Events in the next 12 months

Title:Strange Stories of Science! Bugs! Scandal! Fiction!
Date:Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Susan Stinson
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Author Event, Local History/Local Novelists Reading and Lecture Series, Local History, One-Time Events
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2014/15 LOCAL HISTORY/LOCAL NOVELISTS READING SERIES

A tiny insect secretes a resin that makes things shine.  A brilliant scientist, convicted at the peak of his career of making illegal drugs in his campus laboratory, attempts to poison the judge who sentenced him.  A romantic comedy about global warming promises to keep people laughing and thinking.  The strangest stories are true and the most serious stories are comic in this evening of fiction and nonfiction strange stories of science.

Faith Deering is a museum educator in Historic Deerfield’s Department of Museum Education.  Before coming to Deerfield, she worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as an entomologist. 

Peter Kobel is the author of The Strange Case of the Mad Professors: a True Tale of End Endangered Species, Illegal Drugs, and Attempted Murder, about the brilliant career and spectacular disgrace of primatologist John Buettner-Janusch.  Peter is a longtime journalist who has worked as an editor at such magazines as ARTnews, Entertainment Weekly, Saveur and Premiere and has contributed articles to The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.   

Brian Adams is author of the novel Love in the Time of Climate Change, which will be released this month. He is a Professor of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College. 

 

 

Title:Paradise Found
Date:Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Author Event, Local History/Local Novelists Reading and Lecture Series, Local History, One-Time Events
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2014/15 LOCAL HISTORY/LOCAL NOVELISTS READING SERIES

First Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise stated

Paradise Found

Editors Tom Clark, Lori Desrosiers and Oonagh Doherty present a reading by poets included in the recently released volume, Paradise Found: A Walking and Biking Tour of Northampton, Massachusetts through Poetry and Art. 

What is it about Northampton that inspires poets and artists? Is it the pastoral beauty of Nonotuck? Maybe it is the long tradition of culture and education here, or the impressive history of progressive thought that continues to this day. Or maybe it is just the confluence of characters that makes Northampton a truly interesting place. “Paradise Found” is an attempt to capture, through poetry and art, the essence of our amazing community. A special way for you to explore the landscapes, the people and the institutions that create the backdrop of our lives. We hope you enjoy the journey!

Copies of Paradise Found will be available for sale.

Title:Celebration of Local Novelists
Date:Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:M.P. Barker
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Author Event, Local History/Local Novelists Reading and Lecture Series, One-Time Events
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2014/15 LOCAL HISTORY/LOCAL NOVELISTS READING SERIES

First Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise stated

D. Dina Friedman is the author of Escaping Into the Night, (Simon & Schuster, 2006), and Playing Dad's Song (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2006). Her awards include: New York  Public Library  Best Books for the Teen Age;  Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Older Readers, and the Bank Street College of Education, Best Books for Children. She has also published poetry and fiction in numerous literary journals and received two Pushcart Prize nominations. Dina teaches at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Website: http://ddinafriedman.com/

Karen Shepard is a Chinese-American born and raised in New York City.  She is the author of four novels, An Empire of Women, The Bad Boy’s Wife, Don’t I Know You?, and The Celestials, which was short-listed for the Massachusetts Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her short fiction has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, One Story, and Ploughshares, among others. Her nonfiction has appeared in More, Self, USA Today, and The Boston Globe, among others. She teaches writing and literature at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she lives with her husband, novelist Jim Shepard, and their three children. Website: http://karen-shepard.com/

Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels: Selling the Lite of Heaven, Hoopi Shoopi Donna, Lily of the Valley, Around Again, and Becoming Finola, published by Washington Square Press. She has also written three memoirs, Songs From a Lead-lined Room: Notes - High and Low - From My Journey Through Breast Cancer and Radiation; Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama and Other Page-Turning Adventures From a Year in a Bookstore; and Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith, all published by Beacon Press. She co-wrote 140 Years of Providential Care: The Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts with her husband, Tom Shea, and with author/historian Michele P. Barker. This is Paradise, a book about Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in the African nation of Malawi, was published in April by PFP Publishing. Her sixth novel, Make a Wish But Not for Money, about a palm reader in a dead mall, will be published by PFP Publishing on Oct. 5, 2014. Website: http://www.suzannestrempekshea.com/

M. P. Barker is a time traveler—well, actually an author, archivist and historical consultant, which amounts to the same thing. She got a firsthand taste (sometimes literally!) of 19th-century New England rural life when she was a costumed historical interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village. There she milked cows, mucked out barns, and found inspiration for her historical novels A Difficult Boy (Holiday House, 2008) and Mending Horses (Holiday House, 2014). She also worked as an archivist for the Springfield History Museums, where she enjoyed a unique opportunity to read other people's diaries and letters and look through their photo albums. Other work includes Images of America: Chicopee (Arcadia Publishing, 1998) and 149 Years of Providential Care: The Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts (co-written with Suzanne Strempek Shea and Tom Shea). Website: www.mpbarker.net

Title:Engaging Young People with History: An Evening with YA and Middle Grade Novelists
Date:Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Naila Moreira
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Author Event, Local History/Local Novelists Reading and Lecture Series, One-Time Events, Young Adult
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2014/15 LOCAL HISTORY/LOCAL NOVELISTS READING SERIES

First Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise stated

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            Jeannine Atkins, novelist, Becoming Little Women: Louisa May at Fruitlands

Burleigh Muten, novelist, Miss Emily

Ellen Wittlinger, novelist, This Means War

This event is curated by Naila Moreira

Title:Remembering Those Gone
Date:Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Susan Stinson
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Author Event, Local History/Local Novelists Reading and Lecture Series, Local History, One-Time Events, Poetry
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           Lesléa Newman, poet, I Carry My Mother

Mark Hart, poet, Boy Singing to Cattle

Elise Bernier-Feeley,  Forbes Special Collections and Genealogy Librarian, on Bridge Street Cemetery

Title:Crime Fiction
Date:Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Lisa Downing
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:All Hamptons Read, Author Event, Local History/Local Novelists Reading and Lecture Series, One-Time Events
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2014/15 LOCAL HISTORY/LOCAL NOVELISTS READING SERIES

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         Dean Flower, professor of English, Smith College  

Michael Ponsor , novelist, The Hanging Judge

                Susan Kelly, novelist, Out of the Darkness

* in conjunction with All Hamptons Read The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Title:Shay's Rebellion
Date:Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Susan Stinson
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Author Event, Local History/Local Novelists Reading and Lecture Series, Local History, One-Time Events, Poetry
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2014/15 LOCAL HISTORY/LOCAL NOVELISTS READING SERIES

First Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise stated (this month on the second Wednesday)

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         Dan Bullen, poet and author, The Dangers of Passion: The Transcendental Friendship of Margaret Fuller and Ralph Waldo Emerson

          Contance Congdon, author and playrwright, No Little Rebellion

          Richard Colton, historian, Springfield Armory 

Title:Celebration of Local Novelists
Date:Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Susan Stinson
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Author Event, Local History/Local Novelists Reading and Lecture Series, One-Time Events
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2014/15 LOCAL HISTORY/LOCAL NOVELISTS READING SERIES

First Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise stated (this month on the second Wednesday)

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         Ellen Meeropol , novelist, On Hurricane Island

         John Clayton, novelist, Many Seconds Into The Future

         MB Caschetta , novelist, Miracle Girls                             

         Alex Myers, novelist, Revolutionary