Yocom to discuss Brothers Grimm in Shiretown Bookers lecture series Nov. 10

FARMINGTON — Local writer Peggy Yocom will speak on the darker side of fairy tales in a talk hosted by the Shiretown Bookers. The presentation will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center, 111 South St., at the University of Maine-Farmington.

Peggy Yocom
The lecture is the first of the 2019-20 series by the Shiretown Bookers, the Community Friends of Mantor Library, and is free and open to the public. In “Incest, Fur, and Hidden Bodies: The ‘Cinderella’ No One Knows.”
Yocom, of Rangeley and Farmington, will focus on how Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm published some frightening stories for children and the home. Yocum will, in particular, discuss “Allerleirauh” (“All Kinds Of Fur”), a complex, controversial, never-anthologized version of “Cinderella,” in which a widowed king tells his daughter they are about to be married.
The story reveals how she — and all of us — may survive betrayal and abuse. The public is welcome to bring in books that contain tales of the Brothers Grimm for display and discussion. Yocom’s book, “All Kinds of Fur: Erasure Poems & New Translation of a Tale from the Brothers Grimm,” was published by Deerbrook Editions in 2018. Her poetry has also appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, The Beltway Poetry Journal, the anthology “The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists,” and elsewhere.
She founded the Folklore Studies Program of George Mason University, where she taught for 36 years. She has published on the Brothers Grimm, the folk arts of political protest, Inuit storytelling in northwest Alaska, family folklore, and the folk arts of Maine logging communities. Museum curator and editor, and co-founder of the American Folklore Society’s Creative Writing and Storytelling Section. For more information on Shiretwon Bookers, visit www.shiretownbookers.org.