The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley:
ANCHOR HOUSE OF ARTISTS: National Book Award winner and former New York State Poet Laureate Jean Valentine and local poet Ellen Miller-Mack read today, 7:30 p.m., 518 Pleasant St., Northampton. 584-4323.
FORBES LIBRARY: Lesléa Newman will read from and sign copies of her book “A Song for Matthew Shepard” Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the library, 20 West St., Northampton. 587-1011.
HINGE: Poetry Open Mic Tuesdays , 8 p.m., 48 Main St., Northampton. Sign up at 7 p.m. northamptonpoetry.com
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE: Francine Prose presents “How Writers Use Language to Create Characters in Literature” Wednesday, 7 p.m., Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Bldg., at the college in South Hadley.
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Preston Smith, author of “Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago,” will speak Thursday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, located in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. 534-7307. Requires book purchase or $5 event ticket.
THE ROOST: Archer Mayor reads from his new Joe Gunther novel, “Paradise City,” Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., The Roost, 1 Market St., Northampton and
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS: Graham Roebuck presents “Henry V: Shakespeare’s Dilemmas” Wednesday, 4 p.m., Renaissance Center, 650 East Pleasant St., at the university in Amherst. Part of the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series. 577-3600, email@example.com
∎ Ika Hugel-Marshall reads from her autobiography, “Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany,” Wednesday, 4 p.m., Herter Hall, Room 301.