Greenfield Notebook: April 12, 2024

The Greenfield Public Library on Main Street.

The Greenfield Public Library on Main Street. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 04-11-2024 6:37 PM

Modified: 04-12-2024 11:38 PM

April 17: Author talk with Xochitl Gonzalez

GREENFIELD — In partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium, the Greenfield Public Library invites residents to a virtual talk with award-winning author Xochitl Gonzalez on Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m.

Gonzalez will discuss her newest novel, “Anita de Monte Laughs Last.” In 1985, Anita de Monte, a rising star in the art world, is found dead in New York City. Her tragic death is immediately the talk of the town. By 1998, though, Anita’s name has been all but forgotten — certainly by the time Raquel, a third-year art history student, was preparing her final thesis. Surrounded by privileged students whose futures are already paved out for them, Raquel feels like an outsider. Students of color, like her, are the minority, and the pressure to work twice as hard for the same opportunities is no secret. As she attempts to straddle both worlds, she stumbles upon Anita’s story, raising questions about the dynamics of her own relationship, which eerily mirrors that of the forgotten artist.

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Evening of poetry planned

GREENFIELD — In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Greenfield Public Library will welcome Greenfield Community College Poets on Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for an evening of poetry.

Poets Gray Davidson Carroll, L. Gibson, La Wanza Lett-Brewington, Adrie Rose and Cindy Snow will read selected poems from their collections. Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, contact Pamela McBride at

The five poets will also lead an earlier reading the same day from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at GCC’s Library Solarium.

Meyer to lead Connecticut River talk

GREENFIELD — Greenfield resident Karl Meyer will lead a discussion on the Connecticut River titled “Living Rivers Flow Downstream” at the Greenfield Public Library on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m.

Meyer has been writing about the Connecticut River in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He holds a master’s degree in environmental science from Antioch New England University.

For more information, email or call 413-772-1544.