2014 Schedule: Readings and Conversations

August 7, 7:00 p.m.

Jane Shore and writer Howard Norman

Jane Shore has published six books of poetry, most recently A Yes-or-No Answer (2008) and That Said: New and Selected Poems (2012). She teaches writing at George Washington University. Howard Norman is a writer of fiction and essays, a scholar and teacher of both writing and folklore. His more than twenty books include The Bird Artist (1994) and Northern Lights, both finalists for the National Book Award in Fiction, and in the past year the novel Next Life Might Be Kinder (2014) and the memoir I Hate to Leave this Beautiful Place (2013).


August 14, 7:00 p.m.

Jeff Sharlet and Dartmouth’s “40 Towns” student journalists 

Jeff Sharlet is a professor at Dartmouth College who teaches what he calls a “mutant genre encompassing creative nonfiction, the lyric essay, and literary journalism.” He is a widely published journalist, contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone, and author or co-author of seven books about collisions between politics, spirituality, and culture, most recently Sweet Heaven When I Die (2011) and the new Radiant Truths: Essential Dispatches, Reports, Confessions, and Other Essays on American Belief (2014). “40 Towns” is an online periodical of literary journalism written by students in Jeff Sharlet’s creative nonfiction courses at Dartmouth, and exploring the varied and distinctive towns of the Upper Valley region.

Jefff Sharlet & Dartmouth’s “40 Towns” Student Journalists from CATV 8/10 on Vimeo.


August 21, 7:00 p.m.

M. T. Anderson and Gregory Maguire

M. T. Anderson is the author of many novels for young adults and children, including The Pals in Peril series; Me, All Alone at the End of the World (2004); Thirsty (2008); the two-volume Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (the first volume of which won of the 2008 National Book Award); and Feed, a National Book Award finalist (2012). Gregory Maguire has written novels for readers of all ages, including more than twenty for children and eight for adults and young adults. His novel Wicked was of course the source for a fabulously successful Broadway musical, and his most recent books are Out of Oz, the fourth in the “Wicked Years” sequence, and the forthcoming Egg & Spoon.


August 28, 7:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Harrison and Jim Rooney 

Jeffrey Harrison is author of six volumes of poetry, including The Names of Things: New and Collected Poems (2006), and the Dorset Prize-winning Into Daylight (2014), whose poems have been featured frequently on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show, The Writer’s Almanac. Jim Rooney is a musician and Grammy-winning music producer who is also author of three books: Bossmen: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters (1971, 2012), Baby Let Me Follow You Down (with Eric Von Schmidt, 1979), and a new memoir, In it for the Long Run (2014).