Brattleboro Literary Festival features more than 60 authors

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Literary Festival organizers invite everyone to join them in downtown Brattleboro for the 22nd annual Brattleboro Literary Festival, set for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13 through 15. All events are free.

"The festival this year is the story of us - about who we are, how we are surviving, and what issues are we facing as humans with a focus on people who are marginalized," organizers wrote in a news release. "Life is overwhelming and we find comfort in books that often make us realize we are not alone.

"It is more important than ever that we remain united by compassion and understanding; that we can come together through books to realize what binds us together and what tears us apart: how books help us sort out our messy, imperfect lives. And that we always remember that we are all in this together."

Featured authors and books this year include Holly Black (The Stolen Heir), Chen Chen (Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency), Oliver de la Paz (The Diaspora Sonnets), Jennifer De Leon (Borderless), Andre Dubus III (Such Kindness), Jean Kwok (The Leftover Woman), Tracy Kidder (Rough Sleepers), Kelly Link (White Cat, Black Dog), Kyle Lukoff (Too Bright To See), Madeleine May Kunin (Walk With Me), Jonathan Rosen (The Best Minds), and Will Schwalbe (We Should Not Be Friends).

For the complete list of more than 60 authors, visit And, while you're there, organizers ask supporters of the fest to consider making a donation of any size.

"We've created an event that's truly for our community, and it cannot survive unless attendees who are able to donate to the festival do donate to the festival," organizers wrote, adding that these contributions "help to forge a cultural identity that is much larger than that of a small Vermont town."

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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