Ann Braden - Opinions and Opossums

Sunday, May 7, 2023 - 3:00pm

Join us this Sunday, May 7th, to celebrate the launch of Ann Braden’s newest middle grade book, Opinions and Opossums!

The event will be held at 3:00 PM in the Main Meeting Room of Brooks Memorial Library. There will be copies of the book for sale and an opportunity to get them signed. 

Ann is also the author of The Benefits of Being an Octopus, and Flight of the Puffin, and this new story is her most personal story yet. Opinions and Opossums is about finding a way forward when we’re not sure we believe what those around us believe, and it’ll resonate with anyone who has ever questioned the status quo — or simply questioned themselves when they couldn’t find a way to fit in.

Ann will read from the beginning of the book, and will talk about her inspiration and the writing process.  You can ask her questions and explore the stories hidden within abandoned shopping carts. (Main character Agnes and her best friend Mo have multiple notebooks worth of stories from the perspective of shopping carts, and it’s amazing what kind of stories emerge when you start asking questions!)

Event address: 
Brooks Memorial Library - Main Reading Room
224 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Opinions and Opossums By Ann Braden Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984816092
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 2nd, 2023

A School Library Journal Best Book

Agnes has been raised to keep her opinions to herself, but how do you keep silent when you’re full of burning questions?

Chuck Collins - Altar to an Erupting Sun

Thursday, May 11, 2023 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Join us on May 11th at 118 Elliot Street for a discussion with Chuck Collins about his new book, Altar to an Erupting Sun

Doors open at 6 PM, event starts at 6:30 PM. 

This is a free event, RSVP here (via eventbrite) to reserve your spot. 


Altar to an Erupting Sun is a near-future story of one community facing climate disruption in the critical decade ahead. Rae Kelliher is a veteran environmental activist and pioneer in the death-with-dignity movement. Facing a diagnosis of terminal illness, she engages in a shocking suicide murder, taking the life of an oil company CEO for his role in delaying responses to climate disruption. Seven years later, Rae’s friends and family gather at her Vermont farm community to try to understand her violent exit and the rapid social transformations around them.


“A fascinating look at movements and the people who make them up, in the spirit of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry for the Future.”

—Bill McKibben, co-founder of Third Act and

“...This book has it all: a recipe for poppy tea, a short history of U.S. imperialism in the last 70 years, highlights of the nonviolent resistance that met it every step of the way, a compelling argument for green burials and funeral services for the living. You will fall in love with these characters, which will help you love your friends and yourself a little more. You will remember to revere this planet...”

—Frida Berrigan, activist and author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised By Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood

“This novel is indeed a gift to our remembrance and inspiration for our future. Collins tells a story of a movement, or movements, which need to be told. I know these stories, love them, and have lived many of them with characters bigger than life, more courageous than any heroes of the past, and a commitment to Mother Earth.”

—Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth, author of All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life


Chuck Collins is a campaigner and storyteller who has worked for decades on environmental and economic justice campaigns. He is the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits He is co-founder of, a global movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions, a trustee of the Post-Carbon Institute and, and a founding board member of the Patriotic Millionaires.

His 2021 book, The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions, is about the wealth-hiding industry (Polity). He is the author of the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green) and, with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth (Beacon Press), a case for taxing inherited fortunes.

Event address: 
118 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Altar to an Erupting Sun By Chuck Collins Cover Image
ISBN: 9798986532462
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Green Writers Press - May 9th, 2023

Rae Kelliher is a veteran environmental activist and pioneer in the death-with-dignity movement. Her husband Reggie calls her “party in a box” and “a weaver of people and movements.” Facing a diagnosis of terminal illness, Rae engages in a shocking suicide-murder, taking the life of an oil company CEO for his complicity in delaying responses to climate catastrophe.

Our Mask Policy - updated Feb 21, 2023

Hello everyone!

We've decided that masks are now optional in store. You're free to wear them, or not, and there will *always* be masks on the front desk!! You will see some of us continue to wear them anyway due to personal preference.

While Science has not yet determined whether or not we've reached the endemic phase (infection is predictable, but cases and deaths no longer spike) of this pandemic, it would appear that for the majority of us who are vaccinated, Covid isn't a killer. This doesn't mean that it's going away; indeed for many people Long Covid has completely upended their lives*.

We will of course continue to use the pick up area in the back foyer, mail via USPS, and have limited local delivery. Please don't hesitate to use any or all of these methods if you are immunocompromised or simply prefer to remain outside of the store! ☺️

As always, if you have any questions give us a call at 802-254-8160, send us an email at, or even message us here on facebook or twitter! (for twitter we only check during weekdays)

*if this is you, dearest reader, you can find support and commiseration on reddit's Long Covid community, where there are kind and compassionate people. (also jerks, but it's the internet, you already know that)

ETA: Honestly, this feels very strange to write. We're all exhausted and for some of us, this will be a never-ending issue, at least until Science Figures Things Out. Hopefully before the next twist comes along.

I know some of you will be disappointed that we've made this choice and we understand. We all want to be healthy and well, and we want that for you, too!

Let's take care of one another. ♥


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