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Brattleboro is a book-reading and book-buying town. There are no less than five bookstores downtown with books available in other stores as well. There is an annual literary festival, every October. And there are more book venues scattered around the county from Putney to Newfane and on into Keene. Read the iBrattleboro Books section for the latest in local book news from readings to reviews covering new publications and old favorites.

Friends of Brooks Memorial Library 8th Annual Holiday Booksale

Save the date for Holiday Shopping! The 8th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Book Sale will be held in the Library on Friday, December 6 from 10AM to 6PM and Saturday, December 7 from 10AM to 2PM.

Gift quality books and gently used fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and CDs will be on sale. Non-fiction titles include art, cooking and gardening, history, music and more subjects. Book sale discount coupons are now available from the Front Desk of the Library. A collection of 400 music CDs, mainly jazz, will also be on sale and are in perfect condition.

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Friends of Brooks Library Holiday Book Sale

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Book Sale

Friday, December 6 - 10AM to 6PM and

Saturday, December 7 - 10AM to 2PM

 All books are gift quality including fiction, children’s books and non-fiction titles ranging from history, art, cooking, gardening and many more subjects. A collection of 400 music CDs, mainly jazz, will also be on sale.

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McLean Book Sparks Available

We had a great book publication event in Guilford Nov. 2 for my just-issued Sparks, the collected writing of my mother, Jean Stewart McLean, on the 50th anniversary of her death.  (In fact, BCTV recorded the program and it's being shown several times this week on the cable station.)

The book came out really nicely; its 368 pages include short stories, poems, four one-act plays and other of my mom's writings, not to mention extensive editorial commentary and notes by her son (that's me.)

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Mary's Mosaic

At midday Friday, November 22, 1963, my junior high school administration announced the suddenly and immediate closure of the school day – without explanation. Boarding the school buses already idling on the roundabout parking drive all students were taken home. Somehow, by the time we debarked at my rural stop, word had reached us that the President had been shot. Approaching the front lawn of our small farm, I saw my mother holding the front door half open with her head buried in the crook of her elbow sobbing uncontrollably. I knew before I climbed the front porch that our youthful President was dead.

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I Grew Up with Basketball (A Memoir of the Game)

I Grew Up with Basketball (a memoir of the game)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

Join Keene State College professor Michael Antonucci on Wednesday, November 13, at 7PM, for at talk on the book, I Grew Up with Basketball, which is a memoir by Frank J. Basloe who grew up in Herkimer, New York, where YMCA director Lambert Will developed the game of basketball.

The book offers an eyewitness account of the humble roots of the imposing enterprise that is professional basketball today. Antonucci brought Frank J Basloe's I Grew Up with Basketball, back into print. His introduction to the book tracks the game—from Basloe’s Globe Trotters to LeBron James—and its trappings as a business vehicle.

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Brooks Library New Books

Have you read the latest Grisham book? Be the first to know what new titles are coming into the Brooks Library collection. Click here for the current online edition of Brooks Memorial Library New Book Alerts.

Click here to sign up for New Book Alerts.

It's easy and it's free. Happy reading! For more information contact the Brooks Memorial Library.

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David Macaulay: Life in the Studio

David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, will discuss current projects in a talk, "Life in the Studio," at the Library on Wednesday, November 6, at 7 PM, in the Main Room. The talk is part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesday Lecture series.

Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award.

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David Macaulay: Life in the Studio

Save the date! David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, will discuss current projects in a talk, "Life in the Studio," at the Library on Wednesday, November 6, at 7 PM, in the Main Room. The talk is part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesday Lecture series

Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award.

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Brooks Memorial Library Looking for Trustees For Upcoming Vacancies in 2014

The Board of Library Trustees of Brooks Memorial Library seeks enthusiastic and dedicated library lovers to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Board. One candidate will be elected at the March 2014 representative town meeting to complete one year of an unexpired term. Two others will be elected at town meeting to fill three-year terms.

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New Books at Brooks Library

Be the first to know what new titles are coming into the Brooks Library collection.

Click on this link to see the current online edition of Brooks Memorial Library New Book Alerts. 

Sign up for New Book Alerts by clicking on this link.  

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Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival

Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival 
Thursday, October 03, 2013, 7 pm -  9 pm

On Thursday, October 3, at 7 PM in the Library's Main Room, Guilford poet Ken Hebson has organized local published poets Arlene Distler; Barbara Benoit; Charles Butterfield; Wyn Cooper; Ed Rayher; and Tim Mayo, to read their favorite poems from Poetry 180; and which will be paired with their own poetry. There will be several students from Brattleboro Union High School who will be invited to read as well. Copies of Poetry 180 are available at the Library's main circulation desk. 

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The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Seeks Donations of Books

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library seeks donations of books for the fundraising December holiday book sale. Proceeds from the book sale help support the First Wednesday lecture series, computer access services, free museum passes and Children’s Room materials.

The Library needs books donated that “look like new." Book donations can be hardcover, soft cover and mass-market paperbacks in fiction and non-fiction. In addition, the Library accepts coffee-table books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and rare first edition and signed books.

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The Letter, The Book, and The Print

On Thursday October 3rd at 5pm, David Walter’s Master Craft Gallery hosts the opening of “The Letter, the Book, and the Print”

The exhibition features the work of three esteemed local artisans: Julia Ferrari, Abigail Jones, and Brian Cohen who are among a small handful of individuals globally who work to master the arts of letterpressing, bookbinding, and printmaking.

Julia Ferrari has spent 33 years exploring the art of language and the book. She works by hand at the arts of punchcutting, letterpress (for which she designs and hand-cut her own letters), prints, and binding. She is also a poet.

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Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival

Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival 
Thursday, October 03, 2013, 7 pm -  9 pm

The Brattleboro Literary Festival was founded in 2002.  Since then the festival has gone on to present nearly 300 authors, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott Medal.

Since 2003--the first year of Vermont Reads, which featured Brattleboro's Newbury Award Winning resident Karen Hesse and her book,  Witness--Vermont Reads program has been an integral part of the Festival.

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The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

Photographer Paul Wainwright will present at talk on New England’s colonial meetinghouses.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Using photographs of the few surviving “mint condition” meetinghouses as illustrations Wainwright will tell the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.

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Author Elly Griffiths at Everyone's Books

English author Elly Griffiths will be at Everyone's Books on Monday, September 23 at 4:30 pm to discuss her new novel, A Dying Fall. With baby Kate in tow and Cathbad the Druid to help, Forensic Archeologist Ruth Galloway heads off to Lancashire to investigate the death of a friend as well as the momentous discovery he said he had made.

Ms. Griffiths will also be available to sign books.

http://www.ellygriffiths.co.uk/

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New Journal of the Plague by Namaya

 NEW JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE: WORKING WITH VETERANS WITH AIDS by Namaya

 New Journal Of The Plague on Amazon. Published by Unlimited Publishing.

 This book is a penetrating first person memoir by a male nurse and Vietnam era veteran who worked with AIDS patients at a Veterans hospital in NYC in the early 'nineties. Though set in the first years of the epidemic, one reader has said, “This book will stand among the classic tales of illness and healing.”

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Poetry to the Earth: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Deerfield

Please join us on Wednesday, September 11, at 7 pm in the Library's meeting room for a discussion by Suzanne Flynt, Curator at Memorial Hall Museum on her recently published book, Discussion with Suzanne Flynt, Curator at Memorial Hall.

A 1903 article in Gustav Stickley's The Craftsman declared that "Deerfield is sending all over the country beautiful things...to bring back something of lost poetry to the earth." This book will appeal to aficionados of American folk arts, decorative arts, textile history, and the Arts and Craft movement. Suzanne Flynt, curator of Memorial Hall Museum, has authored the story of this beautiful Massachusetts town that shows how Deerfield played a pivotal role in the American Arts and Crafts movement.

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Fiction and Poetry: New Works by Wolf, Benoit, and Butterfield

Novelist Muriel Wolf, and poets Barbara Benoit and Charles Butterfield will read from their new works on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at Brooks Memorial Library.

Wolf will read from her debut novel, “The Book of Gone.” Her book has received agent representation and is making the rounds of publishers.  Her short story, “The Chocolate Errand,” won Best Short Fiction Prize from Boulevard Magazine and was finalist in the Crazy Horse short story competition.  She is at work on her second novel.  A visual artist, Wolf’s monotype collages were on exhibit at the Catherine Dianich Gallery last winter.

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Jazz From Row Six Book Talk

Jazz From Row Six Book Talk

Join photographer Jean Germain on Wednesday, September 4, at 7 PM, in the Meeting Room for a talk on her great book of jazz musicians.

Whether it is Bucky and John Pizzarelli jamming together or Eartha Kitt showing that she still has "it" at age 80, Jazz From Row Six is a book filled with exciting photographs of legendary musicians performing America's original art form. Along with the 100 photographs are personal anecdotes documenting a snapshot in the history of the big band sound.

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