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Sy Montgomery & Denny Emerson :: Strafford Town House Forum

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Thursdays in August • 7 pm
Strafford, VT

The historic eighteenth-century Strafford Town House will again host a provocative reading and discussion series in Strafford, Vermont, on four August evenings. This summer’s series will feature cartoonists, poets, journalists, and writers, and each presentation will be followed by conversations with the audience. Everyone is invited to pack a picnic and come early to have supper on the Strafford Common with the authors, whose books will be offered for sale by the Norwich Bookstore.

Living Among the Animals  
Join us as two of our favorite animal experts - Sy Montgomery, author of twenty-eight books, and Denny Emerson, equestrian, trainer, and author - share their experiences.

Sy Montgomery has written twenty-eight books for adults and children, including The Soul of an Octopus, finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently How to Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals. She has been chased by an angry gorilla, bitten by a vampire bat, undressed by an orangutan, and hunted by a tiger. The New York Times called her “Equal parts poet and scientist” and The Boston Globe described her as “Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson.”

Denny Emerson is an equestrian eventer and trainer, author of How Good Riders Get Good and the new Know Better to Do Better: Mistakes I Made with Horses (So You Don’t Have To).
He has ridden many horses over thousands of miles in all kinds of horse events. He has been inducted into three Halls of Fame: the USEA Hall of Fame, the Vermont Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Dartmouth College Athletic Hall of Fame.


Event date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Strafford Town House
Strafford, VT
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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544938328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

A New York Times bestseller!

National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals—her friends—who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green.

Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be tran

Know Better to Do Better: Mistakes I Made with Horses (So You Don't Have To) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781570768958
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)
Published: Trafalgar Square Books - November 13th, 2018

With horses, we don't get a "do-over button," as much as we'd sometimes like one.

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451697728
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)
Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction * New York Times Bestseller * Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick * A Huffington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on Goodreads * Library Journal Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year