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PICKING UP THE FLUTE—Community Reading by John Elder

Date: Thursday, August 25

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Lawrence Memorial Library, 40 North Street, Bristol, Vermont

Cost: free


Join Bristol author and long-time Middlebury College professor, John Elder, as he reads from his newly released memoir, Picking up the Flute, on Thursday evening, August 25th, 7:00pm, at the Lawrence Library in Bristol.


The event is co-sponsored by Vermont Family Forests and by the Bristol Gateway Players.




About Picking Up the Flute

"In prose as lyrical and spirited as the Irish tunes he plays on his flute, John Elder shows that the autumn of life is a time for letting go of nonessentials and taking up the soul's true work--such outer work as neighborliness, friendship, maple sugaring, house building, and music making; such inner work as practicing gratitude, rejoicing in beauty, and reflecting on a lifetime of reading and teaching. Above all, he has given us an eloquent story of a marriage, the nearly half-century-long communion of two vivid individuals who constantly renew themselves, and one another, through love."

--Scott Russell Sanders, author of Divine Animal and Dancing in Dreamtime



Picking up the Flute is a memoir framed by John's experience of learning to play traditional Irish music on the wooden flute after retiring from nearly four decades teaching at Middlebury College. The book sets to music John's contemplations on retirement, marriage, literature, and the natural world. Picking up the Flute is an interactive, multimedia memoir, permeated by music.