Professor discusses power of memoirs at Brooks Library

Thursday December 27, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays Lecture series continues on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m., with Dartmouth professor Irene Kacandes, who will examine the broad appeal of memoirs in her talk, "The Memoir Boom: Who, What, Why" at Brooks Memorial Library.

An experimental memoirist, Kacandes will discuss current approaches to life writing and consider why people continue to love reading about others’ lives.

Kacandes is professor of German studies and comparative literature at Dartmouth College, and is currently chairwoman of the German Studies Department. She is author of "Daddy’s War: Greek American Stories" and "Talk Fiction: Literature and the Talk Explosion." She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Brattleboro talks include "Concrete, Culture, and Community: The Impact of the Interstate Highway on Vermont" with UVM professor Frank Bryan on Feb. 6; "Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power" with New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger on Monday, Feb. 18 (at First Baptist Church, a rescheduled talk); and "Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln" with Harvard professor John Stauffer on March 6.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. The 2012-13 First Wednesdays series in Brattleboro is sponsored by Crosby-Gannett Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, New Chapter, Inc., Vermont Country Store and Windham World Affairs Council of Vermont.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or, or visit

The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters -- of every background and in every community. The council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs and continues to learn throughout life.


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