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We are pleased to welcome you back to CLiF’s Book Club for Grown-ups virtual series featuring Vermont and New Hampshire authors who write for/work with both kids and adults. You can find all of our past discussions here, which have included bestselling authors like Dan Brown and Katherine Paterson, and poets Rajnii Eddins and Verandah Porche, among others.

CLiF’s next Book Club for Grown-ups is Friday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. EST. We’ll be discussing Vermont author Brett Ann Stanciu’s new book Unstitched: My journey to understand opioid addiction and how people and communities can heal.

Regardless of where you live, chances are the opioid epidemic has affected your community in some way. Penguin Randomhouse describes the impetus of the book: A stranger, rumored to be a heroin addict, repeatedly breaks into the small-town library Brett Ann Stanciu runs. After she tries to get law enforcement to take meaningful action against him—elementary school children and young parents with babies frequent the place after all—he dies by suicide. When she realizes how little she knows about opioid misuse, she sets out on a mission, seeking insight from others, such as people in recovery, treatment providers, the town police chief, and Vermont’s US attorney.

A graduate of Marlboro College, Brett Ann Stanciu is a recipient of a 2020 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. Unstitched follows her first book, Hidden View, a novel about sugaring and marriage. She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her family.

Brett has worked with CLiF as a librarian for our Rural Libraries program, which she wrote about for Kids VT in 2018.

We look forward to discussing this important new book (to be published September 14, 2021) with the author. You can preorder your copy here. We hope you can join us. Come with your questions for Brett!

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