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Events

< February 2024 >

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

Unless noted otherwise all events at the bookshop are free & open to the public.   We recommend masks!

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Gerald “Jerry” Epstein will talk about his new book, Busting the Bankers’ Club: Finance for the Rest of Us.   Epstein is Professor of Economics & a Founding Co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.   He is also author of The Political Economy of Central Banking: Contested Control & the Power of Finance.   The economist Robert Kuttner wrote, “Gerald Epstein’s Busting the Bankers’ Club is an indispensable guide to how the financial elite made banking a self-serving & unstable cartel, & how to turn banking back into the servant of the real economy rather than the master.”
Assistant professor of music theory at UMass, Amherst, Miriam Piilonen will talk about her new book, Theorizing Music Evolution: Darwin, Spencer, & the Limits of the Human.   Piilonen’s book reinforces music’s treatment as an especially fraught subject of evolutionary thought as it relates to historical musicology as well as evolutionary biology, gender/sexuality studies, post-colonial studies, & affect theories.
Shalini Bahl will talk about her new book, Return to Mindfulness: Disrupting Default Habits for Personal Fulfillment, Effective Leadership, & Global Impact.   Bahl is mindfulness teacher & scholar, with fifteen years of mindfulness practice, international work experience & a doctorate degree in business.  She is an affiliated expert at the Isenberg School of Management, UMass, where she teaches mindfulness in business & leadership.  More recently, she was voted to be part of the first 13-member Town Council in Amherst & is integrating mindfulness in politics.
Amherst LitFest: A conversation between National Book Award Winner Justin Torres & finalist Paul Harding at Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, Amherst.   Moderated by Assistant Professor of English Amelia Hastie.   Introductions & remarks: President Michael Elliott & National Book Foundation Director of Programs & Partnerships, Natalie Green.   Aside from Torres’ National Book Award Winner, Blackouts, he is author of the semi-autobiographical novel We the Animals.   Harding was shortlisted for the National Book Award & the Booker Prize for This Other Eden.   Previously, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, Tinkers.   For more information go to the LitFest website.   Books will be sold at the readings & talks, or buy them on-line with our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Amherst LitFest: Readings by Amherst Alumni Authors & The Common Student Interns at the Friendly Reading Room, Frost Library, Amherst College.   Introductions & remarks: Olive Amdur ’23, Literary Editorial Fellow of The Common.   Amherst Alumni Authors: Lisa Biggs ’93, Blair Kamin ’79 P’15 & Anne Pierson Wiese ’85.   The Common interns: Sam Spratford ’24, Sara Wu ’25, Alma Clark ’25, Kei Lim ’25, Morry Ajao ’26, & Sophie Durbin ’25.   For more information go to the LitFest website.  Books will be sold at the readings & talks, or buy them on-line with our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Amherst LitFest: Presidential Scholar Natasha Trethewey in Conversation with President Michael A. Elliott at the Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, Amherst.   (In partnership with UMass Amherst MFA Program.)   Trethewey, who received an M.F.A. in Poetry from UMass, is author of numerous volumes of poetry, including, Native Guard, which won the Pulitizer Prize for Poetry.   She was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014.  For more information go to the LitFest website.   Books will be sold at the readings & talks, or buy them on-line with our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Amherst LitFest: Phosphorescence Special Edition: A Poetry Event with Ilya Kaminsky & Katie Farris in the Friendly Reading Room, Frost Library, Amherst.
With hosts: Jane Wald, Jane & Robert Keiter, Family Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum.   Kaminsky is a Ukrainian-Jewish-American poet, critic, translator & professor.   He is best known for his poetry collections Dancing in Odessa & Deaf Republic, which have earned him several awards.   Farris is an American poet, fiction writer, translator, academic, & editor.   Her memoir in poems, Standing in the Forest of Being Alive, was shortlisted for 2023 T.S. Eliot Prize.   An earlier collection, boysgirls was called “truly innovative” & a “tour de force.”   For more information go to the LitFest website.   Books will be sold at the readings & talks, or buy them on-line with our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Amherst LitFest: An Immense World: Reporting on Science in Challenging Times: Ed Yong in Conversation with Cullen Murphy ’74 H’19 in the Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, Amherst.   Yong received the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his series on the COVID-19 pandemic.   He is author of two books, I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us & a Grander View of Life , as well as An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us.   For more information go to the LitFest website.  Books will be sold at the readings & talks, or buy them on-line with our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Amherst LitFest: Unreliable Narrator: Aparna Nancherla ’05 in Conversation with Jennifer Acker ’00 in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, Amherst.   Nancherla is an American stand-up comedian, actress, & writer.   She recently published Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, & Impostor Syndrome, a collection of essays on imposter syndrome.   For more information go to the LitFest website.   Books will be sold at the readings & talks, or buy them on-line with our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Amherst College professor Amelie Hastie will talk about her new book, Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder at the CHI Think Tank, Lyceum Building, 197 South Pleasant St., Amherst.   Hastie’s research & teaching focus on film & television theory & historiography, feminism, & material cultures.   Her first two books — Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection & Film History & the BFI Film Classics volume on Ida Lupino’s The Bigamist — are committed to explorations of women’s authorship in & of film history.   In her new book she explores television history through an emphasis on issues of stardom, authorship, & its interconnections with classical & New Hollywood cinema.
Vice Chair of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Catherine Coleman Flowers will talk about her recent book, Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, in the UMass Student Union Ballroom, Amherst.   Flowers is an American environmental health researcher, writer, & the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice.   She was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 2020.   Waste explores the environmental justice movement in rural America.
Kayla Min Andrews ’08 will read from her late mother, Katherine Min’s, last, posthumous, novel, The Fetishist, at the CHI Think Tank (Lyceum 101), 197 South Pleasant St., Amherst as part of the Amherst College Visiting Writers Series.   Min’s short stories appeared in Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, & others; she received an NEA grant, a Pushcart Prize, a Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, two New Hampshire State Council for the Arts Fellowships, & a North Carolina State Arts Council Fellowship, & attended residencies at, among others, MacDowell & Yaddo.  Her debut novel, Secondhand World, was a runner-up for the PEN/Bingham Award in 2007.

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