Friday, January 30, 2009

The Stockbridge Library News and Events

The Stockbridge Library News and Events

Roy Blount to appear in the Stockbridge Library's Winter Reads Series

For Immediate Release: Contact: 413-298-5501 STOCKBRIDGE, MASS.

Roy Blount, a local Western Massachusetts author, will speak at the Stockbridge Library on Sunday February 22 at 4pm. The discussion is part of the Winter Reads Series held on Sundays throughout the fall and winter. The author of 21 books, Roy Blount seems to have written in just about every form about most things, including the first woman president of the United States, football, and what barnyard animals are thinking. The most recent, Alphabet Juice, is the topic of this Stockbridge discussion. A contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly, he writes a regular column ("Gone Off Up North") for The Oxford American, and has done so in the past for Esquire , The New York Times, Atlanta Magazine , Inside Sports , The Soho News , Men's Journal, Conde Nast Traveller, The San Francisco Examiner, Spy, and The Atlanta Journal. His work has appeared in 174 books and many magazines and journals. His first book, about hanging out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, About Three Bricks Shy...And the Load Filled Up , was named one of the 10 best sports books ever, by Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post, and called, by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker , "the best of all books about pro football." Norman Mailer said of his second book, Crackers, "Page for page, Roy Blount is as funny as anyone I've read in a long time," and Time placed Blount "in the tradition of the great curmudgeons like H.L. Mencken and W.C. Fields." Blount is also featured regularly as a panelist on the NPR news/comedy quiz show, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me . Winter Reads includes writers from the region, in the warm and friendly atmosphere of a casual literary salon. This year, Chauncey Loomis, Jim Shepard, and others have been part of the series. Each writer comes to talk about a specific book, play or story, and leads a discussion as well. Members of the public are invited to read the book and join the discussion, or simply come to listen and to enjoy refreshments and literary companionship. The series is free and open to the public, but space limited. For further information, or to confirm date and book titles, please call the Stockbridge Library at=20 413-298-5501.

Remaining Winter Reads Schedule:
(Discussions are scheduled for the third Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

March 15: Michelle Gillett, poet & Berkshire Eagle columnist, will discuss The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.

April 19: Peter Bergman, Executive Director of The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society, will discuss Millay poetry book to be announced.

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