Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Global Stories — Brad Kessler & Nathaniel Ian Miller


Brad Kessler
North

Brad Kessler is a critically acclaimed novelist whose work has been translated into several languages. He has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Fiction for his novel, Birds in Fall, a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Whiting Writers Award. 

He is an educator and farmer and author of the literary non-fiction Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese. His other books include the novel, Lick Creek, and The Woodcutter’s Christmas, and his newest novel, North, published in 2021. 

His work has appeared in many  publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Bomb, Kenyon Review, and The New Yorker

He lives on the smallest licensed goat dairy in the state of Vermont where he makes cheese alongside the photographer and activist, Dona Ann McAdams.

Nathaniel Ian Miller
Memoirs of Stockholm Sven

Nathaniel Ian Miller raises beef cattle in Vermont, and has written for the Santa Fe Reporter, Durango Herald, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Missoula Independent, and Virginia Quarterly Review

He received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. Memoirs of Stockholm Sven is his first novel and was a number 1 Indie Next Pick.


Brad Kessler’s North is the story of the intertwined lives of a Vermont monk, a Somali refugee, and an Afghan war veteran.  The book is grounded in the author’s own corner of Vermont, where there is a Carthusian monastery, a vibrant community of Somali asylum seekers, and a hole left after a disproportionate number of Vermont soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. 

In Nathaniel Ian Miller’s book, Memoirs of Stockholm Sven,  it’s 1916 when Sven Ormson leaves a restless life in Stockholm to seek adventure in an Arctic archipelago where darkness reigns four months of the year. But his time as a miner ends when an avalanche nearly kills him, leaving him disfigured, and Sven flees even further, to an uninhabited fjord. There, with the company of a loyal dog, he builds a hut and lives alone, testing himself against the elements.


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