Events in North Bennington Offer a ‘Rather Haunted Night’
Literary critic Ruth Franklin will read from her biography, ‘A Rather Haunted Life,’ about author Shirley Jackson in the Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough House, 1 Park Street, North Bennington, at 6.30 p.m, on Sunday, October 30. Jackson, who was born 100 years ago this month and lived the latter part of her life in North Bennington, is perhaps best known for her dark short story, ‘The Lottery,’ which created an uproar for its depiction of a fictional small town’s thirst for blood, and her novel, ‘The Haunting of Hill House,’ considered a spooky classic. Franklin’s biography is partly based on previously undiscovered letters. Franklin will answer questions and sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale from the Bennington Bookshop, along with copies of Jackson’s books, and the new graphic edition of ‘The Lottery,’ illustrated by her grandson, Miles Hyman. The evening will also feature live music from Sam Clement and Friends, refreshments and a cash bar. For more information, call 802-442-5059 or visit benningtonbookshop.com.
In a related event, the John G. McCullough Free Library, 2 Main Street, North Bennington, will be opening from 4.30 to 6.30 p.m. that evening with a special display of Shirley Jackson artifacts. Call 802-447-7121 to learn more.