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< February 2020 >

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.

John Sayles will read from his new novel, Yellow Earth.   Sayles is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor, short story writer, & novelist.   He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, for Passion Fish & Lone Star.   His film Men with Guns was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.   His directorial debut, Return of the Secaucus 7, has been added to the National Film Registry.   His novels include Pride of the Bimbos & Union Dues.   Sayles marvelous short story, “The Anarchists’ Convention,” is included in a collection with the same name.
Kate Lilley will talk at the Center for Humanistic Studies, Frost Library, Amherst College,   Lilley is an award-winning Australian poet, author of Versary & Tilt.   She is also a well-known scholar of queer feminist literary history, editor of Margaret Cavendish: The Blazing World & Dorothy Hewett: Selected Poems, & Director of Creative Writing at the University of Sydney.
CA Conrad & Dawn Lundy Martín will read at the Old Chapel, UMass, Amherst as part of the UMass MFA Visiting Writers Series.   Conrad received a 2019 Creative Capital grant to complete their nationwide (Soma)tic poetry ritual entitled, ”Resurrect Extinct Vibration.“.   Author of may volumes of poetry, including While Standing in Line for Death, The Book of Frank, & Ecodeviance, CA Conrad is an author in residence at UMass this Spring.   Martin is a poet, essayist, & conceptual video artist.   She is the author of four books of poems, including, mostly recently Good Stock Strange Blood.   She is the recipient of the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
jubilat/Jones Reading Series at the Jones Library, Amherst.   Heather Christle & Arisa White will read.   Meet the poets at an informal Q & A session that follows the reading.
Steven Dunn will read from his recent volume novel, Water & Power.   Dunn is also author of the novel, Potted Meat.   Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center.
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.
Rescue Press authors, Tessa Micaela, Caren Beilin, Hanna Brooks-Motl, & Melissa Dickey, will read from recent work.   Micaela writes poems & letters, often to inanimate objects.   She is the author of there are boxes and there is wanting, Crude Matter, & Where Bells Begin .   Beilin is the author of Spain, Blackfishing the IUD, & The University of Pennsylvania.   Brooks-Motl is the author of the poetry collections The New Years, M, & Earth.   Dickey is the author of two books of poems, Dragons & The Lily Will.   Her poetry, nonfiction, & reviews have appeared recently in Bennington Review, the Spectacle, the Laurel Review, & Kenyon Review Online, among other publications
Vijay Prashad will talk in the Flavin Auditorium, UMass, Amherst.   Prashad, who is author of more than 40 books, including Red Star Over the Third World, Darker Nations: A Possible History of the Third World & Strongmen: Trump / Modi / Erdoaan / Duterte / Putin, will give the UMass History Department's Annual Writer-in-Residence talk.  
Shayla Lawson will read as part of the UMass Visiting Writers Series.   Lawson is the poet in residence at Amherst College.   She is author of the poetry collection, I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean & the forthcoming collection of essays, This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, & Being Dope.
Fifth Annual Amherst College LitFest   “A Conversation with National Book Award Winner Susan Choi & Finalist Laila Lalami will be held in the Johnson Chapel, Amherst College.   For more information: LitFest Calendar.
Fifth Annual Amherst College LitFest   A conversation with Amherst poet Karen Skolfield in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library (second floor), Amherst College.   For more information: LitFest Calendar.
Fifth Annual Amherst College LitFest   “An Afternoon with Jesmyn Ward in conversation with Jennifer Acker in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College.   For more information: LitFest Calendar.

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