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02:04 pm: Novelists Corinne Demas, Joann Kobin and Zane Kotker Read Feb 6

Local History/Local Novelists: 2012-13 Forbes Library Reading Series
A Celebration of Local Novelists
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7 pm
Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library 


Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of twenty-nine books for adults and children, including four novels, two short story collections, a memoir, Eleven Stories High: Growing up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948-1968, and a collection of poetry, The Donkeys Postpone Gratification. Her recent novel The Writing Circle and her new Young Adult novel Everything I Was are now out in paperback. She is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a Fiction Editor of The Massachusetts Review.   

Joann Kobin, author of Woman Made of Sand, A Novel in Stories. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, New England Review,  Antioch Review and the Boston Globe.  A self-described 'work bigamist,' she began her professional life as a clinical social worker and started writing fiction mid-journey, inspired by Grace Paley and Alice Munroe.

Zane Kotker, author of White Rising, has published three novels with Alfred Knopf and a fourth with Random House, as well as a dozen stories and a recent chapbook of poems. She's received a fiction grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a couple of Pushcart nominations, and a 2012 Must Read recommendation from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. 

This series is curated by Forbes Writer in Residence Susan Stinson who is the award-winning author of three previous novels and a collection of poetry and lyric essays. Spider in a Tree, her novel about Northampton and Jonathan Edwards, is forthcoming from Small Beer Press.

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