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Sounds Local: Fun for the whole family: Meltdown, a book and music fest for kids, returns to Greenfield this Saturday
04-10-2024 3:01 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

If you are looking for some family fun this weekend that includes award-winning authors, arts and crafts, games, puppetry, circus performers and lots of music, then head to The River’s annual Meltdown, a book and music festival for kids that will take...

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Book Review: A boy who found salvation in comics: Author of autobiographical graphic novel ‘Hey, Kiddo’ to give talk in Greenfield on Tuesday
03-29-2024 12:21 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

‘Hey, Kiddo” came out in 2018. I was inspired to read it last week when I learned that its author, Jarrett Krosoczka of Florence, will be visiting Greenfield this coming Tuesday, April 2.I haven’t read a lot of graphic novels (I’m too old!), but I...


Sweet messages with a little fun: Three new children’s books by Kathleen Nicoletti
02-09-2024 12:49 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Kathleen Nicoletti of Athol notes in her author biography that she loves reading to the children in her life. That joy is evident in her three new children’s books.At 70 pages, “Ruby the Ruthless” is the longest of the three. It also has the most...


When greed takes over: Greenfield writer pens ‘a cautionary tale for all ages’
01-19-2024 11:35 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

The Green Palmers ChronicleBy Jon HuerAustin Macauley PublishersReaders of Jon Huer’s commentary in this newspaper may be surprised to see a slightly different side of the Greenfield writer in “The Green Palmers Chronicle.” Huer calls the novel “a...


In the kitchen with Fannie Farmer: A brief history of the ‘Mother of Level Measurements’
01-16-2024 11:42 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Like many American home cooks, I own more cookbooks than I can use.Over the years, hand-me-downs from family members, birthday gifts, and impulse purchases have brought more than 100 volumes to my kitchen shelves.When I decide to try preparing a dish...


How many children were taken: Greenfield resident attempts to piece together just how many people have been taken from their tribes
01-12-2024 11:32 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Drawing on her own background of being an adopted Native American child and her journey to find her birth parents, a Greenfield author and activist is launching her fifth book alongside an ambitious project to document other adoptees.Longtime...


Book Review: ‘God’s Hidden Places’
12-29-2023 6:06 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I opened “God’s Hidden Places.” The book’s author, the Reverend Patricia Gallagher of Greenfield, bills it as a memoir and more. It’s unconventional, and yet it generally works and moves the reader.The book is a...


Getting an inside look: Holyoke exhibit culls varied work from artists’ sketchbooks and journals
12-29-2023 6:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Where does art begin? With a general idea or image? Maybe something that’s sketched out quickly in a journal or on a piece of paper?This month at PULP in Holyoke, the Race Street gallery is showcasing just that sort of “behind-the-scenes” look at what...


Book Review: ‘Words to Live By’ anthology gives cancer diagnosis a voice 
12-08-2023 4:12 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Book Review: “Words to Live By,” created by John Bos, Pam Roberts, Keith Carver, and James McDonald (Cancer Connection, 130 pages, $20)John Bos first met Pam Roberts almost two decades ago when he took part in one of her “Spirit of the Written Word”...


Celebrating the poems of a late great: Unnameable Books in Turners Falls hosting reading of a new collection of James Tate’s poetry, Sunday 3 to 5:30 p.m.
11-13-2023 12:37 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

The late Pioneer Valley poet James Tate, whose work earned him a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, will be present in spirit for this week’s reading session at Unnameable Books in Turners Falls.The event, part of a reading series held weekly at...


Book Review: ‘Fur and Feathers Together: A Tale from the Highland Woods’
10-06-2023 9:45 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Children’s books often work best when they incorporate educational messages into fun, engaging stories. This combination of fun and learning forms the center of “Fur & Feather’s Together: A Tale of the Highland Woods” by Patricia Williams, with...


Book review: ‘Meet Your Maker’ by Christine Noyes
05-05-2023 5:31 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

“Meet Your Maker” is the third mystery novel Christine Noyes of Orange has produced featuring a disabled FBI analyst named Bradley Whitman. It is a well crafted procedural and Noyes knows how to build suspense.The story begins as Bradley’s friends and...


Book review: “Freedom from Psychiatric Drugs”
04-29-2023 1:26 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

“Freedom from Psychiatric Drugs,” by Chaya Grossberg Chaya Grossberg is easy to talk to. She makes her living talking and listening to people. We spoke last week in anticipation of her first author appearance in Franklin County.Grossberg, who lives...


Book Review: “I Never Called Him Pa”
04-21-2023 8:10 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

The rise of self-publishing has changed both books and book reviewing. A few years ago, this paper decided to stop reviewing self-published books. The editors soon reversed this decision, realizing that most books by local authors (our focus) were and...


Author Hannah Moushabeck recollects ‘Dream of Palestine’
03-31-2023 5:23 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Homeland: My Father Dreams of PalestineBy Hannah MoushabeckIllustrated by Reem Madooh; Chronicle BooksGrowing up mostly in Leverett, Hannah Moushabeck remembers hearing any number of bedtime stories from her father, Michel, alongside her two...


A conversation with the Bible History Guy
03-10-2023 7:58 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I interviewed Jim Moseley of Petersham on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The date was appropriate because Moseley is an enthusiastic Christian. He is the author of 26 books, 16 of those about Jesus or theology.His most recent work is “The...


‘10,000 Days in the Woods: The Beginning’
02-12-2023 12:07 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

“10,000 Days in the Woods: The Beginning”by H. Russell RichardsonDragon Brook PublishingIn 2019, Russ Richardson was hospitalized for a severe heart blockage. In the beginning of the Shelburne resident’s new memoir, he explains that he coped with the...


Review: ‘More Than Friends’ shares stories from the Brotherhood of the Spirit commune during the ’60s
01-20-2023 3:53 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

“More Than Friends”Edited by Patti SmithLight PublishingI am old enough to recall that there were communes in our area in the late 1960s and 1970s. Indeed, these groups still exist to some extent. I am not old enough to have felt the siren call of...

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