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Nine talks across Vermont, including “Hamilton: The Man and the Musical” in Montpelier.

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First Wednesdays 2017-2018

Talks in nine towns, October through May. Learn more.

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Host a thought-provoking program in your town! View our catalogue.

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Vermont Reads 2018

“Bread and Roses, Too” by Katherine Paterson. Learn more.

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Literacy Programs

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Upcoming Events


Sun 19

Book Discussion: Middlemarch by George Eliot

November 19
1:30 pm
Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft, both literal and figurative—such as George Eliot's Middlemarch—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. Participants will enjoy digesting this work in a multi-session group, the ideal environment in which to relish it. Read More »
Mon 20

A High Price to Pay, A Heavy Burden to Bear: One Family’s Civil War Story

November 20
6:00 pm
Abel Morrill, Sr., was an early settler of Cabot, Vermont. His story reflects the hardship and heartbreak suffered by those who lived at the time of America’s greatest conflict, the Civil War. David Book’s portrayal of Abel Morrill profiles life before the war and life as it was affected by the war. Read More »
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Mon 20

Book Discussion: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

November 20
7:00 pm
Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them—and the rewards are many. Read More »
Mon 20

Book Discussion: Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley

November 20
7:30 pm
Since 1918, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has spotlighted outstanding playwriting. The titles in this series, including one by four-time winner Eugene O'Neill, span over fifty years of the award. Read More »