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‘Pig Years’: A Conversation with Rick Bass and Ellyn Gaydos

June 21, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Join award winning writers Rick Bass and Ellyn Gaydos for a lunch time event in celebration of Gaydos’ beautiful debut memoir, PIG YEARS, a book Anthony Doerr is calling “a pulsing, keen, and startling testimony to the glories and sorrows of raising and harvesting plants and animals.”

Drawn from over a decade of Gaydos’ life as an itinerant pig farmer in Vermont and New York, PIG YEARS draws us into the cycles of seasons, of raising and slaughtering animals, of living in the wake of rebirth and death. It conjures the pleasure and value or work on a small farm, and also its constant difficulty. Join Bass and Gaydos for a discussion of her book and of living on the land, of what emerges from a closer relationship to seasons, and the value of labor in a society where work is so often abstracted.

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Mechanics Hall contact info: 207-773-8396

Meet your panelist: 

Ellyn Gaydos received an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University. Her work has received the Richard J. Margolis Award for nonfiction writers of social justice journalism, and appeared in The Texas ReviewColumbia Journal, and Ninth Letter, where she received the 2017 award for creative nonfiction. She lives in New Lebanon, New York.


June 21, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Penguin Random House


Mechanics Hall, Portland ME
519 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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