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July 2020

*DIGITAL* Tips for Making Friends as an Adult

Two young men outside house in Mexico

Ryan Kriger, author of “How to Make Friends as an Adult,” describes the approach he used to develop a group of friends after moving to Montpelier from New York City. He also shares advice for maintaining friendships, even during a pandemic. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

July 13
7:00 pm
Image of Morgan Horse

All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The Value of Our Stories

Rajnii Eddins beside a brick wall

Each one of us has a story that is valuable. Poet Rajnii Eddins utilizes spoken word as a tool for engagement in conversations about race, culture, equity and the richness to be found in each of our stories. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

July 16
6:00 pm
Alison Bechdel cartoon

The genre of graphic novels has flourished in recent years. The four highly acclaimed works in this series—three memoirs and one work of historical fiction—highlight the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Affliction by Russell Banks

July 21
7:00 pm
Image of New England house

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

*DIGITAL* Bearing Witness and Endurance of Voice: The Legacy of Lucy Terry Prince

July 29
6:00 pm
Painting of Lucy Terry Prince

In this presentation, Shanta Lee Gander illustrates the life of Lucy Terry Prince—born in Africa, transported to Rhode Island by slave traders, and eventually living free in Vermont. Gander discusses Prince's importance as a poet and orator, and as author of the oldest known poem in the United States written by an African American. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

July 31
4:30 pm
Image of woman running across dunes

A book of short stories, a memoir, and two novels bring us to a present-day consideration of migration, immigration, and refuge. Their love and a sense of their past as they walk through fantastical doors to new lands. Read More »

August 2020

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Berlin, City of Stone by Jason Lutes

August 13
6:00 pm
Alison Bechdel cartoon

The genre of graphic novels has flourished in recent years. The four highly acclaimed works in this series—three memoirs and one work of historical fiction—highlight the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: A Brother’s Blood by Michael White

August 25
7:00 pm
Image of New England house

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

**Digital Only** Book Discussion: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

August 28
4:30 pm

A book of short stories, a memoir, and two novels bring us to a present-day consideration of migration, immigration, and refuge. Their love and a sense of their past as they walk through fantastical doors to new lands. Read More »

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