News and Updates
Festival Survival Guide now online!

 Because we know you don’t want to miss a minute of the 14th annual festival, here are some tips to make it easier:


Parking in long term parking areas is always better-it eliminates the worry of an expired meter. The two long term lots closest to the festival venues are the High Grove lot (near the Robert H. Gibson River Garden and Centre Congregational Church) and the Transportation Center (118 Elliot). Parking in these lots is only $.30 per hour so you can park all day for less than $3.00. Short term parking  at meters is limited to 2 hours and is $.60 per hour. On Saturday, parking regulations are enforced from 9-6. Parking is free on Sunday.

If you are running from Centre Church to 118 Elliot, consider cutting through the Brooks House lobby to the Harmony Lot to save a few steps.


  • Bring a small umbrella if the weather is inclement.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • If you are relaxing at the River Garden, be careful to notice if there is an event taking place and be appropriately quiet.
  • We love our phones, too but please turn off all ringers and alerts at events- nothing is more embarrassing or annoying.
  • Absolutely no food or drink at the Centre Church.
  • All venues are fully accessible.
  • No flash photography



For a quick snack or lunch:

The Write Action Cafe at the River Garden-support local writers. Coffee, snacks, bagels, by donation…this is by far the fastest way to grab something. Or you can bring your own food and grab a coffee and some cookies at the cafe- there are tables in the River Garden along with WiFi and restrooms. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Works– large cafe with sandwiches, wraps, panini, breakfast sandwiches and bagels. WiFi and restrooms. 6:00 am- 6:00 pm

Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe– the best baked goods downtown along with soup, gourmet sandwiches, salads and drinks. WiFi and restrooms. On Main St. near Elliot.8:00 am- 6:00 pm.

Tulip Cafe– Great sandwiches, salads, crepes, panini, breakfast sandwiches till 11:00 am, drinks. WiFi and restrooms. On Elliot St. at the entrance to the Harmony Parking lot.

9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Superfresh Organic Cafe– located at the bottom of Main Street next to the Latchis, has great healthy options including vegan or gluten free.

Brattleboro Food Coop at Main and Canal Street has a large cafe and all sorts of healthy options for breakfast or lunch from smoothies to sandwiches to quesadillas. Saturday 7:00 am-9 pm, Sunday 9:00 am -9:00 pm. Free parking on site, WiFi, restrooms.

Brattle Burger-Need we say more? Located at Main and Elliot, they offer locally sourced gourmet burgers and shakes! 11:30 to 9:00 on Saturday, 10:00-3:00 on Sunday


If you are downtown early and want a full brunch, consider Duo at the corner of Main and High for brunch between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Or for breakfast all day, The Restless Rooster on Elliot Street next to 118 Elliot- they also serve lunch. Or if you just want great coffee or expresso and a pastry, Mocha Joe’s at the corner of Main and Flat Street is an excellent choice-they roast their own coffee. Amy’s Bakery Arts Café is another great coffee and pastry option. And the Tulip Café and the Works both offer good breakfast sandwiches.


At the end of the day, you can relax over dinner or drinks at one of many fine restaurants:

Whetstone Station overlooks the CT River and has great food plus a brewery on site- also open for lunch. Located at the bottom of Main Street next to the bridge. Open from 11:30 am till late.

Hazel– Handcrafted pizza, applewood smoked barbecue, signature cocktails. Located on Elliot St across from the transportation center. Open from 5:00 pm-close

Fireworks – Brick oven pizza, pasta, specialty drinks, On Main Street near Elliot St. Open 4:00 – 11:00 Friday and Saturday, 4:00 – 10:00 on Sunday.

Shin La (Korean, Japanese and sushi). Located on Main Street for over 30 years- a Brattleboro institution. Open from 11:00 am-9:30 pm. Closed Sunday.

Thai Bamboo-lovely Thai restaurant with huge menu at the corner of Main and High 11:30 am-10:00 pm.

Turquoise Grille – Turkish offerings including kebabs. 11:00 -3:00 pm lunch 5:00-9:00 pm dinner.

Upscale dining options include:


Peter Haven’s

T.J. Buckley’s

Reservations are recommended for these locations

Late night

Flat Street Pub (near the Latchis Hotel)

McNeill”s Brewery and Pub – 90 Elliot

Metropolis Bar-55 Elliot

Kipling’s Restaurant and Pub-78 Elliot




Updated schedule now online

New, updated schedule now online…

We are sad to report two authors will not be able to join us.  Nina MacLaughlin and Lisa Gornick have both cancelled due to family emergencies.

Galway Kinnell Tribute now in festival events


On Sunday, October 4 at 2:00 pm, we will pay tribute to Vermont Poet Galway Kinnell, featuring readings of his poetry by his by Vermont friends Wyn Cooper. Chard deNiord, Melissa Hammerle, Reeve Lindbergh, Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Cleopatra Mathis, Gregory Pardlo, Stephen Sandy, Vijay Seshadri, Ellen Bryant Voigt and Lisa von Kann. For details go to Schedule-then Festival Events and open Galway Kinnell Tribute.

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2015 Festival Workshops announced-Register now…

The Brattleboro Literary Festival, in collaboration with Marlboro College, is pleased to announce three new writing workshops on Friday, October 2, featuring choices in both fiction and nonfiction to kick-off the 2015 festival. Our workshop leaders are authors Howard Axelrod, Suzanne Kingsbury and Tim Weed.

Additional Authors-Updated Schedule

The Brattleboro Literary Festival is pleased to announce the addition of award-winning author and environmentalist Rick Bass and New York Times bestselling debut author Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves. At the same time, we regretfully announce the withdrawal of Emma Straub, due to personal commitments. A revised schedule is now available online.

Flash Fiction Winner Announced!


The winner of the Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by SmokeLong Quarterly has been announced. Winner Nick Sansone is a resident of Massachussetts. His stories have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, Gargoyle, the Minnesota Review, the Los
Angeles Review, and elsewhere. Congratulations, Nick!!!!!

Nick Ransone

Donate today!

Donate online now to make the 2015 Brattleboro Literary Festival possible along with future festivals. It’s easy and very secure …and of course, all contributions are tax-deductible!!

Katherine Paterson to appear in a pre-festival event at Brooks Memorial Library

katherine_patersonOn October 1, Katherine Paterson, will appear in a pre-festival event as part of the First Wednesday Lecture Series, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.   Winner of  two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards, she is one of three people to win the two major international awards: for “lasting contribution to children’s literature” she won the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing in 1998. For her career contribution to “children’s and young adult literature in the broadest sense”, she won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council in 2006, the biggest prize in children’s literature. She served as the second U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2010–2011, and she received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the American Library Association in 2013.

Her event, titled Reading for the Life of the World, will consider the importance and many benefits of reading and will take place on the Main Floor of the Library.




Foliage Book and Ephemera Fair!

Antiquarian Booksellers from New England and the Northeast will be offering scarce,  rare & out of print Books, both Antiquarian & Modern, Antique Maps & Prints, Postcards & Ephemera at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center from 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday, October 4.

2014 Marlboro College/Brattleboro Literary Festival Workshops-Register now…

The Brattleboro Literary Festival, in collaboration with Marlboro College, is pleased to announce three new writing workshops on Friday, October 3, featuring choices in both fiction and nonfiction to kick-off the 2014 festival. Our workshop leaders are authors Leslie Jamison, Julia Fierro and Pamela Painter. (NOTE: WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FULL)