Author to discuss French-Canadian tales

Leland Kinsey will read from and discuss his latest book, The Immigrants Contract, Thursday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. at Ilsley Public Library. The work is a book-length poem of tales of French Canadians who settled the Northeast Kingdom in the early part of the last century. Howard Frank Mosher called the book ...the most masterful and engaging story of what it means to be an immigrant in America that I have ever read. Leland Kinsey was born and raised on a farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, where his ancestors settled in the early 1800s. He has conducted writing workshops for the Vermont Arts Council and the Children's Literacy Foundation at over 100 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since receiving the M.A. degree, Leland has worked as a farmhand, printer, horse trainer and has taught courses at Elderhostel in writing, birding, astronomy and canoeing. He has published five previous collections of poetry, including In the Rain Shadow (University Press of New England, 2004) Sledding on Hospital Hill (Godine, 2003). He lives near the Canadian border with his wife and three children. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 802-388-4095.

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