Library hosts book discussion and reception Oct. 4

The Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries will host the 11th annual Fall Reception in Memorial Hall on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 2-4 p.m. The keynote speaker, author Corinne Demas, will give a talk “Behind the Book: Creativity and Compromise.” The program starts at 2:30 p.m.; the event is free and open to the public.

Corinne Demas, professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and fiction editor for The Massachusetts Review, is the author of two collections of short stories, two novels, a memoir and numerous books for children. Demas’ books include “Always in Trouble,” “Valentine Surprise” and “Saying Goodbye to Lulu.”

As part of the program, Lewis Mainzer, professor emeritus of Political Science and former president of the Friends of UMass Amherst Libraries, will be honored with the Siegfried Feller Award for Outstanding Service. The award, established in 1998, is given annually to individuals who have made outstanding volunteer contributions to create awareness and build support for the Libraries.

A related exhibit, “The Making of a Picture Book: The Marriage of Text and Art,” is on display on the lower level of the Du Bois Library from Monday, Sept. 14 to Dec. 18. There will be a behind-the-scenes look at the making of picture books by local authors and illustrators Leonard Baskin, Kathy Brown, Corinne Demas, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Michelson, Dennis Nolan, Katy Schneider and Jane Yolen. For more information:

UMass Catering will provide refreshments. Books by Corinne Demas and authors related to the exhibit will be available at the event for purchase from Amherst Books.

For further information, contact Emily Silverman of the Libraries at 545-0995. RSVPs are requested (but not required) by Sept. 26 to Susan McBride at 545-3974 or