Megan Mayhew Bergman - How Strange a Season with Bill McKibben and Robin MacArthur

In Person at Southern Vermont Arts Center
Event date: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Rd.
Manchester, VT 05254


Join author and climate activist Bill McKibben and Megan Mayhew Bergman for an evening of conversation, readings, and live music, as Megan celebrates the launch of her new book, How Strange a Season. Vermont author and musician Robin MacArthur (Heart Spring Mountain) will share the stage and provide music.


Tickets Available through SVAC here!


Northshire Bookstore will be on hand selling copies of Megan, Bill, and Robin's books!


About How Strange a Season:

Bergman gets better with every book. This collection of short stories and one novella showcase her skill at creating characters in various stages of adversity. The women who take center stage in her fiction struggle against and in spite of the cards they are dealt. Each of these stories made me think deeply about the desire for meaning and fulfillment. Indigo Run, this collection's crowning achievement, takes place at an ancestral home near Charleston, South Carolina in the early 20th century. Everyone is in some way trapped by their circumstances. The main character thinks to herself, "Practice the art of polite conversation...and know that a woman can die of thirst beside the ocean." Reviewed by Stan Hynds


An evocative and engrossing collection of new stories and a novella about women experiencing life’s challenges and beauty from the award-winning writer Megan Mayhew Bergman.

A recently separated woman fills a huge terrarium with endangered flowers to establish a small world only she can control in an attempt to heal her broken heart. A competitive swimmer negotiates over which days she will fulfill her wifely duties, and which days she will keep for herself. A peach farmer wonders if her orchard will survive a drought. And generations of a family in South Carolina struggle with fidelity and their cruel past, some clinging to old ways and others painfully carving new paths.

In these haunting stories, Megan Mayhew Bergman portrays women who wrestle with problematic inheritances: a modern glass house on a treacherous California cliff, a water-starved ranch, and an abandoned plantation on a river near Charleston. Bergman’s provocative prose asks the questions: what are we leaving behind for our descendants to hold, and what price will they pay for our mistakes?


Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise. Her short fiction has appeared in two volumes of The Best American Short Stories and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She has written columns on climate change and the natural world for The Guardian and The Paris Review. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New YorkerTin HousePloughsharesOxford AmericanOrion, and elsewhere. She teaches literature and environmental writing at Middlebury College, where she also serves as director of the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. She lives on a small farm in Vermont.

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ISBN: 9781476713106
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Published: Scribner - March 29th, 2022

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