Writers & Books

Local Authors

The authors listed here reveal the rich literary community in our region.

Tupelo Press

Downtown North Adams

An independent literary press fostering the literary arts since 1999.

Williams College

Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Mastheads

Mastheads

An architectural project-in-progress, based on the Berkshire literary history of the authors Herman Melville, Nathanial Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

WordxWord

WordxWord

Spoken word poets run mentoring programs and writing workshops in Berkshire schools and hold events year-round, from National Poetry Month to an annual week-long summer festival in Pittsfield.

Food for Thought: Roy J. Blount Jr.

Pittsfield, MA

June 23, 2018 6:00 PM - June 23, 2018

A monthly farm-to-table dinner with a regional author welcomes Roy J. Blount, with three courses prepared by regional chef Brian Alberg, includeing wine and a signed book.

Food for Thought: Chris Jennings

Pittsfield, MA

July 21, 2018 6:00 PM - July 21, 2018

A monthly farm-to-table dinner with a regional author welcomes Chris Jennings, with three courses prepared by regional chef Brian Alberg, includeing wine and a signed book.

Mastheads

Pittsfield, MA

August 10 - October 15, 2018

Five writing studios designed by architects Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson architecturally interpret the Berkshire studios of five American Renaissance authors who wrote in the Berkshires.

Library Tuesday Tea: Julie Blackwood

Williams College

April 24, 2018 4:00 PM - April 24, 2018

In her talk “Periodical cicadas: stories about Santa Fe, synchrony, and an excellent protein source” professor Blackwood will discuss the research and writing of upcoming article on spatial synchrony of cicadas (forthcoming in 2018).

National Poet Laureate Louise Glück to read

Williams College

May 1, 2018 7:00 PM - May 1, 2018

Louise Glück is one of America’s most honored contemporary poets, a National Poet Laureate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a former professor at Williams College for 20 years.

Haiku for the River

Hoosic River Watershed Association

May 5 5:30 PM - May 13, 2018

The Hoosic River Watershed Association invites residents of Northern Berkshire to write (and illustrate) original haiku about the river to appear for a week on the new Tourists Trail, beginning May 5.

Touchstones: Kate Bolick and Pamela Paul

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

July 27, 2018 11:00 AM - July 27, 2018 12:00 PM

An intimate conversation between cultural critic Kate Bolick and Pamela Paul author and editor of The New York Times Book Review.

Williams College Book Store

Downtown Williamstown

Operated by Follett, the college bookstore — now on Spring Street — offers new fiction and nonfiction, readings and book signings, gifts and textbooks and a cafe run by Tunnel City Coffee (based across the street).

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead

Herman Melville lived at his Pittsfield farm at Arrowhead was the  from 1850 to 1863, while he wrote Moby-Dick. is the first National Historic Landmark to be designated in Berkshire County.

The Mount

The Mount is the historic home of the Pulitzer prizewinning and internationally beloved American novelist Edith Wharton, who designed the house and its grounds and wrote that she considered it her first real home.

Ephs Bookshelf

A listing of recent publications by Williams College faculty.

Dog Ears Book Barn

Hoosick Falls, NY

The stock of approximately 30,000 volumes is shelved floor to ceiling, and the overflow from the shelves creates tottering piles that you must navigate as you browse.

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Talks

Williams College

Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

A Tale of the Cold War from the Other Side

Williams College

April 24, 2018 4:15 PM - April 24, 2018

Jeff Lilley, ’86, will speak about how his education at Williams helped to put him on track to be an international correspondent in Russia at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Edith Wharton’s Anti-Semitism

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

July 12, 2018 11:00 AM - July 12, 2018 12:00 PM

Join Dr. Irene Goldman-Price as she examines evidence of Edith Wharton’s prejudices gleaned from Wharton’s writings, setting it within the context of her life and times and probing its implications.

Williams College Book Store

Downtown Williamstown

Operated by Follett, the college bookstore — now on Spring Street — offers new fiction and nonfiction, readings and book signings, gifts and textbooks and a cafe run by Tunnel City Coffee (based across the street).

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Local History

Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock

Top of Mount Greylock

Bascom Lodge is a rustic stone and wood building at the summit Mount Greylock, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s on the Appalachain Trail. It is open from May to October.

Hancock Shaker Village

Pittsfield, MA

Known for its round stone barn, this living history museum re-creates one of the last communities founded by a people who believed in equality and a spare beauty of design.

Honoring Isaac Stratton

SWCA and WHM

May 5, 2018 2:00 PM - May 5, 2018 4:00 PM

Gather at the graveside of Isaac Stratton in Southlawn Cemetery for a brief ceremony honoring South Williamstown’s first European settler and his contributions to the town.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park

Downtown North Adams

This urban park uses historical artifacts to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel.

Hildene

The Lincoln Family Home in Manhester, VT.

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead

Herman Melville lived at his Pittsfield farm at Arrowhead was the  from 1850 to 1863, while he wrote Moby-Dick. is the first National Historic Landmark to be designated in Berkshire County.

Chesterwood

The country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French.

The Mount

The Mount is the historic home of the Pulitzer prizewinning and internationally beloved American novelist Edith Wharton, who designed the house and its grounds and wrote that she considered it her first real home.

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Tours

Taste Trails

Throughout Berkshire County

Berkshire Farm & Table has created virtual Taste Trails for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy throughout the seasons.

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Libraries

Sawyer Library

Williams College

Sawyer Library houses the social sciences and humanities collections for the college.

Schow Science Library

Williams College

Houses book and journal collections in astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, geosciences, and psychology.

The Chapin Library of Rare Books

Williams College

The Chapin Library holds a deep collection of rare books and manuscripts gathered over the last 100 years — the first collection begun at any American college or university.

Try out Thermal Cameras

David & Joyce Milne Public Library

In time for Earth Day, the library will have two thermal imaging cameras to check out. These cameras attach to a smartphone and show hot and cold spots, making it easier to find air leaks and poor insulation.

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Education

Children’s Center at Williams

Serves children infancy through pre-school five days per week. School Age Summer Program offers both full summer and short-term programs for elementary-school-aged children.

Williams College

Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Pine Cobble School

Nurture creativity, curiosity, outstanding character, and a lifelong love of learning in pre-school through ninth grade children.

Williamstown Elementary School (WES)

Pre-K through sixth grade elementary school with approximately 400 students whose mission is to inspire a love of learning and to challenge students to grow in heart and mind.

Buxton School

A small private co-educational college preparatory boarding and day high school that stimulates intellect, cherishes diversity, encourages creativity, respects individuality, and creates community.

Mt. Greylock Regional High School

A public middle and high school in Williamstown that serves grades 7-12. Their core values are integrity, responsibility, and perseverance.

BART Charter Public School

A tuition-free, rigorous college prep charter school for grades 6-12 where every child is given the tools to succeed.

McCann Technical School

The mission of McCann is to graduate technically skilled, academically prepared, and socially responsible individuals ready to meet the challenges of the 21st centur

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