Book Lounge meets Thursday nights

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BRATTLEBORO >> Writers and readers rejoice. There is a place to move away from your thoughts and be social. 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 will also be 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."

The Book Lounge is curated by the editors at Green Writers Press, a local, independent publisher located in Brattleboro, 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.

The Book Lounge is located at 4 High Street in Brattleboro and meets every Thursday, 7-10 p.m. The schedule for the next few weeks is as follows:

• June 30: Book agent/author/publisher Dede Cummings, whose poetry collection "To Look Out From" is coming out from Homebound Publications in April 2017, and editors at Green Writers Press, followed by writing prompt/writing/sharing ideas for readers and writers.

• July 7: Local writer/editor Abigail Gehring, who is also a publisher at Skyhorse Publishing and (former) local author Jodi Paloni, author of the newly released short story collection, "They Could Live with Themselves" and editors at Green Writers Press, followed by writing prompt/writing/sharing ideas for readers and writers

• July 14: Local prize-winning poet Diana Whitney, author of the poetry collection Wanting It and editors at Green Writers Press, followed by writing prompt/writing/sharing ideas for readers and writers.

• July 21: Local author Desha Peacock, author of the DIY bestseller. Sweet Spot Style Guide: The Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford, and editors at Green Writers Press, followed by writing prompt/writing/sharing ideas for readers and writers.

• July 28: Local author Castle Freeman, Jr. and Dede Cummings, founder of Green Writers Press, followed by writing prompt/writing/sharing ideas for readers and writers. Castle Freeman, Jr., was born in Texas, raised in Chicago, and educated in New York. He came to Vermont with his wife, Alice, in 1972, and has lived in Newfane for 40 years. He is the author of many stories, essays, and novels, mainly concerned in one way or another with the life of this place and its people — most recently, "The Devil in the Valley," a novel, published last fall by Overlook Press, New York.


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