We are celebrating the arrival of A Grace Paley Reader with readings of a few of her poems, stories and essays, by the editors Kevin Bowen and Nora Paley (Grace's daughter), and friends. We would also love to hear stories from local friends and acquaintances of Grace Paley who shared her interest in the neighborhood beauty, community, and passionate political activism in response to harm.
With an introduction by George Saunders, A Grace Paley Reader collects the best of Paley's writing, and showcases the breadth of her work and her extraordinary insight and empathy. Born in the Bronx in 1922, Grace Paley lived in the Upper Valley for many years and was renowned for her writing and activism. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. This volume has been published to mark the 10th anniversary of her death.
In a May 2007 interview -- one of her last -- with Vermont Woman newspaper, Paley said of her dreams for her grandchildren: "It would be a world without militarism and racism and greed – and where women don't have to fight for their place in the world."
Please note: This event is full with a long waiting list... We are sorry we cannot accomodate everyone who wishes to attend.
Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Please call 802-649-1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to save a seat.
"A writer like Paley," writes George Saunders, "comes along and brightens language up again, takes it aside and gives it a pep talk, sends it back renewed, so it can do its job, which is to wake us up." Best known for her inimitable short stories, Grace Paley was also an enormously talented essayist and poet, as well as a fierce activist.