Bookstock festival goes virtual

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WOODSTOCK — Virtual Bookstock 2020, a series of livestreaming events that begin Sept. 17, will take the place of Bookstock's traditional end-of-July festival, which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, organizers have announced.

The festival, now in its 12th year, will present a series of events are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Bookstock will be able to participate from their living rooms, commenting and asking questions of the authors following their presentation.

The series begins on Sept. 17 with Reuben Jackson, a prolific poet, jazz historian, and widely known to Vermont audiences as the former host of Vermont Public Radio's Friday Night Jazz (2013-18), among other achievements. Though he moved back to D.C., Jackson is still considered to be a member of Vermont's cultural community.

The Oct. 15 presentation features author is Jason Lutes, one of the country's most interesting comic book creators and graphic novelists. Lutes' Berlin (2018) is a portrait of the German city during the rise of fascism. Considered one of the masterworks of the graphic novel's golden age, his 600-page opus has been published in 15 different languages. Lutes won the 2019 Vermont Book Award. He lives near Woodstock and teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

The Nov. 19 presenter has not yet been announced.

On Dec. 17, speaking will be Nikita Stewart, a New York Times journalist covering social services and author of "Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World." The Newswomen's Club of New York recognized Stewart in 2018 for her coverage of homelessness, mental health, and poverty. Her presentation continues Bookstock's commitment to pressing social and environmental issues.

Virtual Bookstock 2020 is a partnership between Bookstock and the Norman Williams Public Library, To learn more, visit https://bookstockvt.org/.

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