Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022


Thursday, October 13, 2022

Celebration of Indie Bookstores-Mason Engel
Mason Engel
Mason Engel
The Bookstour

Join us for a celebration of the return to a live festival! So much to rejoice and what better way to start than by celebrating indie bookstores. Mason Engel will screen his short documentary of interviews with booksellers around the country and discuss it with a panel booksellers. And local indie booksellers will be on hand with their offerings plus festival organizers! Refreshments will be served and we hope you can join us for this important event which is all  about books!

Sunday, October 16, 2022

The Vast Library of the Female Mind: The Poetry of Ruth Stone--Film screening and discussion
Nora Jacobson
Nora Jacobson
Film: The Vast Library of the Female Mind: The Poetry of Ruth Stone

Film director, Nora Jacobson, will be present for the screening of her award winning documentary on Vermont poet, Ruth Stone.

Stone appeared at the Brattleboro Literary Festival in 2002, its inaugural year. Jacobson's film, recently acquired for distribution by Icarus Films and slated for PBS broadcast in 2023, is an intimate view into the life and work of poet Ruth Stone. In addition to priceless archival footage of Stone in the 70s, the film incorporates candid footage of Ruth when she was 94, her family, and heartfelt and enlightening interviews with poets who knew her and know her work, including Sharon Olds, Toi Derricotte, Edward Hirsch, Major Jackson, Verandah Porsche and Chard DeNiord. 

The film also features hand made animation by Stone's granddaughter Bianca Stone, also a poet.

Chard DeNiord, former Vermont Poet Laureate, says this about Stone: 

Ruth Stone (1917-2011) was a self-educated American original who possessed a formidable poetic gift. Blessed with both an eidetic memory and genius for crafting memorable poetry that chronicled her courageous life as a widow and mother of three daughters while living in poverty throughout most of her life, Stone grew steadily as a poet, ultimately winning a National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA Fellowships, and the honor of poet laureate of Vermont.