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Book Notes: Civil rights talk in Quechee accompanies ‘Vermont Reads’

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 2/7/2019 10:00:51 PM
Modified: 2/7/2019 10:01:00 PM

Vermont Law School professor Peter Teachout and Systems Plus co-founder Jake Blum will talk about their civil-rights-era experiences in the South, during a panel discussion about protest movements on Tuesday night at 7 at the Quechee Library.

The gathering is the first in the Vermont Reads series, built around the first installment of civil-rights leader/survivor John Lewis’ graphic novel March. John Hall, chairman of the town of Hartford’s Committee on Racial Equity and Inclusion, also will join the discussion, which Hanover resident and professional photographer Jon Gilbert Fox will moderate.

In their young adulthood, Teachout and Blum, now residents of Norwich, both went to the South in 1964 to help register black citizens to vote. That year and 1965 in particular were marked by often-violent reaction not only from white residents but by the police and the white political power-brokers. In the depths of the turmoil, Alabama police bludgeoned Lewis nearly to death before the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, and in the summer of 1964, racists in a Mississippi town kidnapped, murdered and hid the bodies of activists Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner, both New Yorkers, and James Chaney, a black activist from Meridian, Miss.

Admission is free to the panel discussion.

Behind the Bible

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Norwich is hosting a discussion on Saturday morning about the book Women Who Knew Jesus.

The exploration of Christ’s interaction with women is by Episcopal priest Bonnie Ring. Discussion leaders are Deb Meyer and the Rev. Jennie Anderson, rector of St. Barnabas. The church has a few copies of the book. To learn more, email Meyer at

From the author’s mouth

Poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi reads from her most recent collection, Rocket Fantastic, on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at Dartmouth College’s Sanborn Library.

Calvocoressi’s appearance is the next in the Dartmouth English Department’s Cleopatra Mathis Poetry and Prose Reading Series. Her other collections include 2005’s The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart. She currently teaches poetry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is an editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The Norwich Bookstore will sell copies of the poet’s book and serve light refreshments at the reading, to which admission is free.

David Corriveau can be reached at and at 603-727-3304.

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