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< April 2017 >

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.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will talk in Paina Lecture Hall, Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Amherst College, about “Indigenous Knowledge & Environmentalism: The Struggle Against the Dakota Access Pipleline & Beyond.” Dunbar is author of numerous books, including the American Book Award winner An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.
Novelist & screenwriter Karolina Waclawiak will read.   Waclawiak is author of How to Get into the Twin Palms & The Invaders.   Formerly an editor at The Believer, she is now the Deputy Culture Editor at BuzzFeed.   Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, VQR, The Believer, & other publications.   Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Visiting Writers Series.
Our own Edie Meidav will read in Memorial Hall, UMass, Amherst, from her brand new book of short stories, Kingdom of the Young.   Meidav, who teaches in the UMass MFA program, is author of several novels, including Lola, California &The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon; & is the recpient of numerous awards & honors, including a Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, a Bard Fiction Prize for Writers Under 40, Whiting research award, & a Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman.   Part of the University of Massachusetts MFA Program’s Visiting Writers Series.
CANCELEDStephanie Evans will talk in the Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union, UMass, Amherst, about her forthcoming book Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength & Vulnerability.   Evans is author of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History & Black Passports: Travel Memoirs as a Tool for Youth Empowerment.
jubilat/Jones Reading Series at the Jones Library, Amherst.   Eugene Ostashevsky & Polina Barskova will read.   Meet the poets at an informal Q & A session that follows the reading.     For more information go to the jubilat Event page.
Gerald McFarland will lead a discussion of Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited.   Amherst Books’ Noontime Book Group is a book group without fixed membership.   If you would like to chat about a book join us for that month.   If you can, purchase your copy from Amherst Books with a 10% discount.   The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

Join Edwin Gentzler & Moira Inghilleri in celebrating the publication of their new books.   Inghilleri’s new book is Translation & Migration.   Gentzler’s latest book is Translation & Rewriting in the Age of Post-Translation Studies.
Dennis Looney, adjunct professor of Italian at the University of Pittsburgh, will give this year’s “Elizabeth Mazzocco Memorial Lecture” in Room E470, South College, UMass, Amherst.   Looney is author of numerous books, including Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri & the DIVINE COMEDY.
Poet, novelist, anthologist, literary critic & editor Nathaniel Mackey will read.   Mackey has been editor & publisher of Hambone since 1982.   He has won the National Book Award for Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, & the Yale’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry.   His latest collection of poetry is Later Arcade.   Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Visiting Writers Series.
Porochista Khakpour will read from recent work.   Khakpour is author of two novels, Sons & Other Flammable Objects, & The Last Illusion, as well as numerous stories & essays.   Sponsored by the UMass Amherst MFA Graduate Student Organization for Poets & Writers.
Manuel Picq & Angie Willey will talk at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, 83 College Street, Mt Holyoke College, South Hadley.   Picq is author of Queering Narratives of Modernity & co-editor of Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations.   Willey is author of Undoing Monogamy The Politics of Science & the Possibilities of Biology.   For more information see the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center web page .
At the Amherst Cinema, Amherst, a screening of the new movie by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, & Sabrina Schmidt, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez.   Poet, playwright, teacher, & activist, Sonia Sanchez will be present & in conversation with UMass professor John Bracey after the film.   To be followed by a book-signing.   Books by Sanchez & Bracey, et al’s, SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader will be for sale.   For more information go to the Amherst Cinema page.   N.B. This event is sold out.
"Anne Halley Poetry Prize Reading"   Gary Whitehead, winner of the 13th annual Anne Halley Poetry Prize, sponsored by the Massachusetts Review, will read from recent poetry.   Author of several volumes of poetry & chapbooks, Whitehead’s most recent collection of poetry is A Glossary of Chickens.    

The Anne Halley Poetry Prize is named in memorial for Anne Halley, to honor her 25 years of work as poetry co-editor of the Massachusetts Review as well as her work as a poet & writer.   Her last collection of poetry, Rumors of the Turning Wheel, was published by University of Massachusetts Press in 2003.

Help Britt Rusert celebrate the publication of her new book, Fugitive Science: Empiricism & Freedom in Early African American Culture, at the New Africa House, UMass, Amherst.   Rusert’s book examines the influential work of a group of black artists in the 19th Century to confront & refute scientific racism.
University of Massachusetts professor Robert Rothstein will read from More Words to the Wise: Further Reflections on Polish Language, Literature, & Folklore—his second collection of columns taken from Boston-based biweekly, Biały Orzeł/White Eagle.   Like the first volume, Two Words to the Wise, which he read from here in 2009, the columns deal with topics ranging from pierogi to pączki, from butterflies to ladybugs (& why the ladybug rejected a marriage proposal from a beetle), from the origins of the polka to the role of pineapples in Polish literature, from why death is portrayed as a woman in Polish folklore & poetry to why Polish folk wisdom claims that there are more doctors than anything else in the world.   Since the first volume was published, Rothstein was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic by President Bronisław Komorowski in recognition of his work of more than four decades in supporting & promoting Polish culture.
Gail Hareven will read from recent work in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, UMass, Amherst.   Hareven, an Israeli, is author of eleven novels, including The Confessions of Noa Weber, which won both the Sapir Prize for Literature & the Best Translated Book Award, & Lies, First Person.
Samuel Ace & Zoe Tuck & others, will read at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Lower Lake Road, South Hadley, MA.   Come read & listen to queer & trans writing, your own or other people’s!   For more information go to the event Facebook page.
Andrew Forsthoefel will host a potluck party, music, & poetry, at the Foxtown Farm (next to the Windy Hollow veterinary clinic), 66 Sunderland Road, Montague.   Forsthoefel, who lives in the Valley, is author of the new book, Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time, about the 11 months he spent walking across America recording interviews with the people he met on the way.   He co-produced a radio documentary about this project that was featured on Transom.org & This American Life.

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