BRATTLEBORO -- More than 50 acclaimed writers from all over America will converge on southern Vermont for the 12th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival Oct. 3-6.

"The Festival is a celebration of the book, an acknowledgement of the important role that literature plays in all our lives, and it’s a lot of fun for everyone," says Sandy Rouse, who has directs the free public event and is one of the co-founders.

The annual festival draws thousands of book lovers from the region and beyond to a series of locations around Brattleboro for author readings, panel discussions, book signings, a poetry slam and literary death match, local author showcases, youth activities and opportunities for readers to get up close and personal with some of their favorite writers.

Among the well-known authors who will visit the Brattleboro Festival this year are prize-winning poet Patricia Smith, acclaimed novelists Howard Norman, Chris Bohjalian, Steve Yarbrough, Jami Attenberg and Pam Houston, and biographers Tom Folsom, Larry Tye, Walter Stahr and Megan Marshall.

Evening programs are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 4, and a writing workshop co-sponsored with Marlboro College will be held Friday afternoon (limited registration).

Events will take place all day on Saturday and Sunday. All festival activities are free; books by the visiting authors will be available for sale and signing at each event. The complete schedule may be found at