Town House Forum: Readings and Conversations
Ended August 09
Jim Schley
August 09
Price:  Benefit for the new books fund of the town library.

Thursday * August 2 * 7PM 


Readings and conversation with two poets who share a home:  VIEVEE FRANCIS, author of three books, most recently Forest Primeval (2016), winner of the Kingsley Tufts and the Hurston/Wright Legacy awards, and professor at Dartmouth College; and MATTHEW OLZMANN, author of Mezzanines (2013) and Contradictions in the Design (2016), who also teaches at Dartmouth and in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.

Thursday * August 9 * 7PM

Farming Today  

Readings and conversation with AMY HUYFFER of Rockbottom Farm (Strafford Organic Creamery) and SHANNON VARLEY of Strafford Village Farm. A close and personal look through stories at two Strafford farms: one two-generational and well known throughout the Upper Valley and beyond, and the other a revival of an old farm with its own history, new and growing and about to offer a C.S.A.

Thursday * August 16 * 7PM


Readings and conversation with acclaimed journalists, both scholars-in-residence at Middlebury College, who also write fiction: BILL McKIBBEN, author of eighteen books, most recently the novel Radio Free Vermont (2017); and SUE HALPERN, author of eight books, including A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher (2014) and most recently the novel Summer Hours at the Robbers Library (2018).

Thursday * August 23 * 7PM

Music, Bread and Cartoons

Back-and-forth performance and conversation with two close friends who juggle livelihoods, family, and art in lively ways. MARTIN PHILIP is a breadwright and banjoist, head baker at King Arthur Flour, and author of Breaking Bread (2017), winner of Grand Prize at the New England Book Festival. JAMES STURM is cofounder of the Center for Cartoon Studies and author-artist of The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, and the forthcoming Off Season, set in the Upper Valley. Live music, projected comics and fresh bread!     

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