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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Jan
24
2019

Katherine Arden (The Winternight trilogy) and S.A. Chakraborty (The Daevabad trilogy) discuss their bestselling fantasy series

Katherine Arden (The Winternight trilogy) and S.A. Chakraborty (The Daevabad trilogy) discuss their bestselling fantasy series
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Join acclaimed fantasy authors Katherine Arden and S. A. Chakraborty for a discussion of their bestselling series, Arden's Winternight trilogy and Chakraborty's Daevabad trilogy. Reviewers called Katherine Arden’s novels The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower “lyrical,” “emotionally stirring,” and “utterly bewitching;” the Winternight Trilogy concludes with The Winter of the Witch. In Kingdom of Copper, the second book of the Daevabad trilogy, S. A. Chakraborty continues the sweeping adventure begun in The City of Brass, conjuring a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic.

Time: 1/24/19 6:30pm
Location: Phoenix Books Burlington (191 Bank St), Burlington
Friday, January 25, 2019
Jan
25
2019

Tori Telfer discusses Lady Killers

Tori Telfer discusses Lady Killers
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Join us on Friday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m. for Tori Telfer reading and discussing her book Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History. Inspired by the author’s Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.

“A wonderfully executed—no pun intended—historical account of female killers. Lady Killers is a thrilling character study of the most diabolically complex, fascinating female psychopaths in history.”—M. William Phelps, author of the New York Times bestselling Dangerous Ground: My Friendship with a Serial Killer

Tori Telfer is a full-time freelance writer whose work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Jezebel, The Hairpin, GOOD Magazine, Bustle, Barnesandnoble.com, Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart nominee and recipient of the Edwin L. Shuman Fiction Award. She has written, directed, and produced independent plays in both Chicago and Los Angeles. She majored in creative writing at Northwestern University and studied fiction at Indiana University.

Time: 1/25/19 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Jan
26
2019

Stephanie Land in conversation with Jennifer Oldham

Stephanie Land in conversation with Jennifer Oldham
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Northshire Bookstore and Vermont Works for Women are thrilled to bring Stephanie Land, the author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive to Manchester where she will be interviewed live by Jennifer Oldham, the executive director of Vermont Works for Women. This event is free and open to the public!

Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter's head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society.

"We need more books like Maid, with the view from behind the fridge and under the couch. Stephanie Land has something to teach us about both sides of the inequality divide. Neither is what you are expecting."—from the forward by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

Journalist Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Time: 1/26/19 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Jan
29
2019

Book launch celebration for Black is the Body

Book launch celebration for Black is the Body
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Join Emily Bernard to celebrate the launch of her new book, Black is the Body, an extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race—in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way—in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays. Emily Bernard was born and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and received her PhD in American studies from Yale University. She has been the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the NEH, and a W. E. B. Du Bois Resident Fellowship at Harvard University. Her essays have been published in journals and anthologies, among them The American Scholar, Best American Essays, and Best African American Essays. She is the Julian Lindsay Green & Good Professor of English at the University of Vermont.

Time: 1/29/19 6:30pm
Location: Phoenix Books Burlington (191 Bank St), Burlington
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Feb
6
2019

The Making of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

The Making of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
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Middlebury professor Tim Spears looks at the 1941 publication of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Depicting the lives of southern sharecroppers, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans resisted journalistic conventions to produce a book that raises important questions about the nature of documentary work—and art. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Brooks Memorial Library.

Time: 2/6/19 7:00pm
Location: Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro
Feb
6
2019

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
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UVM Professor Emily Bernard discusses We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s most recent reflections on race, the Obama presidency, and the election of Donald Trump. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Brownell Library.

Time: 2/6/19 7:00pm
Location: Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Feb
6
2019

The Artist as Activist

The Artist as Activist
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When is art activism and when is it escapism? Artists can take the risks that politicians won’t, and art can often reach people in ways that politics can't. Author Chris Bohjalian discusses how he has used fiction to address issues as diverse as genocide, domestic violence, and teen homelessness. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Goodrich Memorial Library.

Time: 2/6/19 7:00pm
Location: Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport
Feb
6
2019

Van Gogh’s Influence on Art, and Art’s Influence on Him

Van Gogh’s Influence on Art, and Art’s Influence on Him
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Art historian Carol Berry considers the experiences, painters, and authors that influenced Van Gogh’s work, and looks at his influence on twentieth-century artists. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society.

Time: 2/6/19 7:00pm
Location: Norwich Congregational Church, Norwich
Feb
6
2019

An Evening with Langston Hughes

An Evening with Langston Hughes
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In this dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’s poems and short stories, actor and writer David Mills celebrates the life of the Harlem Renaissance writer. Part of the First Wednesdays series and the Farmers Night Concert Series. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Time: 2/6/19 7:30pm
Location: Vermont State House, Montpelier
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Feb
7
2019

Harry Potter Book Night Party

Harry Potter Book Night Party
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Wizards and muggles alike are invited to join in Northshire's annual celebration of Harry Potter Book Night on Thursday, February 7th.

Come in your best Hogwart’s robes or themed outfits for a chance to win the costume competition, participate in Harry Potter trivia, hunt throughout the bookstore for he-who-must-not-be-named's horcruxes, attend Divination class, and more.

Please bring a pair of socks to donate in order to free the house elves!*

Join us in the kids department which will magically transform into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and join us for a night of refreshments, fun, and magic!

*And provide warmth to our neighbors!

Time: 2/7/19 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center
Friday, February 22, 2019
Feb
22
2019

Emily Bernard discusses Black is the Body

Emily Bernard discusses Black is the Body
Description:

Join us on Friday, February 22nd at 6:00 p.m. as Emily Bernard reads and discusses her book Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine.

An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race–in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way–in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America’s New England today.

Time: 2/22/19 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Feb
24
2019

Pam Houston discusses Deep Creek

Pam Houston discusses Deep Creek
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Join us in welcoming back to Northshire Pam Houston whose new book Deep Creek delivers her most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive" in essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air.

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston's sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.

Time: 2/24/19 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center