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Events

< October 2010 >

Events listed in white are at the bookshop; events listed in yellow are elsewhere.

Unless noted otherwise all events are free & open to the public.

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Join Amherst’s own Marietta Pritchard in celebrating the publication of her new book, Among Strangers: A Family Story.   Pritchard’s book charts the history of several generations of her family, from Central Europe to Amherst.   It focuses on the story of a grandfather who fled Nazi persecution in Austria only to be captured in France.   Pritchard writes regularly for the Daily Hampshire Gazette & UMass Magazine, among other publications.   See her blog, Among Strangers for more information.
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Amherst resident Amity Gaige will read from a work-in-progress.   Gaige is author of two novels— The Folded World, which won the Foreward Book of the Year Award for Fiction, & O My Darling.   Gaige, who is a visiting writer at Amherst College, is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a McDowell Colony Fellowship, & a Baltic Writing Residency Fellowship.   Sponsored by Amherst College’s Creative Writing Center.
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Join Mary Strunk in celebrating the publication of her new book, Wanted Women: An American Obsession in the Reign of J. Edgar Hoover.   In her new book, Strunk, who has taught at the University of Massachusetts & lives in Amherst, looks at the lives—and legends—of ten female outlaws who gained notoriety during the decades J. Edgar Hoover directed the F.B.I.   She examines real-life events & fictional portrayals to decipher what our obsession with these women signifys about shifting gender roles, evolving law-enforcement practices, & American cultural attitudes in general.
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“Live Lit”   Students in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Massachusetts will read from their recent work.   Evenings usually include a mix of poetry & fiction.
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Join Amherst resident Sara Grimes in celebrating the publication of Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music.   The book tells about the travels of Anne Grimes throughout Ohio in the 1950s as a folksinger & collector of traditional songs & vintage dulcimers.   An accompanying CD sampler of 33 tracks includes Bob Gibson, Carl Sandburg, Pete Seeger & Anne Grimes herself.   The author died at the age of ninety-one in 2004 while working on the book; it was completed by her daughters, Sara Grimes, Jennifer Grimes Kay, Mary Grimes, & Mindy Grimes.
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Peggy O'Brien, who lives in Amherst & teaches at the University of Massachusetts, will read from her recent volume of poetry, Frog Spotting.   Her first collection of poetry, published on both sides of the Atlantic, was Sudden Thaw. She is the editor of the Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry & the author of Writing Lough Derg: From William Carleton to Seamus Heaney.   Sponsored by Amherst College’s Creative Writing Center.
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“Jubilat/Jones Reading Series”   John Beer, Suzanne Buffam, & Ish Klein will read from their recent work as part of the jubilat/Jones Reading Series in the Trustees Room at the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street in Amherst.   Beer is author of one volume of poetry, the improbably titled The Waste Land & Other Poems.   Recipient of the Gerald Lampert Memoral Award & the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, Buffam’s most recent collection of poetry is The Irrationalist.   Klein’s first volume of poetry is Union!

The reading will be preceded by a ‘Poetry Swap' at 2:00 PM.
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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will read from her recent fiction.   Her first novel, Madeleine is Sleeping, was published by Harcourt in 2004 & was a finalist for the National Book Award & winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.  Her short stories, including excerpts from her new novel, have appeared various publications, including The New Yorker, Tin House, & in Best American Short Stories.   Her new novel, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009.   Sponsored by Amherst College’s Creative Writing Center.
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Michael Knight will read in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts as part of the M.F.A. Program’s Visiting Writer Series.   Knight is author of several books, including Dogfight: & Other Stories; & two novels, Divining Rod, & more recently, The Typist.  His fiction has appeared in publications such as Esquire, The New Yorker, & Oxford American.   He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.
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“Live Lit”   Students in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Massachusetts will read from their recent work.   Evenings usually include a mix of poetry & fiction.
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Beloved children’s author Norton Juster will read to children & sign copies of a new book co-authored with Jules Feiffer, The Odious Ogre.   Juster, an architect, is author of numerous books, including The Phantom Tollbooth & The Dot & the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics.   Two recent books for children are The Hello, Goodbye Window, & Sourpuss & Sweetie Pie.
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Northampton resident Dori Ostermiller will read at the Sunderland Public Library in Sunderland as part of its Author Series.   Ostermiller is author of the novel Outside the Ordinary World; her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Alligator Juniper, Chautauqua Literary Journal & the Massachusetts Review.

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