Joyce Maynard
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Joyce Maynard

Literary Cocktail Hour hosts Joyce Maynard

BRATTLEBORO — On Friday, Aug.11, at 5 p.m., the Literary Cocktail Hour hosts New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard for an online chat. Register for this free event at

Over her 50-year career, Maynard has published hundreds of essays as well as 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the memoir At Home in the World and the novels To Die For and Labor Day, both adapted for film.

Maynard's newest novel, The Bird Hotel, was published in May, 2023. How the Light Gets In, and the sequel to her novel, Count the Ways - winner of the Grand Prize for an American novel published in France and named an Amazon Best Book in 2021 - will be published in summer, 2024. Maynard is a fellow of artist colonies Macdowell and Yaddo. Every winter for over two decades, she has led the Lake Atitlan Memoir workshop, Write by the Lake, in Guatemala.

"With a mystery at its center, The Bird Hotel is filled with warmth, drama, romance, humor, pop culture, and a little magical realism," states the author's website. "It is a big, sweeping story spanning four decades, offering lyricism as well as whimsy."

While the world brought to life on the page is rendered from Joyce Maynard's imagination, it is informed by the more than 20 years she has spent time each year in a small Mayan indigenous village in Guatemala. For more information about this novel, go to

The Brattleboro Literary Festival hosts these monthly chats with well-known authors. Your donation to will help them to continue not only our monthly virtual programs but will support their annual festival.

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