Book happenings for the week of Feb. 27



Friday, February 24, 2017
Author Harriet Scott Chessman’s book tour hits Western Mass.

Author Harriet Scott Chessman will do readings and book signings of her new novel “The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas” at three independent booksellers as part of her 15-city national book tour.

Chessman is also the author of “The Beauty of Ordinary Things,” “Someone Not Really Her Mother,” “Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper,” and “Ohio Angels.”

She has taught literature and creative writing at Yale University.

Tour dates include:

Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m.: The Odyssey Book Shop, 9 College St., South Hadley. Chessman will be introduced by Northfield Mount Hermon archivist Peter Weis. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the NMH Fund.

Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m.: Blue Umbrella Books, 2 Main St., Westfield. Chessman will be introduced by Westfield News Group arts reporter Mark G. Auerbach.

Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m.: Water Street Books, 26 Water St., Williamstown.

All readings and book signings are free and open to the public.

For information on Chessman, visit: http://harrietchessman.com.

Derek Strahan to discuss
his book ‘Lost Springfield’

Join local historian Derek Strahan as he discusses his recent release “Lost Springfield” on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Strahan is a lifelong resident of Western Mass. and grew up in Monson, where he first gained an appreciation for local history. After graduating from Westfield State University, he moved to Springfield.

The city’s many historic buildings of the past and present inspired Strahan to take an in-depth look at some of Springfield’s most historically significant places that no longer exist. Through his book, Strahan seeks to celebrate the city’s rich history.

Strahan will sign books following the discussion. Books will be available for purchase. The event will be held at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St., Holyoke. Discussion is free.

For more information, contact: library@holyoke.org or call 413-420-8101.