2018 Readings and Conversations

Vievee Francis and Matthew OlzmannThursday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Readings and conversation with two poets who share a home: VIEVEE FRANCIS, author of three books, most recently Forest Primeval (2016), winner of the Kingsley Tufts and the Hurston/Wright Legacy awards, and professor at Dartmouth College; and MATTHEW OLZMANN, author of Mezzanines (2013) and Contradictions in the Design (2016), who also teaches at Dartmouth and in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College. (Photo of Vievee Francis courtesy of Dartmouth College/Robert Gill)


Amy Huyffer and Shannon VarleyThursday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Farm Stories

A night of readings and conversation with AMY HUYFFER of Rockbottom Farm and Strafford Organic Creamery and SHANNON VARLEY of Strafford Village Farm.  A close and personal look through stories at life on two Strafford farms—one two-generational and well-known throughout the Upper Valley and beyond, the other a revival of an old farm with its own history, new and growing and about to offer C.S.A. shares.


Bill McKibben and Sue HalpernThursday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Readings and conversation with acclaimed journalists, both scholars-in-residence at Middlebury College, who also write fiction: BILL McKIBBEN, author of eighteen books, most recently the novel Radio Free Vermont (2017); and SUE HALPERN, author of eight books, including A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher (2014) and most recently the novel Summer Hours at the Robbers Library (2018). (Photo of Sue Halpern by Nancie Battaglia)


Martin Philip and James SturmThursday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Music, Bread, and Cartoons 

Back-and-forth performance and conversation with two close friends who juggle livelihoods, family, and art in lively ways. MARTIN PHILIP is a breadwright and banjoist, head baker at King Arthur Flour, and author of Breaking Bread (2017), winner of Grand Prize at the New England Book Festival. JAMES STURM is co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies and author-artist of The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, and the forthcoming Off Season, set in the Upper Valley. Live music, projected comics and fresh bread!


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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 poets, fiction writers, and musicians, and 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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