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Woodstock To Host Three-Day Bookstock

If books are in decline, that won’t be evident in Woodstock next week.

Writers and readers will gather July 26-28 for Bookstock, “The Green Mountain Literary Festival,” now in its fifth year.

Highlights include a “giant’’ book sale, a celebration of local authors, and a whirlwind of workshops, receptions and other events, even a literary brunch.

On Saturday in the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, keynote speaker Jeanne Theoharis will present an account of the life of Rosa Parks, the Civil Rights heroine. Also that day, three noted poets will appear: 2013 U.S. Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco, former Poet Laureate Donald Hall, and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet Galway Kinnell.

Organizers said “one of America’s most exciting young poets, Aimee Nezhukumatathil,” will also read, as will the Upper Valley’s own Jeff Friedman.

Sunday events include a tribute to Marcel Marceau, the legendary mime, and a screening of Northern Borders, Jay Craven’s independent film based on a Howard Frank Mosher novel.

Events are free and open to the public. Bookstock has a lively and comprehensive website that lists them all, at www.bookstockvt.org.