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 Writers Night Out! -

April 4, 2017, 7-9pm

Featured Reader: Jacqueline Sheehan

 Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a fiction writer and essayist. She is also a psychologist. She is a New Englander through and through, but spent twenty years living in the western states of Oregon, California, and New Mexico doing a variety of things, including house painting, freelance photography, newspaper writing, clerking in a health food store, and directing a traveling troupe of high school puppeteers.

Her first novel, TRUTH, was published in 2003 by Free Press of Simon and Schuster and is currently available under the new title, THE COMET'S TALE. Her second novel, LOST & FOUND, was published in 2007 by Avon, Harper Collins. Lost & Found has been on the New York Times Bestseller List and was optioned for film. Her third novel, NOW & THEN, was published in July 2009 by Avon, Harper Collins, followed by PICTURE THIS, in 2012. Her most recent novel, THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, will be published by Kensington Books, in January 2016. She has published travel articles ("Winter in Soviet Georgia"), short stories (most recently in the Berkshire Review), and numerous essays and radio pieces. She was the editor of the anthology Women Writing in Prison. This anthology is the culmination of eight years of writing workshops sponsored by Voices from Inside, an advocacy group for incarcerated women. Jacqueline's books have been published in over eight countries.

Jacqueline teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and Writers in Progress in Florence, Massachusetts.

If you want to read, put your name in the hat up until 7:10.  

The reading starts at 7:15,  and each reader will have five minutes.

Further information:  Beth Filson (404) 509-7911,

Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink in support of the venue.

Please join us!

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 Easthampton Bookfest

April 8, 2017

This is co-sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild


Kinship of Clover: a reading - White Square Books, Easthampton 

April 8, 2017, 1 pm

Please join Ellen Meeropol for a short reading from her new novel, Kinship of Clover, and conversation about fiction as an agent of change. Ann Hood describes this book as “examining the big topics of our contemporary world and putting a human face on them.”

Ellen Meeropol is the author of three novels, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, and House Arrest. A former nurse practitioner and part-time bookseller, Ellen’s recent short fiction and essay publications include Guernica, The Bridges, The Writer, DoveTales, Cleaver, Portland Magazine, Necessary Fiction, and The Writers Chronicle. Ellen holds an MFA in fiction from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She is a founding member and the current board president of Straw Dog Writers Guild.


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2:30-3:45 pm @ White Square Books, 86 Cottage Street
Us & Them - A writer/translator series

Please join Michael Goldman, Straw Dog member & Straw Dog program committee extraordinaire,  at the 2017 BookFest translation event!  Michael will be joining three other translator/musicians for a program of spoken word from several languages with musical accompaniment.

The event is free and it should be an inspiring treat for the ears!


Straw Dog Authors will be selling their books at the Bookfest Market Place

12pm-5pm @ Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street
Lit Marketplace featuring authors, poets, essayists, comic book makers, illustrators, and crafters

for more info:

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Writers Night Out -

Featured Reader: Ellen Meeropol

May 2nd, 2017  7-9pm

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 Saturday, May, 13th, 2017 at 10:30 am:     

 "She Did What? Using the Element of Surprise in Fiction"

             presented by Lisa C. Taylor                  

Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market Street, Northampton

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