Festival Information

Festival Headquarters

Festival headquarters this year will be located in the Brooks House Lobby at 132 Main Street, Corner of Main Street and High Street —entrance is on Main Street next to Duo Restaurant or from the Harmony Parking lot.

Inside you will find the Festival’s pop-up bookstore, run by Antidote Books in Putney, Vermont. They will stock all festival titles for the weekend plus other fun things and will be open from 9-4 each day,

Coffee and information about the festival will also be available in the lobby along with seating, restrooms and an ATM machine.


All festival events are FREE and open to the public. There are no tickets and seating is on a first come basis.


All events take place in downtown Brattleboro. Refer to map and directions for venue locations.

Map & Directions


There are parking lots throughout downtown. The lot located on High Street and the garage on Flat street allow all day parking. The rate is $.40 per hour. Parking rates are enforced from 9-6 on Saturday. Parking is free on Sunday. 



All festival venues are wheelchair accessible. If you need additional assistance, the Information station will have information on access to assistive listening devices (ALDs) and large-print programs will be available to take at the River Garden. If you have questions about accessibility or need more information, please call 802-365-7673.

Author selection

Potential participating authors of literary fiction, literary non-fiction (primarily biographies, memoirs and history) and poetry are selected by committee. Authors should have published a significant book recently….no self-published books will be considered. The author nomination process for each year is from January 1-May 1. You may submit nominations for the festival via e-mail to vtbookfest@gmail.com. 

Book Sales

Books will be sold at each event immediately following the reading. Fiction and Non-Fiction titles will be sold by Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro; poetry titles will be sold by Antidote Books in Putney. Inscribed books make the perfect holiday gift!