Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

First Book

Saturday, October 15, 2022

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Adventures in History —Nicole Eustace & Julian Sancton
Julian Sancton
Julian Sancton
Madhouse at the End of the Earth
Nicole Eustace
Nicole Eustace
Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America

Nicole Eustace’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America, begins on the eve of a major conference between the Iroquois and Anglo-American colonists when a pair of colonial fur traders brutally assaulted a Seneca hunter near Conestoga, Pennsylvania in the winter of 1722. Though virtually forgotten today, the crime ignited a contest between Native American forms of justice. 

Julian Sancton’s NYT best-seller Madhouse at the End of the Earth:The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night is  a true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter. 

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What We Wear — Sofi Thanhauser
Sofi Thanhauser
Sofi Thanhauser
Worn: A People's History of Clothing

In her book, Worn, Sofi Thanhauser tells five stories—Linen, Cotton, Silk, Synthetics, Wool—about the clothes we wear and where they come from. She makes clear how the clothing industry has become one of the planet’s worst polluters and how it relies on chronically underpaid and exploited laborers. 

But she also shows us how micro-communities, textile companies, and clothing makers in every corner of the world are rediscovering ethical methods for making what we wear. 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

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Pig Years— Ellyn Gaydos
Ellyn Gaydos
Ellyn Gaydos
Pig Years

As a farmer in Upstate New York and Vermont, Ellyn Gaydos lives on the edge between loss and gain. Her debut memoir, Pig Years, draws us into this precarious world, conjuring with stark simplicity the lifeblood of the farm: its livestock and stark full moons, the sharp cold days lives near to the land. A long time farmer, Ellyn’s love of farms is reflected throughout the book. 

 

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Travelogues — Jordan Salama & Ben Shattuck
Jordan Salama
Jordan Salama
Every Day the River Changes
Ben Shattuck
Ben Shattuck
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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The Effects of Addiction — Tomás Morín & Cindy House
Tomás Q. Morín
Tomás Q. Morín
Let Me Count the Ways
Cindy House
Cindy House
Mother Noise

Growing up in a small town in South Texas, poverty, machismo, and drug addiction were everywhere for Tomás Q. Morín. He was around four or five years old when he first remembers his father cooking heroin, and he recalls many times he and his mother accompanied his father while he was on the hunt for more. Let Me Count the Ways is the memoir of a journey into obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mechanism to survive a childhood filled with pain, violence, and unpredictability. 

Cindy House’s Mother Noise opens with Cindy, twenty years into recovery after a heroin addiction, grappling with how to tell her nine-year-old son about her past. She wants him to learn this history from her, not anyone else; but she worries about the effect this truth may have on him. This memoir is about addiction, motherhood, and Cindy’s ongoing effort to reconcile the two.