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< December 2019 >

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.

Hosted by Amherst College professors Alexander George & Nishi Shah, Elizabeth Kolbert will talk in the Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College, as part of this year’s Point/Counterpoint series.   For more information go here.
Dexter Palmer from his recent book, Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen.   Palmer has now published two books.   His first novel, The Dream of Perpetual Motion, was inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest.   Writing in The New York Times, novelist Jeff Vandermeer called it “a singular riff on steampunk — sophisticated, subversive entertainment that never settles for escapism.”   His second novel, Version Control, was reviewed by NPR, which said it was “a thoughtful, powerful overhaul of the age-old time travel tale, one that doesn't radically deconstruct the genre so much as explore it more broadly and deeply.” Our own Kelly Link said of his new novel, “Mary Toft is wonderful!   The kind of novel that you want to read & then discuss with other readers.   But then Dexter Palmer is a writer like Hilary Mantel or Kate Atkinson, able to move between genres & time periods, by virtue of the almost supernatural sympathy he is able to invoke for his characters *& the sense of the worlds they inhabit.”
Mary Ruefle will read from her new collection of poetry, Dunce, at the Old Chapel, UMass, Amherst, as part of the UMass MFA&rsuo;s Visiting Writers Series.  (For more information see here.   Ruefle has published numerous books of poetry, essays, & erasures.   Her honors include the Whiting, the Robert Creeley, & the William Carlos Williams Awards, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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.
Local authors Heather Abel, Lisa Brooks, George Colt, Anne Fadiman, Noy Holland, Natasha Lowe, Richard Michelson, Sabina Murray, Ilan Stavans, Ellen Doré Watson, Dara Wier, & Jane Yolen will read from & sign their books at the Jones Library, Amherst, as part of “The Massachusetts Book Awards Holiday Dozen — Valley Edition.”   For more information go to the Jones Library’s Calendar.   This event is co-sponsored by State Representatives Mindy Domb, Natalie Blais, & Lindsay Sabadosa; & coordinated by Massachusetts Center for the Book.
Michael McElroy will talk about his book, Energy & Climate: Vision for the Future.   McElroy is the Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies at Harvard University.   His research covers topics ranging from planetary atmospheres to extensive studies of the earth’s environment, with particular attention to the impact of human activity, & to the development of options to limit potentially negative consequences of this activity. He is also author of Energy: Perspectives, Problems, & Prospects.   Co-sponsored by the Harvard Club of Western Massachusetts.
Stellan Vinthagen will talk about his new book, Conceptualizing “Everyday Resistance”: A Transdisciplinary Approach.   Vinthagen is a Professor of Sociology & a scholar-activist.   He is the Inaugural Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action & Civil Resistance, & Director of the Resistance Studies Initiative at UMass.   He is also a researcher in his native Sweden at the Department of Social & Behavioral Studies, University West, & at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, where he is leading the Resistance Studies Program.
Noontime Book Conversation This month the group will discuss Anne Carson’s book, The Beauty of the Husband.   Meeting ordinarily on the second Tuesday of every month from 12:00pm until 1:00pm, the group has no fixed members (although quite a few regulars).   Readers are urged to nominate a book to be read, especially if they are willing to lead the discussion.   We focus on fiction & drama with occasional foray into the graphic novel.   We limit the length of our selections to about 200 pages, although this is a guideline rather than a fixed rule.   We believe in the joy of re-reading, so some of our selections are works that many have already read at least once.   The noontime book group is under the general oversight of Michael Greenebaum (mlgreenebaum33@gmail.com) who selects the books & leads the discussions.   He is happy to hear from those with ideas or questions.   Amherst Books offers a 10% discount on the month’s book for those who plan to join the group.

Join us in celebrating the publication of a new translation by local poet, essayist, translator, & maker of artist books, Michael KasperThe Subversion of Images: Notes Illustrated with Nineteen Photographs by the Author, Paul Nougé.   A classic surrealist photobook which pioneered the imagery of the domestic uncanny, it was edited originally by Marcel Marien, collecting Nougés notes & photographs from 1929–30 to form a guidebook to the surrealist image.
Margaret Bullitt-Jonas will read & talk at the Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, as part of the Adult Christian Education program, “Realities & Remedies of the Climate Crisis: Where are we headed?   How can our faith help us face this crisis?   What can we, as people of faith, do?”   Bullitt-Jonas is Missioner for Creation Care, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ .   Her new book, co-edited with Leah Schade, is Rooted & Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis.   The book brings together a diverse range of voices to explore the spiritual perspectives that sustain climate activism.   Featuring study questions & spiritual practices, this remarkable collection of essays is for everyone concerned about the climate crisis.
Don Tomaskovic-Devey will read from his recent book, Relational Inequalities: An Organizational Approach.   Tomaskovic-Devey studies the processes that generate workplace inequality.   He is the founding Director of the UMass Center for Employment Equity & the coordinator of the Comparative Organizational Inequality Network.   Relational Inequalities develops a general sociological & organizational analysis of inequality, exploring the processes that generate inequalities in access to respect, resources, & rewards.
Julie Dobrow will talk about her recent book, After Emily: Two Remarkable Women & the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet, at the Amherst Historical Society & Museum, 67 Amity Street, Amherst.   Dobrow is a professor & director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts University.   Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine & the Huffington Post, among other places.   After Emily sheds light on the importance of the earliest editions of Dickinson’s work—including the controversial editorial decisions made to introduce her singular genius to the world—& reveals the surprising impact Mabel Loomis Todd & her daughter, Millicent Millicent Todd Bingham, had on the poet we know today.

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