Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Centre Congregational Church

193 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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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Safe Places—Julia Glass & Alice Elliott Dark
Julia Glass
Julia Glass
Vigil Harbor
Alice Elliott Dark
Alice Elliott Dark
Fellowship Point

National Book Award-winning author Julia Glass’s new book, Vigil Harbor, is the story of two unexpected visitors who arrive in an insular coastal village, then threaten the equilibrium of a community already confronting climate instability, political violence, and domestic upheavals.  Vigil Harbor transcends the mood of collective but cloistered worry and becomes a novel about what remains. 

In Alice Elliott Dark’s Fellowship Point, two octogenarian women whose long friendship is entangled with their families’ landholdings in coastal Maine, seek to save the acreage from development, and as they do, they must also confront their past choices and find some peace in the present. The New York Times calls it  “a novel rich with social and psychological insights, both earnest and sly, big ideas grounded in individual emotions, a portrait of a tightly knit community made up of artfully drawn, individual souls.”

 

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Short Intimacies—David Means & Cara Blue Adams
David Means
David Means
Two Nurses Smoking
Cara Blue Adams
Cara Blue Adams
You Never Get It Back

Cara Blue Adams is the author of You Never Get It Back, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Prize in the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series. The linked stories in this observant collection offer elegantly constructed glimpses of the life of Kate, moving between her childhood in the countryside of Vermont to her adult years in the Northeast, Southwest and South. 

In David Means’s virtuosic new collection, Two Nurses Smoking, time unfolds in unexpected ways: a single, quiet moment swells with the echoes of a widower’s complicated marriage; a dachshund, given a new name and a new life by a new owner, catches the scent of the troubled man who previously abandoned her; young lovers become old; estranged couples return to their vows; and those who have died live on in perpetuity in the memories of those whom they touched.

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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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A Little Advice --Carolyn Ferrell & Gina Sorrell
Carolyn Ferrell
Carolyn Ferrell
Dear Miss Metropolitan
Gina Sorell
Gina Sorell
The Wise Women

Carolyn Ferrell and Gina Sorell’s very different books both feature advice columnists.  In Ferrell’s book Miss Metropolitan, three young women are abducted and held captive of three young in Queens, N.Y., across the street from an advice columnist.  When they subsequently escaped, she wonders how she did not realize the girls were there.  

Sorell’s book, The Wise Women tells of New York City’s gentrifying outer boroughs and an advice columnist who tries to help her two grown daughters who have their own problems and challenges.