To our loyal friends and to those who are curious about the 2020 Town House Forum, we can only say at this point that we continue to hope that we will be able to offer our program in some form in August. As soon as we are able to make a firm decision based on the best medical/pandemic advice available from the state of Vermont and the town of Strafford, we will update our web site. In the meantime, here are the program and dates we planned before the shut-down.
Town House Forum, August 2020
For this year’s edition of the annual Town House Forum series of readings and conversations, we’re excited to be featuring a number of writers whose books are earning acclaim and awards. Peter Orner’s collection of stories Maggie Brown & Others was on multiple “Best of the Year” lists for 2019; Emily Bernard’s memoir Black Is the Body has recently won the Los Angeles Times’s Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose; a Netflix adaptation of Jeffrey Sharlet’s The Family has been a knockout hit; and Archer Mayor is celebrating his 30th Joe Gunther novel, with Bomber’s Moon.
Here’s a preview of the guest writers we’re planning on hosting in August. All proceeds from donations beyond expenses go to supporting the New Books Fund of the Morrill Memorial and Harris Library. These readings begin at 7 pm and audience members are invited to bring a picnic at 6 pm, with drinks and desserts provided by the Friends of the Library.
August 6: Crime Fiction writers Archer Mayor and Jennifer McMahon
August 13: Novelist-essayist Alexander Chee and essayist Emily Bernard
August 20: Journalist Jeffrey Sharlet and graphic novelist Glynnis Fawkes
August 27: Fiction writers Peter Orner and Kate McQuade
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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.