Libraries to Host Author Talk Series

Ellen Meeropol
Ellen Meeropol
Carol Bailey
Carol Bailey
John Elder Robison
John Elder Robison

The UMass Amherst Libraries is hosting a new series of author talks beginning Thursday, Sept. 28, 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 the university 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: and three events in the spring.

Ellen Meeropol

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

Ellen Meeropol 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. Her reading is in partnership with the UMass Amherst project, Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis.

Carol Bailey

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5-7 p.m., 2601 Du Bois Library

Graduate alumna Carol Bailey 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.

John Elder Robison

Thursday, Nov. 30, 5-7 p.m., 2601 Du Bois Library

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.