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Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

Shomari Wills

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

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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Jane Lindholm, Kit Norton, Maggie Cassidy (Strafford Town House Forum)

Jane Lindholm is the host for the Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition, producer and host of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids, and former director/producer of Marketplace. Kit Norton is a reporter for VTDigger, and he previously worked at public radio’s Living on Earth. Maggie Cassidy is the new editor of The Valley News daily newspaper; she had previously been a reporter and web editor for the paper.

Contact: Strafford Town House Forum

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Aug
18
5:30 PM17:30

Patrick Donnelly, Stephen Miller, and Michael Straus: Translators on Translating (Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series)

Patrick Donnelly: Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin

Stephen Miller

Michael Straus

Readings will be followed by a moderated discussion with Steven Kleinberg. Doors open at 5:00 pm; the readings begin at 5:30 pm in the main gallery Refreshments will follow.

Contact: Big Town Gallery

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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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Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Kara Keeling

  • Black Visual Arts Center, Loew Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In her new book, Queer Times, Black Futures, Kara Keeling considers the promises and pitfalls of imagination, technology, futurity, and liberation as they have persisted in and through racial capitalism and explores how the speculative fictions of cinema, music, and literature that center Black existence provide scenarios wherein we might imagine alternative worlds, queer and otherwise. In doing so, Keeling offers a sustained meditation on contemporary investments in futurity, speculation, and technology, paying particular attention to their significance to queer and black freedom.

This event will be held at the Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center.

Contact: Dartmouth College

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Feb
7
4:30 PM16:30

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Andre Dubus

Called by The New Yorker “Our Chekov,” Andre Dubus' Collected Stories have recently been re-issued in three volumes. Join the Dartmouth Department of English & Creative Writing for an afternoon of readings, as well as discussion about Dubus’ work with series editor, Joshua Bodwell, and the distinguished publisher and Dartmouth alum David R. Godine.

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

Contact: Dartmouth Department of English & Creative Writing

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Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Allan Dooley

Lyme resident Allan Dooley, will present a talk called, “Thoughts on the Evolution of Story,” based on his book Authors and Printer in Victorian England. The discussion will touch on related themes including the relationship of form and content, the primacy of story, how a story evolves within the boundaries of its means of communication, changes in communication technologies and how they shape our relationships with stories.

Contact: Matt Brown Fine Art

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Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

"California Typewriter" Film Screening

The A+D Film Series presents a free screening and discussion of the film “California Typewriter,” directed by Doug Nichol. “California Typewriter” is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?

6:00 pm food and cash bar; 6:30 pm screening, followed by a discussion.

Free admission.

This event will be held at Contois Auditiorium, Burlington City Hall.

Contact: Burlington City Arts

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Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Dean Whitlock

Dean Whitlock, author of Finn’s Clock, will give a presentation and lead a discussion titled, “Finn’s clock, The Year 1853, and a short history of Boston Harbor.” The presentation includes period maps, lithographs, and paintings, along with sobering facts about the Irish diaspora set off by the Potato Famine of 1847.

Contact: Matt Brown Fine Art

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Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk About Writing

Join faculty from Goddard College's MFA in Creative Writing Program for a forum on writing with a reading from the 2nd edition of Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk About Writing.

Authors and contributors Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Jan Clausen, John McManus, Darrah Cloud, Rogelio Martinez, Sherri Smith, and Richard Panek will discuss the writing process as outlined in "Alchemy," and will read from selections of newly published fiction. Elena Georgiou, Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College, will moderate the discussion and a Q&A.

Contact: Bear Pond Books

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Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Kilton Book Buffet: Coming to America or the UK

What experiences bring newcomers to English-speaking countries? And is life after arrival even more difficult? What experiences are the same no matter which culture or country of origin?

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme.  A selection is on display, or you may bring another favorite to discuss.

Contact: Kilton Library

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Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Bullets Into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

Major Jackson: Roll Deep
Matthew Olzmann: Contradictions in the Design
Kerrin McCadden: Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes

Brian Clements: Bullets Into Bells
Abbey Clements: 2nd grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun violence prevention activist
Clai Lasher-Sommers: executive director of GunSense Vermont

Contact: Bear Pond Books

Tickets are $5.

Poets will read their poems and responses that are in the anthology, and will talk about the events and reasons they wrote that particular poem. Abbey and Clai will read their own responses and talk about their own stories of survival. The editor will talk about why he put the book together, and the impact it has made on the communities affected by gun violence.

Co-sponsored by GunSense Vermont and the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.

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Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Laura Foley and Clara Gimenez

This spring, Clara Gimenez (law professor, photographer) and Laura Foley (poet) hiked from France across Spain on a route called El Camino de Santiago, following yellow arrows over mountain paths, through Meseta plains and medieval cities. Overcoming physical, mental, and spiritual challenges, they succeeded in their goal of reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. And at the end, all they wanted was—to do it once again.
 
They will share their enthusiasm and insights, as well as practical advice in case you, too, are called to Santiago. They will also offer a sample of Spanish tapas and wine.

Contact: Left Bank Books

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Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Madeleine Kunin

Madeleine Kunin: Coming of Age

Contact: The Vermont Book Shop

Ruth Hardy, executive director of Emerge Vermont, will introduce Kunin as part of the event. The event is co-sponsored by the Vermont Book Shop and the Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House, Middlebury College.

This event will take place in Axinn 229 in the Axinn Center at Starr Library, Middlebury College. Reception to follow in the Abernethy Room.

Free and open to the public. Booksigning to follow.

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Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

March For Our Lives-founders

  • First Unitarian Universalist Society (map)
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Join Phoenix Books for an evening featuring three of the founders of March For Our Lives, and their new book Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement.

Doors open at 5 pm.

ADMISSION PACKAGES: There are two available options. THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT.  NO ADMITTANCE WITHOUT A TICKET.  

Package A - Ticket and book--package includes admission for one, one copy of Glimmer of Hope and admission to a greeting line following the event ($20)

Package B - Student Ticket--includes admission for one child under 18 or college student with an active college I.D. (FREE)

There will be no book signing at the event. Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue. Admission packages may only be picked up at the venue starting at 5PM the evening of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

EVENT FORMAT: This event will be a moderated Q&A with three March for Our Lives founders followed by a meet and greet with attendees who have purchased copies of Glimmer of Hope. (Attendees may purchase Glimmer of Hope with their event ticket OR purchase copies at the event.) The MFOL founders will stay until the last person is through the line, as long as their travel schedules permit.


DISCLAIMER: Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable. Anyone unable to attend the event will be able to pick up books at our Burlington store up to one month after the event.

Contact: Phoenix Books-Burlington

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Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

Poetry Society of New Hampshire, New Book Night

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire returns for a night to feature the new publications of their members!

Four poets featured tonight have recently enjoyed publication of their first chapbooks by Finishing Line Press in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The authors will read their work, interact with audience, use ekphrastic writing prompts, and discuss their experiences in the publication process. Bring your enthusiasm, pens and voices.

Priscilla Turner Spada: Light in Unopened Windows

Elizabeth S. Wolf: What I Learned: Poems

Paulette Demers Turco: In Silence

Sandra Thaxter: The Colors of Water, The Shapes of Stone

Contact: Gibson's Bookstore

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Oct
6
8:30 AM08:30

Other Paths to Publication: Independent Presses & Self Publishing

The League of Vermont Writers hosts its Fall Program, Other Paths to Publication: Independent Presses & Self Publishing. The speakers and their presentations for the day are: Sonja Hakala presenting, “What Would William Shakespeare do in Today’s Publishing Landscape,” Ed Vincent presenting, “Details, Details, Details: The Crash-Course in Going the Independent Publishing Route," and Bill Schubart presenting, “The Publishing Journey Requires Perseverance, Courage, and Humility: Tips and Life Lessons from a Pro.”

During the day there will be two genre "break0out" sessions where writers will collaborate on a group activity, network, swap business cards, and dialog about current writing projects and publications.

The event will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne, Vermont.

Cost: $42 for members; $63 for non-members.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is September 21. Register online or by sending a check (made out to "League of Vermont Writers") to League of Vermont Writers, P.O. Box 5046, Burlington, Vermont, 05401.

Contact: League of Vermont Writers

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Oct
4
4:00 PM16:00

Volker Kutscher

  • Dartmouth College, 105 Dartmouth Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for an author reading with Volker Kutscher, author of the wildly popular historical German crime novel series that served as the basis for the popular Netflix TV show “Babylon Berlin.” A discussion with the author follows the reading.

This event will be held in 105 Dartmouth Hall on the Dartmouth College campus.

Contact: Leslie Center for the Humanities

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