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Author Ilan Stavans Shares Dictionary Stories

Montpelier ~ Amherst College professor and author Ilan Stavans will share his love of dictionaries in a talk at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library Montpelier on October 2 at 7:00 p.m. His talk, “Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Stavans will share extraordinary and often hilarious anecdotes about dictionaries through the ages, while reflecting on a life dedicated to honoring words.

Stavans is an internationally known, award-winning cultural critic, linguist, translator, public speaker, editor, short-story writer, and TV host, whose bestselling work focuses on language, identity, politics, and history. Born in Mexico in 1961 into a Jewish family with roots in Eastern Europe, he was raised in a multilingual environment. He is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the author of Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Montpelier are held at Kellogg-Hubbard Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Montpelier First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series in Montpelier is underwritten by the Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund.

“Dictionary Days” is underwritten by Bear Pond Books.

For more information, contact the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 802.223.3338 or contact Vermont Humanities at 802.262.2626 or

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