Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Non-fiction

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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Women Trailblazers-Janice Nimura & Allison Gilbert
Janice Nimura
Janice Nimura
The Doctors Blackwell
Allison Gilbert
Allison Gilbert
Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman

Janice Nimura’s Pulitzer 2022 finalist book The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine is a biography of Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell.  In 1849, Elizabeth became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician. Exploring the sisters’ allies, enemies, and enduring partnership, Janice P. Nimura presents a story of trial and triumph. 

Allison Gilbert’s biography, Listen, World, is the first biography of Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of. She was a well-known columnist from 1921-1956 and she became the highest-paid woman in the Hearst organization. 

Elsie was also part of the Crowell family in Brattleboro. She married Christie Crowell and they had a son, George. They all lived together, for a time, at Lindenhurst.

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Roe vs Wade —Joshua Prager
Joshua Prager
Joshua Prager
The Family Roe

Joshua Prager’s Pulitzer Prize finalist book, The Family Roe, looks at “Jane Roe,” the pseudonym for Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture in American life. Propelled by the crosscurrents of sex and religion, gender and class, it is a life that tells the story of abortion in America. 

 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

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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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Urban Division and Decay — Nicholas Dawidoff
Nicholas Dawidoff
Nicholas Dawidoff
The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City

Nicholas Dawidoff’s book, The Other Side of Prospect, interweaves social history, true crime, and biography in this sprawling report on the 2006 murder of a grandfather in New Haven, CT. is a sweeping account of how the injustices of racism and inequality reverberate through the generations, and a beautifully written portrait of American city life, told through a group of unforgettable people and their intertwined experiences.