Lauret Savoy (2016)

Join Lauret Savoy, the acclaimed author of 'Trace' for this talk from the 2016 Brattleboro Literary Festival, held at Brooks Memorial Library on October 16, 2016.

A woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, Lauret Savoy weaves together human stories of migration, displacement, and erasure that explore how this country’s still unfolding history marks a person, a people, and the land itself. Her latest work, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, won the 2016 American Book Award. Called a “sui generis creation, wherein John McPhee meets James Baldwin” by New York Magazine, Trace counters some of our oldest and most damaging public silences. It was also a finalist the PEN American Open Book Award and the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, among other honors. Lauret is a photographer, pilot, professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College, and winner of the college’s distinguished teaching award.

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