Brattleboro Literary Festival to explore questions of identity


BRATTLEBORO — Authors and readers will explore questions of personal, cultural and national identity at the 18th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival, scheduled for Oct. 17 to 20 in and around downtown Brattleboro.

More than 70 authors of fiction, nonfiction and poetry are scheduled to appear for free discussions and workshops over the weekend.

Presenting authors scheduled to appear include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Joseph Ellis ("American Dialogue: The Founding Fathers and Us"), New York Times bestselling novelist Madeline Miller ("Circe"), 2018 Women's Prize winner Kamila Shamsie ("Home Fire"), New York Times best selling memoirists Dani Shapiro ("Inheritance") and Ann Hood ("Kitchen Yarns"), Obama Inaugural poet Richard Blanco ("How to Love a Country"), 2019 Ruth Lilly Prize winning poet Marilyn Nelson, New York Times bestselling journalist Casey Cep ("Furious Hours"), National Humanities Medal Winner Harold Holzer ("Monument Man") and environmental journalist Tatiana Schlossberg ("Inconspicuous Consumption").

They'll be joined by a diverse array of award-winning authors such as Jabari Asim ("We Can't Breathe"), Emily Bernard ("Black is the Body"), Anna Maria Hong ("Age of Glass"), Amitava Kumar ("Immigrant, Montana"), Pablo Medina ("The Cuban Comedy"), E.C. Osondu ("Voice of America"), Brenda Shaughnessy ("The Octopus Museum"), Evie Shockley ("semiautomatic"), Pitchaya Sudbanthad ("Bangkok Wakes to Rain"), Sergio Troncosio ("A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son") and Xu Xi ("This Fish is Fowl").

As the United States observes the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery, authors Andrew Delbanco ("The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War") and Brenda Wineapple ("The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew") will look back at the history of slavery and race.

The festival is sponsored by Tim Mayo, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Stepanski Family Charitable Trust, the Thompson Trust, the Windham Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Humanities Council and Vermont Public Radio. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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