Francois Clemmons to read from his memoir

François Clemmons will read from his memoir on Sept. 22 at the Mahaney Arts Center.

Hear Middlebury singer, author, and celebrity François Clemmons read from his debut memoir “Officer Clemmons,” now out in paperback, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. Clemmons will offer remarks, readings and song, followed by a book signing in the lobby. The event is free and open to the public. Masks and vaccinations (or valid medical or religious exemptions) are required.

Known to the world from his role on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Clemmons has long been known locally as the Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence and director of the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir at Middlebury College, where he served from 1997 until his retirement in 2015. He is also an actor, activist, and Grammy Award-winning singer.

A portion of the Vermont Book Shop proceeds from this event will benefit WomenSafe, a nonprofit based in Middlebury that works toward the elimination of physical, sexual, and emotional violence through direct service, education and social change.

For more information call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or visit

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