BRATTLEBORO >> As Ernest Hemingway once said, "There is no friend as loyal as a book." Oct. 13 to 16 the 15th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival takes place to revisit old friends and make new ones, with readings from best-selling and award-winning authors and poets including Bonnie Jo Campbell, Clarence Major, Dana Spiotta, David Means, Annette Gordon-Reed, Bill Littlefield, Dani Shapiro, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Arun Gandhi, Harry Bliss and more than 70 additional acclaimed authors including Vermont Voices, a day long showcase of the very best writers in Vermont today.
Meet the twelfth-century Icelandic woman responsible for the most famous chess pieces in the world. Find someone local in the history of Brattleboro's own Latchis family and theatre. Grab a bite of real food with a travel and food columnist. Grow intimate with a writer's creative process. Hang out in the locker room with your favorite athletes. Listen to the incredible stories of seven survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Discover the story of two famous 19th century women, mother and daughter, who dreamed of a time when men and women would be considered equal.
Fiction can invent the friends we wish we'd made. Meet exiles, emigrants, and wanderers who uproot their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in far away places. Comfort a young couple as one of them suffers through a cancer diagnosis and the ravages of treatment. Learn the lives of two white brothers from Alabama and two black brothers from Maryland from their youth at the eve of World War II to the twenty-first century. Discover the world of professional ballet through the eyes a young woman. Trace the branches of one family tree as it stretches through generations, while its roots remain in one house for an entire century. Live the WTO protests with a riot cop in Seattle, a punk activist, a disillusioned world traveler and a high-level diplomat.
Festival events are free and open to the public.
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