On Thursday nights, the Lounge at Duo Restaurant on Main Street in Brattleboro transforms into "The Book Lounge," where poets, writers, and readers mingle and lean into this beautiful profession. The Book Lounge is a place to discuss what people are reading in small groups in a casual setting. No pressure to finish a book on time for a real book group and there will always be spoiler alerts!

It is curated by the editors of The Hopperliterary magazine and Green Writers Press to foster a social community around the creative arts in southern Vermont in a free and social space, where outside writers as well will be invited to participate.

Tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. meet book agent/author/publisher Dede Cummings, whose poetry collection "To Look Out From" is coming out in April 2017, and Tim Weed, author of "Will Poole's Island" and the forthcoming story collection "A Field Guide to Murder and Flyfishing," followed by writing prompt/writing/sharing ideas for readers and writers.