Book Club Event
LONGMEADOW, Mass.— A best-selling author and longtime columnist for Yankee magazine will be among the featured readers at Bay Path College’s third annual “Are You A Bookie?” book club event, which will be held June 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Blake Student Commons on the Longmeadow Campus, 588 Longmeadow St. in Longmeadow.
Open and free of charge to book clubs and readers, the afternoon will include readings by Michael C. White, Jaed Muncharoen Coffin and Edie Clark. The keynote speaker will be Annamarie Kersten of www.bookcrossing.com.
Before and after the readings and keynote address, book clubs and readers will meet and mingle, have the chance to meet others who are interested in joining book clubs, and can share and swap lists of favorite books, authors and themes. Authors will share their favorite titles, and the Fleming Book and Gift Center, Follett, and Pam’s Paperbacks of Wilbraham will be on hand to sell all three authors’ titles and other popular book club suggestions, and there will be time for the authors to personalize and sign copies of their books.
Michael C. White is the author of the newly released Beautiful Assassin, a stunning, relentlessly thrilling and richly evocative historical novel. His previous novels include the New York Times Notable Book A Brother’s Blood and two Connecticut Book of the Year finalists, The Garden of Martyrs and Soul Catcher. He is the director of Fairfield University’s Master of Fine Arts Program in creative writing, and lives in Connecticut.
Jaed Muncharoen Coffin is the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants, a memoir about the time he spent as a Buddhist monk in his mother's native village of Panomsarakram, Thailand. His next book, Roughhouse Friday, is a novel based on the year he fought as the middleweight champion of an Alaskan barroom boxing circuit. A resident of Maine, he teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Master of Fine Arts Program in creative writing and currently is the visiting writer at Deerfield Academy.
Edie Clark has written extensively about New England in feature stories for Yankee, where she served as senior editor for 10 years and then senior writer and fiction editor for another 14 years. She is the author of The Place He Made, a memoir about her husband, Paul Bolton, who died of cancer at the age of 39. She is also the author of The View from Mary's Farm, a collection of her essays from Yankee, and Saturday Beans and Sunday Suppers: Kitchen Stories from Mary's Farm, a food memoir with recipes. She teaches at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge in her home state of New Hampshire.
Annamarie Kersten is a founder of www.bookcrossing.com , where 851,277 people in over 130 countries come to share their passion for books. BookCrossing calls itself “a way to share your books, clear your shelves, and conserve precious resources at the same time.” Its members regularly leave books on park benches, in coffee shops, in hotels, anywhere a new reader might be found. The site tracks the books’ journeys around the world, and provides a forum for discussions on books and authors.
“We’re thrilled with this lineup, and hope that many readers—both members of book clubs and others who simply love books—will attend,” said Suzanne Strempek Shea, Bay Path’s writer-in-residence. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about new books, meet a variety of authors and just share the love of reading. Many book clubs conclude their year of meetings in the spring, so this will be a perfectly timed chance for members to get some ideas for titles to explore over the summer and discuss in the fall.”
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