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May 9 — Book Discussion: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Part of the Memorable Memoirs series. Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life. The following memoirs use both traditional and unconventional formats to do just that. Led by John R Turner. Hosted by the Fairfax Community Library. Fairfax Community Library, 75 Hunt St, 6:30 pm. Karyn Norwood, (802) 849-2420.
May 30 — Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain. Learn about Lake Champlain's most harrowing shipwreck stories from the Revolutionary War to the present day with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum archaeologist Adam Kane. With over 300 wrecks in its dark, cold waters, Lake Champlain has witnessed feats of heroism and terrible tragedies. Take a memorable tour through slides, drawings, and video of what lies beneath the waves. Hosted by the Swanton 250th Anniversary Committee.Swanton, Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge, 29 Tabor Rd, 7:00 pm. Rebecca Rupp, (802) 868-2879.
June 5 — Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense. Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humour no matter how grisly the subject matter. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Hosted by the Georgia Public Library. Georgia Public Library, 1697 Ethan Allen Hwy, 7:00 pm. Angela Peck, (802) 524-4643.
July 22 — Vermont History through Song. Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through state history, using the songs Vermonters published in their communities. Hosted by the Enosburg Historical Society. Enosburg Falls Methodist Church, 245 Church St., 7:00 pm. Janice Geraw, (802) 933-2102.
August 26 — Agatha Christie: Creator of Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. In this living history performance by Helene Lang, Ms. Christie tells you how a typewriter in Torguay spawned over 80 mysteries and created Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. Learn about her life and walk in her footsteps in England. Discover why she was so knowledgeable about the poisons used in her stories; what influences in her life informed the creation of her famous leading detectives; some personal information about her family; and why she went to Yorkshire under an assumed name. Hosted by the Enosburg Historical Society. Enosburg Falls, West Enosburg United Methodist Church, 1725 Tyler Branch Rd, 7:00 pm. Shirley Duso, (802) 933-4394.
May 8 — Book Discussion: Night by Elie Wiesel. Part of the World War II: The Loss of the Age of Innocence series. These novels richly illustrate coming-of-age themes against the backdrop of World War II with three memorable protagonists: an Army bombardier, a girl on the American homefront, and a teenage survivor of the Nazi genocide. Led by Barbara Mieder. Hosted by the South Hero Community Library. South Hero Community Library, 75 South St, 7:00 pm. Diana Cleborne, (802) 372-6209.
June 26 — A Sense of Place: Vermont's Farm Legacy. The character of a place is shaped by its cultural heritage and folklife, the informal traditions of family and community that guide the ways in which a person plans a meal, treats a neighbor, or understands civic responsibility. In Vermont the cultural legacy of farming has strongly influenced the identity of Vermonters, and it is these distinctive traditions, which have persisted even with the decline in farm numbers, that help make the state unique. This lecture by Gregory Sharrow explores the fabric of farm culture in the past and probes its relationship to the world of Vermont today. Hosted by the South Hero Community Library. South Hero Community Library, 75 South St, 7:00 pm. Carolyn Brennan, (802) 372-6209.