january, 2021

08jan5:00 pm5:00 pmMad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck5:00 pm - 5:00 pm Brattleboro Literary Festival

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Literary Cocktail Hour with William Souder, Friday, January 8!

Festival Launches 20th Anniversary Year With a New Literary Cocktail Hour!

Think California, make your favorite drink and join us with author and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Souder, Friday, January 8 at 5:00 pm EST, for a discussion of his book Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck. The first full-length biography of the Nobel laureate to appear in a quarter century, Mad at the World illuminates what has made the work of John Steinbeck an enduring part of the literary canon: his capacity for empathy. Souder explores Steinbeck’s long apprenticeship as a writer struggling through the depths of the Great Depression, and his rise to greatness with masterpieces such as The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath. Angered by the plight of the Dust Bowl migrants who were starving even as they toiled to harvest California’s limitless bounty, fascinated by the guileless decency of the downtrodden denizens of Cannery Row, and appalled by the country’s refusal to recognize the humanity common to all of its citizens, Steinbeck took a stand against social injustice—paradoxically, given his inherent misanthropy—setting him apart from the writers of the so-called “lost generation.” He wrote around 30 books, both fiction and non-fiction, and 10 of his books were made into movies. Bill Souder will be in conversation about Steinbeck with area Vermont writer Tim Weed.

Free and open to the public….register at the link below:


Registered participants will be able to interact with the author in a question and answer session. You can also watch the event live-streamed on the Brattleboro Literary Festival’s Facebook page without registering.


(Friday) 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Brattleboro Literary Festival

P.O. Box 1116

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