Vermont Reads 2021
“We Contain Multitudes” by Sarah Henstra
Canadian author Sarah Henstra has written a beautiful, challenging novel styled in epistolary form that will resonate with readers in many ways. We Contain Multitudes is the story of two high school boys who discover friendship, and then love, through letters to each other. Through these letters, they reveal their complicated lives and families, transcending bullying, opiate addiction, PTSD, and domestic violence. The book presents a myriad of ways to communicate around tough issues in our lives while remaining hopeful and resilient.
From We Contain Multitudes
15 year old Jonathan says: “One of the more commonly-known quotes that adorns my walls is from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then, I contradict myself. / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
Vermont Reads – A Statewide Community Reading Program
For the last 19 years, Vermont Humanities has invited students, adults, and seniors across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes. Starting in 2021, we are shifting this annual program to start each year on July 1.
Over 200 different Vermont towns, cities, and villages have participated in Vermont Reads to date. Schools, libraries, service organizations, churches, businesses, or other community-based organizations can start by filling out a brief application.