Bookstock, the Green Mountain Festival of Words, will host 45 authors at its eleventh annual literary festival in Woodstock, VT, on July 26 – 28.
They include 11 novelists, 22 non-fiction authors, and 12 poets. In addition will be dance and musical performances and the annual juried exhibition of book art produced by ArtisTree. Festival events are free and open to the public.
Jordan Engel, Bookstock coordinator, says “We want everyone to discover something new and important for themselves. So we designed a festival for all tastes and ages.”
Marcelo Gleiser, a physicist at Dartmouth who has explored the intersections of cosmology with the human mind since his youth in Brazil will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, July 27 at 10 am. He will talk about the limits of what we can know about the world and ourselves and how the sciences and the humanities together may shed some light on the mystery of who we are.
The three day event will mix together nationally recognized and rising authors, many of whom reside in Vermont. The authors include cartoonist Ed Koren, master illustrator David Macauley, and former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin. Poets include Carolyn Forche, long recognized for her poetic skill in witnessing the struggle for justice and peace.
The venues of the festival are mostly very close to the town’s beautiful green. On the Green will be a massive second hand book sale, a virtual reality demo tent, a “hire-a-poet’ tent, twenty exhibitors, a food court, and live music.
Brattleboro-based Green Writers Press will receive the Vermont Literary Inspiration Award for outstanding inspiration to the literary prosperity and traditions of Vermont.
Some 25 area non-profits and businesses put on or support the festival. The complete festival program is available as a PDF..
About Bookstock, the Green Mountain Festival of Words. Bookstock, now in its 11th year, supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Vermont and New England. The festival draws upon regional talent representing diverse genres, from national Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging young writers and those who have found their compelling voice at midlife. Bookstock, produced by volunteers, non-profits and businesses in the Woodstock area, introduces participants of all ages to writers and artists in an intimate setting. Besides presentations, the festival includes large second hand book sales, exhibitor tents, music, a juried book art show, and virtual reality. All events are free and open to the public.