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    Wine & Story Open Mic

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    Third Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 21

    Prompts trigger first-person narratives told to a live audience. at Shelburne Vineyard in Shelburne. Chittenden County (map). $5.

    VT Reads

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    Wed., Oct. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.

    Community members mingle at a multigenerational potluck and book discussion. at Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Chittenden County (map). Free.

    Life as Poetry, Poetry as Life

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    Wed., Oct. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Wordsmiths Sarah W. Bartlett and Anne Averyt read from and discuss their new collections celebrating the resiliency of the human spirit. at Deborah Rawson Memorial Library in Jericho. Chittenden County (map). Free.

    Community Book Discussion

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    Wed., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

    Bibliophiles read into Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. at Waterbury Public Library in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). Free.

    Creative Writing Workshop

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    Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25

    Wordsmiths focus on elements of craft while discussing works-in-progress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. at 110 Main St., Suite 3C in Burlington (map). Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

    Sarah Perry

    Sarah Perry

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    Thu., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

    When author Sarah Perry was 12, her mother was murdered in their home. After authorities caught and prosecuted the killer more than a decade later, Perry began her own investigation into her mother’s life and the social biases behind gender-based violence. The result is her memoir, After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, A Daughter’s Search, released in September. As Publishers Weekly puts it, “Perry’s memoir is a testament to one child’s ability to survive the unspeakable, one woman’s ability to recapture what was lost and a fascinating small-town mystery with breathtaking revelations at the end.” The author appears in conversation with Woodstock-based writer Julia Cooke. at Mon Vert Café in Woodstock. Upper Valley (map). Free.

    Peter Zheutlin

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    Thu., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

    Pet lovers perk up their ears for excerpts of Rescued; What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living With Purpose, Loving With Abandon and Finding Joy in the Little Things. at Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). Free.

    Sophfronia Scott

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    Thu., Oct. 19, 7-8:30 p.m.

    Fiction fans lose themselves in passages from Unforgivable Love: A Retelling of Dangerous Liaisons, set in 1940s Harlem. Champlain Valley Hall commons area. at SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh. Outside Vermont (map). Free.

    William O’Daly & J.S. Graustein

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    Thu., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

    Essays, photographs and poems fill the pages of Water Ways, a new book by the two authors who appear for a reading and signing. at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    A Night of Poetry With David Huddle & Rock Point School

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    Thu., Oct. 19, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

    Lovers of verse lend their ears for readings by an award-winning writer and several students. at Phoenix Books (Burlington) in Burlington (map). Free.

    Jessica Aiken-Hall & Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe

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    Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.

    Readers hear excerpts from the writers' respective books covering topics such as mental illness and domestic violence. An open discussion and a book signing complete the evening. at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Northeast Kingdom (map). Free.

    You Wrote a Book, Now What?: The Secrets to Getting Published

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    Sat., Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Editor and agent Susan Sontag lays out concrete steps to transforming an original idea into a royalty agreement. at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. Chittenden County (map). Free.

    Phoenix Books 10th Anniversary Party

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    Sat., Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.

    Bibliophiles celebrate the bookseller with light fare, music and good company. at Phoenix Books (Essex) in Essex. Chittenden County (map). Free.

    Poetry Experience

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    First and Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 p.m.

    Rajnii Eddins facilitates a poetry and spoken-word workshop aimed at building confidence and developing a love of writing. at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington (map). Free.

    Jeffrey Lent

    Jeffrey Lent

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    Sun., Oct. 22, 2 p.m.

    The Vermont author offers thoughts on his latest novel, Before We Sleep. at Phoenix Books (Misty Valley) in Chester. Brattleboro/Okemo Valley (map). Free.
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