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Author of 'Benefits of Being an Octopus' to speak at Fletcher Free Library

News Release -- Fletcher Free Library
September 17, 2019

Contact: Rebecca Goldberg,
Head Youth Services Librarian

Burlington, VT--AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK TALK -- Ann Braden, acclaimed author of The Benefits of Being an Octopus, will speak in the Main Reading Room of the Fletcher Free Library on Monday, September 23, at 6 pm. This free author visit is geared toward children 10 years of age and older, parents, writers, activists, and educators.

“I write about kids struggling to find their voice despite the realities of life,” Braden writes on her website. “I write because even when life is throwing the entire kitchen at you…there is hope.” Her debut middle-grade novel has earned numerous awards including being named an NPR Best Book of 2018, named to the Bank Street List for Best Children’s Books of 2019, and named to Vermont’s 2019-2020 Dorothy Canfield Fisher List.

Braden is a former middle school teacher, the co-host of the children’s book podcast, “Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide,” along with Pakistani American author Saadia Faruqi, the founder of GunSense VT, and recently one of the co-organizers of #KidsNeedMentors.

The Fletcher Free Library is located at 235 College Street, Burlington. For more information visit

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