• July 21, 6 p.m., Maya Cantu on Theresa Rebeck and William Congreve.
With a nod to William Congreve, award winning American Playwright Theresa Rebeck takes the ageless idea that there is a way of the world and, bringing her trademark scorching wit, proves that, even now in today's world, the same principals continue to empower society's 1 percent. Set in the hyper-rich Hamptons of today, Rebeck's adaptation of Congreve's comedy of manners The Way of The World follows the story of a good-hearted heiress who has become prey to the attentions of an amoral party boy. Rebeck's reinvention applies a feminist edge to a gleefully evil-hearted bi-sexual demimonde, employing a language that is completely of the moment while remaining faithful only to Congreve and Trollope's gimlet-eyed questions about the viciousness of society. Maya Cantu theatre historian from the faculty of Bennington College leads a talk and discussion comparing Rebeck with her predecessor. This event is made possible with support from The Vermont Humanities Council.
• July 22, 7 p.m. Rebecca Makkai in Conversation with Megan Mayhew Bergman - Music in Wartime
Join us for a special evening with two special authors; Rebecca Makkai in conversation with Megan Mayhew Bergman as they speak about Makkai's book Music in Wartime. Named a must-read by the Chicago Tribune, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and The L Magazine Named one of the best short story collections of 2015 by Bookpage and Kansas City Star Rebecca Makkai's first two novels, The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, have established her as one of the freshest and most imaginative voices in fiction. Now, the award-winning writer, whose stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best American Short Stories, returns with a highly anticipated collection bearing her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart.
• July 23, 7 p.m., Duo Author Event - T.Greenwood and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Join us for a special event featuring two authors, T. Greenwood and Miranda Beverly- Whittemore as they discuss their new books, "Where I Lost Her" and "June."
T. Greenwood's novels, deftly combining lyrical prose with heartrending subject matter, have earned her acclaim as "a writer of subtle strength finding light in the darkest of stories" (Publishers Weekly).
In "Where I Lost Her," Greenwood is at her formidable best as she brings her lush prose and distinctive style to a novel of literary suspense in the vein of Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and Mary Kubica's, The Good Girl. Where I Lost Her is a story about the fine line between longing and madness, nurturing and obsession, as one woman searches for the truth about a mysterious child. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. Twenty-five- year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family's crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her — her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery's vast fortune. Soon Jack's famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June's silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack's lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.