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Signings in Sharon; A Lecture in Lenox

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Novelist Roxana Robinson signs books August 1

There’s a good chance that one of your favorite local authors will be autographing their latest book at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon‘s 12th annual Summer Book Signing on Friday night, August 1. The fund-raiser is not only a highly personal (and charitable) way to buy new books but also a celebration of our region’s literary tradition and role as a center of creativity.

The more-than-two-dozen authors appearing span the Dewey Decimal system. They include Roxana Robinson, who’s well-reviewed literary novel Cost chronicles what happens when an art history professor must confront her son’s heroin addiction; Christopher Andersen, the author of Somewhere in Heaven, a biography of Christopher and Dana Reeve;  sportswriter Frank Deford who’s wrtten a novel, The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball and former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent who’s oral history project is called We Would Have Played For Nothing; Bunny Williams, the prominent New York City interior designer with a much-photographed garden in Falls Village, whose coffee table book memoir, Bunny Williams’s Point of View,  was co-written by yours truly.

Many of the authors are writers or illustrators of children’s books and it’s a great opportunity to stockpile birthday gifts for the fall, including The Block Mess Monster by Betsy Howie, The Wolves Are Back by Wendell Minor, and Valorie Fisher‘s When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy.

Summer Book Signing
On the Green at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon
August 1; 6 - 8 PM
$25

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Rural Intelligence ArtsWriter Gioia Diliberto has long been interested in society ladies of yesteryear. Her books include Debutante: The Story of Brenda Frazier, a compelling biography about the tragic life of the socialite who was dubbed Deb of the Year in 1938, and I Am Madame X, a novel based on the life of Virginia Gautreau, who was the subject of John Singer Sargent’s most famous painting. Thus, she should feel right at home at The Mount when she lectures on Coco Chanel (photo) on Monday, August 4. Diliberto, who has written a historic novel, The Collection, which is set in Chanel’s atelier in 1919, will use dozens of slides to illustrate her talk on fashion history and how she researched her novel. A book signing and tea will follow her presentation.

Coco Chanel Lecture at The Mount
Lenox, MA; 413.551.5104
August 4; 4 PM
$18 in advance (by noon); $20 at the door.

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