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< November 2013 >

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.

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Join University of Massachusetts professor Emily Lordi in celebrating the publication of her first book, Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers & African American Literature.   Lordi’s new book reveals aesthetic connections between the literary works of Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Gayl Jones, Nikki Giovanni, & Linda Susan Jackson & the vocal art of several iconic women singers: Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, & Etta James.
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Stanley Crawford & Hilary Plum will read in Memorial Hall, University of Massachusetts, as part of the University of Massachusetts MFA Program’s Visiting Writers Series.   Crawford is farmer in New Mexico & author of numerous novels, essays & poetry. His novels include Petroleum Man, & Log of the S.S. the Mrs Unguentine.  Plum, who is an alum of the M.F.A. Program here at the University of Massachusetts, has recently published her first novel, They Dragged Them through the Streets.
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Help us celebrate the publication of a new book by Anna TaylorEpic Lives & Monasticism in the Middle Ages, 800-1500. Taylor, who teaches history here at the University of Massachusetts, focuses on Latin epic verse saints’ lives in their medieval historical contexts.
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Adam Berlin, who grew up in Amherst, will read from his new novel, The Number of Missing.   Berlin is author of three earlier novels—Headlock; Belmondo Style, which won the Publishing Triangle’s Ferro-Grumley Award; & Both Members of the Club, which won the 2012 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize.   He teaches writing at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City & co edits J Journal: New Writing on Justice.
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Susan Stinson will read from her long–awaited new novel, Spider in a Tree.   Stinson, who lives in Northampton, is author of four novels, including Venus of Chalk, which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist & was named one of the ten best books of 2004 by Publishing Triangle; & Martha Moody.   Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Visiting Writers Series.
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Stephen Apkon will talk at the Amherst Cinema, Amherst, about his new book, The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens.   Apkon is founder & executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center & the Media Arts Lab, a nonprofit film & education center in Pleasantville, New York.   Admission to the talk requires tickets—which are free.   For more information go to the Amherst Cinema website.
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jubilat/Jones Reading Series at the Jones Library, Amherst.   The reading will feature poets Lucy Ives & William D. Waltz, & will feature the publisher slope editions.   Meet the poets at an informal Q & A session that will follow the reading.   For more information go to jubilat/Jones Reading Series on Facebook.
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Amy Lonetree will talk in the Commonwealth Honors College Lecture Hall (Room 160, next to Roots CafĂ©) about “Decolonizing Museums: Collaborations, Truth Telling, & Addressing Historical Unresolved Grief.”   Lonetree is author of Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National & Tribal Museums.   She teaches at UC Santa Cruz.
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A conversation about Du Bois & the social movements of his time at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, with Nick Bromell, Barbara Krauthamer, Preston Smith, & others.   For more information: the Museums 10 website.
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Michael Lesy & Lisa Stoffer will read in the Harold F. Johnson Library Center, Hampshire College, from their new book, Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900–1910.   For more information go to Hampshire College’s “The Harold” website.
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Portuguese novelist & short story writer Jacinto Lucas Pires will read in Memorial Hall, University of Massachusetts, from the just-published translation of his novel, The True Actor, as part of the University of Massachusetts MFA Program’s Visiting Writers Series.
JFK, Malcolm X, MLK, RFK
In memory of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, “Project Unspeakable”, a play by Court Dorsey & associates, inspired by James Douglass’s JFK & the Unspeakable: Why He Died & Why it Matters, will be performed at the Leverett Elementary School by neighbors in Leverett, Amherst & surrounding towns.     The play examines the meaning & circumstances of the assassinations of JFK, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, & Robert F. Kennedy.   For more information: Project Unspeakable.

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