FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2013

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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture


Author Chris Bohjalian Talks about Latest Novel at Rutland Free Library




Rutland ~ Award-winning author Chris Bohjalian will discuss the writing of his latest novel in a talk at Rutland Free Library on March 6. His talk, "Fiction’s Getting to the Truth: Chris Bohjalian’s The Sandcastle Girls, Family History, and Armenian Genocide," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.


A story of genocide in Armenia, The Sandcastle Girls was published in July 2012 to great acclaim, making several national bestseller lists. Bohjalian has called it the most important book he will ever write.


Bohjalian is the author of fifteen books, including other New York Times bestsellers The Night Strangers, Secrets of Eden, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, Before Your Know Kindness, and Midwives. He has written for a wide variety of magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and has been a Sunday columnist for the Burlington Free Press since 1992.


The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Rutland are held at Rutland Free Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.


Upcoming talks in Rutland include “Literary Paris: the 1920s in the City of Light” with Dartmouth professor Barbara Will on April 3; and “The Evolution of Sports Writing” with Sports Illustrated senior writer Alexander Wolff on May 1.


The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Rutland Free Library is sponsored by Friends of the Rutland Free Library and Rutland Regional Medical Center.


“Fiction’s Getting to the Truth” is sponsored by The Vermont Country Store.


For more information, contact Rutland Free Library at 802.773.1860, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit


First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Essex Junction (at Brownell Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Norwich (at Norwich Congregational Church, hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. 


Rutland First Wednesdays listing


First Wednesdays Brochure


The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.


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