Literary festival returns this week
BRATTLEBORO - The 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival is celebrating its 21st year with a live, in-person festival for the first time since 2019. As always, it is all free and open to the public.
More than 65 authors, both award-winning and emerging, will converge downtown through Sunday, October 16, with books that cover everything from rebellious women to immigrants in America, abortion and eugenics, urban crime, Antarctic adventures, addiction, aging and legacies, ghosts and lovers, mystery, history, New England life, football in wartime, small towns, mushrooms, coming of age, clothing, cartoons, and even pigs.
As part of this year’s festival, organizers are celebrating women and their lives, their rights, and their challenges. Some highlights include Joshua Prager’s 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist book “The Family Roe,” which looks at “Jane Roe,” the pseudonym for Norma McCorvey, whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture in American life, a life that couldn’t be more timely in telling the story of abortion in America.
Janet Nimura’s 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist book “The Doctors Blackwell” celebrates the lives of two sisters, one of whom, Elizabeth, was the first woman in the country to receive a license to practice medicine.
Allison Gilbert’s “Listen, World” is the story of celebrated newspaper columnist Elsie Robinson, once a resident of Brattleboro, who wrote a successful syndicated column for Hearst arguing for women to have the same freedoms and opportunities as men.
Nancy Rubin Stuart’s “Poor Richard’s Women” is a personal story of the women in Ben Franklin’s life and their role in history.
Highlights also include new books from Tom Perrotta, Alice Elliott Dark, Joyce Maynard, Elizabeth Nunez, Ann Leary, Kirthana Ramisetti, Gina Sorell, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Cara Blue Adams - fiction that tells powerful stories of women’s lives; as well as graphic novelists Tillie Walden and Maria Scrivan, both of whom celebrate strong young women with books for the younger crowd.
And what happens when four New Yorker cartoonists walk into a literary festival? Find out when syndicated cartoonist Hilary Price moderates a panel with a quartet of the magazine’s finest: Harry Bliss, David Sipress, Ellis Rosen, and Sofia Warren.
For more information, to view the online program, and even to create a schedule visit https://emamo.com/event/brattleboro-literary-festival-2022.