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< February 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.

Hannah Pollin-Galay will talk about her new book, Ecologies of Witnessing: Language, Place, & Holocaust Testimony, at the Institute for Holocaust, Genoicide & Memory Studies, UMass, 758 No. Pleasant Street, Amherst.   She will be joined by Carolyn Dean, Justin Cammy, & James Young.   Pollin-Galay is senior lecturer in the Department of Literature at Tel Aviv University, where she teaches on Yiddish, oral narrative, & memory.   For more information, see the Institute for Holocaust, Genoicide & Memory Studies website.
Harvard professor Daniel Ziblatt will talk about the recent book, How Democracies Die, which he co-wrote with Steven Levitsky, at the Campus Center Auditorium, UMass, Amherst, as part of the Diversity Matters all-day Sympoisum on “Understanding the Forces that Drive Us Apart: A Symposium on Polarization.”   For more information, see the Sympoisum Schedule.
Phillip Williams will read from his new collection of poetry, Thief in the Interior.   Williams is also author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels, & Burn.   He is winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.   His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Review, & others.   Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Visiting Writers Series.
Join Amherst College professor Hannah Holleman in celebrating the publication of her new book, Dust Bowls of Empire Imperialism Environmental Politics & the Injustice of Green Capitalism.   Holleman works in the areas of social theory, environmental sociology, environmental studies, political economy, & social movements.   Her new book is a profound reinterpretation of both the Dust Bowl on the U.S. southern plains & its relevance for today.
UMass professor Jordy Rosenberg will read at Memorial Hall, UMass, Amherst from his debut novel, Confessions of the Fox, as part of the UMass Visiting Writers series.   The novel was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection & was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.     For more information, see the UMass MFA’s events calendar
jubilat/Jones Reading Series at the Jones Library, Amherst.   Justin Jamail will read.   Meet the poets at an informal Q & A session that follows the reading.
Help us celebrate the publication of a new book by Adam ColmanDrugs & the Addiction Aesthetic in Nineteenth-Century Literature.   Colman, who teaches in the English Department at UMass here in Amherst, is also author of the recently published, New Uses for Failure: Ben Lerner’s 10:04.
Amherst Books Noontime Book Conversation will feature Diana Peele leading a discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.   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 UMass Amherst professor Anne Broadbridge in celebrating the publication of her new book, Women & the Making of the Mongol Empire .   The book positions women in their rightful place in the otherwise well-known story of Chinggis Khan (commonly known as Genghis Khan) & his conquests & empire.
Join UMass professor Michael Ash in celebrating the publication of a new book by him & Francisco Louçã—Shadow Networks: Financial Disorder & the System that Cause Crisis.   Ash & Louçã challenge pervading narratives of the financial crisis to argue that economic collapse is ingrained in the shadow networks of finance.
Nate Chinen will talk about his new book, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century, at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Robert Frost Library, Amherst College.
Thomas Wickman will talk about his new book, Snowshoe Country: An Environmental & Cultural History of Winter in the Early American Northeast in TBA, Amherst College.
Kevin Killing will read from his latest book, Fascination: Memoirs, at the Memorial Hall, UMass, Amherst, as part of the UMass MFA Visiting Writers Series.   Killian is a San Francisco-based poet, novelist, playwright, & art writer.   Recent books include the poetry collections Tony Greene Era & Tweaky Village.   He is the coauthor of Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer & the San Francisco Renaissance.   With Dodie Bellamy, he coedited Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing, 1977-1997.   For more information, see the UMass MFA’s events calendar
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.
Lindsey Swindall will talk in the Theater Room #3, New Africa House, UMass, Amherst.   Swindall is author of Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art, The Politics of Paul Robeson’s Othello , & The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World: Southern Civil Rights & Anticolonialism, 1937-1955.
Noted author Jonathan Dee will read from his recent novel, The Locals, at the Amherst Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, as part of the Jones Library’s “On the Same Page” program.   For more information, see here.
Fourth Annual Amherst College LitFest   “National Book Awards on Campus: A Conversation with 2018 Fiction Finalists”   Jamel Brinkley & Brandon Hobson, moderated by Rebecca Carroll, in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College.   For more information: LitFest Calendar

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