Past Events

  • Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 pm

    Join Tony Whedon, Barbara Murphy, and David Cavanagh for an evening of poetry.


    Tony Whedon’s new book The Hatcheck Girl vividly describes border crossings where language, culture and states of consciousness collide. In these richly layered poems about jazz, most of the...

  • Wednesday, July 12 at 7:00 pm

    Join Tyrone Shaw for a discussion of his book, Bastard Republic: Encounters Along the Edge of Fallen Empire.

    About the Book: In the best traditions of literary journalism, Bastard Republic takes us inside two of the defining developments of the 20th century—the collapse of communism in Europe and the implosion of the Soviet Union.  Through a compelling mix of memoir, reportage, history and travel writing, this collection of immersion essays accomplishes what facts alone cannot by drawing us into the lives of people propelled towards a future of sudden, rough transformation. Shaw probes recent history...

  • Saturday, July 01 at (All day) to Sunday, July 30 at (All day)

    Where’s Waldo? In Rutland, of course!  The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including these partners:

    • Boys and Girls Club, 71 Merchants Row
    • Timco Jewelers, 59 Center Street
    • Rutland Optical, 28 Center Street
    • Wonderfeet Kids Museum, 11 Center Street
    • Rutland Area Food Co-op, 77 Wales Street...
  • Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 pm

    Join Paul Graham for a discussion of In Memory of Bread, a deeply personal account of the emotional and physical struggles of a beer-brewing, bread-baking, wheat-loving guy who nearly dies as a result of a severe undiagnosed wheat allergy, how he copes with the loss of these staples, and what he discovers about modern industrialized wheat.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  When Paul Graham was suddenly diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of thirty-six, he was forced to say good-bye to wheat, barley, rye, oats, and more. Gone were some of his favorite hobbies, including brewing beer with a...

  • Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm

    Join us for an evening of poetry featuring Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry from Green Writers Press.  We'll be joined by contributors Megan Buchanan, Tamra Higgins, and Mary Jane Dickerson, as well as Green Writers Press founder Dede Cummings and Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord.  Cummings will also share her new collection of poetry, To Look Out From.

    Roads TakenWith its mystical landscape and fiercely self-reliant citizenry, Vermont has inspired poets from its earliest days. This anthology of contemporary...

  • Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 pm

    Join bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente for a talk on her new book The Refrigerator Monologues, a ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress. In an entirely new...

  • Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 pm

    Join Sarah Healy to celebrate the launch of The Sisters Chase!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  A gripping novel about two sisters who are left homeless by their mother’s death and the lengths the fierce older sister will go to protect her beloved young charge.
    The hardscrabble Chase women—Mary, Hannah, and their mother Diane—have been eking out a living running a tiny seaside motel that has been in the family for generations, inviting trouble into their lives for just as long. Eighteen-year-old Mary Chase is a force of nature: passionate, beautiful, and free-spirited. Her much younger sister,...

  • Sunday, June 25 at 4:00 pm

    Join Malcolm Bell for a discussion of The Attica Turkey Shoot, in which Bell exposes New York State's cover-up following the slaughter of prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility.

    ABOUT THE BOOKThe Attica Turkey Shoot tells a story that New York State did not want you to know. In 1971, following a prison riot at the Attica Correctional Facility, state police and prison guards slaughtered thirty-nine hostages and inmates and tortured more than one thousand men after they had surrendered. State officials pretended that they could not successfully prosecute the law...

  • Saturday, June 24 at 2:00 pm

    Join us for a story time with Brooke James, author of Why Did the Farmer Cross the Road, and learn how this story came to be.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Farmer would just like to sleep in but his early morning slumbers are disturbed by his faithful companion, Donkey. And Donkey isn't there to bid Farmer a good morning. As it turns out, the prospect of fun and food has lured the farm's livestock to a local fair. Now it's up to Farmer and Donkey to go round up the wayward critters before they can get into too much trouble. Or is it too late? Young readers will laugh out loud at the antics of the farmer's chickens, goats, pigs, and one anxious...

  • Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 pm

    Celebrate the release of the second edition of Seasons in a Vermont Vineyard: The Shelburne Vineyard Cookbook.  This  beautiful book evokes the romance of a lush vineyard heavy with fruit and embraces the festive tradition of sharing food and wine in celebration of the grape harvest. In addition to book talk and Q&A, we'll have some light snacks inspired by the cookbook with wine by Shelburne Vineyard.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Vermont is a food lover's paradise. From its verdant and fertile farmland, regional specialties are emerging. We have an abundant selection of...