Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Vermont setting

Saturday, October 15, 2022

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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. 

 

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Clementine— Tillie Walden
Tillie Walden
Tillie Walden
Clementine

Award-winning cartoonist Tillie Walden new book is Clementine, from the Walking Dead. She is back on the road, looking to forge a new path all her own. But when she comes across an Amish teenager named Amos, the unlikely pair journeys North to an abandoned Vermont ski resort in Vermont, where they meet up with a small group of teenagers attempting to build a new, walker-free settlement.

 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

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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.