Shirley Jackson Day Returns to North Bennington


NORTH BENNINGTON >> On June 27 the new Left Bank in North Bennington, in cooperation with the Bennington Cultural and Arts Council, will again celebrate the career of local writer Shirley Jackson (1916-1965). Jackson, a prolific author whose work includes stories, novels, and plays, is best known for her short story "The Lottery," one of the most popular tales in modern fiction.

2015 and 2016 will bring a Shirley Jackson revival. A new biography is due to appear as well as a new volume of the author's previously uncollected works. Two of Jackson's most popular novels of family life, based on her own years in North Bennington, Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages, have recently been reissued. Other projects are under discussion.

Participate in the revival with this evening devoted to Jackson and her work. Ruth Franklin, author of the forthcoming new biography of Jackson, due out in 2016, will read from her work-in-progress. Introductory music will be provided by Jackson's son Barry Hyman. A question and answer period will follow the talk.

The Left Bank, which houses a variety of community programs, occupies the former Merchants Bank building in the center of North Bennington. The Bennington Cultural and Arts Council sponsors local projects in the humanities and the arts.



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