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December 8th, 2013
November 12th, 2013
Three Readings: Amherst Books tomorrow, Boston and NYC next week!:
If you're in Western Mass, come hear me read from Spider in a Tree tomorrow (Wed 11.13), 8 pm at Amherst Books. Sponsored by the Amherst College Visiting Writers Series.
I love that I get to do this because I read here in September 2004 at what I think was my first public reading of work from what became Spider in a Tree.
Next Monday, 11/18, I'll be reading in Cambridge at Porter Square Books with Kelly Link. This one has extra layers of excitement, too, because Kelly is a fantastic writer who was also my editor for Spider in a Tree. And because, when I lived in Brookline and JP back in the early eighties, my brother worked at Frameworks in Porter Square, and I used to go there a lot. I remember when the T stop opened there, and how excited I was by the sculpture of the brass mittens falling down the long escalator. It's by Mags Harris, who taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where I worked at the time.
On Thursday, 11/21, I'm reading for the DCW series at KGB Bar 7 pm, with John Schulyer Bishop, Robin Cloud, and Holly Hepp-Galvan, curated by playwright Kathleen Warnock, who is so lovely to work with. It's in a famous literary bar. I'm always nervous about reading in bars, but I love reading in NYC. I love just going there. Hello, literary New York plus alcohol, meet 18th century New England featuring Jonathan Edwards. How could that not be a hoot?
Please come if you can! Help spreading the word about the readings and the book is always much appreciated.
Here's the page at Small Beer with links to reviews, interviews, the full reading schedule. A lot has been happening! You can order the book here, too.
Tags: boston, holly hepp-galvan, john schulyer bishop, jonathan edwards, kelly link, nyc, readings, reviews, robin cloud, small beer press, spider in a tree, susan stinson
November 5th, 2013
October 15th, 2013
Starred Review in Book List!!! And all! :
I'm SO excited! And late in putting my clothes on and starting to do all I need to do before a reading in Stockbridge tonight. SO excited about these reviews!
Gavin Grant at Small Beer tells you all you need to know about a very beautiful moment for Spider in a Tree.
Also, if you can make it to the reading in Stockbridge tonight at 6:30, please do!
Tags: book list, jonathan edward, jonathan edwards, library journal, small beer press, spider in a tree
October 14th, 2013
Research Notes: Spider in a Tree :
Here is a short essay I wrote on the publication day of Spider in a Tree, up at Necessary Fiction. When I took my ten year-old outline down from the bulletin board, I cried.
Years: Writing Fiction About Jonathan Edwards in Northampton
Tags: jonathan edwards, necessary fiction, novel, posted writing, spider in a tree
October 9th, 2013
The Spider in a Tree launch was amazing. 150 people came. My parents from Texas, my sister from Kansas, my friend Lynne from California. Rev. Todd Weir gave a welcome. Sally Bellerose introduced me. I read at First Churches, on the site where Jonathan Edwards preached in the eighteenth century, a scene set in the meeting house. It was tremendously moving. My mother, though, said the thing that almost made her cry was the sight of people buying books. Oh, me, too. The book is now officially out in the world. It's a beautiful thing.
Tags: jeep wheat, northampton, small beer press, spider in a tree, susan stinson
Massachusetts Height, Weight Anti-Discrimination Law Advances:
Hey! I'm so glad to hear this. I really respect Rep. Byron Rushing for his courage and persistence on this issue. I wrote a letter in support of this bill. I've also gone to Boston to the state house to give testimony in support of earlier versions of this bill.
The press release that Rep. Rushing sent along is under the cut. ( Read more...Collapse )
Tags: byron rushing, fat, law, massaschusetts
September 27th, 2013
Springfield Republican article :
The Springfield Republican ran a long, lovely article by Cori Urban about walking with me through the Bridge Street cemetery.
That was really fun. And I'm looking forward to the book launch on Wednesday Oct 2 7 pm, First Churches and the cemetery tour on Saturday Oct 5. (Tickets $5, available at Broadside Books.)
For the record, there were other native people living in Northampton when Sally Maminash died and there are now.
I love people who get excited about cemetery tours. I'm one, Cori is clearly another, and I ran into a gentleman at Historic Northampton yesterday who told me that his wife called him "Mr. Excitement" because of his love for cemetery tours. (He gave them in Princeton, where Jonathan Edwards is buried.) He gave me a great tip about where to find the brochures for a self-guided tour of the cemetery in Princeton, should I ever find myself there. It's like a club.
Tags: cemetery tour, spider in a tree
September 25th, 2013
Everyone is Local Somewhere :
I still write many amusing posts and have compelling conversations with you in my head, LJ. There are a couple of things that I am aching to get into with you right now, if world and time allowed.
Since they don't, instead, please enjoy this, thorough, funny post about the book launch, tour and the Local History/Local Novelists series, too from Small Beer Press.
"It’s a local book for local people! Well, in the sense that everyone is local somewhere."