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< November 2005 >

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

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Stephanie Grant will read from her recent work.   Grant is the author of The Passion of Alice, a novel.   Her short fiction has appeared in Cabbage & Bones: An Anthology of Irish-American Women's Fiction, A Whole Other Ball Game: Women's Literature on Women's Sports, & Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers.   She has published her nonfiction in The Voice Literary Supplement & OUT Magazine.   Co-sponsored by Amherst College.
David Ohle will read in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts as part of the M.F.A. Program's Visiting Writer Series.   Ohle is author of the underground classic, Motorman, which, as Anthony Miller wrote in the LA Weekly, "is set in a dystopian netherworld distinguished by multiple, sometimes government-commissioned, suns & moons, but it does reflect on pressing questions of surveillance, violence & alienation resonant throughout the late ’60s & early ’70s.   The astonishing, amusing & disturbing language evokes the prose of William Burroughs".   He is also author of The Age of Sinatra: The Sequel to the 1972 Cult Classic Motorman, & the forthcoming, Pisstown Chaos.   His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, Esquire, Paris Review, & elsewhere.   Ohle lives in Lawrence, Kansas, & teaches at the University of Kansas.
“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.   This evening's performers are Jedediah Berry, Mira Bartok, & Jeremy Church.
“Jubilat/Jones Reading Series”   Poets Mary Jo Salter & Rebecca Wolff will read in the Trustees Room at the Jones Library in Amherst.   Salter is Emily Dickinson Senior Lecturer in the Humanities at Mt. Holyoke College.   She is author of five collections of poems: Henry Purcell in Japan, Unfinished Painting, Sunday Skaters (nominated in 1994 for the National Book Critics Circle Award), A Kiss in Space, & Open Shutters.   Rebecca Wolf is editor of Fence, a literary magazine, & is author of two books of poems, Manderley, & Figment (which won the 2003 Barnard Women Poets Prize).
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Annie Boutelle, poet, professor of English at Smith College & founder of the Smith College Poetry Center, will read from her recent work.   Boutelle is author of two new collections of poetry—Nest of Thistles & Becoming Bone: Poems On the Life of Celia Thaxter (1835-1894).   Born & raised in Scotland, Boutelle was educated at the University of St. Andrews & New York University.   Author of Thistle & Rose: A Study of Hugh MacDiarmid’s Poetry, she has published poetry in various journals, including the Georgia Review, Green Mountains Review, & the Hudson Review.   Read more!
Williams College math professor Edward Burger will give what promises to be an amusing talk about mathematics based on his new entertainingly "irreverent" book, Coincidences, Chaos, & All That Math Jazz.   Burger is also author of many serious books on math, including Exploring the Number Jungle: A Journey into Diophantine Analysis, The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking, & Making Transcendence Transparent: An Intuitive Approach to Classical Transcendental Number Theory.
Join us in celebrating the publication of a new book by University of Massachusetts professor, Olga Gershenson.   Her book, Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel; A Study of Cultural Colonization, is a study of the public theater, Gesher, the brainchild of Russian-Jewish immigrants to Israel.   Its story weaves together issues of immigration, cultural policy, & interethnic relations.   In part, it's a tale of Soviet immigrants in the 90s—Gesher actors had to perform in Hebrew before they had even learned the language, by memorizing every sound.   It's also a tale of veteran Israelis & their reactions to the Soviet immigrants.   Gesher’s bilingual performances & multicultural cast bring them into conflict with the Zionist ideal of cultural assimilation.   The mainstream Israeli media constantly debate Gesher’s position, caught between ‘being Russian’ & ‘being Israeli’.   Read more!
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Poets Michael Casey & Loren Goodman will read from recent work.   Casey, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, is author of many collections of poetry, including Obscenities (which was published in the Yale Younger Poetry Series), Millrat, The Million Dollar Hole, Raiding a Whorehouse, & most recently, Permanent Party.   Goodman, who has published poetry in many journals, is author of the collection, Famous Americans (published in the Yale Younger Poetry Series).   According to Jordan Davis, Goodman "has taken up residence in Japan, where by various accounts he is retranslating Hemingway's Nick Adams stories from the Japanese, is translating a prominent middleweight boxer's memoirs, or is training & managing a prominent middleweight boxer.   When pressed, Goodman remains evasive.   His publicist states simply that he is 'active in martial arts'."
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Christopher Stackhouse & John Keene will read from recent work.   Stackhouse, a writer & painter writing & living in New York City is a Cave Canem Writers Fellow & an editor of Fence.   He is co-author of a limited edition hand-crafted artist book, Seismosis, which features selected drawings in collaboration with John Keene's texts, as well as a new chapbook, Slip.  Keene is a longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective & a Graduate Fellow of Cave Canem.   He is author of the novel Annotations & a collection of poetry, Heroic Figures.
Elizabeth Hand, science fiction & fantasy author, will read & sign copies of her books.   Hand is author of many books including, Winterlong, Aestival Tide, Icarus Descending, Waking the Moon (which won the James Tiptree Jr. Award & the Mythopoeic Society Award), Glimmering, Black Light, & most recently, a pre-Raphaelite historical fantasy, Mortal Light.   Her story collection, Last Summer at Mars Hill, includes the Nebula & World Fantasy award-winning title novella.   Her collection, Bibliomancy, won the World Fantasy Award for 2004.   She will read from her just completed novel, Generation Loss.
Ethan Paquin & Kevin Goodan, both graduates of the University of Massachusetts M.F.A. Program, will read their poetry in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts.   Paquin is author of three volumes of poetry, Makeshift, Accumulus & The Violence, which is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press.   He is editor of Slope & Slope Editions, & directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY.   Goodan is author of In the Ghost-House Acquainted, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for poetry.   Read more!
“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.   This evening's performers are Steve Zultanski, Brad Fliss, Lawrence Giffin, & Marie Buck.
Macedonian poet Lidija Dimkovska will read from recent work.   Poet, essayist, literary theoretician, translator, Dimkovksa worked as a translator in Macedonian language & literature at the Faculty of Philology in Bucharest, Romania.   She is author of several volumes of poetry, including Progenies of the East, Fire of Letters, Bitten Nails, & Nobel vs. Nobel; editor of Twenty Young Macedonian Poets & winner of "Studentski zbor" Prize for best debut book.   She lives & works in Ljubljana, so this is a rare opportunity to see her read!
Noria Jablonksi will read from her new collection of short fiction, Human Oddities.   With the blunt, gritty impact of a Diane Arbus photograph, these are stories of lives not commonly recorded, & the characters—often physically unique, some might say monstrous—are delivered with compassion, dignity, & a hopeful, therapeutic humor.   Brought to light, they deepen our understanding of the human condition, revealing us to ourselves.   Jablonski earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts.   She is currently working on her first novel, as well as McSweeney’s Voice of Witness Project.
Allen Steele, science fiction author & Whatley resident, will read & sign copies of the new volume in his Coyote series, Coyote Frontier.   Besides the Coyote books—Coyote & Coyote Rising—Steele is author of numerous books, including Orbital Decay, Clarke County, Space, Lunar Descent, Labyrinth of Night, The Jericho Iteration, The Tranquillity Alternative, A King of Infinite Space, Oceanspace, & Chronospace.   He has also published four collections of short fiction: Rude Astronauts, All-American Alien Boy, Sex & Violence in Zero-G, & American Beauty.   Steele's novels & stories have won & been nominated for the most prestigious awards in the science fiction world.

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