2019 Readings and Conversations

Sy Montgomery and Denny EmersonThursday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Sy Montgomery and Denny Emerson
Living among Animals

Sy Montgomery is the author of twenty-eight books for adults and children, including The Soul of an Octopus, finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently How to Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals. Denny Emerson is an equestrian eventer and trainer, author of How Good Riders Get Good and the new Know Better to Do Better: Mistakes I Made with Horses (So You Don’t Have To).
(Photo of Sy Montgomery courtesy of Nic Bishop.)



Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Jane Lindholm, Kit Norton, and Maggie Cassidy

Young Journalists and The New Era of Journalism

Jane Lindholm is the host for the Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition, producer and host of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids, and former director/producer of Marketplace. Kit Norton is a reporter for VTDigger, and he previously worked at public radio’s Living on Earth. Maggie Cassidy is the new editor of The Valley News daily newspaper; she had previously been a reporter and web editor for the paper.
(Photo of Jane Lindholm courtesy of Daria Bishop. Photo of Maggie Cassidy courtesy of Geoff Hansen.)

Major Jackson and Didi Jackson
Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Major Jackson and Didi Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Roll Deep, and editor of the Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. Didi Jackson is the author of the forthcoming Moon Jar, and recent poems have appeared in The New Yorker and Ploughshares. Both poets teach literature and creative writing at the University of Vermont.
(Photo of Major Jackson courtesy of Erin Patrice O’Brien. Photo of Didi Jackson courtesy of Gabe Emilio Cortese.)


Ed Koren and Alison Bechdel
Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Ed Koren and Alison Bechdel, with Pamela Polston
Cartoons and Graphic Storytelling

Ed Koren is a writer and cartoonist long associated with The New Yorker, also the former Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont, whose work is celebrated in a new retrospective book, Koren: In the Wild. Alison Bechdel, first known for the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, earned wider acclaim for her graphic memoir Fun Home, which was adapted as a Tony-winning musical, and a second graphic memoir, Are You My Mother? She is Vermont’s current Cartoonist Laureate.
(Photo of Ed Koren courtesy of Andrew Nemethy. Photo of Alison Bechdel courtesy of Elena Seibert.)


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The historic eighteenth-century Strafford Town House will again host a provocative reading and discussion series in Strafford, Vermont, on four August evenings. This summer’s Town House Forum series will feature authors, journalists, poets, and cartoonists. Each presentation will be followed by conversations with the audience.

Readings will begin at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited to pack a picnic and come early to have supper on the Strafford Common with the authors, whose books will be offered for sale by the Norwich Book Store.

While there is no charge for admission, donations will be welcomed at the door, to benefit the new books fund of the Morrill Memorial and Harris Library.

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