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< March 2020 >

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   “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 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 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 (mlgreenebaum33@gmail.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.
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.
Erika Lee 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.
Franny Choi & 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.
Emily Dickinson reading at bookstore
“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.
CHI Salon: What is a Short Story? Beth Piatotewill 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.

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