Vermont Community Events
‘Daisy Turner’s Kin’ in Grafton
On Thursday, October 6, at 11 a.m., Vermont folklorist Jane Beck will be speaking at the Grafton Inn on ‘Daisy Turner’s Kin,’ a multi-generational saga spanning two centuries played out across three continents. The story was related to Jane Beck by Daisy Turner, who had listened to her father, a former slave, recount stories of the family’s past. The captivating narrative covers the early 19th century British-African trade, a shipwreck, slavery and plantation life, escape, the Civil War, moving north, battling racism, buying land and settling on a hilltop in Grafton. Daisy also shared her own life story, a powerful and rare account of the African American experience in New England from the 1880s forward. The talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with
disabilities. For more information, contact Elsie Smith at 802-824-4406 or [email protected]
Arthur Mayor to Read Excerpts at Bennington Bookshop
Joe Gunther is back! ‘Presumption of Guilt’ is the 27th book in Archer Mayor’s Joe Gunther series, and features all our old friends: Willy Kunkle – even more paranoid than usual; Sammie Martens, Lester Spinney and Beverly Hillstrom. A skeleton is discovered during demolition work at the Vermont Yankee power station. The concrete slab in which the body is found was poured 40 years ago, and Joe and his team are able to identify the body relatively quickly. Discovering a motive and the perpetrator of the crime proves more difficult. As the investigation continues, the victim’s partner is found shot dead in his swimming pool, and Lester’s son, also a police officer, is kidnapped. This is classic Archer Mayor; a thoroughly good police procedural. The author will read from his latest book at the Bennington Free Library at 101 Silver Street on Thursday, October 6, starting at 7 p.m., in an event co-sponsored by The Bennington Bookshop, Vermont’s oldest independent bookstore, located at 467 Main Street, Bennington. Visit benningtonbookshop.com to learn more.
Winhall Book Discussion
Join the Winhall Memorial Library’s new book discussion group at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 8. Bring your favorite book or what you have been reading to share with the group, which will meet monthly. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 802-297- 9741.
Hitchcock Film to Screen at MCL
Manchester Community Library will screen a 1943 Hitchcock thriller at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12. A young woman discovers her visiting Uncle Charlie may not be the man he seems to be, casting a ‘Shadow of a Doubt.’ Director Alfred Hitchcock often said it was his favorite film. The screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 108 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. Call 802-362-2607 for details.