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Recorder photographer Paul Franz took this picture of Deerfield author James Cambias. Behind him is the image from his book cover.

James Cambias looks upward

Friday, April 18, 2014

On a faraway planet, in an ocean under a kilometer of thick ice, an intelligent underwater species has formed an agrarian society and has prospered for millions of years. If you’re expecting humans to come in and ruin this peaceful story, then you’d be right. But that’s where the sci-fi cliches end in South Deerfield novelist James Cambias’ “A Darkling … 0

Excerpt: ‘A Darkling Sea’

Friday, April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the first chapter of James Cambias’ “A Darkling Sea,” which is reprinted here with permission of the author. Henri and Rob didn’t talk much on the way to the vent community. Both of them were paying close attention to the navigation displays inside their helmets. Getting … 0

Poets of Franklin County: 'Ruins Assembling'

Friday, April 18, 2014

The poems in Greenfield poet Dennis Finnell’s new book, “Ruins Assembling,” are different than the poems he and I talked about back in the fall of 2012, when he had won the Bellday Prize, which included publication of his full-length collection “Pie 8.” Finnell describes the poems in “Pie 8” as “Fragmented. Shorter. … 0

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Reclaiming ‘Awe’

Friday, April 4, 2014

On a spring night in 2003, not long after the United States military fired as many as 3,000 satellite-guided, precision missiles on the city of Baghdad within a 24 to 48 hour period, poet L. R. Berger attended … 0

L.R. Berger poem: The President and the Poet Come to the Negotiating Table

Friday, April 4, 2014

The President and the Poet Come to the Negotiating Table I only agreed to compromise when it became clear they were already stealing them again out from under us: words, one at a time. Okay, I said, like some ambassador for language facing him hunched over my yellow … 0

Review: Book captures a resonante time at Mount Holyoke College

Friday, April 4, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “A Male President for Mount Holyoke College” by Ann Karus Meeropol (McFarland, 258 pages, $45) Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley is the oldest ongoing institution of higher learning for women … 0

Stories within stories

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“When I paint I’m just as innocent as ever. I am not letting go of that.” — Izhar Patkin, in a 2012 interview Visit the cavernous Building No. 5 gallery at North Adams’ Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art … 0

A & E calendar: April 3-9

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Thursday 3 Coffeehouse MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 7 p.m. the Collected Poets Series featuring Howie Faerstein and Barry Sternlieb. Live poetry reading. Faerstein’s debut full-length book of poetry, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” a … 0

A&E Clubs listing: April 3-9

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Editor’s note: As part of changes to our calender, we will be listing clubs separately. Thursday 3 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Red Sox vs. Orioles at 7 p.m.; Bruins vs. Maple Leafs at 7:30 … 0

Sounds Local: All Cooped Up concert will send winter packin’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Franklin County Musicians’ Cooperative, more commonly known as the Coop. In case you aren’t familiar with this organization, the Coop consists of a diverse group … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Bringing the light to our children

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“I can remember everything. That’s my curse, young man. It’s the greatest curse that’s ever been inflicted on the human race. Memory.” — Jedediah Leland, remembering Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane” My thesis, friends, is this: that … 0

Movie Times: April 3-9

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. Features@recorder.com or fax to 774-5020. Questions? Call Adam Orth at 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Readers will find our movie capsules in the Arts & Entertainment section of our website: www.recorder.com Please note, these listings are … 0

Casting calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CASTING CALLS is a free listing of creative opportunities in our area that runs on a weekly Entertainment page. Items must include relevant dates to be run. The deadline is the previous Thursday, by 8 a.m. Email is the best way to submit, features@recorder.com. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. … 0