (HD Film Presentation)

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, will be published on September 10, 2019. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.

With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humor and intellect.

There will be an encore showing on Wednesday, September 18 at 1 pm.

Cost: Tickets $17 adults, $10 ages 12 and under, AARP discount $13.60

Contact: Spruce Peak Arts

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Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Susan Ritz, Sue D. Burton (Words Out Loud)

Susan Ritz: A Dream to Die For

Sue D. Burton: Little Steel

Following the Words Out Loud readings, which wrap up around 4:00, visitors are welcome to come down the road to a reception held within this year’s Art at the Kent exhibit, titled “reVision,” for a chance to meet the authors, enjoy light refreshments, see the art, and have books signed. Art at the Kent is an annual Fall exhibit showcasing contemporary work by Vermont artists in an historic setting.

Contact: Kent's Corner

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Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

New Hampshire Poetry Festival

Join us for the 5th Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival, an exciting event celebrating the reading and writing of poetry. The festival is organized by two leading New Hampshire literary organizations, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) and New England College MFA in Creative Writing program (NEC MFA).

This year, we are pleased to welcome our headline reader Ilya Kaminsky, author of the widely acclaimed Deaf Republic, and winner of prizes including Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. Our workshop leaders are Chen Chen, Patrick Donnelly, Maudelle Driskell, and Joan Houlihan.

Cost: $50; $25 for students and panelists. The all-inclusive price includes discussions, workshops, and readings.

Registration: Register online

Contact: New Hampshire Poetry Festival

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Celebration of Toni Morrison

Join the community celebration to honor the words, life, brilliance, and influence of the great Toni Morrison. The event will feature local writers and community members reading the work of Ms. Morrison, followed by an open mic for others to share brief statements, quotes, and favorite lines by the author. We invite all to come share, listen, remember, honor and celebrate.

The event will be followed by dance party and, on Sunday, September 15, a screening of the documentary film TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM at the Latchis Theater.

This event is sponsored by Mount Island literary Magazine, Word House, and 118 Elliot.

Contact: 118 Elliot

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Airea D Matthews, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Marion Bell, and Lee Briccetti

Airea D Matthews: Simulacra

Cynthia Arrieu-King: Futureless Languages

Marion Bell: Austerity

Lee Briccetti: Blue Guide

Contact: Antidote Books

The Ruth Stone House and Antidote Books will join forces to bring you a beautiful night of poetry, drinks and conversation! Free and open to the public. Please RSVP.

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