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08:50 pm: Wed, Feb 1 Reading: Jedediah Berry, John Crowley, Ellen Meeropol and Sabina Murry
Forbes Library Local History/ Local Novelists Series
Celebration of Local Novelists
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7 pm Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library

JEDEDIAH BERRY’s debut novel, The Manual of Detection, received the William L Crawford Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize. His short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New American Voices and Best American Fantasy. He has worked as an editor at Small Beer Press, and teaches at the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

JOHN CROWLEY is the author of eleven novels, most recently Four Freedoms, about which a reviewer in The New York Times wrote, “John Crowley is a virtuoso.” He has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. The Blackstone Audiobook edition of his beloved novel, Little, Big, was released in January.

Publishers Weekly gave ELLEN MEEROPOL’s debut novel, House Arrest, a starred review, calling it "thoughtful and tightly composed, unflinching in taking on challenging subjects and deliberating uneasy ethical conundrums." She holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Easthampton.

SABINA MURRAY is the author of three novels and two short story collections, including the PEN/Faulkner Award winning The Caprices. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation and Radcliffe Institute and is on the fiction faculty of the MFA program at UMass Amherst. Her latest, Tales of the New World, was recently published by Grove/Black Cat.
Books will be for sale by Broadside Bookshop.

The idea behind the Local History/Local Novelists Series is that the complexity, courage and joy with which we engage with history is, in large part, determined by the complexity, courage and joy with which we engage with story.


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