Brattleboro Literary Festival Announces Line Up for 2006

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Downtown Brattleboro will play host to the fifth annual Literary Festival, welcoming over twenty-five emerging and established authors including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critic's Circle Award. The family event will take place October 6-8 and is hosted by Building a Better Brattleboro and Hall Farm Center.

On October 6-8, Brattleboro will again play host to a world-class literary festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival has brought to Brattleboro’s Main Street winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. The 2006 Festival will feature over twenty-five emerging and established authors including:

Madison Smartt Bell author of twelve novels including All Soul's Rising, a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award and the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf award for the best book of the year dealing with matters of race.

Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin authors of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and winner of the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Deborah Eisenberg, one of America’s best short story writers whose books include Twilight of the Superheroes and All Around Atlantis.

Mary Gaitskill author of Bad Girls and Veronica, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2005 and finalist the National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle Award.

Jamaica Kincaid author of Lucy, Annie John, and Autobiography of My Mother

Maxin Kumin, author of 13 volumes of poetry including Jack and Other New Poems, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1973.

Charles C. Mann, author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, described by William H. McNeill in the New York Review of Books as “A journalistic masterpiece.”

Joshua Wolf Shenk author of Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

Robert Stone author of five novels including the National Book Award winning Dog Soldiers.

Brian Turner, a soldier-poet who served for seven years in the U.S. Army. Beginning in November 2003, he was an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His debut collection Here, Bullet won the Beatrice Hawley Award.

Special events will include:

Heart of Spain – this event will feature a discussion and bilingual reading of poems of the Spanish Civil War including Pablo Neruda’s Spain in Our Hearts (written during the Spanish Civil War, and printed and bound by soldiers at the front). (event will feature Martin Espada and others)

As always, Literary Festival events are free and open to the public.

The Brattleboro Literary Festival is presented by Building A Better Brattleboro and Hall Farm Center.

For more information, please visit the festival website at http://www.brattleboroliteraryfestival.org

2006 BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 6-8

FICTION

Madison Smartt Bell – All Souls Rising, Stone That the Builder Refused, Ten Indians

Jaysinh Birjepatil – Chinnery’s Hotel

Brock Clarke – Carrying the Torch, The Ordinary White Boy, What We Won’t Do

Deborah Eisenberg – Twilight of the Superheroes, All Around Atlantis

Mary Gaitskill – Veronica, Because They Wanted To, Two Girls, Fat and Thin

Jamaica Kincaid – Lucy, Annie John, Autobiography of My Mother, A Small Place, My Brother, At the Bottom of the River

Jeffrey Lent – In the Fall, Lost Nation

Alice Mattison – In Case We’re Separated: Connected Stories, The Book Borrower

Robert Stone – Dog Soldiers (winner of the National Book Award), Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate

NON-FICTION

Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin – American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography.

Fawaz Gerges - Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy and The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global

Charles C. Mann – 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Seth Mnookin – Hard News, Feeding the Monster

Joshua Wolf Shenk – Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

POETRY

Martin Espada – Alabanza: New and Selected Poems 1982-2002, Imagine the Angels of Bread, Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands

Ilya Kaminsky – Dancing in Odessa, winner of the 2002 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize & 2005 Whiting Award

Maxine Kumin – author of 13 volumes of poetry including Jack and Other New Poems, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1973.

Sydney Lea – Ghost Pain: Poems, A Little Wildness: Some Notes on Rambling

Chard de Niord – Night Mowing, Sharp Golden Thorn: Poems

Mary Jo Salter – Open Shutters, A Kiss in Space: Poems

Niloufar Talibi – ¬The Translation Project

Brian Turner – Here, Bullet

CHILDREN/YOUNG ADULTS

Robin Brickman – One Night in the Coral Sea

Elizabeth Winthrop – Counting on Grace, The Red-Hot Rattoons

SPECIAL EVENTS

Heart of Spain – bilingual readings from Pablo Neruda’s Spain in Our Hearts (written during the Spanish Civil War, and printed and bound by soldiers at the front) and other literature of the Spanish Civil War. (event will feature Martin Espada and others)

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