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Easthampton author Emily Nagoski has done the research: It’s OK to love your body
05-03-2024 3:44 PM


‘Emily’s mission in life is to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies.”This sentence mesmerized me.It’s an assured statement about a complicated topic: body image and sexuality, and it is the crux of sex educator Emily...

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Fantasy favorite revisited: Amherst authors’ popular ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ gets a new streaming adaptation
05-02-2024 4:22 PM


Call it an encore performance.“The Spiderwick Chronicles,” the bestselling series of fantasy books by Amherst writers Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, has just been turned into a streaming series on The Roku Channel.That comes 16 years after a feature...

Time to celebrate kids and books: Mass Kids Lit Fest offers a wealth of programs in Valley during Children’s Book Week
04-25-2024 11:56 AM


Just in time to coincide with Children’s Book Week, a national event established in 1905, the Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) has created a children’s literary showcase here in the Valley.The Mass Kids Lit Fest, a new book festival taking...

Book Bag: ‘Cecilia: A Memoir of Lesbian Love and Loss’ by Astrid Lindstrom; ‘Go Play in Traffic: A Writer’s Life’ by Michelle A. Gabow
04-18-2024 1:49 PM


Cecilia: A Memoir of Lesbian Love and LossBy Astrid LindstromHeliotrope Press Astrid Lindstrom’s memoir, “Cecilia,” about the loss of her wife following a difficult battle with cancer, is at times a painful read. But it’s also a memorial to her late...

Book Bag: ‘Dear Oliver: An Unexpected Friendship With Oliver Sacks’ by Susan B. Barry; ‘Benjy’s Messy Room’ by Barbara Diamond Goldin
04-12-2024 11:54 AM


Dear Oliver: An Unexpected Friendship with Oliver SacksBy Susan R. BarryThe Experiment, LLCSusan Barry, a former Mount Holyoke College professor of neuroscience, behavior, and biology, was born with a significant case of strabismus — crossed eyes —...

Book Bag: ‘One of a Kind: The life of Sydney Taylor’ By Richard Michelson; ‘Joyful Song: A Naming Story’ by Lesléa Newman
03-15-2024 3:33 PM


One of a Kind: The Life of Sydney TaylorWritten by Richard MichelsonIllustrated by Sarah GreenCalkins Creek Valley poet and children’s author Richard Michelson has often delved into history in some of his books for young readers, such as “The Language...

Book Bag: ‘The Real Gatsby; George Gordon Moore’ by Mickey Rathbun; ‘The Book Eaters’ by Carolina Hotchandani
03-01-2024 11:52 AM


The Real Gatsby: George Gordon MooreBy Mickey RathbunWhite River Press Just who was the inspiration for the character of the Great Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel of the same name?Scholars and literary detectives have tried for decades to...

The ABCs of children’s books: ‘Alphabet Soup’ at the Eric Carle Museum looks at how picture books come to life
02-23-2024 2:22 PM


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has no shortage of material to draw on for exhibits.Aside from highlighting work from traveling exhibits, or showcasing illustrations of specific artists drawn from various sources, the Amherst museum can...

Book Bag: ‘What’s New, Daniel?’ by Micha Archer; ‘Monkeyface’ by Judith Podell
02-23-2024 2:18 PM


What’s New, Daniel?Written and illustrated by Micha ArcherPenguin/Random HouseIn the last several years, Leverett illustrator and children’s book author Micha Archer has been gaining increasing attention for her eye-catching art and for stories that...

Taking up long-form fiction: Acclaimed short-story writer Kelly Link is set to debut her first novel
02-09-2024 12:33 PM


Kelly Link has piled up quite a few accolades and honors over the years: a MacArthur “genius grant,” a Pulitzer Prize nomination, several awards for fantasy fiction — a Hugo, a World Fantasy, and three Nebulas — and the kind of praise writers dream...

Book Bag: ‘Kindling’ by Kathleen Jennings; ‘And the Trees Talked Back’ by Frederick J. Burns
01-12-2024 12:15 PM


KindlingBy Kathleen JenningsSmall Beer Press Kathleen Jennings had already made a name for herself as a talented illustrator of fantasy books when she began writing her own stories some years back — and it turns out she can spin some magical tales of...

Getting an inside look: Holyoke exhibit culls varied work from artists’ sketchbooks and journals
12-28-2023 7:50 PM


Where does art begin? With a general idea or image? Maybe something that’s sketched out quickly in a journal or on a piece of paper?This month at PULP in Holyoke, the Race Street gallery is showcasing just that sort of “behind-the-scenes” look at what...

2023 Reading Roundup: Staff writer Steve Pfarrer’s favorite reads of the year
12-21-2023 9:45 PM


It’s that time of year again: time to crank out the “best of” lists. In this case, as I’ve done in the last several years, I’ve listed some of my favorite reads for 2023. I love reading these kinds of lists myself to discover a book, movie, or album I...

Arts Briefs: Oscar-buzz films at Amherst Cinema, a virtual show by the Young@Heart Chorus, and more
12-07-2023 4:07 PM

Hot tickets at the moviesAMHERST — Amherst Cinema usually has plenty of interesting and critically lauded films on its schedule. But at the moment, the independent movie house is screening two titles that are generating Oscar buzz as well.“The...

Weaving stories into cloth: Scott Norris draws inspiration for his hand-woven ‘pages’ from books, calligraphy, and old letterpresses
12-07-2023 4:02 PM


Scott Norris says he’s been a huge fan of books, of reading, of words themselves, for many years. He’s also fascinated by calligraphy and different kinds of text, as well as letterpress printers and early printing methods — oh, and 18th-century...

Restless Books sets up shop in Amherst: Independent publisher started in New York City finds a new home in the Valley
12-01-2023 1:03 PM


A bit over 10 years ago, Ilan Stavans, the longtime Amherst College professor and writer, made his first venture into the business world: starting a publishing company dedicated to international writing.Restless Books, whose tagline is “an...

Odyssey Bookshop marks its 60th anniversary with special talk
11-07-2023 1:13 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — Independent bookstores have been hearing for years that their days are numbered, that between the Internet and chain stores, the margins for brick-and-mortar booksellers aren’t good enough.But this month, the Odyssey Bookshop is marking...

Get your banned books here: League of Women Voters featuring challenged works at fair
09-25-2023 8:35 AM


HOLYOKE — Inside Ann Wedaman’s home in Holyoke are boxes of books, more than 21,000 books roughly, that have been donated for a fundraising book sale planned by the Northampton area chapter of the League of Women Voters, an organization that Wedaman...

Tour celebrating 50 years of Ms. Magazine comes to Valley
09-21-2023 3:10 PM


In 1972, a new publication, Ms. Magazine, hit newsstands during a turbulent era marked by the civil rights movement, protests against the Vietnam War, changing trends in clothing and music — and the rise of the women’s movement.Ms., co-founded by...

Valley writers shine in 2023 Massachusetts Book Awards
09-13-2023 12:00 PM


Continuing their strong run in recent years, a number of Valley writers have won awards or honors in the 2023 Massachusetts Book Awards, the 23rd year of the competition.Belchertown author and Hampshire College fiction professor Uzma Aslam Khan has...

Forbes Library wants to expand board of trustees for first time since 1980s
08-01-2023 4:00 PM


NORTHAMPTON — The Forbes Library is looking to expand the number of people sitting on its board of trustees for the first time since the 1980s, a move that the library says is essential to support its numerous programs and expand the diversity of its...

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