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Latest Events in South Hadley (Continuously Updated)

South Hadley, a vibrant town in Massachusetts, is renowned for its diverse array of events. These South Hadley events, ranging from cultural festivals to sports tournaments, are a testament to the town's dynamic community spirit. Each event is meticulously planned and executed, ensuring a memorable experience for all attendees. The South Hadley events calendar is packed with activities that cater to a wide range of interests, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking unique experiences. Whether it's the annual fall festival that showcases local artisans or the summer music concerts that attract renowned artists, South Hadley events offer something for everyone. The town's commitment to hosting inclusive and engaging events has earned it a reputation as a hub of cultural and social activity. The South Hadley events page is regularly updated with the latest happenings, ensuring that residents and visitors alike are always in the know.

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Neel Mukherjee in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Apr 25, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Join Neel Mukherjee in person on Thursday, April 25 at 7 PM at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. Neel Mukherjee will be presenting his new novel, Choice, which has been selected as the April choice for our First Editions Club. Choice, described as an ingenious, devastating, and explosive novel, explores the profound impact of the decisions we make. Ayush, a London-based publisher, becomes obsessed with the question of how one ought to live, prompting him to question every act of consumption. Ayush embarks on a radical experiment in his own life and the lives of those around him, including his economist husband, their twins, and the authors he works with. Through interconnected narratives, Choice challenges our assumptions about economics, race, appropriation, and the complexities of contemporary life. Neel Mukherjee, a highly acclaimed author, has received numerous awards for his previous works, including the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award, the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award, and being shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with a thought-provoking author. This event is free of charge. Come and be part of an evening that explores the power of choice and its consequences.

Thomas Suárez in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Apr 19, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Attend the event "Thomas Suárez in Person" on April 19, 2024, at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. Thomas Suárez will discuss his book "Palestine Hijacked: How Zionism Forged an Apartheid State from River to Sea." Delve into the shocking history of how Zionist militias used terror to establish an apartheid settler state in Palestine. Uncover the truth behind the Israel-Palestine conflict, revealing a violent takeover by a European racial-nationalist movement. Suárez's research, including newly-revealed documents, exposes the deliberate and sustained use of terrorism to achieve Zionist goals. Learn about the atrocities committed against Palestinians, British supporters of Zionism, and dissenting Jews. Discover how Israel's regime of Apartheid and land expropriation were not accidental outcomes, but intentional objectives of Zionism from its inception. Join historical researcher and author, Thomas Suárez, a Juilliard-trained violinist, as he sheds light on this critical chapter of history. Admission to this enlightening event is free.

Anna Noyes in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

May 22, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Attend Anna Noyes in Person on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. Anna Noyes will discuss her latest novel, The Blue Maiden, a compelling tale set on an isolated Northern European island in 1825. The story follows two sisters, Beata and Ulrika, who navigate life in a community haunted by accusations of witchcraft. As they unravel family secrets and confront societal constraints, a mysterious visitor disrupts their world, leading to shocking revelations. The narrative delves into themes of lineage, resilience, and the struggles of women in a patriarchal society. Anna Noyes, acclaimed author of Goodnight, Beautiful Women, brings her evocative storytelling to this Nordic Gothic masterpiece. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author and delve into the captivating world she has crafted. Admission to the event is free.

Eliana Hernández-Pachón in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Apr 18, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Experience the poignant reading by Eliana Hernández-Pachón from her latest work, The Brush: Poems, on Thursday, April 18 at 7 PM. Delve into a wise and visionary debut that delves into ecological and human resistance, resonating with readers of renowned poets like Joy Harjo and Tracy K. Smith. The Brush is a fearless exploration of collective trauma, shedding light on the haunting realities of today's Colombia amidst ongoing mass atrocities. Through the voices of Pablo, Ester, and the Brush itself, Hernández-Pachón intricately weaves a narrative in response to the tragic massacre in El Salado in 2000. Witness the intense journey of Pablo burying a mysterious box in the night, alongside his wife Ester, a sharpshooter guarding the village's secrets. Eliana Hernández-Pachón, a distinguished writer and educator from Bogotá, Colombia, shares her remarkable poetic talent in The Brush, earning her the prestigious Colombia National Poetry Prize in 2020. Join this exceptional event at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on April 18, 2024, to immerse yourself in Hernández-Pachón's profound and prophetic storytelling. Admission is free, offering a unique opportunity to engage with the work of this extraordinary young poet.

Lydia Millet in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Apr 23, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Experience an evening with Lydia Millet in Person on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. Renowned novelist Lydia Millet will be presenting her latest memoir, We Loved it All. Highly anticipated by critics and readers alike, this illuminating anti-memoir delves into the complexities of parenthood, humanity, and our connection to the threatened natural world. Drawing from her extensive background in wildlife and climate advocacy, Millet intertwines personal anecdotes with profound reflections on our relationship with the environment. Through poignant storytelling, she navigates themes of love, loss, and the urgency of addressing pressing global crises such as extinction and climate change. Lydia Millet is a distinguished author whose works have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. With a master's degree in environmental economics, she brings a unique perspective to her writing, urging readers to contemplate their role in preserving the planet for future generations. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with Lydia Millet's compelling narrative at Odyssey Bookshop. Admission is free for this enlightening event.

Henriette Lazaridis in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Apr 24, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Join Henriette Lazaridis in person on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts, as she presents her highly anticipated new novel, Last Days in Plaka. This immersive and multifaceted story takes readers on a journey through the vibrant and contradictory city of Athens, where the ancient and modern collide, and the neighborhood of Plaka holds the secrets of its inhabitants. Last Days in Plaka follows two women, Anna and Irini, whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways. Anna, a Greek-American searching for her roots, works at an Athens gallery by day and creates street art by night. Irini, an elderly widow, relies on the kindness of others. When the local priest brings them together, an unlikely friendship forms. As Anna delves into Irini's captivating stories of her past, she becomes consumed by her tales of a distant daughter and lost wealth. Driven by a sense of urgency and the desire for revelation, Anna embarks on a perilous decision that uncovers Irini's web of lies and forces Anna to confront her own capacity for forgiveness. In Last Days in Plaka, Lazaridis explores themes of identity, belonging, and the passage of time. Henriette Lazaridis, an accomplished author and teacher, has written critically acclaimed novels such as The Clover House and Terra Nova. With degrees in English literature from prestigious institutions, Lazaridis brings a unique perspective to her storytelling. She has been published in esteemed publications such as The New York Times and Elle, and her writing has earned her a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant. Don't miss this opportunity to meet Henriette Lazaridis in person and discover the captivating world of Last Days in Plaka. This event is free to attend, so mark your calendars for April 24, 2024, and join us at Odyssey Bookshop for an unforgettable evening.

Holly Gramazio in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Apr 26, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Step right up, folks, and mark your calendars for the one and only Holly Gramazio in Person event happening at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. On April 26, 2024, this talented artist will grace the stage, ready to captivate audiences with her unique artistic vision. Best of all, admission is absolutely free, so there's no excuse to miss out on this incredible opportunity. Located at 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075, the venue provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of creativity and inspiration. Don't delay, secure your spot now and witness Holly Gramazio in Person as she shares her passion for the arts with the world. Let your artistic soul soar as you immerse yourself in the magic of this unforgettable event.

Keith O'Brien in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Apr 30, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Join Keith O'Brien on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 PM at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA as he presents his new book, Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball. In this captivating chronicle, O'Brien delves into the incredible story of baseball legend Pete Rose, exploring his rise to fame and subsequent downfall amidst one of the biggest scandals in baseball history. Through firsthand interviews, investigative reports, and court records, O'Brien provides a comprehensive account of Rose's life and the cultural changes that reshaped America and baseball in the second half of the twentieth century. This extraordinary biography not only sheds light on Rose's complex journey, but also offers a fascinating glimpse into the evolving landscape of America's favorite pastime. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the definitive account of one of the most fascinating figures in American sports history. Admission is free.

Tarek El-Ariss in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

May 2, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Experience the profound memoir, "Water on Fire: A Memoir of War," presented by Tarek El-Ariss in person on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 7 PM. Delve into the poignant narrative as this leading voice in Middle Eastern Studies reflects on his upbringing in war-torn Lebanon and his family's captivating history, navigating trauma and longing. Embark on a journey of immigration starting from a strife-ridden Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War to displacement across Europe and Africa, culminating in New York City post-9/11. Witness a tale of resilience woven with humor, audacity, and defiance amidst loss and transformation. Through alternating perspectives of his childhood and adulthood, Tarek El-Ariss delves into living with trauma, revealing its profound impact on our perceptions, fears, and desires. His memoir, a blend of history and introspection, unveils inner turmoil and the complexities of conflict and separation. Tarek El-Ariss, the James Wright Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College, invites you to this insightful event at Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075. Admission is free.

Heidi Stemple Storytime at the South Hadley Public Library | South Hadley Public Library

May 9, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Experience the enchanting world of Heidi Stemple’s latest creation, Wren's Nest, at a captivating storytime event scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at 10:30 AM. Join renowned author Heidi Stemple as she delves into the heartwarming tale of Wren, a story that explores themes of love, nature, and the beauty of new beginnings. Follow Wren's journey from her cozy countryside home to the bustling city, where she discovers unexpected joy in the presence of a phoebe nest. Witness the special bond between Wren and her grandfather as they embark on a magical adventure of birdwatching and the miracle of life unfolding before their eyes. Heidi Stemple, a prolific writer with close to 50 published books under her belt, invites you to immerse yourself in a world of wonder and discovery. Learn about birdwatching tips, ecological awareness, and the precious relationship between generations as you explore Wren's Nest. Don't miss this unique opportunity to join Heidi Stemple at the South Hadley Public Library for a memorable and inspiring storytime session. Admission is free, so mark your calendars and be part of this extraordinary event on May 9, 2024.

Angela Diterlizzi in Person at the South Hadley Public Library | South Hadley Public Library

May 15, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Angela DiTerlizzi will be at the South Hadley Public Library on Wednesday, May 15 at 4 PM to introduce her latest book, The Curious Why. This eagerly awaited sequel to the popular book The Magical Yet aims to spark curiosity and combat boredom by encouraging readers to explore the world around them. With engaging verse by Angela DiTerlizzi and vibrant illustrations by Lorena Alvarez Gómez, The Curious Why is a delightful journey into the endless possibilities of the world. Discover the secrets of dinosaurs, crayons, bee stings, and more with this captivating book. Don't forget to also check out Angela DiTerlizzi's companion title, The Magical Yet, a charming and inspirational picture book for children. Angela DiTerlizzi, known for her award-winning works like A Very Cranky Book and Some Bugs, invites you to delve into the world of imagination and wonder with her latest creations. Join Angela DiTerlizzi at the South Hadley Public Library for a captivating literary experience. Mark your calendars for this enriching event - admission is free.

Griffin Hansbury in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

May 30, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Join Griffin Hansbury in Person on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley to discuss his latest novel, "Some Strange Music Draws Me In." The book delves into the story of Mel and Sylvia, exploring themes of friendship, family, and transgender awakening in a working-class American town during the summer of 1984. As the narrative unfolds, readers are taken on a journey through relationships marked by self-discovery, conflict, and resilience. Griffin Hansbury, an accomplished author known for his thought-provoking work, brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters in this poignant tale. Through elegant and fearless prose, he challenges taboos around gender and class while shedding light on the power of difference in fostering liberation. With themes that resonate in today's society, the novel offers a timely and captivating narrative of self-realization amidst the challenges posed by small-town intolerance. Be part of this engaging discussion and delve into the world of "Some Strange Music Draws Me In" with Griffin Hansbury in Person. Admission to the event is free, providing an opportunity to connect with the author and gain insights into his literary exploration.

Morgan Talty in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald | Odyssey Bookshop

Jun 5, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Don't miss the opportunity to hear Morgan Talty discuss his latest novel, Fire Exit, in a conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. Talty, a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, delves into themes of family, legacy, and culture in this compelling debut. Fire Exit follows Charles Lamosway as he grapples with his past on the Penobscot Reservation and the hidden truth about his daughter, Elizabeth. As the story unfolds, secrets unravel, relationships are tested, and the complexities of heritage are explored. Award-winning author Morgan Talty's narrative promises an immersive experience that delves deep into the complexities of identity and connection. This event offers a unique opportunity to engage with a thought-provoking literary work and gain insights from the author himself. Admission is free, so mark your calendars for an evening of enriching dialogue and literary exploration at Odyssey Bookshop.

Kellie Carter Jackson in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Jun 11, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Experience an enlightening evening on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, as Kellie Carter Jackson introduces her latest work, "We Refuse: A Forceful History of Black Resistance." Delve into a profound reevaluation of Black resistance to white supremacy, exploring a spectrum beyond the oversimplified narratives of nonviolence versus violence. Historian Kellie Carter Jackson sheds light on the diverse strategies employed by Black individuals, especially women, to combat oppression. Acknowledging the significance of all forms of resistance, including forceful actions, Carter Jackson highlights the pivotal role of tactics like work stoppages, property destruction, and armed uprisings throughout history. While violence has been crucial in the fight for liberty, the book also celebrates alternative methods such as finding joy amidst adversity and the power of silent defiance. As the Michael and Denise Kellen '68 Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, Kellie Carter Jackson brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to this exploration of Black resilience and the quest for freedom. Admission to the event is free, offering a unique opportunity to engage with this transformative narrative.

Essie Chambers in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Jun 12, 2024 (UTC-5)
South Hadley
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Don't miss the chance to meet Essie Chambers in person at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on June 12, 2024. Chambers will be discussing her debut novel, Swift River, a captivating family saga that delves into the intricate relationships between mothers and daughters, the mystery surrounding a missing father, and the untold history of a fading New England mill town. Set in the summer of 1987, Swift River follows Diamond Newberry as she navigates the complexities of her past while uncovering long-buried family secrets. Through a letter from a previously unknown relative, Diamond unravels the multigenerational history of the African American Newberry women, shedding light on themes of prejudice, love, and resilience. As the pieces of her family's past come together, Diamond gains a new perspective on her identity and future. Essie Chambers, a talented author with a background in film and television, brings a fresh voice to the literary scene with Swift River. This event is free to attend, offering a unique opportunity to engage with Chambers and explore the powerful themes within her novel.

'Pemi Aguda in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Jun 17, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Experience the unveiling of 'Pemi Aguda's inaugural collection, Ghostroots: Stories, on Monday, June 17 at 7 PM. Delve into a captivating world where characters in Lagos, Nigeria, strive to break free from their ancestral bonds. Through twelve thought-provoking tales, 'Pemi Aguda skillfully portrays the struggle between individuality and the weight of the past. Witness a mother confronted by her abusive mother's ghost in her own child's visage, leading to sinister consequences in "Manifest." Explore themes of forgiveness, feminism, and parenthood in "Breastmilk," as well as the unnerving discovery made by fathers in "Things Boys Do." "24, Alhaji Williams Street" sheds light on a mysterious illness plaguing young boys in the neighborhood, unraveling dark truths. 'Pemi Aguda, an MFA graduate from the University of Michigan, showcases her talent through a blend of empathy and wit in these narratives. Prepare to embark on a literary journey that exposes the intricate dynamics of family, tradition, and modernity in Nigerian society. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author at Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075, on June 17, 2024, at 7 PM. Admission is free.

Catherine Newman in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Jun 18, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Mark your calendars for Catherine Newman's in-person appearance at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on June 18, 2024. The event, launching her latest novel "Sandwich," promises an evening filled with humor and emotion as Newman takes readers on a journey through a family's summer vacation. Join Rocky and her loved ones as they navigate the complexities of life, love, and aging against the backdrop of a quaint Cape Cod rental. As Rocky confronts the challenges of menopause and family dynamics, unexpected events force her to confront long-buried secrets. Catherine Newman, a prolific writer known for her insightful columns and bestselling books, brings her unique storytelling to life in this heartwarming tale. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author behind "Sandwich" and delve into a world of laughter, tears, and ultimately, acceptance. Admission is free, so reserve your spot now for an unforgettable evening with Catherine Newman.

Tammy Greenwood in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Jul 16, 2024 (UTC-5)
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Attend the event "Tammy Greenwood in Person" on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. Acclaimed author Tammy Greenwood will present her latest novel, "The Still Point," which explores the competitive world of ballet mothers and their daughters. Set in a coastal California town, the story follows Ever, Lindsay, and Josie as they support their daughters - Bea, Olive, and Savvy - in pursuing their ballet dreams. When renowned ballet director Etienne Bernay arrives at their conservatory to cast "The Nutcracker" and offer a scholarship to the Ballet de Paris Academie, tensions rise as secrets are revealed and sacrifices are made. The novel delves into themes of lovet love, hope, desire, and jealousy, providing a nuanced look at the intertwined lives of the three families. Tammy Greenwood, a four-time San Diego Book Award winner and mother of a professional ballerina, brings her personal experience to this captivating story. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author and delve into the world of dance and ambition. Admission is free, and the event promises to be a memorable experience for all literature enthusiasts.

James Jennings in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Nov 16, 2023 (UTC-5)ENDED
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Join James Jennings in person on Thursday, November 16, at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, as he presents his debut novel, Wings of Red. This event is part of the Debut Author Club's December selection. Wings of Red is an inventive and stylish work of autofiction written by James Jennings, a Black educator. The novel offers a clear-eyed and funny exploration of the absurdity of the New York City educational system through the eyes of June Papers, a twenty-eight-year-old MFA grad and substitute teacher who is also homeless. As June navigates the challenges of his personal and professional life, readers are taken on a journey that combines vulnerability and intimacy. Wings of Red delves into the reality of a Black educator's world, highlighting the struggles and aspirations of its characters who strive to achieve their dreams amidst the financial and professional uncertainties they face. This inspiring and poetic tour de force serves as an ode to New York City and showcases the author's authentic and lived perspective. James W. Jennings, an artist and educator, brings his unique background and insights to this compelling narrative. Don't miss the opportunity to experience this thought-provoking and beautifully written novel firsthand. Admission is free.

Gabriel Bump in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Nov 29, 2023 (UTC-5)ENDED
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Join Gabriel Bump in Person on Wednesday, November 29 at 7 PM as he presents his new novel, The New Naturals. This exclusive event will take place at the Odyssey Bookshop located at 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075. The New Naturals is the December selection of the Odyssey First Editions Club, making it a highly anticipated literary event. In this thought-provoking novel, Bump explores the concept of founding an underground utopia and the interconnected stories of those drawn to it. Rio, a young Black woman, seeks solace after the loss of her newborn child and envisions a society built on love, acceptance, and equality. Alongside her husband, they embark on the construction of this utopia, which begins to attract individuals from different walks of life - from unhoused men to disillusioned journalists. However, as the group yearns for purpose and refuge, the question arises: can this new society truly succeed? The New Naturals showcases Bump's exceptional storytelling talent and offers a fresh and perceptive perspective on life in the 21st century. Comparable to acclaimed works such as Paul Beatty's The Sellout and Jennifer Egan's The Candy House, this novel will captivate readers with its astute observations and exploration of human connection. Bump, an award-winning author of Everywhere You Don't Belong, hails from South Shore, Chicago, and holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Don't miss the opportunity to meet Gabriel Bump in person at this remarkable event. Admission is free, and it promises to be an evening filled with literary insights and engaging discussions. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 29, and join us at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA for this memorable occasion.

Fred Sokol in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Jan 11, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
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Join us on Thursday, January 11 at 7 PM as esteemed local author Fred Sokol presents his latest masterpiece, Harry. This captivating novel takes readers on a journey through the vibrant streets of New York City's Lower East Side in the summer of 1970. Harry, a young and passionate individual, finds himself immersed in the world of music and love as he navigates his way through life. Guided by the enigmatic Edison and fueled by his deep connection with Carolyn, Harry's story unfolds with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. As the years pass, Harry and Carolyn's path leads them to the enchanting landscapes of Moab, Utah. The breathtaking rock formations and stunning scenery leave an indelible mark on their souls. However, as they grow older, Harry begins to experience troubling memory issues. Determined not to succumb to despair, he embarks on a heartfelt quest to reconnect with his past, seeking solace in the company of old friends and loved ones. Fred Sokol, renowned director, author, and theater critic, brings his wealth of knowledge and passion for storytelling to every page of Harry. With a rich background in theater, film, and literature, Sokol's expertise shines through in this beautifully crafted novel. Don't miss the opportunity to meet him in person and delve into the world of Harry. Don't miss Fred Sokol in Person at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on January 11, 2024. Admission is free, so mark your calendars for this unforgettable literary event.

Kaveh Akbar in Person at A SPECIAL TIME | Odyssey Bookshop

Jan 24, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
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Join Kaveh Akbar in South Hadley on Wednesday, January 24 at 1 PM as he presents his new novel, Martyr! This special event will take place at the Odyssey Bookshop located at 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075. Martyr! is an electrifying and funny novel that follows the journey of Cyrus Shams, a newly sober and orphaned son of Iranian immigrants. Guided by the voices of artists, poets, and kings, Cyrus embarks on a remarkable search for a family secret that leads him to a terminally ill painter living out her final days in the Brooklyn Museum. With its unique blend of humor and originality, Martyr! introduces Kaveh Akbar as an essential new voice in contemporary fiction. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the most celebrated writers of our time. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to mark your calendars for this special occasion.

Ani Gjika in person | Odyssey Bookshop

Jan 30, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
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Join Ani Gjika in person on Tuesday, January 30 at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, as she presents her captivating memoir, An Unruled Body. This remarkable debut memoir explores the immigrant experience through the lens of a woman's personal journey, as she navigates the challenges of language, identity, and desire. Born in Albania and raised during the turbulent aftermath of Communism, Gjika shares her story of self-discovery and freedom across four countries. She candidly reveals the struggles and triumphs of finding her voice and embracing her own terms of expression. Ani Gjika, an award-winning poet and literary translator, has written eight books and chapbooks of poetry. She is a distinguished graduate of Boston University and currently teaches social studies and literature at Framingham High School. Joining Gjika in conversation is Yasmine Ameli, a talented Iranian American writer and teacher. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Ani Gjika speak about her powerful memoir and the experiences that shaped her. Admission is free for this event. Mark your calendar for January 30 and make your way to Odyssey Bookshop for an evening of insight and inspiration.

Jon Clinch in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Jan 31, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
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Join author Jon Clinch at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on Wednesday, January 31 at 7 PM as he discusses his new novel, "The General and Julia." In this captivating work of superb historical fiction, Ulysses S. Grant, the iconic figure of American history, reflects on the pivotal moments of his life. Despite his battle with cancer, Grant is determined to complete his memoirs before his passing, providing financial security for his family and seeking redemption. Through the pages of his memoirs, Grant takes us on a journey through time, recounting his role as the Union's savior, the president who fought for civil rights, and a devoted husband and father. From blood-stained battlefields to the bustling streets of Gilded Age New York, this gorgeously rendered novel delves into Grant's changing views on race and Reconstruction. Written by acclaimed historical fiction master Jon Clinch, this evocative novel breathes fresh life into the enigmatic figure of Ulysses S. Grant. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from the author himself at this free event. Mark your calendars for January 31, 2024, and head to Odyssey Bookshop at 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075.

GennaRose Nethercott in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Feb 8, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
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Join GennaRose Nethercott in person at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on Thursday, February 8 at 7 PM for an enlightening discussion about her new collection, Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart. This captivating book delves into the depths of human longing, exploring the darkness within us all. Nethercott presents a series of surreal and beautifully written stories that examine the complexities of love, fear, and the monstrous nature that resides within us. From two teenage girls uncovering the secrets of a mysterious roadside attraction, to a woman undergoing a chilling transformation to fit the desires of her artist boyfriend, these tales will challenge your perception of what it means to be a beast. Nethercott's work has garnered critical acclaim, with her book-length poem, The Lumberjack's Dove, winning the prestigious National Poetry Series. Don't miss the opportunity to experience her unique storytelling firsthand. This event is free of charge, so mark your calendars for February 8th and join us at the Odyssey Bookshop for an unforgettable evening with GennaRose Nethercott.

Stephen McCauley in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Feb 21, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
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Join Stephen McCauley in Person on Wednesday, February 21 at 7 PM at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA as he discusses his latest novel, You Only Call When You're In Trouble. Accompanied by Heather Abel, McCauley will delve into the thought-provoking question of whether it is ever acceptable to prioritize one's own needs over caring for others. The story revolves around Tom, an architect specializing in tiny houses, who is finally ready to prioritize himself after a lifetime of tending to his sister and niece. However, just as he sets this resolution, he receives a phone call that turns his world upside down. Cecily, Tom's beloved niece, is caught up in a Title IX investigation that could jeopardize her career and relationship, while Tom's sister wants him to reveal the true identity of Cecily's father. Unable to resist their pleas, Tom embarks on a life-altering journey that will challenge the bonds of family and illuminate the complexities of familial relationships. With his signature blend of warmth, humor, and emotional depth, McCauley paints a vivid portrait of relatable characters that will touch readers' hearts. Don't miss this extraordinary event featuring an author known for creating compelling narratives that leave a lasting impact. Admission is free.

Jennifer Croft in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Mar 7, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
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Join award-winning translator Jennifer Croft on Thursday, March 7 at 7 PM for an unforgettable evening at the Odyssey Bookshop. Jennifer will be presenting her highly acclaimed novel, The Extinction of Irena Rey. This thought-provoking and beguiling story revolves around eight translators who find themselves in a primeval Polish forest, working on the translation of Irena Rey's magnum opus, Gray Eminence. However, their task takes an unexpected turn when Irena mysteriously disappears. As the translators delve deeper into the forest and Irena's enigmatic belongings, they uncover secrets that will test their devotion and unravel the fate of their beloved author. Jennifer Croft, the author of this captivating debut novel, has garnered numerous accolades for her literary accomplishments, including the prestigious International Booker Prize for her translation of Olga Tokarczuk's Flights. Her expertise and talent shine through in The Extinction of Irena Rey, offering readers a thrilling exploration of art, celebrity, and the power of language. This exclusive event is a rare opportunity for book enthusiasts to engage with Jennifer Croft and gain insights into her creative process. Don't miss out on this unputdownable adventure in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Admission is free, so mark your calendars for an evening of literary discovery.

Jennifer Croft in Conversation with Ilan Stavans in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Mar 7, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
South Hadley
Arts
Literary Arts
Don't miss the chance to attend the highly anticipated event, Jennifer Croft in Conversation with Ilan Stavans in Person, taking place on Thursday, March 7 at 7 PM. This event will be held at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The award-winning translator, Jennifer Croft, will be presenting her captivating novel, The Extinction of Irena Rey. She will engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Ilan Stavans, a renowned professor of Humanities at Amherst College. In this mesmerizing novel, Croft delves into the story of eight translators who embark on a quest to find the world-renowned author, Irena Rey, who mysteriously goes missing in a primeval Polish forest. As the translators navigate through the forest and unravel the secrets of Irena Rey's life, they are confronted with their own desires and rivalries, leading to a thrilling exploration of art, language, and human connection. Join us for this unforgettable evening of intellectual stimulation and literary discovery. Admission to this event is free, so mark your calendars and don't miss out on this unique opportunity.

Margot Douaihy in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Mar 12, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
South Hadley
Arts
Literary Arts
Join Margot Douaihy in person on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 PM at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley for the launch of her highly anticipated second book in the Sister Holiday series, Blessed Water. Sister Holiday, armed with a PI apprentice certificate, is back with a twisty mystery and a burning desire to prove herself. With tattoos covering her body and a gold tooth as sharp as her wit, Sister Holiday is determined to walk the righteous path. She is ready to take her permanent vows with the Sisters of the Sublime Blood and become part of Redemption Detective Agency, led by former fire inspector Magnolia Riveaux. However, their mission to catch a cheating husband takes a dark turn when they stumble upon the body of a priest in the swollen Mississippi River. This unexpected discovery becomes Redemption's next case, pushing Sister Holiday to rely on her faith and solve the murder to protect her community. As New Orleans is engulfed in a torrential rainstorm over Easter weekend, Sister Holiday and Riveaux navigate the treacherous floodwaters in search of answers. Blessed Water is a gripping and poetic exploration of obsession, deception, and the quest for truth. Margot Douaihy, an acclaimed author and creative writing professor at Emerson College, delivers an electrifying mystery that will leave readers breathless. Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed event and experience the thrilling world of Sister Holiday firsthand. Admission is free, so don't miss out on this unforgettable evening with Margot Douaihy.

Jeffrey Richards in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Mar 21, 2024 (UTC-5)ENDED
South Hadley
Arts
Literary Arts
Join author Jeffrey Richards at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on Thursday, March 21 at 7 PM for an engaging discussion about his new novel, We Are Only Ghosts. Accompanied by special guest Kim van Alkemade, Richards will delve into the gripping tale of a teenage boy's intricate relationship with a Nazi officer in a WWII death camp, which resurfaces in 1960s New York City. We Are Only Ghosts is a compelling portrayal of queer love amidst the horrors of war and the lingering trauma of those who survived. This novel masterfully balances the brutality and hatred of the war with tender moments of joy and compassion. Fans of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, and Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart will find themselves captivated by this unforgettable story. Set in 1968 New York City, the enchanting Café Marie serves as the backdrop for Charles Ward, the headwaiter who expertly creates an atmosphere of elegance and escapism. Having honed his skill of remaining unseen during his harrowing experiences as a Jewish boy in war-torn Europe, Charles catches the attention of Obersturmführer Berthold Werden, a Nazi officer who becomes both his savior and tormentor. Deported to Auschwitz at the age of seventeen, Charles finds himself hiding in Berthold's home. Their complicated relationship intertwines love and hatred, which resurfaces when Berthold unexpectedly walks into Café Marie. As Charles is pulled back into Berthold's world, he must confront his painful past and the desire for revenge. Will he lose his only connection to his past or finally find solace? Jeffrey L. Richards, an accomplished author and playwright, shares his profound storytelling abilities in We Are Only Ghosts. Originally from Oklahoma, Richards now resides in New Jersey with his rescue dog, Andi. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author in person and discover the haunting world of We Are Only Ghosts. Admission to the event at the Odyssey Bookshop is free.

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