Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Internal Lives—Megan Mayhew Bergman & Andrea Barrett


Megan Mayhew Bergman
How Strange a Season

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of three books, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Almost Famous Women, and her new collection, How Strange a Season. 

She is currently writing a book on the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Megan is a journalist, essayist, and critic who has written columns on climate change and the natural world for The Guardian and The Paris Review. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Ploughshares, Oxford American, Orion, and elsewhere. 

Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2011 and 2015, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She currently teaches literature and environmental writing at Middlebury College, where she also serves as Director of the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. 

Andrea Barrett
Natural History

Andrea Barrett is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including the National Book Award-winning Ship Fever and Pulitzer Prize finalist Servants of the Map. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship, as well as a finalist for the Story Prize and a recipient of the Rea Award for the Short Story. Having lived in Rochester, New York, and western Massachusetts, Barrett now resides in the Adirondacks.


Natural History is masterful new collection of interconnected stories National Book Award–winning author. Andrea Barrett. In Natural History,  she completes the beautiful arc of intertwined lives of a family of scientists, teachers, and innovators that she has been weaving through multiple books since her National Book Award–winning collection, Ship Fever.

 In Megan Mayhew Bergman’s How Strange the Season, a recently separated woman fills a huge terrarium with rare flowers to establish control over a small world and attempt to heal her broken heart. A competitive swimmer negotiates over which days she will fulfill her wifely duties, and which days she will keep for herself. 

This masterful collection from a celebrated Vermont author portrays women who wrestle with problematic inheritances. 


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