The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley:
EDWARDS CHURCH: Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd read from their new book, “Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction,” Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the church, 297 Main St., Northampton. 584-5500.
FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors talk, “Writing and Publishing in Hard Times” by authors Leslea Newman and Barry Werth Sunday, 3 p.m., at the meetinghouse, 43 Center St., Northampton. For information, call Kathy Dunn, 221-4652.
HOLYOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Bob McMaster reads from his book “Trolley Days” at the library Saturday, 1 p.m. Library’s temporary location is 3rd floor of Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St.
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF AMHERST: Novelist and poet Marge Piercy reads from her work Saturday, 7 p.m., 742 Main St., Amherst. Preregistration required. $20 general; $18 students includes dessert/wine reception. 256-0160.
MONTAGUE BOOK MILL: Tom Fels reads from his new book, “Buying the Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune,” today, 7 p.m., 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. 367-9206.
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Rilla Askew reads from her new novel, Kind of Kin,” Monday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, located in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. Requires book purchase or $5 event ticket. 534-7307.
∎ Jennifer McMahon reads from her new novel, “The One I Left Behind,” Wednesday, 7 p.m. Requires book purchase or $5 event ticket. 534-7307.