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.
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.