Shomari Wills: Black Fortunes
Brooklyn journalist and author Shomari Wills will read from selected parts of his book, Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires, in the historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm. Q&A, discussion, refreshments and socializing to follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase!
Contact: Clemmons Family Farm
Please join Ann Dávila Cardinal in celebrating the release of her new novel, Five Midnights (Tor Teen, 2019). There will be Latin music, salsa dancing, and Puerto Rican appetizers from Café Anna at Vermont College of Fine Arts. There will be a short reading from the novel, and Bear Pond Books will be on hand with copies for sale.
Cash bar offering special El Cuco Mojitos.
This is a free, family-friendly event!
Elayne Clift: Around the World in Fifty Years
Contact: Next Stage Arts
Next Stage Arts presents award-winning author Elayne Clift’s book launch event as part of its ongoing literary series, Next Stage Speaks hosted by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord. Clift’s 13th book, Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales of a Not So Innocent Abroad, is a collection of selected stories about her global travels, told in prose and poetry.
There is a suggested donation at the door of $10.
Join Northshire Bookstore for Booktopia 2019, where authors and readers meet. Booktopia features author events, presentations, book signings, meet and greets, and a celebratory dinner. Booktopia is all about the attendees meeting authors and discussing their work. Each year seven or more authors are invited to participate. Authors and guests find Booktopia special because attendees are avid readers who have often read the titles being discussed—so the conversation is rich and insightful.
2019 Booktopia authors and presenters:
Amy Einhorn: Flatiron Books Publisher
Sarah Blake: The Guest Book
Christopher Castellani - Leading Men
Stephen Mack Jones - Lives Laid Away
Andrea Lawlor - Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
Bianca Marais - Hum If You Don’t Know Words
Abi Maxwell - The Den
Jay Parini - The Damascus Road
Dave Patterson - Soon the Light Will Be Perfect
Maura Roosevelt - Baby of the Family
Cost: $175. One ticket entitles you to all Booktopia 2019 sessions and activities taking place May 3 to May 4. You will also receive a $50 gift certificate to our store when you check in. Buy your tickets online.
Peter Money: Oh When The Saints
Salt Hill Pub (Lebanon)—with the Salt Hill Irish Language Group and the Norwich Bookstore—will host a book send-off event for longtime West Windsor writer Peter Money, in their Galway Room.
The event includes Irish music, introductions, a brief selection of readings, books for sale, and—of course—all else for which Salt Hill is known.
Contact: The Norwich Bookstore
Join Vermont poets Megan Buchanan, Didi Jackson, Major Jackson, Kerrin McCadden, Elizabeth Powell, Diana Whitney and friends as they read their new poems. Each poet will also share thoughts about the writing process, sources of inspiration, and the poems/poets who have influenced their work. This reading concludes with a brief Q&A, so bring your own questions about inspiration.
Contact: Kellogg-Hubbard Library
As part of PoemCity 2019, poets will read original work that touches on issues relating to border culture, migration, and social justice; a representative from Migrant Justice, a non-profit organizing for economic justice and human rights in Burlington, Vermont, will give a talk and introduction.
The reading, titled “In Defense of Butterflies: Poets for Migrant Justice,” features the following poets:
Nico Amador: Flower Wars
Cynthia Dewi Oka: Salvage
Natalie Scenters-Zapico: Lima: Limon
Cost: Suggested donation at the door, with all proceeds benefiting Migrant Justice.
Contact: Bear Pond Books
The New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Student Leadership Committee is pleased to present Pamela Sneed as part of their series, “Something About Being Loud and Gay.”
Sneed will give a spoken word performance, talk about her process and herself then open the floor for a Q&A.
This event is free, open to the public. Please note this event may not be appropriate for children.
Contact: New Hampshire Institute of Art
Sonya Larson’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories 2017, American Short Fiction, American Literary Review, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Chronicle, and many other publications. She currently works as Director of the Muse and the Marketplace literary conference, hosted by GrubStreet in Boston, as well as a manager of the Boston Writers of Color Group. She received her MFA in fiction in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Sonya lives in Somerville, MA, and is currently writing a novel.
Contact: New Hampshire Institute of Art
Explore the art of storytelling and learn how to shape your writing to tell a compelling story. The agenda includes talks by three writing professionals, a tour the town library for a librarian's perspective on books and writing, and a generative writing exercise with local writer Amy Braun. The program concludes with a Q&A on storytelling and books.
Cost: $54 for members; $74 for non-members
Registration: Register by April 9 online or by sending a check, payable to “League of Vermont Writers,” to LVW, P.O. Box 5046, Burlington, VT 05402 and write "Spring Program 2019" on the memo line. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by the deadline.
Contact: League of Vermont Writers