Vermont author Chris Bohjalian hosts this showcase of up-and-coming women writers: Melanie Finn (The Underneath), Sarah Healy (The Sisters Chase), Maria Hummel (Still Lives), and Robin MacArthur (Heart Spring Mountain).
Each author will read from new work and Bohjalian will make an introduction and facilitate a discussion. With a book signing and refreshments. Free and open to the public.
A Vermont Arts Council Vermont Arts 2018 Program.
About the Authors:
Melanie Finn, author of The Underneath and The Gloaming, was born and raised in Kenya until age 11, when she moved with her family to Connecticut. After studying journalism at NYU, she worked as a freelance journalist and screenwriter for 20 years, living and working in six different countries. In 2004, her first novel, Away From You was published to international acclaim. The following year, she and her husband, the wildlife filmmaker Matt Aeberhard, moved to a remote region of Tanzania to make DisneyNature’s beautiful, haunting flamingo epic, The Crimson Wing. During the filming, Melanie became the medic to the local Masai community and established The Natron Healthcare Project. Her second novel, The Gloaming, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2016, a finalist for the Vermont Book Award and The Guardian's "Not the Booker" Prize. She now lives on a hill in Vermont with Matt, their twin daughters, three Tanzanian mutts and two very old horses.
Maria Hummel is the author of Still Lives; Motherland, an SF Chronicle Book of the Year; House and Fire; and Wilderness Run. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Pushcart Prizes, Narrative, The Sun, and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. She worked as a writer/editor at MOCA in Los Angeles, then received a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and taught there for many years. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Vermont, and lives in Vermont with her husband and sons.
Robin MacArthur lives on the hillside farm where she was born in Marlboro, Vermont. Her debut collection of short stories, HALF WILD, won the 2017 PEN New England award for fiction, and was a finalist for both the New England Book Award and the Vermont Book Award. Robin is the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology, one-half of the indie folk duo Red Heart the Ticker, and the recipient of two Creation Grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught in many non-traditional settings throughout the U.S. When not writing, Robin spends her time prying rocks out of unruly garden soil, picking blackberries and raspberries outside her back door, and traipsing through woods with her big-hearted and half-wild children.