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Identity: In Fiction and in Life —John Irving & Jason Reynolds

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118 Elliot-Live Stream with John Irving and Jason Reynolds 118 Elliot Brattleboro, Vt 05301

John Irving
The Last Chairlift--Zoom event

John Irving, one of the world’s greatest novelists, returns with his first novel in seven years—a ghost story, a love story, and a lifetime of sexual politics.

In Aspen, Colorado, in 1941, Rachel Brewster is a slalom skier at the National Downhill and Slalom Championships. Little Ray, as she is called, finishes nowhere near the podium, but she manages to get pregnant. Back home, in New England, Little Ray becomes a ski instructor.

Her son, Adam, grows up in a family that defies conventions and evades questions concerning the eventful past. Years later, looking for answers, Adam will go to Aspen. In the Hotel Jerome, where he was conceived, Adam will meet some ghosts; in The Last Chairlift, they aren’t the first or the last ghosts he sees.

John Irving has written some of the most acclaimed books of our time—among them, The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules. A visionary voice on the subject of sexual tolerance, Irving is a bard of alternative families. In The Last Chairlift, readers will once more be in his thrall.

Jason Reynolds
Ain't Burned All the Bright--Zoom event

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin, had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW.

And so for anyone who didn’t really know what it means to not be able to breathe, REALLY breathe, for generations, now you know. And those who already do, you’ll be nodding yep yep, that is exactly how it is.


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Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp will moderate a conversation about identity— in fiction and in life, with New York Times bestselling authors John Irving and Jason Reynolds. 

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This event is part of the AuthorFest series and you can sign up on Zoom to join in. It will also be screened at 118 Elliot following the bookstore celebration so we invite you to stay on and we can watch it together. 

John Irving appeared at the festival in 2005 in a truly memorable event. He is the award-winning author of twenty books, five of which were made into films, including the Academy Award-winning Cider House Rules, which was partly shot at Scott Farm in Dummerston.  

Jason Reynolds is the award winning author of 19 books, many for middle grade readers, including All American Boys.


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Tim Mayo
Tim Mayo
The Brattleboro Retreat, Teacher & Mental Health Worker
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