Fletcher Free Library in Burlington is proud to host the Green Mountain Book Festival on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. This weekend-long celebration brings together authors, poets, journalists and graphic novelists with a community of readers. Visit https://www.greenmountainbookfestival.org for full festival schedule and info.
The Festival celebrates the written word with a focus on honoring free expression, diverse voices, and highlighting the rise of book banning in the United States. In addition to the free programs at the library, there will be a keynote talk by Ruth Ozeki at Contois Auditorium which is $20 for the event and a paperback of The Book of Form and Emptiness or a single event ticket for $10. Register online or at the Phoenix Books mobile bookstore.
Author Ruth Ozeki (The Book of Form and Emptiness, A Tale for the Time Being) headlines a slate of over 60 authors and poets, including 2021 Vermont Book Award winners Shanta Lee Gander (GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues) and Melanie Finn (The Hare). Multiple author events will be held throughout the weekend with readings and panels such as Focus on Food, Mystery/Thrillers, Memoir: Life on a Page and Historical Fiction. Among the authors presenting are Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale), Adam Federman (Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray), Julia Cooke (Come Fly The World: The Jet Age Story of the Women of Pan Am), Madeleine May Kunin (Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties), and Ricardo Wilson (An Apparent Horizon and Other Stories).
Participate in the community Open Mic Banned Book Reading from 11am to 3pm on Saturday at the Fletcher Free Library. Sign-up for a reading slot on Saturday and bring along your favorite banned book or choose one from the Library's collection.