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January 2019

Book Discussion: Beloved by Toni Morrison

January 20
1:30 pm

Part of the Family History series. The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but also the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time. Read More »

Vermont Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

January 20
3:00 pm
Flynn MainStage, Burlington
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Help us kick off Vermont Reads 2019 at a special performance by the Vermont Youth Orchestra (VYO). The concert will include selections from “March: Book One.” Read More »


Book Discussion: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

January 21
10:30 am

Part of the International Migrations series. To or from the United States, spanning India, Cuba, Greece, and Ireland, this series of Pulitzer-winning works spotlights characters in the midst of broader migrations. Read More »

Book Discussion: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

January 21
4:30 pm

What makes a character memorable? Why do the protagonists in these works of fiction linger long after the last page is turned? Read More »

Book Discussion: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

January 21
7:00 pm

What makes a character memorable? Why do the protagonists in these works of fiction linger long after the last page is turned? Read More »

All the Film’s a Stage

January 25
7:00 pm
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Join Rick Winston in an exploration of how cinema has portrayed what goes into a theater production, from audition to rehearsal to performance. Read More »


Book Discussion: Poetry and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

January 29
7:00 pm

Short stories, as a modern genre, emerged in the early 19th century, and mushroomed with the development of journals and magazines. This series reflects both the short story’s 19th-century roots and its later development as a 20th-century art form. Read More »

February 2019

Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

February 2
4:00 pm
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Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. Read More »

Van Gogh’s Influence on Art, and Art’s Influence on Him

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Art historian Carol Berry considers the experiences, painters, and authors that influenced Van Gogh’s work, and looks at his influence on twentieth-century artists. Read More »


The Making of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

February 6
7:00 pm
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Middlebury professor Tim Spears looks at the 1941 publication of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Depicting the lives of southern sharecroppers, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans resisted journalistic conventions to produce a book that raises important questions about the nature of documentary work—and art. Read More »

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