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.

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.

Tupelo Press

Downtown North Adams

An independent literary press fostering the literary arts since 1999.

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.

Book Club: “Parable of the Sower”

MASS MoCA

September 26, 2019 5:00 PM - September 26, 2019 6:00 PM

This community book club series, co-sponsored by Multicultural BRIDGE, brings to discussion a book featured in Cauleen Smith’s BLK FMNNST exhibition.

Food for Thought: Dinner with Jake Levin

Hancock Shaker Village

November 9, 2019 6:00 PM - November 9, 2019 9:00 PM

Levin, a native of the Berkshires, will demonstrate mouthwatering smoking and curing methods and discuss how out meat-eating decisions impact the environment.

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

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.

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.

Privilege and Intersectionality 101

First Congregational Church Williamstown

September 22, 2019 11:20 AM - September 22, 2019 12:30 PM

Please join the conversation about privilege and intersectionality facilitated by Drew Herzig.

On Artists and Their Books: Miko McGinty in Conversation

The Clark

October 2, 2019 6:00 PM - October 2, 2019 8:00 PM

McGinty discusses the nexus of artists and books—both the artist’s books that appear in the Clark’s exhibition and the experience of working with artists to capture their work in print.

Williams College Milham Planetarium

Williams College

Williams College’s Astronomy program offers planetarium shows throughout the year featuring state-of-the-art equipment in this historic planetarium space.

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Local History

Lodge: 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.

Williamstown Historical Museum

The Williamstown Historical Museum is a research center dedicated to explaining the history of the most northwestern township of Massachusetts.

Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont

Bennington Museum

June 29 - November 3, 2019

Bennington Museum’s major exhibition for 2019, “Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont” explores a complex time that in many ways has come to define Vermont as it is today more than any other historic moment.

Visible in Vermont: Our Stories, Our Voices

September 14 - December 30, 2019

The Bennington Museum presents this exhibition, envisioning an opportunity for people to connect over shared experiences and to explore the impact of racism in their lives.

She Shapes History Exhibition

Berkshire Museum

October 5, 2019 - May 25, 2020

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote with this new exhibition at the Berkshire Museum. Come for this preview, a special event free to the public!

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.

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.

Hildene

The Lincoln Family Home in Manhester, VT.

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Tours

Walk Williamstown: Where to find Birds

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation

Williamstown has many habitats for birds and bird-watching ? rivers and river banks, parks and fields, valleys and high mountain forests, all an easy walk from the center of town.

Taste Trails

Throughout Berkshire County

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

Day Tripping in Southern Vermont

Bennington and surrounding areas

Just north of Williamstown, Route 7 crosses the Vermont border into a corner of the Green Mountains that has fostered its own artistic community for more than a century.

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Libraries

A World of Comparisons

Williams Libraries

September 16 10:00 AM - December 21, 2019 5:00 AM

Exhibit drawn from the Chapin Library collections.

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.

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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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