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< April 2018 >

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.

Join Kirsten Leng & Angie Willey in celebrating the publication of their new books!   Leng is author of the recent published, Sexual Politics & Feminist Science: Women Sexologists in Germany, 1900-1933, & Willey, author of Undoing Monogamy, is an editor of the new anthology, Queer Feminist Science Studies: A Reader.   Both Leng & Willey teach in the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies program at UMass.
Chavisa Woods will read from her recent collection of short stories, Things to Do When You’re in Goth Country & Other Stories.   Chavisa is the recipient of the Cobalt Fiction Prize, The Jerome Foundation Award for Emerging Authors, & was a two-time Lambda Award Finalist.   Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Tin House, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, & many others.
April Arts Night at the Emily Dickinson Museum Open mic & poetry readings at the Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street, Amherst, featuring poets Kathleen Aguero, DeMisty D. Bellinge, Julie Cyr, Amy Dryansky, Gail Hanlon, & Rage Hezekiah, all of whom are included in the anthology, NASTY WOMEN POETS: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse   For more information see the description at the Emily Dickinson website.

Sarah Manyika & Sally Wen Mao will read in Memorial Hall, UMass, Amherst as the kick-off for this year's M.F.A. Literary Festival.   Manyika’s most recent novel is Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun.   Mao’s first collection of poetry is Mad Honey Symposium.   Go to Juniper Literary Festival for more information.
Juniper Literary Festival & Book Fair at the South College Commons, UMass, Amherst.   Book fair, talks & panels all day long.   Go to Juniper Literary Festival for more information.
Juniper Literary Festival & Book Fair Readings by UMass MFA Alums Gabriel Bump, Stella Corso, Madeline ffitch, & Wendy Xu in Memorial Hall, UMass, Amherst. Go to Juniper Literary Festival for more information.
Emily Dickinson reading at bookstore
“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.
Amherst Books Noontime Book Conversation Michael Greenebaum will lead a discussion of J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country.   The Conversation is not a book group in the traditional sense: it expects readers to come & go as their schedules & interests allow.   The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.   (Next month’s book is Aron Appelfeld’s Badenheim 1939.)   If you can, purchase your copy from Amherst Books with a 10% discount.   Feel free to bring your lunch; water will be provided.
Novelist Sylvia Brownrigg will read from her most recent novel, Pages for Her.     Its prequel, Pages for Your won the Lambda Literary Award.   She will be introduced by local novelist & short story writer, Edie Meidav.
Local author Susan Stinson will read from recent work.   Stinson, winner of the Lambda Literary Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, is author of Spider in a Tree, Venus of Chald, & Martha Moody, & Fat Girl Dances with Rocks.
Celebrate the publication of a new book by UMass professor Ela GezenBrecht, Turkish Theater, & Turkish-German Literature: Reception, Adaptation, & Innovation After 1960.
Author of 29 novels set on Nantucket & the Cape, Nancy Thayer will read from her latest, Nantucket Wedding, at the Pelham Library, Pelham.
Reif Larsen, author of The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet & I am Radar will read from recent work.

Poets Patrick Pritchett & Matt Gagnon will read from their new books.   Pritchett is author of Burn: Doxology for Joan of Arc, Gnostic Frequencies, & Song X.   His most recent collection is Orphic Noise.   Gagnon is author of the chapbook Luminous Terrene &, most recently, Song of the Systole.
Cullen Murphy will talk about his most recent book, Cartoon County: My Father & His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather, Amherst College.   Murphy, an Amherst alum, was editor at The Wilson Quarterly & managing editor at The Atlantic .   He was writer for the comic strip Prince Valiant for many years & is author of many books.
Join us in celebrating the publication of a new book by Amherst’s own Rob OkunVOICE MALE: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement, which chronicles the transformation of men & masculinity through the pages of the magazine.   Okun is editor & publisher of Voice Male magazine & a former executive director of the Men’s Resource Center for Change.
August Thomas began her first novel, Liar’s Candle, at age twenty three.   Fluent in Turkish, she has traveled & studied in Turkey as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, & holds Master’s degrees from Bogaziçi, Istanbul’s top public university, as well as the University of Edinburgh.   She also has two degrees from the University of Massachusetts.   A travel writer as well as a novelist, she lives in Massachusetts
Hosted by Northampton Poet Laureate Amy DryanskiLeslie Aguilar, Marisa Arroyo, Tamiko Beyer, Kirun Kapur, Oliver de la Paz , & Ocean Vuong, will read in the Parlor Room, 32 Masonic Street, Northampton, to support local agencies that work to welcome & support immigrants & new Americans in the community.   For more information, go to the Northampton Arts Council’s calendar
Join Manuela Picq in celebrating the publication of her new book, Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics, at the Center for Humanist Inquiry, Frost Library, Amherst College.   Picq, who is Loewenstein Fellow & Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science & Sexuality, Women & Gender Studies at Amherst College, is also editor of Queering Narraitves of Modernity & Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations.
Author, journalist, & translator, Masha Gessen will talk about her new book, Never Remember: Searching for Stalin’s Gulags in Putin’s Russia, with Polina Barskova.   Gessen, who is a visiting professor at Amherst College, is author of numerous books, including, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia & Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.   Barskova is author of several volumes poetry, some in Russian & some in English, & is author of Besieged Leningrad: Aesthetic Responses to Urban Disaster.   She teaches at Hampshire College.
Help us celebrate the publication of a new book by Matthew Barlow Griffintown: Identity & Memory in an Irish Diaspora Neighbourhood.   Griffintown is an inner-city Irish Catholic neighborhood in Montreal.   Barlow, who has also worked on a series of short films that recount the social history of Griffintown, is a native Montrealer & public historian who lives & teaches in Western Massachusetts.
Madeleine Blais & the Amherst Regional High School Theater Program will receive the Jones Library’s fifth annual Samuel Minot Jones Award (the “Sammy”) for Literary Achievement at the Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College, Amherst.   The event doubles as a part of a capital investment campaign for the Jones Library.   For more information, go here.
Barbara Tramonte will read from her recent poetry chapbook, Oddities, which has been described as “conversational as Frank O’Hara & as pithy as Edna St. Vincent Millay.   Both direct & metaphoric, the poems hold you at arm’s length then shatter with a quick peck on the cheek or a held gaze.”
jubilat/Jones Reading Series at the Jones Library, Amherst.   Lauren Haldeman & Kiki Petrosino will read.   Meet the poets at an informal Q & A session that follows the reading.   For more information go to the jubilat Event page.

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