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‘Labor Day’ author returns to Shelburne Falls to talk new book

SHELBURNE FALLS — Joyce Maynard, the author whose novel “Labor Day” was made into a movie filmed in the village, returns to Shelburne Falls Thursday evening to talk about her latest book, “After Her.”

Boswell’s Books is hosting the meeting, which will be held at the Arms Library, Bridge and Main streets, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Last summer, about 50 people came out to a Boswell’s event to meet the novelist. Her latest novel is based on a true story about a hunt for a serial killer, as seen through the eyes of the daughter of the lead detective assigned to the case.

“We got an advance copy,” said Boswell’s owner Ken Eisenstein. “It’s a great read with an unusual twist — from the viewpoint of the family on the periphery of the case, and what happened to them.”

Also, Boswell’s was given first dibs on sales of a new release of Maynard’s memoir, “At Home in the World,” which details Maynard’s personal relationship with famed reclusive author J.D. Salinger. Copies of the book are now available at Boswell’s and they will be available at Thursday’s event.

According to Eisenstein, the book won’t be for sale anywhere else until Sept. 1. “Interest is exceptionally high in Salinger, as a new documentary about him ... will be released in September as well,” he said.

“Labor Day” is still for sale at Boswell’s, and it’s still selling very well, he said.

For information about the free event, call Boswell’s Books at 413-625-9362.

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