Haystack Book Talks brings authors from all over the country

Wildlife authors Ben Goldfarb and Dan Flores at the Norfolk Library during the Haystack Book Talks on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Wildlife authors Ben Goldfarb and Dan Flores at the Norfolk Library during the Haystack Book Talks on Sunday, Oct. 6.
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The Norfolk Foundation held its Haystack Book Talks on Friday, Oct. 4, Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6.The talks were all held at the Norfolk Library, except for the walk and talk with authors Ben Goldfarb and Dan Flores on Oct. 6 which was entitled “The Art of the Dam: Beavers in Our Backyard” which was held at the Great Mountain Forest. 
The talks included a lecture on Oct. 4 on longtime Norfolk resident Brendan Gill by Mitchell Jackson, author of “Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family.” Along with a discussion on Oct. 5 with award-winning journalists Janine di Giovanni, author of “The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria” and Anne Garrels, author of “Naked in Baghdad.”
“Part of the mission of the Norfolk Foundation is to expand upon the cultural attractions here in town,” Norfolk Foundation Executive Director Dawn Whalen said. “There is such a rich literary history in town so this is a perfect fit.”
Whalen said that 11 authors took part in the series.
“Why so many authors? That’s because we wanted to make this into a weekend-long event and wanted it to draw people into town,” Whalen said.
“Norfolk has had a very long literary heritage and we’ve decided to draw upon that,” library director Ann Havemeyer said. “We’ve had many authors come here to Norfolk in the early 20th century. James Laughlin started New Directions Publishing here, which published many authors including Ezra Pound and others who were not able to be published at the time.”
For more information on the Norfolk Foundation go to www.norfolkfoundation.net

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