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< May 2018 >

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.

Please join us for a special event on the opioid crisis.   The poet William Brewer will read from his debut collection to be followed by a conversation with Cherry Sullivan, coordinator of Hampshire HOPE, about the roles of art and advocacy in confronting this crisis.

Brewer’s debut collection on the opioid crisis in West Virginia, I Know Your Kind, was the winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series.   He was interviewed as part of PBS NewsHour’s series on the opioid crisis, & his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Nation, The New Yorker, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, & other journals.

Hampshire HOPE is a multi-sector coalition addressing the rise in prescription opioid misuse, heroin use, addiction, and overdose death in the Hampshire County region, through policy, practice, and systems change
Jill Lepore will talk at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium as part of the Jones Library’s “On the Same Page” program.   Lepore is author of numerous books, including the featured The Secret History of Wonder Woman.   For more information see here: Jones Library On the Same Page.
Amherst Books Noontime Book Conversation Michael Greenebaum will lead a discussion of Aron Appelfeld’s Badenheim 1939.   The Conversation is not a book group in the traditional sense: it expects readers to come & go as their schedules & interests allow.   The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.   (Next month’s book is Virigina Woolf’s Between the Acts.)   If you can, purchase your copy from Amherst Books with a 10% discount.   Feel free to bring your lunch; water will be provided.
Help us celebrate the publication of a new book by Manuela PicqVernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics.   Picq, who is Loewenstein Fellow & Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science & Sexuality, Women & Gender Studies at Amherst College, is also editor of Queering Narraitves of Modernity & Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations.

Suzanne Strempek Shea & Lisa Romeo will read.   Shea, journalist, author, memoirist, is the author of 5 novels, including Make a Wish But Not for Money & three memoirs, including Songs from a Lead-Lined Room: Notes—High & Low—from My Journey through Breast Cancer & Radiation, as well as a co-edited volume (with Elizabeth Searle): Soap Opera Confidential: Writers & Soap Insiders on Why We’ll Tune in Tomorrow As the World Turns Restlessly by the Guiding Light of Our Lives.   Romeo has published essays in The New York Times, & Oprah Magazine, among others.   She is author of the new memoir, Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss.

UMass M.F.A. alums Hilary Plum & Zach Savich will read from recent work.   Plum will read from her very recent novel, Strawberry Fields, which won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018).   Plum is author of the novel, They Dragged Them Through the Streets & a collection of nonfiction, Watchfires.   Savich, author of multiple poetry collections, including Full Catastrophe Living & Annulments, will read from his most recent poetry volume, Daybed.
Alexander Chee, award-winning author of the novels The Queen of the Night & Edinburgh, will read from his new collection of essays, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, as part of Amherst Books’ ongoing Book of the Month series.   Chee is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at The Virginia Quarterly Review, & a critic at large at The Los Angeles Times.   Chee was the visiting writer at Amherst College in 2010 & currently teaches fiction writing & the essay at Dartmouth College.   A book signing will follow the reading.

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