The 18th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival takes place October 17 to 20. The theme of the 2019 festival is Identity: personal identity, cultural identity and our identity as a country. Free and open to the public.
Schedule of events:
Christopher Klein (Centre Church)
11:15 am-12:15 pm
Brenda Wineapple (Centre Church)
11:30 am-12:45 om
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Write Action Spotlight Reading with Ea Burke, Charles Butterfield, Elayne Clift, Terry Hauptman, Lynn Martin, Christian McEwen, Charles Monette, and Toni Ortner (Latchis 4)
Harold Holzer (Centre Church)
Andrew Delbanco (Centre Church)
Dani Shapiro (New England Youth Theatre)
Los Lorcas: Poetry in Concert with Partridge Boswell, Peter Money, and Nat Williams (First Baptist Church)
Archer Mayor 30th Book Celebration (Brooks Memorial Library)
Write Action Open Reading (First Baptist Church-Epsilon Spires)
Touché: A Tournament of Words with Desmond Peeples and Shanta Lee Gander (118 Elliot)
Contact: Brattleboro Literary Festival
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
Helmuth Caspar Von Moltke (editor): Last Letters
Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Please call (802) 649-1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to save a seat.
Contact: The Norwich Bookstore
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
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
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
Marek Bennett: The Civil War Diary of Freedom Colby
Julie Doucet: Carpet Sweeper Tales
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
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
The League of Vermont Writers presents “The Art of Writing: The Power of Visual Media in Storytelling,” a program for writers and artists.
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 email@example.com 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
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
Jon Gilbert Fox, photographer, and bibliophile since birth, will present a talk on book collecting ‘Beware The Man With One Book’ or "Living in a house with 40,000 books..."
He will speak from a very personal perspective, while giving lessons on what to look for, how to identify first editions and rarities, what to avoid, and will share adventures in the jungle and jumble of books, as well as unique encounters with their authors.
The Norwich Bookstore will be on hand with information about joining its new First Editions program!
This event will be held at the Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire
Contact: The Norwich Bookstore
Tom Ryan: Following Atticus
Doors open at 5:00 pm for a reception. Event begins at 6:00 pm.
Cost: $25 General admission, $125 VIP tickets. A portion of all book sales at this event will be donated to the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society. The Yankee Bookshop will be selling books.
Contact: Pentangle Arts
Jeremy Holt: Before Houdini
Jeremy will be in conversation with Margot Harrison.
An assortment of sparkling wines will be available courtesy of Zafa Wines — pours $10.
Cost: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank. Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.
Contact: Phoenix Books Burlington
Katherine Paterson: My Brigadista Year
Join us as we speak with beloved author, Katherine Paterson, about her life, her work, and her recent recognition in the 2019 E.B. White Award for literature. Author visits are followed by light refreshments and the Barre Partnership's Concerts in Currier Park series. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Contact: Aldrich Public Library
In celebration of the “A Garden Dream” exhibit poet Ala Khaki will discuss the role of “Garden” in Persian art and life, both as a multi-dimensional metaphor and a physical place of serenity, and read thematic poems from classic and modern Persian poets in Farsi and English.
Contact: The Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin
Cheryl Strayed: Wild
New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Strayed will speak in celebration of Brattleboro Area Hospice’s 40th anniversary. A Wild Life: Growing Through Life’s Challenges is an evening of inspiration, wisdom and storytelling. There will be a book signing after the talk.
Cost: $25-100. This is a fundraiser for Brattleboro Area Hospice.
Contact: Catamount Arts