Melanie Finn & Gish Jen

09jul3:00 pmMelanie Finn & Gish JenBack Roads Readings


Free Admission!


(Sunday) 3:00 pm


HCA Tent

Event Details

Back Roads Readings was created to bring esteemed poets and writers, both local and regional, to read their work to people in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Readings are followed by a book signing and reception, and are held outside under HCA’s spacious event tent.

  • Due to Sunday’s forecast the reading will be held on the Main Stage.

Melanie Finn is the author of Away From You, The Underneath, The Gloaming and, this year’s winner of the Vermont Book Award, The Hare. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards, including the IMPAC Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction, The Guardian’s Not the Booker, and the New England Book Award. The Gloaming was a New York Times Notable Book of 2016. She has also worked as a journalist and screenwriter, and she is the writer and producer of the Disney Nature wildlife epic Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos. Born and raised in Kenya and the US, Finn is the co-founder and director of the Tanzanian-based charity, Natron Healthcare, which brings health education and sustainable healthcare to remote Masai communities. She and her family actively re-wild their remote hillside in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Gish Jen is the author of two books of stories, five novels, and two works of nonfiction. Her work has been chosen for The Best American Short Stories five times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century (1999), edited by John Updike. She was featured in a PBS American Masters special on the American novel and her work is widely taught. Her most recent book is a collection of short stories, Thank You Mr. Nixon (2022). Her honors include a Fulbright Fellowship, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; as well as the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Livings Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Jen is currently a Visiting Professor at Harvard and splits her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Vermont.


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