The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley:
AMHERST SENIOR CENTER: Readings from “On Being Ill: With Notes from Sick Rooms,” by Virginia Woolf and Julia Stephen, next Friday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the center, 70 Boltwood Walk. Readers will be Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins, Michele Wick, Suzanne Strempek Shea. 259-3060.
BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Victoria Brittain, author of “Shadow Lives: Forgotten Women of the War on Terror,” speaks Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main St., Northampton. 586-4235.
FORBES LIBRARY: “Jewish Writers, History and New England”: Readings by Richard Michelson, Michael Hoberman and Jane Yolen, Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the library, 20 West St., Northampton. 587-1011.
FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE: Reading/performance by writer/flutist “Bird Man” Samana, Saturday, 7 p.m., 43 Center St., Northampton. $5.
GILL/MONTAGUE SENIOR CENTER: Reading by contributors to “As You Write It: A Franklin County Anthology,” Sunday at 1 p.m., at the center, 5th Street, Turners Falls.
LUTHIER’S CO-OP: “Unbuttoned: An Evening of Spoken Word:” Six, five-minute open mic slots followed by reading by poet Lori Desrosiers, Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., 108 Cottage St., Easthampton. 527-8278.
MEDIA EDUCATION FOUNDATION: Peter Janney, author of “Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pichot Meyer and Their Vision for World Peace,” Thursday at 7 p.m., 60 Masonic St., Northampton. 584-8500.
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE: Shannon LaNier and Jane Feldman, co-authors of “Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family,” read tonight at 7 p.m., Gamble Auditorium, at the college in South Hadley.
NORTHAMPTON SENIOR CENTER: Sasha Berman reads from her poetry collection “Crone in Millennium’s Unfolding,” today at 10 a.m., at the center, 67 Conz St. 587-1228.
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Poet Howard Faerstein reads from his collection, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” Thursday at 7 p.m., at the bookstore in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. Requires book purchase or $5 event ticket. 534-7307.
PELHAM COMMUNITY CENTER: e_STnS James Freeman gives a talk titled “Clarence Hawkes (1869-1954), the Most Widely Read Author from the Pioneer Valley,” Thursday at 7 p.m., at the center, 2 South Valley Rd. 253-2929.
SMITH COLLEGE: Pat Schneider, author of “How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice,” reads at a book launch party tonight, 7 to 10 p.m., Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, at the college in Northampton.
Susan Cocalis and Don Horton read from their work Sunday at 4 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room, at the college.
Poet Aracelis Girmay reads from her work Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room.
“Empowering Young People with Stories,” panel discussion and book signing with authors Ann M. Martin, David Levithan, Virginia Euwer Wolff and Emma Straub, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room.