The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Archive: 04/08/2019




Padma Venkatraman

Thursday, Oct. 3
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

PLEASE NOTE: Although an unforeseen shipping delay prevented us from being able to sell Padma Venkatraman's books at this talk, we have some alternative options:

1. We will announce when Padma's books do arrive in the campus store. She will graciously be providing signed bookmarks and return Dec. 14 for a stock signing. Once they are available, please see Jill Evans in the UMass Store's tech dept. to purchase copies.

2. Padma will be returning to the Pioneer Valley for an event and in-person book signing at the Odyssey Bookshop in the afternoon on Saturday, Dec. 14 (time TBA).

Padma Venkatraman has worked as chief scientist on oceanographic ships, spent time under the sea, directed a school, and lived in five countries. Her novels, A Time to Dance, Island's End, and Climbing the Stairs, received numerous honors and won several national and international awards. Her latest book, The Bridge Home, came out in March 2019. She has a doctorate in oceanography from The College of William and Mary, did postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University, and worked a the University of Rhode Island. She enjoys writing as much as she loves science and mathematics.

Ocean Vuong Author Photo credit Tom Hines2

Ocean Vuong

Thursday, Nov. 14
8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by Ocean Vuong on Thursday, November 14th at 8pm in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. This event is co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Libraries. 

This reading is free, accessible, and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase through Amherst Books. The reading will be followed by a book signing and refreshments. 

Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 14 other languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Justin Trudeau, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass-Amherst. Photo credit: Tom Hines.

jane yolen

Jane Yolen

Thursday, Dec. 5
5-7 p.m.
Bernie Dallas Room

Jane Yolen, often called the "Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of nearly 400 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. She is particularly known for the "Pit Dragon" series of young adult fantasy novels. Yolen is perhaps best known as a writer of original folk and fairy tales and fables with a strong moral core. She has won many awards, including two Nebulas, three World Fantasy Awards, a Caldecott, two Golden Kite Awards, the Jewish Book Award, two Christopher Medals, and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates, including UMass Amherst.