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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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- Thursday, April 2nd at 4:00pm (Book launch party)
Help us celebrate the publication of new book by local author Marie Hartwell-Walker
— Unlocking the Secrets of Self-Esteem: A Guide to Building Confidence & Connection One Step at a Time
. Hartwell-Walker is a licensed psychologist & marriage & family therapist. She is a feature writer & advice columnist for psychcentral.com, & contributes to the divorce page on huffingtonpost.com. Marianne Wait writes, “The key to boosting your self-esteem is to change not just how you think, but what you do. That’s the light bulb idea in Hartwell-Walker’s eye-opening, empowering new book.”
- Friday, April 3th at 4:30pm (Book launch party)
Join Mecca Sullivan
in celebrating the publication of her new collection of fiction, Blue Talk & Love
. Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies here at UMass. Her fiction explores the intellectual, emotional, & bodily lives of young black women, through voice, music, & hip-hop inflected magical realist techniques. Her short stories have appeared widely, & she is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, & fellowships, scholarships & residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Yaddo Colony, the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, & the Center for Fiction in New York City, where she received a 2011 Emerging Writers Fellowship.
jubilat/Jones Reading Series
- Sunday, April 5th at 3:00pm (Poetry reading)
at the Jones Library, Amherst
. Poets Emily Kendal Frey
& Julia Cohen
will read. Meet the poets at an informal Q & A session that follows the reading. For more information go to jubilat/Jones Reading Series on Facebook
- Monday, April 6th at 8:00pm (Reading)
will read from her latest work, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
, which was a New York Times
Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times
Notable Book of the Year, an NPR Best Books of 2013, & was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Visiting Writers Series
The Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation, Inc. is hosting a second installment of Readings from the Archives. Join us as community members, poets, activists, artists, & friends share their favorite funny, sexy, political, & erotic readings from our archive to celebrate queer histories & support the Sexual Minorities Archives. Come out & support one of the oldest LGBTQ community archives in the United States! Open to all—suggested donation is $10, more if you can/ less if you can't! The Sexual Minorities Archive in Northampton is a national collection of LGBTQI literature, history, & art.
- Friday, April 10th at 7:00pm (Benefit)
- Thursday, April 16th at 6:00pm(Award)
, & Pat & Peter Schneider
, will receive the Jones Library’s second annual Samuel Minot Jones Award (the “Sammy”) for Literary Achievement, at the Yiddish Book Center on the Hampshire College campus, Amherst
. The event doubles as a part of a capital investment campaign for the Jones Library. For more information, go here
- Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00pm (Teach-in panel)
In observance of the 40th Anniversary of the final withdrawal of U.S. military forces from America’s most controversial war, the UMass History Department & the Veterans Education Project present a teach-in panel in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, UMass
, with History Professor Chris Appy, Vietnam veterans, & anti-war activists. The evening’s examination of the war & its varied legacies will include panelists sharing personal wartime & home front experiences, & a discussion of why & how, 40 years after it ended, the Vietnam War still affects our government & our national psyche. In addition to Professor Appy (author of the just published American Reckoning: The Vietnam War & Our National Identity
), speakers are Wayne Smith (Vietnam veteran, veterans’ advocate & activist), Cherie Rankin (U.S. Red Cross, South Vietnam), Randy Kehler (An activist who spent 22 months in federal prison for refusing to cooperate with the Vietnam draft), & Tom Weiner (Author of Called to Serve: Stories of Men & Women Confronted by the Vietnam War Draft
, Vietnam anti-war activist).
- Tuesday, April 28th at 8:00pm (Talk)
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
will talk with Professor Frank Couvares
in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, about “Our Era of War & American Democracy.” After the talk, Gates will sign copies of his book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. For more information see the Amherst College press release.
Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy
- Thursday, April 30th at 7:00pm (Talk)
will talk about her new book, Sacred Justice: The Voices & Legacy of the Armenian Operation Nemesis
. In this 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, MacCurdy’s timely book uses narrative, memoir, unpublished letters, & other primary & secondary sources to tell the story of a group of Armenian men who organized Operation Nemesis, a covert operation created to assassinate the Turkish architects of the Armenian Genocide. MacCurdy was the Director of Writing at Ithaca College & is now special assistant to the president at Hampshire College, where she teaches courses in the personal essay & the theory and practice of therapeutic writing. MacCurdy will be introduced by Adrienne Terrizzi.