Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘When the War Came Home’ by Bill Newman; Susan Boss and Mark Brown exhibit

Last modified: Friday, May 23, 2014

In the 1990s, I was Bill Newman’s editor for his columns on the Gazette’s editorial page. Bill wrote about political issues, but his pieces about his daughters were my favorites — and his obsessive, pre-publication phone calls were the best part of the editing process. Skipping over hello, he would get right to it: Wouldn’t the second sentence read better without that comma? Is it too late to change night to evening? Bill’s columns are now a book, “When The War Came Home.” The launch is May 14, 7 p.m., Forbes Library, Northampton.


Susan Boss makes wonderful contemporary quilts. Her husband, Mark Brown, creates whimsical robots out of repurposed materials. An exhibit of the Easthampton couple’s work, “Quilts and Robots,” opens with a reception May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Artisan Gallery, 162 Main St., Northampton. the