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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.
- Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm (Poetry reading)
Mount Holyoke College professor Samuel Ace
will read from his new book, Our Weather Our Sea
, & the re-issued Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don’t wash
. Ace is a trans & genderqueer poet & sound artist. He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry & the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, as well as a two-time finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award & the National Poetry Series.
- Thursday, May 2nd at 6:00pm (Reading)
will read from his new novel, The Promise of Elsewhere
. Poet & novelist, Leithauser is author of more than 16 volumes of poetry, novels & essays. After serving as the Emily Dickinson Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College & visiting professor at the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he is now on faculty at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. He is winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
- Friday, May 3rd at 7:00pm (Discussion)
will talk about his new book,
The Workshop & the World: What Ten Thinkers Can Teach Us About Science & Authority
, with local polymath, author, Charles Mann
. Crease, who teaches philosophy at Stony Brook, is author of numerous books on science, including, The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, & Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty
, & The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg
. His new book is a fascinating look at key thinkers throughout history who have shaped public perception of science & the role of authority. Mann is author of the histories 1491
, & most recently, The Wizard & the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists & Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow”s World
- Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00pm (Reading)
will read from his new novel, Offline
. Adams’ most recent book, the YA rom-com environmental activist novel KABOOM!
, won gold medals at the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards & the Literary Classics Book Awards. He is also author of the adult cli-fi/rom com novel, Love in the Time of Climate Change
, a Forward Reviews 2014 IndieFAB Gold Winner for Humor. He is a Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College.
- Thursday, May 9th at 7:00pm (Reading)
grew up in Turkey & Denmark. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review
, & elsewhere, & was shortlisted for the Glimmer Train Fiction Prize & the Graywolf Emerging Writers Award. She teaches at the Sorbonne & lives in Paris. Walking on the Ceiling
is her first novel.
Noontime Book Conversation
- Tuesday, May 14th at 12:00 noon - 1:00pm (Noontime Book Conversation)
Join the monthly reading group for a discussion, this month, of Plainsong
, a novel by Kent Haruf. 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.
- Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00pm (Talk)
UMass School of Ed professor Meg Gebhard
will talk about her new book, Teaching & Researching Ells’ Disciplinary Literacies: Systemic Functional Linguistics in Action in the Context of U.S. School Reform
. Written from a critical perspective, this volume provides teachers, teacher educators, & classroom researchers with a conceptual framework & practical methods for teaching & researching the disciplinary literacy development of English language learners (ELLs). Grounded in a nuanced critique of current social, economic, & political changes shaping public education, Gebhard offers a comprehensive framework for designing curriculum, instruction, & assessments that build on students’ linguistic & cultural resources.
- Friday, May 17th at 7:00pm (Reading)
Poet & novelist Diane Wald
will read from her new novel, The Gillyflower
. Wald is the author of Wonderbender
, Yellow Hote
, Lucid Suitcase
, as well as numerous chapbooks. Her awards include a two-year fellowship in poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Grolier Poetry Prize, The Denny Award, The Open Voice Award, the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, & a Massachusetts Artists Foundation grant.
- Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm (Reading)
Local novelist Heather Abel
will read from the new paperback edition of her recent novel, The Optimistic Decade
. Abel’s novel was named one of the best debuts of spring by Library Journal
; one of the best books to read in May, by the BBC; named a “best new book” by People Magazine
. The New York Times
’s reviewer wrote, “Abel, who previously worked as a reporter, is a perceptive writer whose astute observations keep the book funny & light even under the weight of its Big Ideas…Is this a book about the failure of Zionism, an exploration of the limits of idealism or a literary coming-of-age novel? It’s a bit of all three. Most interestingly, it doesn’t just rehash the story of the Holy Land we already know, but imagines a new, subversive ending.” Abel will be joined by local poet Lesley Yalen
, author of the poetry collection The Hearts of the Vikings
, & two chapbooks, This Elizabeth
& The Beginning In