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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.
Fifth Annual Amherst College LitFest
- Sunday, March 1st at 2:00pm (Discussion)
“Writing at the White House: An Insider’s Account“ Obama aide Ben Rhodes
& his Random House editor Andy Ward ’74
will talk with Cullen Murphy ’74
in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College
. For more information: LitFest Calendar
Abdi Nor Iftin
- Thursday, March 5th at 7:00pm (Reading)
will read from his new memoir, Call Me American
, at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium
here in Amherst, as part of the Jones Library’s “On the Same Page” program. For more information see here
Noontime Book Conversation
- Tuesday, March 10th at 12noon - 1:00pm (reading)
This month the group will discuss The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid. Meeting ordinarily on the second Tuesday of every month from 12:00pm until 1:00pm, the group has no fixed members (although quite a few regulars). Readers are urged to nominate a book to be read, especially if they are willing to lead the discussion. We focus on fiction & drama with occasional foray into the graphic novel. We limit the length of our selections to about 200 pages, although this is a guideline rather than a fixed rule. We believe in the joy of re-reading, so some of our selections are works that many have already read at least once. The noontime book group is under the general oversight of Michael Greenebaum (email@example.com) who selects the books & leads the discussions. He is happy to hear from those with ideas or questions. Amherst Books offers a 10% discount on the month’s book for those who plan to join the group. April’s book is the Ann Carson translation of Sophocles’ Antigone
- Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30pm (Book launch party)
Help Amherst College professor Aneeka Henderson celebrate the publication of her new book, Veil & Vow: Marriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture
in the Bassett Gallery, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College
. Henderson places familiar, often politicized questions about the crisis of African American marriage in conversation with a rich cultural archive that includes fiction by Terry McMillan & Sister Souljah, music by Anita Baker, & films such as The Best Man
. Seeking to move beyond simple assessments of marriage as “good” or “bad” for African Americans, Henderson examines contemporary texts alongside legislation such as the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act & the Welfare Reform Act, which masked true sources of inequality with crisis-laden myths about African American family formation.
- Wednesday, March 11th at 6:00pm (reading)
will speak about “Xenophobia in America: How We Got Here & What’s At Stake” at the Integrative Learning Center, N151, UMass, Amherst
, as the 2020 Distinguished Annual Lecture sponsored by the UMass History Department. Lee is author of The Making of Asian America: A History
& At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943
. For more information see here
- Wednesday, March 11th at 8:00pm (Poetry reading)
& Fatimah Asghar
will read from recent work. Choi is a writer of poems, essays, & plays. She is the author of two poetry collections—most recently, Soft Science
. Asghar, author of the new poetry collection, If They Come for Us
, is a nationally touring poet, performer, educator, & writer. She is the writer of Brown Girls
, an Emmy-nominated web series that highlights friendships between women of color.
- Friday, March 13th at 7:00pm (Reading)
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.
CHI Salon: What is a Short Story? Beth Piatote
- Wednesday, March 25th at 4:30pm (Reading & talk)
will read from her new collection of stories, The Beadworkers
, at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, Amherst College
. Piatote is author of numerous scholarly essays & creative works, & is the recipient of multiple awards & fellowships. She is Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes & lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.