Kite Runner-Banned Books to Film










Apr 21, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT



Our Film Adaptations of Banned Books series continues with THE KITE RUNNER & discussion led by Abdullah Hafizi and members of the artist collective THE ARTLORDS. Bring your library card for free admission to the film! Enjoy extraordinary Afghan cuisine created by TAZA after the screening!

The Kite Runner is a 2007 American drama film directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by David Benioff and based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul who is tormented by the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet military intervention, the mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime.

Cat Bohannon on Literary Cocktail Hour!

On Friday April 12 at 5:00 pm, join us virtually for A Literary Cocktail Hour featuring Cat Bohannon and her book Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution, a finalist for the 2024 Women’s Prize.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION FINALIST • THE REAL ORIGIN OF OUR SPECIES: a myth-busting, eye-opening landmark account of how humans evolved, offering a paradigm shift in our thinking about what the female body is, how it came to be, and how this evolution still shapes all our lives today





is a researcher and author with a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the evolution of narrative and cognition. Her essays and poems have appeared in 
Scientific American, Mind, Science MagazineThe Best American Nonrequired ReadingThe Georgia Review, The Story Collider, and Poets Against the War. She lives with her family in Seattle.


Volunteers Wanted!!

Calling all book lovers!

The Brattleboro Literary Festival is back! Live in downtown Brattleboro!! And we’re asking for your help to make this the best year ever!! Our volunteer registration form is now online, and we’d love for you to join us! The schedule is below to assist in your decision. If you are passionate about literacy, culture, and community, you would make a perfect volunteer. Volunteer with a friend—it’s fun! Help us spread the word about this FREE annual event and the stellar authors who attend.

As a volunteer, you’ll be able to to:

* Be a part of the amazing BLF team

* Chose the days, times and venues that work best for you

* Help us produce programming and connect with your favorite authors

* Spread the joy of reading and all things books

* Connect with like-minded readers and writers 

We can’t wait for you to join the team!!!

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us at

Festival Survival Guide now updated for 2023!

 Because we know you don’t want to miss a minute of the 22nd annual festival, here are some tips to make it easier:





Parking in long term (10 hour) parking areas is always better-it eliminates the worry of an expired meter. The two long term lots closest to the festival venues are the High Grove lot (near the Robert H. Gibson River Garden and Centre Congregational Church) and the Transportation Center (near 118 Elliot and NEYT). Parking in these lots is only $.40 per hour so you can park all day for around $3.00. Short term parking at meters is limited to 2 hours and is $1.00 per hour. On Friday and Saturday, parking regulations are enforced from 9-6. Parking is free on Sunday.

If you are running from Centre Church to 118 Elliot, consider going through the Brooks House lobby to the Harmony Lot to save a few steps.


  • Bring a small umbrella if the weather is inclement.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • We love our phones, too but please turn off all ringers and alerts at events- nothing is more embarrassing or annoying.
  • Absolutely no food or drink at the Centre Church.
  • All venues are fully accessible.
  • No flash photography but we absolutely encourage you to take photos with your mobile devices and share them on social media.


For a quick snack, breakfast or lunch:

The Works– large cafe with sandwiches, bowls, wraps, panini, breakfast sandwiches and bagels. Free WiFi. 6:00 am- 8:00 pm. On Main Street between High St and Elliot St.
Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe– the best baked goods downtown along with soup, gourmet sandwiches, salads and drinks. Free WiFi. On Main St. near Elliot. 8:00 am- 6:00 pm.
Tulip Cafe– Great sandwiches, salads, crepes, panini, breakfast until 11:00 am, drinks. Free WiFi. On Main St. in the Brooks House. 9:00 am- 4:00 pm.
Superfresh Organic Cafe– located at the bottom of Main Street next to the Latchis, has great healthy options including vegan or gluten free. Open 10:00 am-9:00 pm.
Brattleboro Food Coop at Main and Canal Street has a large cafe and all sorts of healthy options for breakfast, lunch or dinner from smoothies to sandwiches and salads. Also a large food bar. Saturday 7:00 am-9 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. Free parking on site while you are there, Wi-Fi.
Lunch & Dinner
At the end of the day, you can relax over dinner or drinks at one of many fine restaurants:
Whetstone Station and Brewery overlooks the CT River and has great food plus a brewery on site- also open for lunch. Located at the bottom of Main Street next to the bridge. Open from 11:30 am till late.
Echo – Brick oven pizza, pasta, specialty drinks, On Main Street near Elliot St. Lunch Thursday-Sunday 11:30-3:00 pm Bar open at 4:00 dinner 5:00 – 11:00 Friday and Saturday, 5:00 – 10:00 on Sunday.
Shin La (Korean, Japanese and sushi). Located on Main Street for over 30 years-a Brattleboro institution. Open from 11:00 am-9:30 pm. Closed Sunday.
Blue Moose Italian Bistro – 39 Main Street. Open at 5:00 pm  for dinner only. Pasta, flatbreads, salad
Yalla Israeli-inspired street food- homemade hummus, fresh-baked pita sandwiches, and other Middle Eastern specialties.
Elliot Street Fish and Chips -Small restaurant with truly eclectic menu with something for everyone- kids, vegans, vegetarians, comfort food seekers, fish & chip lovers. 50 Elliot Street 11:30 am-8:00 pm
Martocci’s Pizza, small plates, fresh pasta and entrees…old school Italian cuisine
Vermont Table Farm to table, dinner only plus brunch on Sunday 10-2.
Upscale dinner options include:
Peter Haven
T.J. Buckley’s
Reservations are recommended for these locations
Late night
Latchis Pub (near the Latchis Hotel)-50 Main Street
Kipling’s Restaurant and Pub78 Elliot