Barbara Walsh’s Reading- A Student’s Review

Barbara Walsh’s August Gale. Photo courtesy of

In light of the recent Hurricane Sandy, the Burlington Book Festival gives you a look back to the stormy September day when author Barbara Walsh read from her book, August Gale, which chronicles two stormy tales: one of a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the fisherman caught out to sea in it; the other, a story of the author’s mysterious grandfather and how his abandonment of his family has left an everlasting impression not only on his son, but also on the author herself.

Read on to find out about Barbara Walsh’s reading at the Burlington Book Festival, told from the perspective of Champlain College professional writing major Taylor Covington.


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Another Champlain Student Perspective

Last week, we featured a review from a Champlain College freshman professional writing major about her experience at this year’s Burlington Book Festival. Read on to learn about another student’s experience while attending GennaRose Nethercott’s poetry reading.


The Price of Passion

By Shannon Angel

I entered with an oddly detached mood. All of my peers seemed to be excited or nervous, and yet something about the festival seemed very relaxed to me. Although most people would be relieved by this, I was a bit worried. “Why don’t I care more about this event?” I thought to myself. My location mocked me; I was present in a place which I should be interested and yet was distracted. Thinking about this for a few minutes to myself amongst the crowd, I blinked up and robotically did what I knew was what was expected of me—to seek out the author.
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The Burlington Book Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Tomorrow kicks off the weekend we look forward to all year- the Burlington Book Festival! We hope you’ll join us in welcoming critically-acclaimed  authors to Burlington and hearing their stories, advice, struggles, and successes. Check out the full list of all the amazing authors we’re honored to be hosting here.

Click here to read the Burlington Free Press article on the Festival, which includes an interview with Bill McKibben, and then be sure to read the 7 Days article “Book It.” This article features an interview with author emily m. danforth and a student’s survival guide to the Festival written by Saturday’s “Video Book Trailers: The Nuts and Bolts” workshop presenter Michael Garris. You can view the complete weekend schedule here.

See you there!

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Tracy K. Smith

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Tracy K. Smith.

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. Duende (2007) won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question (2003) was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005.

Smith’s poems embody the lyrical, rhythmic quality of masters such as Lorca. At times political, whimsical, and always meditative, they speak largely to the role of art and to the conception of what it means to be American, dealing with the “evolution and decline of the culture we belong to.” Her work also explores the dichotomy between the ordered world and the irrationality of the self, the importance of submitting oneself willingly to the “ongoing conflict” of life and surviving nonetheless. For Smith, in her own words, poetry is a way of “stepping into the mess of experience.” Continue reading

Emily Bernard

Author Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard is associate professor of English and ALANA U. S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont. Her first book, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letter of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her essays have been published in several journals and anthologies, such as Best American Essays, Best of African American Essays, and Best of Creative Non-Fiction. Bernard has received fellowships from the Alphonse A. Fletcher Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Beneicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Her most recent book, the highly acclaimed Carl Van Vechten: A Portrait in Black and White, was published by Yale University Press in February 2012.

Emily Bernard giving a lecture based on her book Carl Van Vechten: A Portrait in Black and White for Black History Month at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont:

Emily will read at this year’s Burlington Book Festival as part of the “Women’s Work” reading at Phoenix Books Burlington on Sunday, September 23 at 1 PM.