DUE TO THE STORM THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 5, 2014.
Local History/Local Novelists 2013/14 Reading and Lecture Series
J.R. Greene has written a dozen Quabbin-related books including The creation of Quabbin Reservoir: The death of the Swift River Valley and three related to Calvin Coolidge. He is also Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum at Forbes Library.
Maryanne O'Hara is the author of CASCADE, a novel of art and desire in the 1930s, set in a town loosely based on the four towns that were flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir. CASCADE is a Slate Best Books 2012 Editor's Choice selection, People magazine "People Pick," Boston Globe "Best of the New 2012," Library Journal "Best Bet, 2012, Massachusetts Must Read for 2013, and finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. She was the longtime associate fiction editor of Ploughshares, and has had her short fiction widely published and anthologized. She is a graduate of Emerson College's MFA program, where she was winner of the Graduate Dean's Award. She has also been the recipient of grants from the St. Botolph Club Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. American and Irish, she lives by a river near Boston.
Gail Thomas has published two books of poetry, No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s Press), and Finding the Bear (Perugia Press). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, Cider Press Review, The North American Review, The Chiron Review, The Naugatuck Review and The Prose Poem Project. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and was awarded writing residencies at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and Ucross in Wyoming. Recently, individual poems have received national prizes, and her newest books, Little Panhandler, and Waving Back are finalists in several poetry competitions. Thomas is a learning specialist and teacher at Smith College's Jacobson Writing Center.
The Connecticut River Valley is rich in both novelists and history. Forbes Library is a place where novelists come to research and write alongside others interested in local history and literature. The Local History/Local Novelists series, now in its fourth year, invites the community to enjoy and join in the conversation between history and fiction that both engages and creates our changing cultures. Curated by Forbes Writer in Residence Susan Stinson.