Writing all summer




Herman Melville's historic house, where he wrote "Moby-Dick" and other works. 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 a straw sculpture by Michael Melle on the grounds. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (413) 442-1793, www.mobydick.org.

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Workshops, talks and performances extend year-round.

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.

The Mount

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton's house and grounds. "Kitchen Stories," an exhibit exploring the workings an early 20th-century kitchen. "A Fine Hand," More than 40 of Wharton's sketches, ranging from a remarkable self-portrait at age fourteen to multiple studies of beloved dogs, flowers and friends. "Edith: Images of a Lifetime," video montage of over fifty portraits and photographs of Edith Wharton through the course of her life. "Wharton on Wednesdays," professional actors perform dramatic readings of Wharton's short stories, 5 p.m., begins June 4. Backstage tours. "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. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox. (413) 551-5111, www.edithwharton.org.

Northshire Books

Fiction, nonfiction and poetry readings Thursday to Sunday weekly. 4869 Main St., Northshire, Vt. (802) 362-2200, also in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. northshire.com.

Robert Frost Stone House Museum

"Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" talks, June 8, July 13 and Aug. 3. Exhibits on Frost's life, work and family in the house where he wrote "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening." 121 Historic 7A, in Shaftsbury, Vt. (802) 447-6200.

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.


Home of Pulitzer prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Open through 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. 17 to Aug. 23 -- 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. Writing workshops, book groups, storytelling evenings. Ghost tours and history talks. 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, Conn. www.marktwainhouse.org

Writers OMI

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


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