Mount Island is throwing a launch party as part of The Brattleboro Literary Festival on Saturday, October 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM! The Brattleboro Literary Festival is a heavily-attended, annual festival in Brattleboro, Vermont that attracts readers, publishing professionals, and acclaimed authors from around the world.

On Friday October 18th you can stop by our table at the Lit Fest’s headquarters in the Brooks House to chat with some of our editors and preview some of our first publications.

The next evening, join us at 118 Elliot Street for our launch party, where we’ll debut our original game show, Touché! A Tournament of Words.

Interested in being a Touché! contestant? Click here to fill out a quick questionnaire.

Contestants will be announced in September. Stay tuned for judge announcements in the coming weeks!

Event details below. Ticket sales and more information on the event page.


Satuday October 19th, 7:00 PM at 118 Elliot

118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

A night of mischief, joymaking, and word games to celebrate the launch of Mount Island, the new magazine for rural LGBTQ+ and POC writers and artists!

Doors open at 6:30 PM for mingling and a variety of word games until 7:00 PM, when the main event begins: Touché! A Tournament of Words.

Touché is a tournament-style game show pitting emerging writers and intrepid laypeople against unique takes on word games and writing exercises.

Contestants compete in five kooky and thought-provoking rounds for the love and mercy of the judges panel and a tyrannical audience, and for the grand prize: $100 and the title of Archbraggadocio.

Tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door. Every ticket purchased donates one free ticket for those without the means to pay for admission.

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118 Elliot is a modern, fully ADA accessible space for the creative arts, educational talks, and personal events for up to 220 people in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. Learn more at 118elliot.com.


The Brattleboro Literary Festival was founded in 2002 by a very small group of bibliophiles from area bookstores and libraries. The very first festival featured Nobel Prize winning legend Saul Bellow in his last public appearance. Since then the festival has gone on to present over 400 authors, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott Medal. Learn more at brattleboroliteraryfestival.org.