Author Katherine Paterson begins new season of First Wednesdays lectures

BRATTLEBORO — Award-winning Vermont author Katherine Paterson will consider the importance and many benefits of reading in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

Her talk, “Reading for the Life of the World,” part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series, is free and open to the public.

Paterson has twice won both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. She received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her work.

Her books include “Bridge to Terabithia” (1977), “The Great Gilly Hopkins” (1978), “Jacob Have I Loved” (1981), and “The Day of the Pelican” (2010).

An active promoter of reading and literacy, Paterson lives in Barre.

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities, and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Brattleboro include “The Morally Injured” with Iraq veteran and author Tyler Boudreau on Nov. 5; “The Costumes of Downton Abbey” with Middlebury College Artist-in-Residence Jules Emerson on Dec. 3; and “Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou” with UVM professor Emily Bernard on Jan. 7, 2015.

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