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12:40 pm: Celebration of Local Novelists: Anthony Giardina, Cathi Hanuaer and Frederick Reikin






Three outstanding local novelists will read from their work on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm in the Coolidge Room at Forbes Library. Anthony Giardina is the author of Men With Debts, A Boy's Pretensions, Recent History, The Country of Marriage and White Guys . Cathi Hanauer is the author of two novels, Sweet Ruin and My Sister's Bones, and the editor of the New York Times bestselling essay anthology The Bitch in the House. Her th...ird novel will be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in early 2012. Frederick Reiken is the author of three novels, most recently Day For Night. Reiken's debut novel, The Odd Sea, won the Hackney Literary Award for a first novel and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize. His follow-up, The Lost Legends of New Jersey, was a national bestseller.

Anthony Giardina's fourth and most recent novel, White Guys was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2006, and in paperback by Picador in 2007. His new novel, NORUMBEGA PARK, will be published in March 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also the author of the novels Men With Debts, A Boy’s Pretensions and Recent History, as well as the story collection The Country of Marriage. His plays have been produced in New York at the Manhattan Theater Club and Playwrights Horizons, and at many of the major regional theaters in the U.S., including Seattle Rep, the Long Wharf in New Haven, and the Cleveland Playhouse. His short stories, essays and articles have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, GQ, and the New York Times Magazine. He is a regular Visiting Professor at the Michener Center at the University of Texas in Austin.

Cathi Hanauer is the author of two novels--Sweet Ruin, a BookSense Notable Book, and My Sister's Bones, which was nominated for the "New Voices" award by the American Library Association--as well as the editor of the New York Times bestselling essay anthology The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood and Marriage. Her articles, essays, and criticism have appeared in Elle (where she's currently a contributing writer), O-The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Whole Living, Parenting, Glamour, and other publications. She was the books columnist for both Glamour and Mademoiselle, and wrote the relationships advice column for Seventeen magazine for seven years. She has taught writing at The New School, in New York, and at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, as well as privately. She currently lives in Northampton with her husband, the writer and editor Daniel Jones, and their daughter and son. Her third novel will be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster next year.

Frederick Reiken is the author of three novels, most recently Day For Night, published by Reagan Arthur Books of Little, Brown. The London Telegraph recently listed Reiken as one of "10 rising literary stars of 2010," and Kirkus reviews has described Day for Night as "Contemporary fiction at its best - accessible, breathtaking, and heartbreaking." Reiken's debut novel, The Odd Sea, won the Hackney Literary Award for a first novel and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize. It was cited as one of the best first novels of the year by Library Journal and Booklist. His follow-up, The Lost Legends of New Jersey, was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Best Book of the Year for both the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. Formerly a news reporter, columnist, and nature writer for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, he currently serves as the director of the graduate program in writing at Emerson College. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.

This is the final event in the2010/2011 Local History/Local Novelists reading series curated by Forbes Writer In Residence Susan Stinson. The series will return for 2011/12 in October. For more information, visit www.forbeslibrary.org or call 413-587-1017. All events are free and open to all.
Local History/Local Novelists at Forbes, 2010/11: http://tinyurl.com/forbes1011


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