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Arts Calendar: Literary Arts in Statewide

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
Jun
8
2019
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Jul
21
2019

Hallowed Ground Art Exhibit

Hallowed Ground Art Exhibit

Hallowed Ground pays tribute to the devotion of the faithful and its continuity from the Neolithic Erin to contemporary Ireland with a series of paintings, pastels, photographs, sculpture, and accompanying Irish poetry.
Artist Gaal Shepherd has spent 34 years exploring the nooks and crannies of the island searching for sacred prehistoric sites, which has taken her to some of the most remote and desolate places in Ireland.
The opening reception for this exhibit is June 14 at 5:00 pm.

6/8/19 9:00am - 7/21/19 8:00pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Jul
20
2019
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Jul
21
2019

“Black Fortunes” with Shomari Wills at The Clemmons Family Farm

“Black Fortunes” with Shomari Wills at The Clemmons Family Farm

Acclaimed Brooklyn journalist and author Shomari Wills, a Lynton Book Writing Fellow of Columbia University, is bringing the stories of African-American slaves-turned-millionaires to the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT. Wills will read selections from his book Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires. The author will engage in a discussion session with the audience, followed by a book signing on Saturday, July 20 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the historic Barn House located at 2213-2158 Greenbush Rd. Charlotte, VT. The Black Fortunes event kicks off the Clemmons Family Farm’s 2019 Humanities Speakers’ Series, “To Sing of Common Things: Making a Way Out of No Way.” The series, extending to October, will feature five other notable African-American authors and storytellers, and is offered to encourage meaningful community conversations about African-American history and how it relates to present times. The events will be moderated by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant. She is the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Vermont.

To ensure the high quality of the interactions with the speaker, seating at the Clemmons Family Farm is limited to a maximum of 40 people and pre-registration is required through Eventbrite.

A second book signing event with Wills will be held on Sunday, July 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m in Downtown Burlington at Pizzeria Verità restaurant located at 156 St Paul St, Burlington, VT. Pre-registration to this event is not required. Admission to both events is free and donations to the Clemmons Family Farm are encouraged. The Flying Pig bookstore will be on hand for participants to purchase autographed copies of the books at both events.

Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte

Jul
21
2019

Back Roads Readings

Back Roads Readings

Poets Deborah Warren and Rachel Hadas read from their work. Reception and book signing follows the reading held on the beautiful grounds of the Old Stone House Museum. This is the second in an annual series of three readings on Sundays in July and August. To find out more about each poet and our series visit our website at www.backroadsreadings.com.

7/21/19 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Brownington Congregational Church, Orleans

Jul
21
2019

Live Well, Die Well Book Talk

Live Well, Die Well Book Talk

Join Kimberly C. Paul for a conversation about her book, Bridging the Gap. Paul will share personal stories and the life lessons she has learned while working with hospice patients over the last 18 years. Through storytelling, Paul seeks to move beyond the current standards of what death has come to mean in our culture. It is Paul's hope that Bridging The Gap will empower people to design their death to reflect people's values and personalities. Death is not a final destination but a transcendental beginning.

7/21/19 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Phoenix Books Misty Valley, 58 Common Street, Chester

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Jul
23
2019

Walker's Key Onion River Press Book Launch

Walker's Key Onion River Press Book Launch

Join Onion River Press and Phoenix Books Burlington for a celebration of and reading from Walker's Key, by local author Frank B. Haddleton. Based on actual, long-hidden events the author unearthed while researching family history and set on the shores of both Florida and Massachusetts, Walker's Key is a historical novel about love, sibling rivalry, murder, and forgiveness.

7/23/19 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Phoenix Books Burlington, Burlington

Jul
23
2019

Walker's Key Onion River Press Book Launch

Walker's Key Onion River Press Book Launch

Join Onion River Press and Phoenix Books Burlington for a celebration of and reading from Walker's Key, by local author Frank B. Haddleton. Based on actual, long-hidden events the author unearthed while researching family history and set on the shores of both Florida and Massachusetts, Walker's Key is a historical novel about love, sibling rivalry, murder, and forgiveness.

7/23/19 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Phoenix Books Burlington, Burlington

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Jul
25
2019

Vermont Authors Lecture Series: Jeff Amestoy

Vermont Authors Lecture Series: Jeff Amestoy

Enjoy summer evenings with Vermont authors in an intimate setting. Make a night of it; stop by the café for dinner or drinks, or come from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm for a garden party on the patio or in the gallery, featuring local food and drink pairings.
After sailing to California as a common seaman and writing his account of the voyage, Two Years Before the Mast, Richard Henry Dana could not forget the brutal floggings he had witnessed aboard ship or the vow he had made to combat injustice. Jeffrey Amestoy, former Vermont Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, tells the story of Dana’s unflagging determination to keep that vow in the face of 19th-century America’s most exclusive establishment: the Boston society into which he had been born and bred. Identified as “the first full-length biography of Dana in more than half a century,” Wes Davis, editor of An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, notes that the account “reintroduces readers to one of America’s most zealous defenders of freedom and human dignity,” a “richly detailed biography of Richard Henry Dana and a snapshot of American life at the end of the age of sail.” Carol Bundy of the Wall Street Journal notes, Amestoy “Excellently reveals how Dana wrested from the text of the U.S. Constitution the acknowledgment that the African-American slave, a kind of property as far as the traditional reading went, also had rights.”
Registration is $12 per lecture or $70 for the entire seven lecture series.

7/25/19 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Friday, July 26, 2019
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Jul
28
2019

Life on the Other Border

Life on the Other Border

Teresa M. Mares, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont, will speak about food insecurity experienced by migrant farmworkers in the northeastern borderlands of the United States. Mares’ research is based on Latinx farmworkers who labor in Vermont’s dairy industry. She will illuminate the complex and resilient ways workers sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state’s agricultural economy. Copies of her book, Life on the Other Border, will be available for sale and signing.

7/28/19 3:00pm

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburg

Jul
28
2019

Naturalist Lynn Levine: Identifying Ferns the Easy Way

Naturalist Lynn Levine: Identifying Ferns the Easy Way

Join naturalist Lynn Levine to learn how to identify the beautiful ferns in our forests and backyards in her new book, Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast. Exquisitely drawn by New York Times bestselling illustrator Briony Morrow-Cribbs, this user-friendly guide includes detailed descriptions of twenty-eight common types of ferns in the northeast. Learn which habitats different species grow in, expert tips for identification, look-alike species, and notes of interest.

7/28/19 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Phoenix Books Misty Valley, 58 Common Street, Chester

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Aug
1
2019

Vermont Authors Lecture Series: Meg Ostrum

Vermont Authors Lecture Series: Meg Ostrum

Enjoy summer evenings with Vermont authors in an intimate setting. Make a night of it; stop by the café for dinner or drinks, or come from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm for a garden party on the patio or in the gallery, featuring local food and drink pairings.
In her book The Surgeon and the Shepherd, Meg Ostrum weaves an unusual blend of spy tale, social history, and biography, museum professional. She chronicles Dr. Charles Schepens’ remarkable career masquerading as double agent Jacques Perot, leader of a top secret Belgian resistance escape route in the Pyrenees during WWII and credited with saving many lives. A week before he died in 2006, Dr. Schepens received the Legion d’Honneur award from the French government. A Vermont-based arts consultant who worked in the heritage preservation field for more than 25 years, Ostrum has edited several documentary studies and collections of oral histories. In writing her book, Ostrum conducted oral history interviews with Schepens and dozens of people throughout France and Belgium who had been participants or witnesses, bringing new attention to the quiet heroism of Dr. Schepens and his co-conspirators.
Registration for this lecture is $12.

8/1/19 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Aug
8
2019

Vermont Authors Lecture Series: Rick Winston

Vermont Authors Lecture Series: Rick Winston

Enjoy summer evenings with Vermont authors in an intimate setting. Make a night of it; stop by the café for dinner or drinks, or come from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm for a garden party on the patio or in the gallery, featuring local food and drink pairings.

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Rick Winston, former owner of the Savoy Theater in Montpelier and now a film professor, explores through nine gripping dramas how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Far from the klieg lights of Washington D.C., Hollywood, and New York City, the Green Mountain state challenged the national narrative with its own fascinating stories.
After Rick’s talk, he will be joined by East Hardwick resident Charles Morrisey, former director of the Vermont Historical Society and one of the advisors on “Red Scare in the Green Mountains.” Charles will conduct an interview with Rick, to be followed by questions from the audience.

Registration is $12.

8/8/19 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Aug
8
2019

Book launch celebration for Cowboy Code

Book launch celebration for Cowboy Code

Join Louella Bryant to celebrate the launch of her new novel, Cowboy Code. Louella Bryant is originally from Northern Virginia and moved to Vermont in 1975. Her historical novel, Cowboy Code, is a WWII coming-of-age story set in rural Virginia. Her other books include While In Darkness There Is Light, nonfiction set during the Vietnam era; Full Bloom, a story collection; and two novels for young readers, The Black Bonnet and Father By Blood, both Civil War era stories.

8/8/19 7:00pm

Phoenix Books Burlington (191 Bank St), Burlington

Saturday, September 7, 2019
Sep
7
2019

Author Talk & Book Signing: We Are Everywhere

Author Talk & Book Signing: We Are Everywhere

Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown discuss their book We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation. Riemer and Brown are the creators of queerhistory.com and Instagram’s @lgbt_history.

Brown is an attorney and Riemer is a former attorney, writer, and lecturer. The two live in Washington, DC, where they enjoy “fighting fascists, spending time with their dog, and disrupting fundamentalists’ worldviews.”

This talk is presented in conjunction with Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts, a retrospective of work by the acclaimed photographer and activist. Riemer and Brown said of McAdams, “Cutting her teeth in Harvey Milk’s Castro as women and queer people demanded more, perfecting her eye in the East Village as a generation fought an epidemic, lending a hand to the fight against injustice and erasure wherever she lands, Dona is an activist, in the truest sense of the word.”

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

ADMISSION: Free

9/7/19 5:00pm

10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Sep
8
2019

When the Church and Republicans Were Radical: Reconstruction, 1862–1895

When the Church and Republicans Were Radical: Reconstruction, 1862–1895

Dr. Elise Guyette will present an illustrated talk delving into the widely misunderstood history of Reconstruction using South Carolina as an example. Dr. Guyette focuses on Radical Republicans and missionaries who flocked to South Carolina even before the war ended to assist freedmen and women in creating better lives. The talk features Vermonters, including a man who once worked at Rokeby, and explains many actions and policies still affecting the nation today. Elise Guyette is the author of Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790–1890 (2011), and is the co-founder of the Burlington Edible History Tour.

9/8/19 3:00pm

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburg

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Sep
17
2019

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas (HD Film Presentation)

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas (HD Film Presentation)

On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait will be over…The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.

9/17/19 7:00pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive, Stowe

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Sep
18
2019

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas (HD Film Presentation)

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas (HD Film Presentation)

On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait will be over…The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.

9/18/19 1:00pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive, Stowe

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Sep
22
2019

Dr. Emily Bernard — BLACK IS THE BODY: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine

Dr. Emily Bernard — BLACK IS THE BODY: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine

“I am black—and brown, too,” writes Emily Bernard. “Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell.” In a collection of twelve deeply personal and interconnected essays Emily Bernard explores the nuances and paradoxes of her identity — as a woman who grew up black in the south and who married a white man from the north, as a black professor teaching mostly white students in Vermont about race, as a mother who adopted two babies from Ethiopia. This fearless and penetrating memoir has been lauded as “contemplative and compassionate” (Publishers Weekly) and “deeply felt, unflinchingly honest, and openly questioning” (Kirkus). Emily Bernard author of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, and is professor of Critical Race and Ethnic studies at the University of Vermont.

9/22/19 3:00pm

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburg

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Sep
1
2020
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Oct
30
2020

David Macaulay Traveling Exhibit

David Macaulay Traveling Exhibit

See the works of David Macaulay up close, on display in our Kolvoord Community Room.

9/1/20 9:00am - 10/30/20 5:00pm

Brownell Library - 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Sep
1
2020
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Oct
30
2020

David Macaulay Traveling Exhibit

David Macaulay Traveling Exhibit

See the works of David Macaulay up close, on display in our Kolvoord Community Room.

9/1/20 9:00am - 10/30/20 5:00pm

Brownell Library - 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Sep
1
2020
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Oct
30
2020

David Macaulay Traveling Exhibit

David Macaulay Traveling Exhibit

See the works of David Macaulay up close, on display in our Kolvoord Community Room.

9/1/20 9:00am - 10/30/20 5:00pm

Brownell Library - 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction

Friday, September 4, 2020
Sep
1
2020
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Oct
30
2020

David Macaulay Traveling Exhibit

David Macaulay Traveling Exhibit

See the works of David Macaulay up close, on display in our Kolvoord Community Room.

9/1/20 9:00am - 10/30/20 5:00pm

Brownell Library - 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction