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Shays' Settlement in Vermont
Tuesday, 22nd August, 7pm
Bennington Free Library


In 1786, Daniel Shays, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, led an uprising against the fledgling United States government in protest at perceived injustices. Following a failed attack on the United States’ armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1787, Shays and his men took refuge in the mountains of southwestern Vermont.

The ruins of Shays’ settlement were rediscovered in 1997. Author Stephen Butz led the first formal study of the site, begun in 2013. In his new book, Shays’ Settlement In Vermont, Butz relates the story of Shays’ life, his role in the rebellion named for him, and the rebellion’s influence on the U.S. Constitution.

Shays’ Settlement in Vermont will be released on August 21st. Butz will read from his book at the Bennington Free Library on August 22nd, starting at 7.00pm. There will be an opportunity for questions after the reading, and Butz will sign copies of his book, which will be available for sale at the event. The event is co-sponsored by the Bennington Free Library and The Bennington Bookshop and is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Shays’ Settlement Project, check the website:

Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm
Sunday, 24th September, 7pm
Pangaea Restaurant, North Bennington

Author Peter Gould will read from his recently-released book, Horse-Drawn Yogurt. Gould first moved to Vermont as part of the back-to-the-land movement, and used the experience as material for his novels, Burnt Toast and Write Naked. His latest book is a collection of true stories drawn from Gould's ten years living on Total Loss Farm.

"This book is not a memoir," Gould says. "It's a comforter. I didn't throw all those old clothes away. I cut and pieced them and sewed them together. Now they keep me warm."

There will be an opportunity for questions after the reading, and Gould will sign copies of his book.

Pangaea Lounge opens at 5pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Pangaea Lounge menu for consumption in the restaurant prior to the event.

Buy Horse-Drawn Yogurt

Trace - An Evening with Archer Mayor
The Bennington Free Library
October 2nd, 2017, 7pm

Archer Mayor's new book, Trace, is released in late September. Join us for an evening of stories - Archer's events are always entertaining! There will be opportunities for questions and book signing. We will have plenty of books for sale at the event.

This event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the Bennington Free Library and The Bennington Bookshop.

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