2017 Readings and Conversations

Thursday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Pat Alger and Jim Rooney
Poetry and Song

Pat Alger and Jim Rooney

The boundaries between literature and music often intersect, and sometimes even blur. Musicians Pat Alger and Jim Rooney walk this fine line between poetry and song.
Pat Alger is an award-winning musician, prolific songwriter and Robert Frost scholar whose songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Nanci Griffith, Kathy Mattea, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, and many others. Jim Rooney is a musician, songwriter, chronicler, and Grammy-winning producer of Iris Dement, John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Bonnie Raitt and many more; he is the author of In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey (2014).
Join us for an evening of lyrical discussion.


Thursday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Michael Caduto and Ted Levin

The World Around Us

John Muir believed that “in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Michael Caduto and Ted Levin’s work reminds us of the value in this exploration and examination.
Essayist and educator Michael Caduto is the director of the Justin Morrill Homestead and the author of twenty books, most recently Through a Naturalist’s Eyes: Exploring the Nature of New England (2016).
John Burroughs Award-winning writer-photographer Ted Levin is the author of America’s Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake (2016) and Liquid Land: A Journey through the Florida Everglades (2003).
Join us as for an evening of discussion and discovery.


Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Robin MacArthur and Melanie Finn

Robin MacArthur and Melanie Finn write stirring, honest, and powerful narratives. Their acclaimed work extends beyond literature, offering multiple outlets for their craft of storytelling.
Robin MacArthur, is a writer, musician and the author of the story collection Half Wild (2016). She is also a member of the folk duo Red Heart the Ticker and the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction.
Melanie Finn is the author of the novels Away from You (2004) and The Gloaming (2016), which has been included in the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” and “Notable Books” lists, and The Guardian’s “Not the Booker Prize” Shortlist. She is also the screenwriter of the documentary film The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008).
Join us for a conversation with two master storytellers.


Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Pamela Harrison and Ina Anderson

Vermont-based poets Pamela Harrison and Ina Anderson write with beauty and grace.
Pamela Harrison, winner of the PEN Northern New England Discovery Poet Award, is the author of five poetry collections, including What to Make of It (2012) and most recently Glory Bush and Green Banana (2017). Ina Anderson is the author of the collection Journey into Space (2017). She has led numerous poetry groups throughout the Upper Valley and is an instructor with the Seven Stars Art Center in Sharon, Vermont.
Join us for an absorbing conversation with these talented writers.


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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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