Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Travelogues — Jordan Salama & Ben Shattuck


Jordan Salama
Every Day the River Changes

Jordan Salama’s work has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, National Geographic, and Scientific American. His book, Every Day the River Changes, was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. 

A 2019 graduate of Princeton University, he lives in New York.

Ben Shattuck
Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau.

Ben Shattuck, a former Teaching-Writing Fellow and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is a recipient of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize and a 2019 Pushcart Prize. He is the director of the Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency and curator of the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. 

His writing can be found in the Harvard Review, The Common, the Paris Review Daily, Lit Hub, and Kinfolk Magazine. He lives with his wife and daughter on the coast of Massachusetts, where he owns and runs a general store built in 1793.

His most recent book is Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau.


Jordan Salama’s Every Day the River Changes is an exhilarating story for a new generation about a journey along Colombia’s Magdalena River, exploring life by the banks of a majestic river, now at risk, and how a country recovers from conflict. 

Ben Shattuck’s book, Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau is an account of six journeys taken by Shattuck, each one inspired by a walk once taken by Henry David Thoreau. Six Walks is a resounding tribute to the ways walking in nature can inspire us all. *

*We dedicate Ben Shattuck’s appearance to the memory of J. Parker Huber, longtime festival lover and lifelong follower of the Thoreau’s work.  Memoriam by Tom Slayton here.


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