Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Vermont author

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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Internal Lives—Megan Mayhew Bergman & Andrea Barrett
Megan Mayhew Bergman
Megan Mayhew Bergman
How Strange a Season
Andrea Barrett
Andrea Barrett
Natural History

Natural History is masterful new collection of interconnected stories National Book Award–winning author. Andrea Barrett. In Natural History,  she completes the beautiful arc of intertwined lives of a family of scientists, teachers, and innovators that she has been weaving through multiple books since her National Book Award–winning collection, Ship Fever.

 In Megan Mayhew Bergman’s How Strange the Season, a recently separated woman fills a huge terrarium with rare flowers to establish control over a small world and attempt to heal her broken heart. A competitive swimmer negotiates over which days she will fulfill her wifely duties, and which days she will keep for herself. 

This masterful collection from a celebrated Vermont author portrays women who wrestle with problematic inheritances. 

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Mushrooms Among Us—Melany Kahn
Melany Kahn
Melany Kahn
Mason Goes Mushrooming

This first-of-its kind foraging story from Melany Kahn and Ellen Korbonski,   Mason Goes Mushrooming takes us on a woodland treasure hunt.

Join Melany Kahn for an interactive kid -friendly activities about mushrooms. Examine and identify real local mushrooms. Grab provided materials to make your own wooden, paper or model mushrooms to take home. And the author will be available to lead a mushroom walk in the woods following the event, if you are interested.

A brilliant introduction to mushrooms for children!

 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

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Partners in Life— Kathryn Davis & Eleanor Henderson
Kathryn Davis
Kathryn Davis
Aurelia, Aurelia
Eleanor Henderson
Eleanor Henderson
Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage

A pair of memoirs, Aurelia, Aurelia from Kathryn Davis and Everything I Have is Yours from Eleanor Henderson explore the joy and sorrow of their marriages and lives. At the center of Davis’s book is  the death of her husband, Eric. The book unfolds as a study of their marriage, its deep joys and stinging frustrations.  

Henderson’s book, emotional, intimate, and at times agonizing, tells the story of a marriage tested by powerful forces outside both partners’ control. It’s not only a memoir of a wife’s tireless quest to heal her husband, but also one that asks just what it means to accept someone as they are.

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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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Michael Fleming & Camille Guthrie
Michael Fleming
Michael Fleming
Bags and Tools

About the winning selection of Sundog Poetry’s yearly Vermont poetry book contest  Benjamin Aleshire wrote the following about Bag of Tools in Seven Days: “This unusually rich variety of lived experiences makes Bags and Tools a pleasure to read." 

Divided into four sections, the author confronts the dread of the pandemic, recounts personal adventures from his wild years, and muses about subjects global and local. Composed almost entirely in rhyme and meter, the book is also an impressive feat of formalism — especially since the gorgeous musicality in Fleming's poems never gets in the way of what the author is communicating.” 

Camille Guthrie's new book Diamonds abounds with witty resilience. In these irreverent poems about grief and desire—in which the poet meditates upon gender roles, history, pop culture, and academia. Guthrie subverts and teases traditional forms in an elegy about Sylvia Plath’s prom dress, a dating profile for Hieronymus Bosch, a sestina about beauty and power—with radical dramatic monologues in the voices of Madame du Barry, a Pict Woman, and more. 

Unlike Virgil, who refuses to guide this poet through her journey at midlife, Guthrie leads readers by the hand into a provoking, affecting journey of a break-up and a reconciliation with love.

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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.