2016 Speakers

Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Jay Parini and Wendy Moffat

Poet, biographer, novelist, and scholar Jay Parini, author most recently of Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal (2015) and New and Collected Poems (2016), and biographer and scholar Wendy Moffat, author of A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster (2010) and the forthcoming Wounded Minds: Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, Thomas Salmon, and the Trauma of the First World War.


Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Baron Wormser and Dawn Potter Baron Wormser, essayist, novelist, and former Poet Laureate of Maine, author of Unidentified Sighing Objects (2015) and The Road Washes Out in Spring (2012), and poet and essayist Dawn Potter, author of Same Old Story (2014) and the forthcoming The Vagabond’s Bookshelf.



Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Megan Mayhew Bergman and Chard deNiord

Fiction writer Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Almost Famous Women (2015) and Birds of a Lesser Paradise (2012), and Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont, author of Interstate (2015) and The Double Truth (2011).



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The historic eighteenth-century Strafford Town House will again host a provocative reading and discussion series in Strafford, Vermont, on three August evenings. This summer’s Town House Forum series will feature poets, fiction writers, and cartoonists, 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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