Tuesday October 2, 2012

STOCKBRIDGE - On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives will host a book- signing event for " I Live in Stockbridge," a children's history of the town by Susan Geller and illustrator Susan Merrill. The event is free and open to the public.

First published in 1976, it has been updated for 2012 and reprinted by Excelsior Press in North Adams. Geller and Merrill collaborated on the 48-page account of the town they remember from their own childhoods.

The book's narrator, a young girl, takes the reader on a walking tour of Stockbridge, pausing at places like the Indian Burial Ground, the Mission House, Laurel Hill, the Children's Chime Tower and the Berkshire Playhouse, to discuss the history, while passing the time of day on the porch of The Red Lion Inn with an elderly friend, Mrs. Ashburner.

The little girl also talks about some of Stockbridge's famous citizens, like John Sergeant, Jonathan Edwards, the versatile Field family, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Daniel Chester French, Mabel Choate, and illustrator Norman Rockwell.

The book ends with the voice of the young narrator as she walks down the steps of The Red Lion Inn: "I love talking to Mrs. Ashburner, but, as the air cools and the sun fades, I know it is time for me to be going home. Mrs. Ashburner and I agree that the world has changed since she was six years old, but Main Street in Stockbridge is still very much the same."

Geller and Merrill may be reached at ILiveInStockbridge@gmail.com.