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October 2019

Book Discussion: The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantu

October 15
7:00 pm

Part of the Border Crossing series. A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge. Read More »

VA Combat Veterans Book Group 2019

October 16
5:00 pm
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VHC'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. Open to all veterans who served in combat. Read More »

Vermont Reads: Film Screening of Selma

October 16
6:30 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center

Director Ava DuVernay's Selma tells the unforgettable true story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition, via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Join us for a screening. Read More »

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Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?

October 16
6:30 pm
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Although Anne Frank’s Diary is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world after the Bible, little attention has been paid to her neighbors—the people who lived alongside the Jewish population as persecution intensified. Mary Fillmore examines the choices they faced and the decisions they made in the face of those choices. Read More »

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Vermont Reads 2019: Civil Rights Songs Sing-along

October 16
6:30 pm

Singing was an important part of the Civil Rights movement at meetings and during marches. Paul Ippolito will lead a sing-a-long of songs from the era. Each song will be introduced with its historical importance. Read More »

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Brattleboro Literary Festival 2019

October 17 – October 19
Downtown Brattleboro, Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Literary Festival is a three-day celebration of literature. The festival presents both award-winning literary authors and emerging authors in a series of free events including panel discussions, exhibitions, readings and special events. For more information, visit brattleboroliteraryfestival.org. Read More »

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Vermont Women and the Civil War

October 17
7:00 pm
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Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin explains how, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state's military hospitals, and more. Read More »

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Murder in the Vermont Woods: A Story About Race, Class, and Gender in the 19th Century

October 18
7:00 pm
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Historian Jill Mudgett tells the story of an indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late-19th century and was the victim of a murder. Recreating community connections in a rural Vermont hill town, this story is about poverty, racism, disability, and gendered violence against women, but is also an account of indigenous movement and choice despite great obstacles. Read More »

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Vermont Reads: Cooperatives and Social Change

October 20
10:00 am

Join us for a discussion of the role of cooperatives in the Civil Rights and other social change movements. Explore what makes co-ops a suitable model for social justice now and in the future. Debbie Diegoli will facilitate and share her knowledge on cooperatives. She has served in various roles for non-profits across the Upper Valley including current board member of White River Junction Food Co-op. Read More »

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Levi Allen: Ethan’s Black Sheep Brother

October 20
2:30 pm
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Levi Allen was an outsider within his own family. Vincent Feeney presents a vivid picture of the turmoil that a prominent American family experienced during the formative years of Vermont and the American Republic. Read More »

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