Haystack Book Talks brings writers into conversation on a wide range of topics to celebrate ideas and discourse.

SERIOUS CONVERSATIONS.


ABOUT HAYSTACK
BOOK TALKS

Tucked away in the beautiful wooded hills of Northwestern Connecticut, Norfolk provides an intimate setting for the festival. Literary conversations are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 4, 5, and 6 2019, in downtown Norfolk, set against the backdrop of autumn foliage.

New this year, the festival will also offer an array of “one-off” conversations during the summer.

All events are held at the Norfolk Library and are free and open to the public with reservations required.

We are thrilled to add this literary festival to the vibrant cultural offerings in town, including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale Norfolk School of Music and ArtInfinity HallNorfolk Library and Norfolk Historical Society.

SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFO ABOUT OUR 2019 FESTIVAL AND MUCH, MORE!

Please contact us @ 860-542-7185 x260 for more information about ADA/
mobility accommodations.

The Haystack Book Talks is sponsored in part by the Norfolk Foundation, Inc. 
We are especially grateful to Steve Melville for spearheading this literary festival.


2019 PROGRAM, CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR MORE UPDATES…

Sunday, June 2
Nell Painter, author of “Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over” in conversation with Byron Kim and Lisa Sigal, Co-Directors of the Yale Norfolk School of Art, under the title “In and Out of Art School.”

Sunday, July 7
Dr Alan Walker, author of “Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times” in conversation with Melvin Chen, Director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, under the title “Discussion of Frédéric Chopin, A Life and Times.”

August 2, 3, or 4 (TBD)
Program TBD

Friday, October 4 (evening)
"Brendan Gill Lecture" speaker Mitchell S. Jackson author of Survival Math 

Saturday (order TBD), October 5
David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, in conversation with Steve Luxenberg, author of Separate: The Story of Plessy V Ferguson and America's Journey From Slavery to Segregation

Anne Garrells, author of Putin Country and NPR war correspondent, in conversation with Janine Di Giovanni, the author of The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria

Courtney Maum, author of Costalegre, in conversation with Teddy Wayne, the author of Love Song of Johnny Valentine

Martha Saxton, author of The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington in conversation with Stephanie Rogers-Jones, the author of They Were Her Property: White Women As Slave Owners in the American South

Sunday, October 6
Dan Flores, author of Coyote America in conversation with Ben Goldfarb, the author of Eager: The Secret Life of Beavers
TBD Forester hosted nature walk in the Great Mountain Forest

HERE’S WHAT YOU MISSED in 2018….

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018


4:00pm – 6:00PM

Norfolk Library Associates Opening Reception with festival organizers and speakers. 
Location: Norfolk Library FREE; refreshments served; open to public; Books on display.

5:00PM – 7:00PM

Norfolk Historical Society Exhibit Opening Reception Paperback Revolution: Norfolk's ‘Modern Age Books' and How It Changed the Way America Reads
Location: Norfolk Historical Society FREE; refreshments served; open to public 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018

9:00AM – 10:00AM

When Picket Fences Burn
Rumaan Alam, That Kind of Mother, and Angelica Baker, Our Little Racket, discuss race, class divisions and changing definitions of “family” in contemporary America.                  
Location: Battell Chapel; Followed by book sales and signings at Norfolk Library

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Pablo Neruda
Mark Eisner, author of Neruda: The Poet’s Calling, in conversation with Jessica Powell, translator of Neruda’s crucial early venture of the infinite man.
Location: Battell Chapel; Followed by book sales and signings at Norfolk Library

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Giving Voice: Originality and Translation
John Keene, Counternarratives, with Rosa AlcaláMyOTHER Tongue, explore the complexities of voice in their work as writers and translators.
Location: Battell Chapel; Followed by book sales and signings at Norfolk Library

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Border Crossings   
Ken Ilgunas, This Land Is Our Land: How We Lost the Right to Roam and How to Take It Back, and Kate Harris, Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road  take us trespassing around the world.
Location: Battell Chapel; Followed by book sales and signings at Norfolk Library

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Water, Water, Everywhere: Rethinking the Coastline                                                       
Julian Brave NoiseCat talks with Jeff Goodell, The Water Will Come, about the social and ecological inevitabilities of our ongoing climate transformation.
Location: Norfolk Curling Club; Followed by book sales and signings at the Norfolk Curling Club

1:00PM

Tobey Bog Walk with Star Childs
Location: Walk will start/end at the Norfolk Curling Club FREE

11:00AM – 4:00PM

Paperback Revolution: Norfolk's 'Modern Age Books' and How It Changed the Way
America Reads,
an exhibit of the Norfolk Historical Society.  Modern Age Books, founded by Norfolk's Dick Childs in 1936, was one of the first paperback publishers in the US, issuing progressive paperbacks.  Exhibit focus: Child’s innovative use of illustration, printing, and distribution processes to help democratize American reading, writing, and publishing. Location: Norfolk Historical Society FREE


PLAN YOUR VISIT

Visit Norfolk, Connecticut, for the Haystack Book Talks Festival. Visit the town site to plan your visit this October.