The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley:
AMHERST BOOKS: Devlin Griffiths will talk about his new book, “Virtual Ascendance: Video Games & the Remaking of Reality,”Friday, 7 p.m. at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547
∎ Novelist Marisa Silver reads from her work Wednesday, 8 p.m.
AMHERST WOMAN’S CLUB: A staged reading from “Witchcraft in New England” by Mabel Loomis Todd will be held Thursday, 7 p.m., at the club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst. $5 general; $3 students.
CLAPP MEMORIAL LIBRARY: Mystery writer Dusty J. Miller presents “Fiction Writing in Post-Retirement: Taking a Risk” Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., at the library, 19 South Main St., Belchertown. 323-0417
ERIC CARLE MUSEUM: The museum’s annual educators’ night will feature a conversation and book signing with author Jack Gantos, as well as presentations from educators about integrating arts into the classroom, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. at the museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. For information, call 658-1105 or visit www.carlemuseum.org.
GATEWAY CITY ARTS: Voices from Inside presents a spoken word poetry performance by formerly incarcerated women Saturday, 7:30 p.m., 92 Race St. Holyoke. $10. Cathy McNally, 575-5164
HINGE: Poetry open mic Tuesdays, 8 p.m., 48 Main St., Northampton. Sign up at 7 p.m. $2 cover. northamptonpoetry.com
J. GUMBO’S: Dawn Metcalf, author of “Indelible: Book One of the Twixt series by Harlequin Teen,” reads Friday, 6:30 p.m., 191 North Pleasant St., Amherst.
LEVERETT LIBRARY: Gerald McFarland, an emeritus professor of history at UMass, will talk about his new book, “The Brujo’s Way,” and his transformation from historian to novelist, at the library’s annual meeting, Sunday, 3:30 p.m., 75 Montague Road, Leverett.
MEDIA EDUCATION FOUNDATION: Activist/author Rosalie Riegle presents “Crossing Lines and Doing Time: Nonviolent Resisters and Their Stories” Monday, 7 p.m., 60 Masonic St., Northampton. 584-8500
MODERN MEMOIRS: First Person, First Night — Monthly opportunity for memoir writers to read from their works-in-process next Friday, 7-9 p.m., 34 Main St., #9, Amherst. No smut. $5 suggested donation. 253-2353
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Sonia Nieto, author of “Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Cultural Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classroom,” reads Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, located in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. 534-7307.
∎ Jules Chametzky, author of “Out of Brownsville: Encounters with Nobel Laureates and Other Jewish Writers,” reads Wednesday, 7 p.m.