Writers all summer in and around the Berkshires




Herman Melville's historic house, where he wrote "Moby-Dick" and other works. Opening My 25, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the house on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits will include "Pittsfield, 1863" images and stories of Pittsfield citizens in that iconic year; a straw sculpture by Michael Melle on the grounds. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (413) 442-1793, www.mobydick.org.

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Berkshire Writing Workshop July 14-19 with Alison Lobron, Brendan Mathews, Joan Wickersham and special guest Susan Orlean. Advance registration required. bww@simons-rock.edu or simons-rock.edu/bww.

Becket Arts Center

Poetry, fiction and nonfiction readings throughout the summer. Exhibits open Friday to Monday, noon to 4 p.m. 7 Brooker Hill Road, North Becket Village. (413) 623-6635. www.becketartscenter.org.

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7 to 8 p.m. nightly readings from June 13 to June 21 (except Tuesday, June 18) while MFA students are in residence. Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College campus, North Bennington, Vt. (802) 440-4452.

Bloomsday in Williamstown

Celebration of James Joyce's "Ulysses," which takes place on June 16, 1904, with a series of readings around town, beginning at 8 a.m.. All are welcome. The group will walk around town, reading selected chapters from Ulysses at places that correspond to those in the book: a tower, a riverside, a cemetery, a pub and others. Join for the whole ay or any part of it. Full schedule BloomsdayinWilliamstown@gmail.com or on facebook at "Bloomsday in Williamstown."

The Bookstore

Poetry, fiction and nonfiction readings in the Get Lit wine bar throughout the summer. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. www.bookstoreinlenox.com.


Writers read throughout the summer, Route 7, Great Barrington. (413) 528-1521, www.thebookloft.com.

Bryant Homestead

Boyhood home and later summer retreat of American poet, abolitionist, conservationist and editor William Cullen Bryant. Rivulet Trail to old-growth trees, fields and sugarbush. and a trickling stream immortalized by Bryant's 1823 poem. Free. Grounds open year-round for hiking, picnics and sight-seeing. Cummington. Trustees of Reservations, (413) 298-3239, ext. 3000, www.thetrustees.org.

Mass MoCA

Artworks exploring and inspired by words. "Chapter 2" solo show of Chinese artist Xu Bing's calligraphy work on language, translation and understanding. "Life's Work," exhibit of art drawn originally from books, Johnny Carrera's walk-in encyclopedia and Tom Phillips' "A Humament," two drafts in paint, drawing and select words, creating a new graphic novel out of a Victorian romance. Museum hours daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. (413) 662-2111, www.massmoca.org.

The Mount

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton's house and grounds. Wharton Salon presents aaptations of Wharton stories in August. "Out n' about" Thursays, 5 to 8 p.m. free admission, July to Sept.

"Wharton on Wednesdays," professional actors perform dramatic readings of Wharton's short stories, 5 p.m., June 19 to Aug. 28. This year's short story series will begin and end with with readings from the novel "The Custom of the Country," in celebration of its 100th anniversary.

Monday talks with and about writers, July 8 to Aug. 26, 4 p.m.

Exhibits: "A Beautiful Construction: Edith Wharton at The Mount," "Dramatic License" on film adaptations of Wharton's writing, and "Edith Wharton and the First World War" on her life and work in France behind the front lines. House and grounds open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ghost tours Mondays, June 24 to Aug. 26 at7:30 p.m., and Fridays beginning Sept. 6. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox. (413) 551-5111, www.edithwharton.org.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"R.O. Blechman: The Inquiring Mind" solo show by illustrator, animator, children's book author, graphic novelist, and editorial cartoonist for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post, opens May 11.

Spencertown Academy

"Festival of Books: A Celebration of Books and Reading," Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Annual extravaganza of all things literary, free readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a giant used book sale and children's events. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. (518) 392-3693, www.spencertownacademy.org.


Home of Pulitzer prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Open May 25 to to Oct. 14. Friday to Monday, house tours 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., garden tours noon and 3 p.m., and exhibits, "Millay's family tree: the root of genius" and "Javanese Shadow Puppets." Nature trail marke with lines from Millay poems. 436 East Hill Road off Route 22, Austerlitz, N.Y. (518) 392-3362.

W.E.B. DuBois Center

The Du Bois Center at Great Barrington's new Museum of Civil Rights Pioneers. Hours: weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 684 Main St., Great Barrington; www.DuBoisCenterGB.org.

W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite

Boyhood home of the internationally acclaimed Civil Rights leader, scholar, activist and writer known for "Souls of Black Folk" and other works. Open for self-guided tours in daylight hours. On Route 23, just west of Route 71. www.duboishomesite.org.

WordXWord Festival

Week-long festival in the downtown Upstreet Cultural District, Aug. 11-17 -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts. Poetry readings, workshops, songwriter showcases, poetry slams, young audience events, storytelling, word-based contests, "friends-of-the-festival" events from book signings to staged readings of plays, art exhibits and scrabble tournaments. Local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. Pittsfield. wxw365.com.

Writers' Room Tuesday project

Word-related events including storytelling and the presentation of visiting nationally recognized writers and spoken word artists , Tuesdays weekly. 8 p.m., yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield. wxw365.com.


Emily Dickinson Museum

Emily Dickinson's family home, tours and poetry. Summer hours Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 280 Main St. Amherst, (413) 542-8429, www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.

Mark Twain House

Conversations with writers including Stephen King and Terry Brooks. Writing workshops, book groups, storytelling evenings. Exhibition "The Gilded Age of Hartford" to Sept. 2. Ghost tours and history talks. 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, Conn. www.marktwainhouse.org

Northshire Books

Fiction, nonfiction and poetry readings Thursday to Sunday weekly all summer including Verlyn Klinkenborg, Chris Bohjalian and many more. 4869 Main St., Northshire, Vt. (802) 362-2200, www.northshire.com.

Robert Frost Stone House

"Sunday Afternoons with Frost" free talks at the house where Frost lived and wrote "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening." Museum open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to October. South Shaftsbury, Vt.

Writers OMI

Writers in residence at OMI International Arts Center, reading and spring barbeque, May 18 at 5 p.m. Ghent, N.Y.

-- Berkshire Eagle Staff


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