Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

First Novel

Friday, October 14, 2022

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Ghosts and Mayhem—Gennarose Nethercott

Suspend reality as you join master storyteller and local writer GennaRose Nethercott’s  with her debut novel, Thistlefoot.  In the tradition of modern fairy tales like Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver it is a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore about the ancestral hauntings that stalk us, and the uncanny power of story. And there will be crankies! 

Saturday, October 15, 2022

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Write Action Spotlight Reading

Terry Hauptman will be reading from her seventh full length new poetry collection, FALLEN ANGELS. She reads her poetry rhapsodically and exhibits her luminous Songline Scroll paintings nationally . 

 

Julia Ferrari, a  poet, printmaker and painter, brings all those fields into her profession in the book arts. Ferrari will read from her new book, Like Rivers with a prose poem expressing the endless movement of our lives, as well as a poem about the impact of personal loss.

 

Toni Ortner has had 29 books published by small presses/ In 2022 Blue Lyrics by  Adelaide Books, Daybook IV by Deerbrook Editions, Daybook V Change of Season by Ardent Writer Press, and Shadows and Silhouettes by Kelsay Books.

 

Naima K. Wade, poet and author, educator, certified health/ wellness instructor, holistic and meditation coach and lead consultant for Wade Consulting Teacher Services International. Wade will read from WAR IS OVER WE ARE UNBOUND : POETRY ARMOR FOR THE TIMES WE LIVE IN AMERICA NOW!, a volume of poetry and creative prose in Naima’s all inclusive voice….This is a journey into her transformational awakened/ dream states and her extraordinary healing from past racial traumas that freed her poetic voice.

 

Susan Mills ran an immigration law firm in the Providence and the Boston areas as a Spanish-speaking attorney. She prepared asylum cases for thousands of immigrants from Central America, with a focus on unaccompanied teenagers. Central Americans have been an intimate part of her life for some forty years. Members of her family also came from a war-torn village in El Salvador.  

On the Wings of a Hummingbird was published in May of this year. At 15 years old, Petra must grow into the lessons of the Mayan hummingbird as she carves her future out of a childhood scarred by gang violence. "There is poetry and hardship to spare in Mills's mesmerizing novel … a profound meditation on the human capacity for repair, for regeneration," writes Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz. 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

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Out West Somewhere — Bill Roorbach & Wyn Cooper
Bill Roorbach
Bill Roorbach
Lucky Turtle
Wyn Cooper
Wyn Cooper
Way Out West

Bill Roorbach’s book Lucky Turtle and Wyn Cooper’s book Way out West  both take us out in the West. 

In Lucky Turtle, sixteen-year-old Cindra Zoeller is sent to a reform camp in Montana after being involved in an armed robbery, she is thrust into a world of mountains and cowboys and prayers and miscreants and people from all walks of life like she’s never seen in suburban Massachusetts.  

Way Out West, set in the stark and beautiful landscapes of Nevada and Arizona,  is a wild ride through the complicated worlds of moviemaking, love, drugs, and spying.  

 

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Looking Back — Kirthana Ramisetti & Joyce Maynard
Kirthana Ramisetti
Kirthana Ramisetti
Dava Shastri’s Last Day
Joyce Maynard
Joyce Maynard
Count the Ways

In Kirthana Ramisetti’s novel Dava Shastri’s Last Day, a dying billionaire matriarch leaks news of her death early so she can examine her legacy—a decision that horrifies her children and inadvertently exposes secrets she has spent a lifetime keeping. 

Joyce Maynard’s Count the Ways is an epic family saga that follows the lives of Eleanor and Cam all the way from their first meeting, through to their blossoming romance onto their child-rearing years and eventually the demise of their relationship, in the wake of a tragedy that shook the family to its very core.

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Global Stories — Brad Kessler & Nathaniel Ian Miller
Nathaniel Ian Miller
Nathaniel Ian Miller
Memoirs of Stockholm Sven

Brad Kessler’s North is the story of the intertwined lives of a Vermont monk, a Somali refugee, and an Afghan war veteran.  The book is grounded in the author’s own corner of Vermont, where there is a Carthusian monastery, a vibrant community of Somali asylum seekers, and a hole left after a disproportionate number of Vermont soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. 

In Nathaniel Ian Miller’s book, Memoirs of Stockholm Sven,  it’s 1916 when Sven Ormson leaves a restless life in Stockholm to seek adventure in an Arctic archipelago where darkness reigns four months of the year. But his time as a miner ends when an avalanche nearly kills him, leaving him disfigured, and Sven flees even further, to an uninhabited fjord. There, with the company of a loyal dog, he builds a hut and lives alone, testing himself against the elements.