Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Gender roles

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Gender Roles — Tom Perrotta & Elizabeth Nunez
Tom Perrotta
Tom Perrotta
Tracy Flick Can’t Win
Elizabeth Nunez
Elizabeth Nunez
Now Lila Knows

In best-selling author Tom Perrotta’s new book, Tracy Flick Can’t Win, Tracy is a hardworking assistant principal at a public high school in suburban New Jersey. Ambitious but feeling a little stuck and under appreciated, she gets a jolt of good news when the longtime principal abruptly announces his retirement, creating a rare opportunity for Tracy to ascend to the top job. But will she get the job? 

Elizabeth Nunez’s book, What Lila Knows, is the story of Lila,  a professor who has left her home in the Caribbean to join the faculty at a small Vermont college. On her way from the airport, she witnesses the fatal shooting of a Black man,  a professor at the college, by the police,  while giving CPR to a white woman overdosed on opioids. 

Although her black colleagues expect her to be a witness in the case against the police, as an immigrant, she fears speaking out will jeopardize her position at the college.