Community Read-Rough Sleepers

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Thank you for joining us last night at our first Community Reads session last night discussing Tracy Kidder’s book Rough Sleepers. It was eye-opening and thoroughly amazing!! We look forward to the second  session on Wednesday, November 8 at  7:00 pm, Brooks Library. The library has copies available.

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




Donate today!

Donate online now to make the 2015 Brattleboro Literary Festival possible along with future festivals. It’s easy and very secure …and of course, all contributions are tax-deductible!!

Writer’s Circle named the Brattleboro Literary Festival one of top five upcoming Writing and Literary Festivals!

Writer’s Circle named the Brattleboro Literary Festival one of top five upcoming Writing and Literary Festivals!

Writer’s Circle is bringing you a list of the best writing and literary festivals lined up for fall 2013. If you’re in the area or can spare a plane ticket, we highly recommend checking out these events.