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< December 2007 >

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

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Join Amy Gordon & Barbara Goldin in celebrating the publication of their new books.   Gordon's Magic by Heart book, for middle-schoolers, is a fantasy which brings together enchanted animals, magical musicians, & mere mortals in a story about seeing into people’s true souls.   Gordon, who lives in Gill, is author of many books for children, including Gorillas of Gill Park, Return to Gill Park, & The Secret Life of a Boarding School Brat.   Goldin's The Best Hanukkah Ever   is about the Knoodle family's attempt to celebrate Hanukkah.   Goldin—who lives in Leeds—is author of Ten Holiday Jewish Children's Stories, Night Lights: A Sukkot Story, Coyote & the Fire Stick: A Pacific Northwest Indian Tale, & Red Means Good Fortune: A Story of San Francisco's Chinatown, among other books.
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Rescheduled to January 12thMeet Lynn Levine, learn about animal tracks, & celebrate the publication of a new edition of Mammal Tracks & Scat.   Mammal Tracks is a life-size waterproof tracking guide that will help turn your tracking adventure into a magical experience.   This field guide is designed to be carried through brush, bramble & snow banks, & emerge unscathed.   By moving alongside a set of tracks, or finding scat, you can discover that the animal climbed a tree, found a mate, or marked its territory.   Levine is a consulting forester & an environmental educator focusing on the forest ecosystem.   She has been teaching tracking since 1988.   Levine is co-author of Working With Your Woodland.
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Amherst native John Robison will read from his new memoir, Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s.   Robison, a machine aficionado, a photographer, husband, & father, writes about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome — a high functioning form of autism — overcoming his limitations, & ultimately becoming a successful adult.   Augusten Burroughs, writing in the book’s foreward, said “Of course this book is brilliant; my big brother wrote it.   But even if it hadn’t been created by my big, lumbering, swearing, unshaven ‘early man’ sibling, this is as sweet & funny & sad & true & heartfelt a memoir as one could find, utterly unspoiled, uninfluenced, & original.”
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Bim Ranke will read in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as part of the University of Massachusetts Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writer Series.   Ramke teaches writing & contemporary literature & edits the Denver Quarterly.   He is the author of eight books of poetry including—most recently, Tendril; as well as, Wake; Matter; Airs, Waters, Places; & The Difference Between Night and Day, which won the Yale Younger Poets Award.   His essays & reviews have appeared in the Boston Review, the Ohio Review, & American Notes & Letters.
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NO÷ Journal contributors will read a mix of poetry & fiction to celebrate the release of issue [seven].   NO÷ Journal is a free literary/political magazine distributed in print nationwide & online.   Readers for tonight will be Heather Christle, Elisa Gabbert, Aaron Hellem, & Tao Lin.  
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Tentatively rescheduled to February 14thJoin Shutesbury resident Peggy Woods in celebrating the publication of her first novel, Spinning Will.   Woods is Assistant Director of the University of Massachusetts Writing Program.  
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Join us in celebrating the publication of Joe Fletcher's new chapbook, Sleigh, & the release of issue #4 of Skein, a small, handmade journal founded in Athens, GA in 2003.   Aside from Fletcher, there will be readings by Heather Christle, Chris DeWeese & Seth Landman.

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