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UMass Amherst Libraries Host Author Talk Series

Author Talk

The UMass Amherst Libraries host a new series of author talks beginning Thursday, September 28, 2017, at the Science and Engineering Library and W. E. B. Du Bois Library. The goal of the Author Talk Series is to celebrate authors and books with a connection to UMass Amherst and provide an opportunity to connect the campus community and the public with the Libraries. Featured authors will be from the Five Colleges and beyond. The series will include three events in the fall: September, October, and November, and three events in the spring: February, March, and April.


Ellen Meeropol, Thursday, September 28, 7-9 p.m., Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise

Ellen Meeropol G’89 will read from her newest novel, Kinship of Clover. With deep activist roots, Meeropol draws on her twin passions of medicine and social justice in this novel. Meeropol’s characters come to life at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemmas, and family life. She is the author of two other novels, On Hurricane Island (2015) and House Arrest (2011). On Hurricane Island was named a Massachusetts Must-Read Book for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Meeropol graduated from the Nursing program at UMass Amherst. Her reading is in partnership with the UMass Amherst project, Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis.


Carol Bailey, Thursday, October 19, 2017 5-7 p.m., Du Bois Library, Room 2601

Carol Bailey G’07 is an Associate Professor at Westfield State University. Her area of teaching and research is postcolonial literatures, with specialization in Caribbean literature. Bailey is the author of A Poetics of Performance: The Oral-Scribal Aesthetic in Anglophone Caribbean Fiction (2014), in which she explores Caribbean written literature alongside calypso, reggae, and different modes of Caribbean oral storytelling, emphasizing folk and urban working-class performance cultures and a woman-centered poetics. Co-sponsored by the following departments: Afro American Studies; English Department; Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; Women of Color Leadership Network; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


John Elder Robison, Thursday, November 30, 5-7 p.m., Du Bois Library, Room 2601

John Elder Robison’s works include Be Different (2011), a how-to guide for grownups with autism; Raising Cubby (2013), the story of raising his autistic son; and Switched On (2016), about his participation as a research subject in brain studies. Robison is active in the autism civil rights movement and is a strong supporter of neurodiversity – the idea that autism and ADHD are a natural part of humanity, essential for our success, and should be honored and accepted even as we work to relieve any disability they may cause.   


Books will be for sale at all three talks. 

The Author Talk Series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Library.