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Events

< July 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.

Robert Blaemire will talk about his new biography of the late Birch Bayh—Birch Bayh: Making a Difference.   Blaemire began working for Senator Birch Bayh while a freshman in college & remained on his staff for the next 13 years.   After Bayh’s election defeat in 1980, Blaemire formed a political action committee, the Committee for American Principles, to combat the influence of the New Right in American politics.   In Birch Bayh Blaemire charts Bayh’s career which was dedicated to issues facing Indiana & the nation, including civil rights & equal rights for women.   Bayh served more than 25 years in the Indiana General Assembly (1954–1962) & the United States Senate (1963–1981).   His influence was seen in landmark legislation over his tenure, including Title IX, the 25th Amendment, the 26th Amendment, Civil Rights of the Institutionalized, Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act, & the Bayh-Dole Act.   Bayh was also the author, chief Senate sponsor, & floor leader of the Equal Rights Amendment & successfully led the opposition to two Nixon nominees to the Supreme Court.
Join local poet, essayist & memoirist, Christopher Benfey, in celebrating the publication of his new book, If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years.   Benfey is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at Mt.Holyoke College & is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review & The New York Review of Books.   He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, & the American Council of Learned Societies.   Benfey has written numerous books about the American Gilded Age including A Summer of Hummingbirds, as well as a family memoir, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, & Survival.   If examines the American life of Rudyard Kipling, who famously said “There are only two places in the world where I want to live.   Bombay & Brattleboro.   And I can’t live in either.”

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