Brooks Memorial Library celebrates GennaRose Nethercott’s debut novel

BRATTLEBORO — A special after-hours celebration of local author GennaRose Nethercott and her debut novel, Thistlefoot, will take place on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street.

Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, this tale journeys through generations of heartbreak, horrors, and heroism, from Russia to Brattleboro, on the chicken feet of Baba Yaga’s house. A ripping yarn filled with rivalry, romance, regret, and redemption, Thistlefoot has received accolades from readers and reviewers alike.

Nethercott is a writer and folklorist. Her first book, The Lumberjack’s Dove, was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Whether authoring novels, poems, ballads, or even fold-up paper cootie catchers, Nethercott’s projects are all rooted in myth — and what our stories reveal about who we are.

She tours nationally and internationally, performing strange tales (sometimes with puppets in tow) and composing poems-to-order for strangers on an antique typewriter with her team, the Traveling Poetry Emporium. The presentation will feature puppets, crankies, and immersive reading. “It promises to be an unforgettable evening, and not for the faint-hearted,” organizers say.

Books from Everyone’s Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

The program is free and open to the public and is accessible to people in wheelchairs. For more information, visit or call 802-254-5290.

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