In recognition of the 35th year of the AIDS pandemic and to honor the work of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont (APSV), “A Weekend to Remember & Celebrate… Life, Loss, Love” will be presented at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.
The benefit weekend begins on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm with the one-night-only performance of the 1989 show, “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens,” the first piece written about the AIDS pandemic. Elegies is a song cycle with music by Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by lyricist Bill Russell.
On Sunday, October 16, the 1955 film, “All That Heaven Allows,” starring Rock Hudson will be shown at 4pm in the main theatre of the Latchis. This film is free and open to the public. Hudson was the first major Hollywood star to go public with an AIDS diagnosis.
Lead sponsor for the event is The Samara Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, helping to create a vibrant Vermont LGBTQ community. Net proceeds benefit the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1988. http://www.aidsprojectsouthernvermont.org/
For all details about weekend events, visit www.elegiesvt.com. To purchase tickets visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=larts
Did you know that Brattleboro Community Television recorded several events from the 2015 festival? Below are links to the events.
Castle Freeman and Ernest Hebert
Forrest Gander and Rachel Eliza Griffiths
http://www.brattleborotv.org/brattleboro-literary-festival/2015-lit-fest-poets-forrest-gander-rachel-eliza-griffithsst Gander and Rachel Eliza Griffiths
We are in the process of building our website to be more mobile friendly which may delay the 2016 update. We are sorry for the delay but will be posting author information daily until the site is complete on our Facebook page. So like us on Facebook and you will see the author list unfold-first post was today, June 29!
Because we know you don’t want to miss a minute of the 15th 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 (near 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 $.60-$.75 per hour. On Friday and Saturday, parking regulations are enforced from 9-6. Parking is free on Sunday.
If you are running from Centre Church to 118 Elliot, consider going through the Brooks House lobby to the Harmony Lot to save a few steps.
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 free Wi-Fi and restrooms. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
The Works– large cafe with sandwiches, wraps, panini, breakfast sandwiches and bagels. Free 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. Free 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. Free WiFi and restrooms. On Main St. in the Brooks House.
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 while you are there, Wi-Fi, restrooms.
Brattle Burger-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 a more casual full breakfast all day, The Restless Rooster on Elliot Street next to 118 Elliot- they also serve lunch(Free Wi-Fi). 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 and Brewery 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:
Reservations are recommended for these locations
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
ENJOY THE FESTIVAL!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
On 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.
HOSTED BY THE FRIENDS OF BROOKS MEMORIAL LIBRARY