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Local Authors

Amherst resident Charles Mann is author of a new book, 1491: New Reflections of the Americas Before Columbus.   Howard Zinn wrote of the book: “Mann takes us into a complex, fascinating, & unknown world, that of the Indians who lived in this hemisphere before Columbus.   He gently demolishes entrenched myths, with impressive scholarship & with an elegance of style that makes his book a pleasure to read as well as a marvelous education.”   (2005)
Amherst resident & Mt. Holyoke professor Roberto Márquez is editor & translator of a new collection of poetry, Puerto Rican Poetry: An Anthology from Aboriginal to Contemporary Times.  Recognized for the caliber of his many translations from the work of a wide variety of Latin American poets & writers and for his work in the field of Caribbean literary & cultural history, Márquez is the editor of several volumes of the poetry of Nicolás Guillén, including My Last Name & Other Poems, The Great Zoo, & with D. A. McMurray, Man-Making Words: Selected Poems.   Márquez is also editor of the bilingual anthology Latin American Revolutionary Poetry.   His essays, reviews, & commentaries have appeared in a variety of publications both in the U.S. & abroad, including Sin nombre Casa de Las Americas, Escritura, Jamaica Journal, West Indian Guide, The New York Times Book Review, & The Village Voice Literary Supplement.   (Event to be scheduled!)   (2007)
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Amherst residents Gale & the late Robert McClung edited a collection of the McClung family's correspondence during World War II in At War & At Home: One Family's World War II Correspondence.   With all three sons participating in the war, the McClung family members, all remarkably good letter-writers, had ample opportunity to share their thoughts & views on life in the war & on the home front.   This extraordinary collection of World War II correspondence offers a fascinating look at the lives of an average American family from western Pennsylvania.   (2007)
Amherst resident Cammie McGovern is author of a new thriller, Eye Contact.  Following on the heels of her first novel, The Art of Seeing, McGovern's new novel is about Adam, a nine-year-old autistic boy, who is discovered hiding near the dead body of a classmate.   Barely verbal on the best of days, Adam has been clearly traumatized by what he has witnessed—or possibly done, & withdrawn into distant world that Cara, his mother, & any parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder, knows only too well.   Eye Conract is a powerful story of the tangled emotional bond between mother & son, & a thrilling novel of psychological suspense.   (2006; paper 2007)
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Hampshire College professor Robert Meagher has a new book—Herakles Gone Mad: Rethinking Heroism in an Age of Endless War.   Half translation of Euripides‘ Herakles & half interpretive essay & commentary, Meagher's new book brings home the relevance of the ancient Greek experience to our own day & age.   As Jonathan Shay, author of Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma & the Trials of Homecoming, wrote: ”Stories of the ‘longed-for homecoming gone wrong’—fatally wrong—are as timely & timeless as the horror of murder-suicides at Ft. Bragg...Professor Meagher has given us an eloquent & memorable study of Herakles & a wonderfully performable, vivid new translation of the play.“   Meagher is author & translator of many books.   He is a founder of the Nostoi: Stories of War & Return program at Hampshire College.   (2005)
Rich Michelson is has a new book for children.   Across the Alley, with illustrations by E. B. Lewis, is about Abe & Willie who live across the alley from each other.   Willie is black & Abe is Jewish, & during the day, they don't talk.   But at night they open their windows & are best friends.   Willie shows Abe how to throw a real big-league slider, & Abe gives Willie his violin to try out.   Then one night, Abe’s grandfather catches them—will Abe & Willie have the courage to cross the alley & reveal their friendship during the day?   (2006)
Rich Michelson’s zinging rhymes & Adam McCauley’s moonlit illustrations will transport readers of Oh No, Not Ghosts! beyond the bedroom walls to a magical nighttime world where imagination rules.   Shhhhh! Dad said not to make a peep, so that he could get some sleep.   But what if something is wriggling, sniggling, & slithering in the shadows?   And did that floorboard just creeeeeak?   Each ghoulish possibility seems worse than the last, until—what was that?   Oh no, not . . . !   (2006)
Rich Michelson, Amherst resident & owner of the R Michelson Galleries in Amherst & Northampton, has two new books!   A new collection of poetry & and a new children's book (see below).   Battles & Lullabies is the first collection of Michelson's poetry in many years.   Michelson is the recipient of the Felix Pollack Prize in Poetry, the New Letters Literary Award, & was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize.   He is also the author of Tap Dancing for the Relatives & Masks.   His poems have appeared in New Letters, Poetry Northwest, & been anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Poetry.   (2005)
The second of Rich Michelson's new books is a lovely children's book.   Illustrated by E. B. Lewis, Happy Feet: The Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers & Me, is the inspiring story of the world-famous dancing palace & home of the Lindy Hoppers. It's told from a father to his son, Happy Feet.   It's Happy Feet's favorite story—after all, he was born on the very night the Savoy opened.   And he hopes that one day he'll make his own dancing debut at the legendary ballroom . . . because with a lot of hard work & a little Savoy magic, anything is possible.   Michelson is author of several other books for children, including Ten Times Better & Grandpa's Gamble.   (2005)
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Northampton resident Michael Miller has published his first volume of poetry, The Joyful Dark.   Miller, who won Ashland Poetry Press’s Robert McGovern Publication Prize, has had poems published in, among other journals, The Kenyon Review, The Sewanee Review, American Scholar, & The New Republic .   His poems, poet Richard Wilbur wrote, are a ‘pleasure in their seeing, their assured phrasing, their true & proportionate feeling.”   (2008)
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Hampshire College music professor Rebecca Miller’s new book Carriacou String Band Serenade: Performing Identity in the Eastern Caribbean examines the varying impact that factors such as cultural ambivalence, globalization, & technology have had on the performance of Carriacou’s folk & traditional music & dance forms.   Using historical sources & current ethnography, it illuminates the enduring significance of the Parang Festival to illustrate the social & political history of Carriacou as well as this culture’s contemporary process of modernization.   Event scheduled!  (2008)
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Amherst College music professor Klára Móricz has a new book! Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, & Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music mounts a formidable challenge to prevailing essentialist assumptions about “Jewish music,” which maintain that ethnic groups, nations, or religious communities possess an essence that must manifest itself in art created by members of that group.   Klára Móricz scrutinizes concepts of Jewish identity & reorders ideas about twentieth–century “Jewish music” in three case studies: first, Russian Jewish composers of the first two decades of the twentieth century; second, the Swiss American Ernest Bloch; & third, Arnold Schoenberg.  Examining these composers in the context of emerging Jewish nationalism, widespread racial theories, & utopian tendencies in modernist art & twentieth–century politics, Móricz describes a trajectory from paradigmatic nationalist techniques, through assumptions about the unintended presence of racial essences, to an abstract notion of Judaism.    Event scheduled!   (2008)
Carnivore's Inquiry, Sabina Murray's first book since she won the PEN/Faulkner Award for The Caprices, was hailed when it came out in hardcover, as “a cracklingly original, brilliantly conceived modern Gothic” by Elle. It's a tour de force of intelligent suspense that seduces us with dark delight in her taboo subject.  Murray is a professor in the M.F.A. program at the University of Massachusetts & is the screenwriter for The Beautiful Country, a Nick Nolte film opening this month.   (2004; paper, 2005)

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