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Sep
14
4:00 PM16:00

Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard: Black Is The Body

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
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
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
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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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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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
4
4:00 PM16:00

Rajnii Eddins

Rajnii Eddins: Their Names Are Mine

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

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.

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Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

Shomari Wills (To Sing of Common Things Speaker Series)

  • Clemmons Family Farm, This Historic Barn House (map)
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Join us for the first of our five-part "To Sing of Common Things: Making A Way Out of No Way" speakers series, moderated by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant. Our series kicks off with our special guest speaker Brooklyn journalist and author Shomari Wills, who will read from selected parts of his book, Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires. Q&A, discussion, refreshments and socializing to follow the presentation.

Cost: By donation. Seating is limited to 40 and pre-registration is required.

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

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Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Writers' Night Out

Join your fellow writers for some informal networking and sharing of advice and ideas. We introduce ourselves and talk briefly about what we’ve been working on (and if there’s anything the group can help with), and then just chat for the rest of the time. This is a friendly community made up of authors of all levels of experience, writing in various genres.

Be sure to grab a drink or snack from the great Book and Bar menu as well, and don’t forget to tip your server. This event is brought to you by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project.

Contact: Portsmouth Book and Bar

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Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Beowulf with Benjamin Bagby

Next Stage Arts Project and Yellow Barn Music are proud to co-present Beowulf with Benjamin Bagby. In his extraordinary hour-long performance of the first part of the epic poem known as Beowulf, Benjamin Bagby assumes the role of 11th-century “scop”, transporting both himself and the audience to the very roots of storytelling, when aural tradition was paramount to sustaining culture, history, and society. The scop would re-tell the story of Beowulf, in song and speech, accompanying himself on a six-stringed harp (crafted specifically for Bagby based on the remains of an instrument from the 7th Century).

Following the performance there will be a discussion with Benjamin Bagby moderated by Yellow Barn Artistic Director Seth Knopp.

Cost: $10-$20. Buy tickets online, or by emailing info@yellowbarn.org, or by calling (802) 387-6637.

Contact: Next Stage Arts

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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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Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Kara Keeling

  • Black Visual Arts Center, Loew Auditorium (map)
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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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