Meet a bestselling author at Brattleboro Literary Festival's online cocktail hour

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Literary Festival is holding another virtual Literary Cocktail Hour at 5 tonight, featuring area writer Tim Weed interviewing bestselling author Danielle Trussoni on her new novel, "The Ancestor."

The event is free to attend online.

"The Ancestor," a literary gothic novel that explores the darker realms of ancestry and inheritance, has been widely praised. It was described by Kirkus Reviews as "an opulently romantic horror tale" and "gothic extravaganza." Publishers Weekly called it "a deliciously creepy tale of a windfall turned nightmare," and "an intense, darkly gothic narrative with elements of mystery, the paranormal, and legendary tales."

To register for this free event, go to bit.ly/LitCocktail2. Registered participants will be able to interact with the author in a question and answer session. Or you can watch the event livestreamed on the Brattleboro Literary Festival’s Facebook page, @brattleborolitfest, without registering.

In "The Ancestor," we meet Alberta Monte, who receives a mysterious letter regarding an inheritance that includes a castle in the snow-covered Italian Alps. After traveling to the castle, she discovers a gothic castle filled with eccentric caretakers, a mad woman in the attic, vicious guard dogs and monsters of legend that snatch small children — all with a side of DNA testing to reveal her family secrets.

There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. While cocktails are entirely optional, in "The Ancestor," Alberta Monte’s favorite drink was a perfect gin and tonic with extra lime, while the castle staff favored serving champagne and vintage wines.

Trussoni writes the Horror column for the New York Times Book Review and she has recently served as a jurist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. She has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she won the Michener-Copernicus Society of America award.

Weed is the author of short fiction collection, "A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing" and a young adult novel, "Will Poole’s Island." He serves on the core faculty of the Newport MFA in Creative Writing and as an instructor at GrubStreet, the country’s largest independent creative writing center. He is a member of the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau. He lives with his family in Putney.

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