Writers & Books

Local Authors

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

Books: G.J. Askins Bookseller

Downtown North Adams

An independent sedond-hand bookstore emphasizing the arts (artists, art history, crafts, architecture, photography), history, nature and gardening, music, theater, cookery and more.

Books: Williams Bookstore

Downtown Williamstown

Operated by Follett, the college bookstore offers new fiction and nonfiction, readings and book signings, gifts and textbooks and a cafe run by Tunnel City Coffee.

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.



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.



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.

Hancock Shaker Village

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

Hancock Shaker Village

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 Writers in Residence

Hancock Shaker Village

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.

WordXWord 30/30 Poetry Live

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

April 29, 2018 5:00 PM - April 29, 2018 6:30 PM

Celebrate National Poetry Month with WordxWord: Open to all, this closing celebration of the 30/30 challenge will include readings of favorite poems created throughout the month. Free at 5 p.m.

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.

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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