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Eighty-three-year-old Sheffield poet Galway Kinnell is the dedicatee of the sixth annual Burlington Book Festival, to be held from September 24 to 26.

Kinnell, who has received a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur grant and a National Book Award, gained notice in the 1970s for his dark lyrics inspired by the struggles for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. In 2006 he published his latest collection, Strong Is Your Hold.

Kinnell will read and sign books at the fest’s Friday night kickoff. Watch this space for news of other nationally known authors to visit Burlington this fall...

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For a small company in White River Junction, Chelsea Green publishes some notable firebrands. In 2006 the company put out An Unreasonable Woman by activist Gulf Coast shrimper Diane Wilson — the CodePink protester who was arrested last June after she interrupted BP CEO Tony Hayward’s congressional testimony.

Chelsea Green also published Confronting Collapse, by peak-oil Cassandra Michael Ruppert, and cosponsored the nationwide tour of the former cop who claims to have predicted the current financial crisis. The company is distributing the DVD of Collapse, a documentary portrait of Ruppert by director Chris Smith — and, according to Roger Ebert, the scariest “thriller” he’s seen in a while.

You can find Ruppert and Wilson blogging at www.chelseagreen.com.

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