The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley:
AMHERST BOOKS: Lane Heymont, author of “The Freedman and The Pharaoh’s Staff,” speaks Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547.
A.P.E. GALLERY: “Stop-Look-Listen: Activist Poets Speak Their Words For and With Serious Play!” — Benefit reading by Doug Anderson, Christian Drake, Martin Espada and others Sunday, 7:30 p.m., at the gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. $20. Reservations at seriousplaytheatre@gmail or 320-3147.
THE ELEVENS: Writers Night Out — Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 140 Pleasant St., Northampton. Kathy Dunn, 221-4652.
FORBES LIBRARY: Three Houses — Readings by Lu Stone (“A House. A Street. A City: The Story of 17 Summer”), Tzivia Gover (“Learning in Mrs. Towne’s House”) and lê thi diem thúy (“The Gangster We Are All Looking For”) Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the library, 20 West St., Northampton. 587-1011. Part of the Local History/ Local Novelists series. 587-1011, forbeslibrary.org
JONES LIBRARY: Mark Hart reads from his book of poetry, “Boy Singing to Cattle,” Thursday, 7 p.m., at the library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 259-3090
MODERN MEMOIRS: First Person, First Night — Monthly opportunity for memoir writers to read from their works-in-process today, 7-9 p.m., 34 Main St., #9, Amherst. No smut. $5 suggested donation. 253-2353.
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE: Katherine Sharpe, author of “Coming of Age on Zoloft,” will speak Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Hooker Auditorium, at the college in South Hadley. Free
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Moshin Hamid, author of “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,” reads Monday, 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.
SMITH COLLEGE: Poets Jen Jabaily-Blackburn and Gail Thomas read from their work Tuesday, 4 p.m., Smith College Poetry Center, Wright Hall at the college in Northampton.
S. WHITE DICKINSON LIBRARY: George Howe Colt, author of “Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History,” will speak Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., at the library in Whately. 665-2170