Special visitors coming to Putney Library

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PUTNEY — The Puntey Public Library is offering two upcoming events featuring visits by well-known authors.

Join Michelle Blake, Putney Library's Writer in Residence, for an Evening of Women Nature Writers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.

Participants will read and celebrate the women who have created their own particular worlds in the fields of nature writing — Rachel Carson, Annie Dillard, Susan Fenimore Cooper, Rebecca Solnit, Diane Ackerman, Leslie Silko, Gretel Ehrlich, Sue Hubbell, Terry Tempest Williams, Camille Dungy, and more.

Blake will do a short intro to Hubbell, one of her favorite nature writers, and then participants will have a chance to read passages from and talk about work by one of these writers. Choose your favorite or meet someone new.

Check the library for a display shelf of books the Putney Library holds, and you can also ask the library staff to order books from other libraries if you don't see what you're looking for.

Castle Freeman, Vermont author, will read his work at Putney Public Library on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

Freeman will read from his most recently published novel, "The Devil in the Valley" (2016), and from a series of short essays he wrote for the Old Farmers' Almanac. There will also be a question and answer period and a chance to have Castle sign books that people bring. No books will be for sale at this event.

Freeman. was born in Texas, raised and educated in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. He came to southeastern Vermont with his wife, Alice, on a whim and is still here 45 years later. He is the author of eight novels, about 80 short stories, two story collections, one full-length work of Vermont history, and more than 100 essays, historical articles, op-ed matter, journalism, nature writing, and other nonfiction, most of it related in one way or another to the life of our state and its people.

Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St. These events are free and open to the public.

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