Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Bookstock literary festival begins July 29


July 29-31—WOODSTOCK—Bookstock, a literary festival centered in Woodstock, will be held over a long weekend: Friday, July 29; Saturday, July 30; and Sunday, July 31. Bookstock supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Upper Valley and celebrates authors and poets, both established and emerging, from the region. New England is home to many talented writers representing diverse genres, from national Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging young writers and those who have found their compelling voice at midlife. Bookstock encourages appreciation for good writing and other artistic endeavors by introducing residents and visitors of all ages to writers, musicians and artists in an intimate setting.

Most events take place in historic buildings around Woodstock’s Green, within three minutes’ walk to the center of Woodstock village. Locations include: UU Chapel, Zack’s Place, St. James Church, Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock History Center, and Bentley’s Restaurant. In addition, ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret hosts the opening reception on Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by a poetry jam at 7:30 p.m.; as well as the “UnBound” exhibition of book art on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park hosts a writing workshop and presentation. Bentley’s Restaurant holds a brunch reading Sunday morning. A poet and author reception will be held Saturday at St. James Parish Hall, 5:30 p.m., and all are welcome.

Bookstock hosts two remarkable book sales at once. Norman Williams Public Library offers a unique selection of fine vintage books of interest to both serious and casual collectors. In addition, NWPL and the North Universalist Chapel Society collaborate to put together an extraordinary used book fair. Thousands of quality secondhand books are available at yard sale prices under a tent on the Green, carefully arranged by genre and topic. Both will run Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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