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< March 2007 >

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

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“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.   Tonight’s readers are Andre Khalil & Mira Bartok.
Sam Sheridan, who grew up in Amherst, will read from his first book, A Fighter’s Heart: One Man’s Journey Through the World of Fighting.   In 1999, after a series of wildly adventurous jobs around the world, Sheridan decided he could finally indulge a long–dormant obsession: fighting.   Within a year, he was in Bangkok training with the greatest fighter in muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) history & stepping through the ropes for a professional bout.   That one fight wasn’t enough.   Sheridan set out to test himself on an epic journey into how & why we fight, facing Olympic boxers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu stars, & Ultimate Fighting champions.   Along the way, Sheridan delivers an insightful look at violence as a career & a spectator sport, a behind–the–pageantry glimpse of athletes at the top of their terrifying game.   An extraordinary combination of gonzo journalism & participatory sports writing, A Fighter’s Heart is a dizzying first–hand account of what it’s like to reach the peak of finely disciplined personal aggression, to hit—& be hit.
Poets Tomaž Šalamun, Brian Henry, Andrew Zawacki & Aleš Debeljak will read as a part of the University of Massachusetts M.F.A. Program's Visiting Writer Series in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts.   Šalamun is an internationally recognized Slovenian poet, who has published more than 30 volumes of poetry.   English collections include Four Questions of Melancholy & Feast.   Brian Henry is the founding editor of Verse magazine, author of several volumes of poetry including Astronaut & Quarantine, & with Andrew Zawacki, is editor of The Verse Book of Interviews: 27 Poets on Language, Craft & Culture which includes interviews with Šalamun & Aleš Debeljak.   Andrew Zawacki is author of two volumes of poetry, Anabranch & By Reason of Breakings.   He is coeditor of Verse & editor of Afterwards: Slovenian Writing, 1945–1995.   Aleš Debeljak, from Slovenia, is a poet & cultural critic.   Among his many volumes of poetry in English are The City & the Child & Dictionary of Silence.
Exceptions HalfLives
Poets Richard Jackson & Ralph Angel will read at the bookstore as a part of the University of Massachusetts M.F.A. Program's Visiting Writer Series.   Angel is author of four volumes of poetry, including Neither World, which won the James Laughlin Award, & Exceptions & Melancholies: Poems 1986-2006.   Jackson is author of several books of poems, most recently Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems & Unauthorized Autobiography: New & Selected Poems.   He is the winner of the Juniper & Cleveland State Prizes for poetry.
“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.   Tonight is a 2nd year reading; readers are Janel Nockleby, Richard Sonnenmoser, Shehryar Fazli, Emily Renaud, Mark Slater, Joel Anderson, & Alejandro Cuellar.
“Jubilat/Jones Reading Series”   Reading at the Jones Library in Amherst.   Program to be announced.
Brian Morton will read from his recent novel, Breakable You, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College.   Morton is author of three previous novels—The Dylanist, Starting Out in the Evening, & A Window Across the River, & was a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Starting Out in the Evening won the Koret Jewish Book Award for fiction & was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award.   Sponsored by Amherst College’s Creative Writing Center.
Join us in remembering Eric Schocket by celebrating the publication of his posthumously published book, Vanishing Moments: Class & American Literature.   Read more!   Schocket, who died in September, taught at Hampshire College.
Eva Claeson will talk about Swedish poetry & read poetry from her new book To Catch Life Anew: 10 Swedish Women Poets.   Claeson is translator of Hjalmar Söderberg’s Serious Game as well as Reflections on Nature in a Stockholm Park: A Diary by Margareta Ekström.   (Read more!)
Samuel Fromartz, author of Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods & How They Grew, & Ed Maltby will talk on “Your Food, Our Farms, Our Future” at the Goodwin Library, Hadley (on Middle Street, at the northeast corner of Route 9 & Middle Street).   Fromartz is a business journalist whose work has appeared in Inc., Fortune Small Business, Business Week & The New York Times.   Maltby is a farmer & executive director of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance.   Co-sponsored by the Goodwin Library & the Kestrel Trust.
Shel Horowitz, will talk on the subject of his new book, Grassroots Marketing for Authors & Publishers.   Book marketing & book selling can feel pretty overwhelming.   You want to sell more books.   Of the hundreds of ways to generate book sales, which ones will be effective—for your title, your market, your budget, & your own personal style?   181,189 books were published in the US in 2004.   And it goes up almost every year.   In 2002, just two years earlier, only 119,123 books were published.   As recently as 1990, the number was only 46,736—only 26% as many.   In other words, an author or publisher releasing a book today has to work four times as hard to get noticed as authors & publishers did just sixteen years ago.   Fortunately, you have a roadmap: Grassroots Marketing for Authors & Publishers.   (Read more!)


Poets Dan Chelotti, Jon Woodward & Oni Buchanan will read from recent work.   Chelotti is author of the Poetry Society of America's prize-winning chapbook, The Eights.   Chelotti’s poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Tarpaulin Sky, Mary, Kulture Vulture & other journals.   He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, where he spent three years working as an Assistant Managing Editor for Verse Press.   In the summer of 2006, he received a fellowship from the Slovenian Arts Council to live, write & translate in Ljubljana for one month.   Woodward is author of two volumes of poetry, Rain & Mister Goodbye Easter Island.   Lauren Grewe, writing in Verse Magazine wrote that Woodward’s poetry “wallows in the beauty of modern decay & the poignant absurdity of unabashed grief”.   Buchanan, is a pianist & a poet.   As a pianist she has a national reputation for virtuosity & inventive programming & has performed solo & chamber recitals across the United States.   As a poet she has published in many journals including Conduit, Columbia Poetry Review, Seneca Review, & the Colorado Review.   Buchanan’s first volume of poetry is What Animal, of which Mark Levine wrote, these “stunning poems give voice to the animal that is bred by grief, a creature whose experience of private calamity can neither be named nor forgotten.”
Joy Williams will read as a part of the University of Massachusetts M.F.A. Program's Visiting Writer Series in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts.   Besides her recent short story collection, Honored Guest, Williams is the author of four novels—the most recent, The Quick and the Dead, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001—& two earlier collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.   Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the short story & the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
Join us in celebrating the publication of Amherst College professor Catherine Sanderson’s new book.   Slow & Steady Parenting: Active Child-Raising for the Long Haul, based on the principle that “slow & steady wins the race,” is the perfect manual for raising children in today’s world of immediate gratification.   Read more!
Poets Chris Hosea & Thomas Heise will read.   Hosea is a recent graduate of the MFA program at UMass; his poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, VOLT, The Literary Review, Harvard Review, New Voices, & Article, among other places.   Heise is author of the recent collection, Horror Vacui.   His poetry & essays have appeared or are forthcoming in, among others, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, Slope, & Verse.   He has been the recipient of awards & fellowships from the University of California, New York University, the Millay Colony for the Arts, & Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.   In 2004, he received the Gulf Coast Prize for Poetry.

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