Vermont Reads 2020

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Upcoming Events


Wed 11

VA Combat Veterans Book Group 2019

December 11
5:00 pm
Vermont Humanities Council’s Veterans Book Groups create an opportunity for veterans to connect with each other, build relationships, read insightful materials, and share experiences. The group’s explorations include books, poetry, articles, and short stories, with the goal of fostering camaraderie and a safe space to reflect and share ideas and questions. Read More »
Sat 14

Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food

December 14
11:00 am
The history of what and how we eat encompasses everything from the prehistoric mammoth luau to the medieval banquet to the modern three squares a day. Presented by writer Rebecca Rupp, this talk let attendees find out about the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners . Read More »
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Sat 14

Book Discussion: The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

December 14
3:00 pm
Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Read More »
Tue 17

Northern Vermont University at Lyndon’s Veterans Book Group 2019

December 17
5:30 pm
Our Veterans Book Groups create an opportunity for veterans to connect with each other, build relationships, read insightful materials, and share experiences. Participants receive free copies of all readings, and a light dinner is provided at each session. Participation is free but pre-registration is required. Read More »