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Norfolk prepares for the annual Haystack Book Festival

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NORFOLK — The Haystack Book Talk Festival has announced a line-up of speakers and events from September 30th to October 30th. 2 at the Norfolk Library.

This year’s festival will be held directly in the library’s Great Hall with 80 seats available. The program will also be broadcast live online. The Haystack Book Festival is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is required for all events in person at Pre-registration for live streaming is required at


Sept. 30, 6:00 PM: Brendan Gill’s presentation. Tomi Obaro, author of the critically acclaimed debut Dele Weds Destiny, presents the Brendan Gill Lecture. Obaro is a writer and editor of BuzzFeed News from New York City. Dele Weds Destiny is her debut novel.

About Brendan Gill Lecture: Longtime Norfolk resident Brendan Gill passed away in 1997. In 1998, the Brendan Gill Lecture was established by Norfolk Library Associates to honor Gill’s generous contributions to the library. Gill wrote various articles for The New Yorker magazine for over 50 years, and was the magazine’s film, theater, and architectural critic for decades thereafter. During his life in New York City, Gill served as chairman of the boards of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Municipal Arts Society, where he led efforts to preserve Central Station.

Oct. 1 10:30 a.m. Janice P, author of “Fierce Enough to Be Free: Five 19th Century Women Who Sparked the First American Civil Rights Movement,” The Doctors Blackwell Nimura: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women. She talks with Dorothy Wickenden, author of The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights.

Nimura received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on The Doctors Blackwell, a finalist in the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Her previous book, Daughters of the Samurai, in 2015 she was the NYT’s featured book. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, Lit Her Hub.

Wickenden is the author of Nothing Daunted and The Agitators. Since 1996, she has been the editor-in-chief of The New Yorker. She also writes for magazines and moderates the weekly podcast, The Political Scene. A former Niemann Her Fellow at Harvard University, Wickenden said that from 1993 she was the State Editor at Newsweek until 1995, and before that she was the long-time editor-in-chief of the New Republic.

October 1, 1:00 PM: Lynn Garafola, author of Nijinska, Ballet, Modernism and La Nijinska: A Modern Choreographer, meets Marina Haas, author of the biography of Alexi Ratmansky.

Garafola is Professor Emeritus of Dance at Barnard College, Columbia University. A historian and critic, she is also the author of Diaghilev’s Ballet Her Russes, Legacy of 20th Century Dance and, most recently, Ranijinska. She also curates her three major New York-centric exhibitions of She’s New York City, She’s Ballet, Jerome Robbins, and Arthur Mitchell. She is a former Getty Scholar and has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Karman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Harss is a New York City-based writer, journalist, and critic who writes about all aspects of dance and occasionally opera. Her writing appears regularly in The New Yorker, New York Times, Fjord Review, Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and more. She has also contributed to The Nation, The Guardian, Threepenny Her Opera Her Review, Boston Her Globe, Ballet Her Review, and other publications. She is the author of a book about her choreographer Alexi Ratmanski, due for publication in 2023.

Oct 1 2:30pm “Russia and Ukraine at War”, Brigid O’Keeffe, interview with Victoria Smokin, author of The Multiethnic Soviet Union and Its End, The Holy Place is Never Empty: A Soviet Atheism the history of.

O’Keeffe is Professor of History at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. In addition to The Multi-Ethnic Soviet Union and Its End, Esperanto and the Language of Internationalism in the Russian Revolution (Abu He was an Imperio Award winner) and The New Soviet He’s a Gypsy: Nationality, Performance, and Identity in the Early Soviet Union. is also the author of Union. O’Keeffe is currently working on his next book, The Litvinov Family: A Twentieth-Century History.

Smokin is an Associate Professor of History at Wesleyan University. A Sacred Place Is Never Empty he received an Honorable Mention for the 2019 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize and the Russian translation was longlisted for the Alexander Patigosky Literary Prize. She is currently working on two of her projects: The Wall of Memory: Ukraine and Historical Impossibilities and The World of Tomorrow: The Fate of Communism, Cosmism, and Utopia.

Oct. 1, 5:00 p.m. “Kitchen Secrets: The World of Cooking, The New York Times” A conversation with Sam Sifton, author of The New York Times No Recipe Recipe Cookbook, and Melissa Clark, author of Dinner in One. Note: This is a ticketed event at Husky Meadows Farm, 30 Doolittle Drive, Norfolk. *Tickets must be purchased in advance as the number of seats is limited.

Sifton is associate editor of the New York Times, founding editor of the New York Times Cooking, and newsletter author. He has previously served as a newspaper food editor, national news editor, restaurant critic and cultural editor. Sifton is the author of several cookbooks, most recently he wrote See You on Sunday and The New York Times No Recipe Cookbook.

Clark is a food columnist for The New York Times/New York Times Cooking, author of the popular column A Good Appetite, and has appeared in over 100 cooking videos. She has authored 45 of her cookbooks, of which her latest, “Dinner in One,” focuses on one-pot, one-pan, one-pan meals. She has won her two James Beard Awards and her two IACP Awards, and her work has been named Best of Her American Food Writing Series.

October 2nd 9:30 am “Walking the City Meadows – Our Village Insects” With Dr. Kimberly Stoner, Honorary Agricultural Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, we explore the insects that live here in our village of Norfolk. A glimpse center. This event is limited to 20 people.Meet at Robertson Plaza, Station Place, Norfolk, Connecticut

On October 2 at 11:00 a.m., an interview with Michelle Nijhuis, author of The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Rule the World (Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life) in an age of extinction.

Millman is a British journalist and environmental correspondent for The Guardian US. He has traveled from places such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Arctic, and has even explored submarine volcanoes in small submarines.The Insect Crisis is his first book

Nijhuis is a project editor for The Atlantic, a longtime contributing editor for High Country News, and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. Beloved Beasts has been named her one of the best books of 2021 by the Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian Magazine, Booklist, and other publications.

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