VPR to discuss classic literature in partnership with Vermont Humanities Council

Vermont Public Radio in collaboration with the Vermont Humanities Council’s state-wide reading program, Vermont Reads, will explore the novel Bull Run by Newbery Award-winning author Paul Fleischman. A special series will air during Morning Edition May 15-18.

The Vermont Humanities Council is collaborating with libraries and other non-profit organizations across the state to present activities and events related to Bull Run for children and adults.

VPR’s series will feature interviews with Civil War historians, excerpts from the book, an interview with Fleischman, as well as listeners’ thoughts on the legacy of war. The novel takes the reader through the days leading up to the Battle of Bull Run, the first battle of the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in American history. Fleischman tells the story from the perspective of 16 narrators.

Listeners can explore the series, photos, and share their thoughts online at VPR.net. In addition, VPR will also consider the classic novel The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Vermont Edition, VPR’s daily news magazine program, will take up the discussion on May 17 at noon and 7 p.m.

“This partnership with the Vermont Humanities Council is rewarding for everyone,” said John Van Hoesen, vice president for news and programming. “VPR’s series on Bull Run creates a unique experience for Vermonters to come together as one large community to examine in-depth the impact of war.”

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