Brattleboro Literary Festival returns Oct. 12-14

Thursday October 4, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The 11th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival will take place Oct. 12-14 when more than 50 authors, artists and illustrators, poets, musicians, book professionals and writers for young people converge on Brattleboro for another memorable celebration of literature and books.

The Brattleboro Literary Festival will present an array of award-winning and emerging authors and original events. Festival-goers will hear local, national and internationally celebrated authors; enjoy poetry readings and performances; listen to discussions on a variety of topics; as well as delight in events targeted to the younger crowd.

Locals and visitors will enjoy the opportunity to interact with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson whose story of the Great Migration, "The Warmth of Other Suns," won multiple awards including the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; poet Carl Dennis, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Practical Gods"; short story author Edith Pearlman whose book "Binocular Vision" won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award; multiple award-winning authors for young people including Jane Yolen, winner of the Caldecott Medal and two Nebula Awards, Newbery award-winner Karen Hesse and Caldecott honor winner and best-selling author Tony Diterlizzi; best-selling authors Stewart O’Nan and Kathryn Harrison, New England Book Award-winning authors Margot Livesey and Howard Frank Mosher; Vermont State Poet Sydney Lea; memoirists Reeve Lindbergh and Alexandra Styron, plus more than 40 more authors, poets, illustrators, publishers, historians, and humorists.

The festival will also feature a number of special events. On Friday night, the international literary sensation Literary Death Match, a competitive, humor-centric, adult reading series, will showcase a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors. Deni Béchard, Matthew Dicks, Tayari Jones and Victor Lavalle, will perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges: Major Jackson, Stewart O’Nan and Jane Yolen.

Saturday will feature a happy hour Flash Fiction event hosted by literary funny man Steve Almond featuring four masters of the form reading their work plus a raffle.

Other events include a Sunday lunchtime panel of book professionals discussing the sharing of books through blogs, podcasts and social media; the Fall 2012 New England Broadside Exhibition and more.

Festival preview events start Wednesday, Oct. 10, with the first of two Vermont Reads events at Brooks Memorial Library.

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The Brattleboro Literary Festival is presented by Building a Better Brattleboro. Major sponsors include Marlboro College, Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Humanities Council and Vermont Public Radio.


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