Events in the next 12 months

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

Jane Yolen, novelist, Centaur Rising

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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2014/15 LOCAL HISTORY/LOCAL NOVELISTS READING SERIES

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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

First Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise stated

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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