Brattleboro Literary Festival at Twenty….A Virtual Celebration!

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Brattleboro Literary Festival at Twenty….A Virtual Celebration!
From October 14-17, the 20th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival will host more than sixty authors featured in 40 events and discussions—all online and free! Books presented at the 2021 festival will cover a range of topics: rebellious women and feminist cowboys, homelessness, former presidents, immigration, New York, New Orleans, political upheaval, Banksy, aging, writers and lovers, fake accounts, hurricanes, and pandemics.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand will present The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War, a follow-up to The Metaphysical Club. He will be in conversation with National Book Critics Circle award-winner Michael Gorra.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Russell Banks, author of thirteen novels, will discuss his new book Foregone as part of an event with award-winning novelist Scott Spencer, also author of thirteen novels including Endless Love.
Biographer and journalist Jonathan Alter in conversation with Vermont author and journalist Megan Mayhew Bergman, discussing Alter’s book His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life.
Jean Hanff Korelitz, whose book You Should Have Known was adapted for a 2020 HBO mini-series, The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, will be sharing with her new book, The Plot in an event with New York Times bestselling and New England Book Award winner Lily King and her latest book Writers and Lovers.
New York Times best-selling and award-winning novelist Francine Prose with her enthralling new book The Vixen and New York Times best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore with her compelling fifth novel Fierce Little Thing.
Prize-winning Cameroonian-American writer Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, will be in conversation with Windham World Affairs Council’s Clare Morgana Gillis about Mbue’s new novel How Beautiful We Were.
Award-winning science writer and New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer with his new book Life’s Edge: The Search for What it Means to be Alive.
A very special presentation of Simon & Schuster’s inaugural AuthorFest, featuring #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa as they discuss their new book Peril.
The most astonishing list of debut novelists ever — Jacob Guanzon (Abundance), Eric Nguyen (Things We Lost to the Water), Lauren Oyler (Fake Accounts), Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck), Kirsten Valdez Quade (The Five Wounds), Sanjena Sathian (Gold Diggers), and more!
So many great poets this year,  including Pulitzer Prize-winner Vijay Seshadri, Deborah Paredez, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Tomás Q. Morín, and Dan Chiasson! Plus a panel discussion, Poetry and the Pandemic.
Several panel events including Why Black Books Matter featuring the author of Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim, author and speaker W. Ralph Eubanks, and acclaimed author of many books Farah Jasmine Griffin; led by Jason Broughton, Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress.
The Brattleboro Literary Festival  is sponsored by Tim Mayo, the Stepanski Family Charitable Trust, The Thompson Trust, The Windham Foundation, and the Vermont Humanities Council. Media sponsors are Brattleboro Community Television, Poets & Writers,  and Vermont Public Radio and Cultural Partners include Literary North, the Well-Read Black Girl Festival, and the Windham World Affairs Council.  We look forward to connecting with you online in what will be our second all-virtual Festival. For details and a full list of authors, events and registration links, go to or

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