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Writer’s Circle named the Brattleboro Literary Festival one of top five upcoming Writing and Literary Festivals!

Writer’s Circle named the Brattleboro Literary Festival one of top five upcoming Writing and Literary Festivals!

Writer’s Circle is bringing you a list of the best writing and literary festivals lined up for fall 2013. If you’re in the area or can spare a plane ticket, we highly recommend checking out these events.

Brattleboro Literary Festival 2013 Flash Fiction Contest Announced!!!!

The Brattleboro Literary Festival is teaming up with Green Mountains Review to hold a flash fiction contest!  Submit up to three original unpublished works of fiction of 1000 words or less through the GMR submission manager before July 10th, 2013. The winner will be published in GMR’s fall 2013 issue and will have the opportunity to read at the Brattleboro Literary Festival on October 5, 2013, in Brattleboro, Vermont. All submissions will be considered for publication.


“Vermont Book Shelf” Brings Fiction Authors Together

Vermont fiction is famous for its wide range, from literary to mysteries to children’s picturebooks, young adult and middle grade reading, and historical and adventure novels. Twenty-six authors of Vermont fiction collaboratively form the Vermont Book Shelf, and the group is taking part in this month’s Brattleboro Literary festival.

            If you’ve ever wished you could meet, say, mountain story spinner Castle Freeman, or hear about horses and dogs directly from Jessie Haas, October 13-14 is your weekend! Other authors on hand will include Michael J. Daley, Leda Schubert, and Nancy Means Wright. New books from Beth Kanell and Jenny Land are about to be released, and these writers will bring samples to the Vermont Book Shelf table to give advance peeks into the pages. Novelists F.D. Reeve and Laura Stevenson will be there too.

Find them all in the Robert H. Gibson River Garden  at 153 Main Street, Brattleboro, on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5.

2012 Brattleboro Literary Festival – October 12-14…special events!

The 2012 Brattleboro Literary Festival will generate excitement through a number of special events this year including the Literary Death Match.  Co-founded and presented by Todd Zuniga in 2006, the Literary Death Match has hosted performances all over the world. What is the Literary Death Match? Four writers, three judges, two rounds and one  epic finale. Each episode of this competitive, humor-centric, adult reading series features a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, performance and intangibles — take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary about each story, then select their favorite to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete in the Literary Death Match finale, which trades in the show’s literary sensibility for an absurd and comical climax to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown. The final round could be any number of adventures-pin the cigar on Ernest Hemingway, a spelling bee with famous author names, paint by numbers, karaoke or musical chairs. It may sound like a circus — and that’s half the point.

Watch this space for information on more special events-panels, films, flash fiction and much more!!!


Plan to attend the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival April 18-23!!!

New hotel, Gastronomy and Literature, Viva Cuba!, special crime fiction events, new Grand Prix jury, our first fundraising event

Montreal, March 20, 2012 – In the refined, urban ambiance of the OPUS Hotel, Blue Metropolis will welcome its authors and offer its audience a new, more intimate experience. While staying true to the traditions that have made this festival a success, our 14th edition is venturing off the beaten path with these exciting new events.

The 14th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival will take place from April 18 to 23, 2012 at the OPUS Hotel in the heart of French and English Montreal.

This year’s event features over 150 activities and more than 200 writers and artists, representing 10 countries and 5 languages. The annual event promises to be an inspiring literary voyage to the metropolises of other cultures.

 2012 Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix Goes to  Joyce Carol Oates. This year Blue Metropolis will award its annual International Literary Grand Prix to American writer Joyce Carol Oates. This year’s independent jury, a new development in the selection of the Grand Prix laureate, was composed of some of Canada’s best-known literary journalists. A long and heated discussion that lasted several months resulted in the selection of Oates and her large body of work which spans 40 years. The $10,000 award recognizes a lifetime of literary achievement by an internationally acclaimed writer.




Viva Cuba! This year, Blue Met focuses on work by several prominent Cuban writers, including crime writer Leonardo Padura, poet Wendy Guerra, and the fascinating novelist Eduardo Manet. Supported by the Cole Foundation, this series of events invites visitors to explore a deeper sense of what it means to be a Cuban artist and intellectual today.

Crime Writing: Blue Met is happy to announce that crime writing, one of the most popular forms of writing today, will be one of our programming tracks featuring events with crime writers from around the world including Spain, the US, Cuba and, of course, Canada with writers such as  Alain Chaperon, Trevor Ferguson, Florence Meney, Owen Laukkanen, Jean-Jacques Pelletier and Chrystine Brouillet.

The Al Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize. The recipient of this year’s Blue Metropolis Arab Prize is one of the Arab world’s most acclaimed writers, Egyptian Ahdaf Soueif, known for her lyrical novels, her journalistic pieces in The Guardian, and a brand new book on the revolution in Egypt. The award is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

Blue Metropolis Strega Prize. The relationship between Blue Met and the local Italian community has never been stronger. In conjunction with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Bellonci Foundation, the Blue Metropolis Strega Prize will be awarded to Edoardo Nesi for his novel Storia della mia gente.

CBC Blue Series/Radio-Canada Série littéraire. Year after year, this series of events is one of the festival’s most popular. Hosts Eleanor Wachtel, Paul Kennedy, Shelagh Rogers, Marie-Louise Arsenault, and Jeanette Kelly will interview stars such as Joyce Carol Oates, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Esi Edugyan, and Kim Thúy.

Writers in Peril. Our 5th annual series, in conjunction with Media@McGill, aims to explore the issues that writers face when confronted with oppression, threats, censorship and revolution. With writers from Egypt, Cuba and Colombia. Featuring Eduardo Manet, Ahdaf Soueif, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez, among others.

Master Classes. Our writing workshops often sell out before the Festival even begins. It’s no wonder with the wide variety of authors and topics: Ray Robertson on non-fiction writing, Governor General Award-winning translator Donald Winkler on the Art of Translating, emerging GG Award-winning novelist Perrine Leblanc, writer Peter Dubé, and for the first time, a Master Class on Crime Writing in Spanish, with Barcelona crime writer Teresa Solana. Organized with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Gastronomy and other new events and surprises In order to appeal to new readers and audiences, Blue Met has organized several events around food and gastronomy, including a cooking contest at Les Touilleurs in partnership with ARTV, featuring Quebec crime writer Chrystine Brouillet, and an evening of Cuban food and conversation with Leonardo Padura. In addition, there are several breakfast and lunch salons at the Koko Restaurant.  We’ve also created some thrilling new events including a Speed Dating event for book lovers and we are working closely with the STM this year on a contest for transit users. We encourage all participants to ride public transportation to and from Festival events whenever possible! This year, we are holding our first fund-raiser for our educational programmes: Shoe Stories explores the intersections between fashion and literature with an exciting and glamorous evening of music and literary performances.

5th TD-Blue Met Children’s Festival. Over 60 free literary activities are offered for children under the age of 12 and their families. More than 35 authors, illustrators, storytellers, actors and musicians will share their literary universe in 55 venues across the island of Montreal, including libraries, museums, bookstores, community and cultural centres. (See extended press release)

Blue Metropolis Foundation

Blue Metropolis Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 that brings together people from different cultures to share the pleasure of reading and writing. The Foundation produces multilingual literary activities, such as the Blue Met International Literary Festival, the TD-Blue Met Children’s Festival, and education programmes for young people. To learn more about who we are, visit

Since the very first Festival, more than 2,000 writers, journalists, publishers, artists and no less than 120,000 visitors have gathered in Montreal to experience Blue Met.

For more information including a link to the full programme booklet:

2011 Photos now on website…

Photos of the 2011 Brattleboro Literary Festival are now online. Go to “About” and click on 2011 Photo Gallery.

Wait, Wait……Roy Blount Jr. and Tom Bodett at the Latchis Theatre!!

Humorists and NPR personalities Roy Blount Jr. and Tom Bodett will lead off the second day of Brattleboro Literary Festival events.  Bodett and Blount have been entertaining audiences for years, and are featured panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Each week, two million listeners tune in to the show to test their knowledge of current news. At the Latchis, Roy and Tom will interview each other and answer audience questions about their books, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, Roy’s life as a sports writer and rock star, and Tom’s life as a Clio Award–winner and the most famous homebuilder in Homer, Alaska. Roy noted that the audience can expect plenty of “witty repartee”. “By that, I mean Tom making clever, insightful remarks and I going ‘H’yuck’,” he said.Roy recently spent several months on the road promoting Alphabetter Juice: The Joy of Text, and after the “usual gay mad whirl of a book tour” the Massachusetts resident is looking forward to his stop in Brattleboro. “Vermont book-related audiences have been gratifyingly responsive. No throwing of babies in the air or pleas to run for governor, but warm gestures of appreciation, extending even to (I blush to be the one to say it) actual purchases of books,” he said. “It could be that cold weather is conducive to book-warmth. Certainly I can think of warm-weather places —Southern California, parts of Alabama —where I have found less evidence of book-warmth than in Vermont.” Free and open to the public.

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival to present Quebec authors Monique Proulx and Kathleen Winter!

The Brattleboro Literary Festival is excited to welcome the Montreal Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival presenting a reading and conversation with two of Quebec’s most popular writers, one Francophone and one Anglophone. Monique Proulx is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter, and her novel Wildlives is a lush and dense meditation on love and attraction in a small town in the Laurentians. Kathleen Winter’s novel Annabel, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction, explores themes of gender and identity by tracing the life story of a child born without a clearly defined gender. Enjoy two renowned Quebec writers as they discuss a new Quebecois literature and a new Quebecois identity.

2011 Festival to feature Janis Bellow in conversation with Benjamin Taylor…


2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Below is a photo of Saul Bellow from his appearance at the first Brattleboro Literary Festival. Saul Bellow’s widow, Janis Bellow will appear in conversation with author Benjamin Taylor who edited the recently published collection of Bellow’s letters.