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< June 2009 >

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John Crowley will read from his new novel, Four Freedoms.   Crowley, who teaches at Yale, is the recipient of The American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters Award in Literature, & the World Fantasy Award.   He is author of, among books, the novels Little, Big; the four volumes of “The Ægypt Cycle”; The Translator; & Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land; several collections of stories; screenplays & essays.   Four Freedoms, which takes place in the early years of the 1940s, is a moving, evocative, & unforgettable saga of wives, mothers, & lovers—of strangers, outcasts, & damaged Quixotes—who, unmoored by conflict's unpredictable tides, find community, purpose, identity, independence . . . & one remarkable man who will touch them all.
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Josh Weil, who grew up in Amherst, will read from his first book, The New Valley, a triptych of novellas set in the hardscrabble hill country between West Virginia & Virginia. It's populated by characters striving to forge new lives in the absence of those they have loved.   Weil has published fiction in, among other places, Granta, Story Quarterly, New England Review; & published nonfiction for the New York Times, Orion, Sage, & Guernica.
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Peter Selgin will read & Estela Olevsky will perform musical interludes.   Selgin’s new novel, Life Goes to the Movies, won 2nd Place in the AWP Price for the Novel & was Finalist for the James Jones First Novel Award.   Of it, Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff, wrote, “Peter Selgin aims far higher than most of us poor storytellers ever dare.   From beginning to end, I kept imagining the funnels of smoke that surely must have risen from his keyboard as he wrote this potent, superbly crafted, & wonderfully ambitious novel.”   Selgin read here at Amherst Books to great acclaim last November from his collection of short stories, Drowning Lessons—which won on the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.   He is also author of dozens of essays & a children's book.   Olevsky, who also performed at Amherst Books with Selgin last year, is Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she chaired the Piano Department for over two decades.   She has been a guest teacher at the Hartt College of Music, Mount Holyoke College & held residencies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro & the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires.

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