Thursday, March 12, 7 PM, American social anthropologist Ann Armbrecht, PhD, will discuss her recent book, Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home, in the library's Main Reading Room. A "thin place" is a place where two worlds meet,usually the mundane and the spiritual worlds. During the 1990s, Dr. Armbrecht made several trips to northeastern Nepal to research the relationship between Yamphu Rai farmers and their land use in an area recently designated as a national park and conservation area; and whether-as she believed-they held a wisdom about living on the earth that the industrialized West had forgotten.
|Thursday, March 26, 7 PM, Author Hal LaCroix will present a talk on his book Journey Out of Darkness: The Real Story of American Heroes in Hitler's POW Camps. The book is illustrated with photographs by Jorg Meyer. Journey Out of Darkness is a poignant collection of portraits, in words and photographs, of 19 former prisoners of war who bravely endured captivity in Nazi Germany during World War II. Through these men, one can learn essential truths about the POW experience during that war-truths that counter many popular myths and misconceptions. Journalist LaCroix and photographer Meyer have crafted a powerful exploration of the struggles of these brave veterans. Using both oral histories and photographs, Journey Out of Darkness humanizes a terrifying aspect of war, redefining how we think about these men as POWs, survivors, patriots, and members of the "Greatest Generation." |
Friday, March 27, 7 PM, Newfane author Castle Freeman, Jr. will read from his new novel, All That I Have, in the Main Room.
Just one year after his critically acclaimed, Go With Me: A Novel¸ Castle presents his readers with another "gripping, wise, and darkly funny tale of suspense. Sheriff Lucian Wing confronts a series of trials that test his work, his marriage, and the settled order of his life. Wing is an experienced, practical man who enforces the law in his corner of Vermont with a steady hand and a generous tolerance. Things are not as they should be, however, in the sheriff's small, protected domain. The outside world draws near, and threats multiply: the arrival in the district of a band of exotic, major league criminals; an ambitious and aggressive deputy; the self-destructive exploits of a local bad boy; Wing's discovery of a domestic crisis. The sheriff's response to these diverse challenges calls on all the personal resources he has cultivated during his working life: patience, tact, and humor.
Castle Freeman Jr. is the award-winning author of three previous novels, a story collection, and a collection of essays. He has been a regular essayist for The Old Farmer's Almanac since 1982 and is also a contributor to Vermont Life magazine. He lives in Newfane, Vermont.
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