Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Reading from Whitewash in the Berkshires - Springfield, Massachusetts

I'll be reading from one of my Double V Mysteries this coming Sunday at the Springfield City Library, Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the Literary Spotlight: Creative Writings by Local Authors event. From 1 to 3 p.m., come down to the main branch at 220 State Street. Here's more:

Literary Spotlight: Creative Readings by Local Writers
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Enjoy the readings of local writers in this showcase of active area writers. Featured writers include poets, novelists, and children's book writers, all of whom will offer a sample from their creative writing.

Participating readers are Jane Schneeloch, Springfield poet; Don Fisher, Chicopee poet; Price Van Ray, South Hadley poet and novelist; Jacqueline Lynch, Chicopee novelist; Peter Cianciolo, Springfield author of A Father's Love; Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis, Springfield author of Sky Cloud City; Patrick Shanahan, Holyoke author of The Bird Song, and Betsy Sheehan, East Longmeadow author of Grace O'Malley, the Queen of the Sea. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library, with a free attendance raffle for all who attend.

Matthew Vasquez Jaquith
413.263.6828 ext 221
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Washington's message on the Touro Synagogue

George Washington visited the oldest synagogue in this nation (founded in the 1600s) at Newport, Rhode Island.  His remarks on the Touro Synagogue are a reflection of, and support for, the new Bill of Rights.

“...every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

He wrote this in August 1790.
"For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."
He meant it.  We should mean it, too. 

Happy Hanukkah and blessings to all our countrymen of all faiths.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In the Spotlight 25th Anniversary - Springfield, Massachusetts

Congratulations to founder Shera Cohen and In the Spotlight, Inc., a non-profit agency and website showcasing performing arts reviews and previews, which began as Bravo newspaper, a monthly arts periodical, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Press coverage of theatre events is as necessary to the arts as the audience, and without which the performing arts would not have the benefit of thoughtful public discourse, a record of our culture, and a way to connect with the public for support.  In these days of dwindling numbers of newspapers and magazines, and the number of media outlets that provide theatre coverage, In the Spotlight is an important part of the theatre world in western New England.  May In the Spotlight and its staff continue to bring us news of the performing arts for many more years to come.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Road to Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts

We're on the road to a new adventure, for the next several weeks at least.  This is an old illustrated postcard of Route 5 running north along the Connecticut River in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  We're on the road to Mt. Tom.

The mountain hosted on its wooded slopes an interesting variety of inhabitants over the decades: a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, a ski area, an amusement park, a series of summit houses...and a summer playhouse.

This theater and its various players from vaudeville, to operetta, to recent Broadway hits in drama and comedy, is the subject of my latest book: Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain - 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts.

The book will be released in the coming weeks. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Front page news - in Westfield, Massachusetts

A close-up of two of my books on the shelf at Blue Umbrella Books in Westfield, Massachusetts, along with a notice about my upcoming visit to the bookstore on Saturday, December 3rd.

On November 16th, the local daily paper, The Westfield News, featured an article on my upcoming meet-and-greet at the store by Lori Szepelak.  That it made the front page of the paper was an special kick for me, for, as I mentioned in the interview, I used to write a weekly column for this newspaper over thirty years ago when I was a senior at Westfield State College (now Westfield State University).

I'm looking forward to meeting readers and shoppers at Blue Umbrella Books, where all my books will be available for sale and signing.  Blue Umbrella Books is located at 2 Main Street, Westfield, right in the center of town on the common.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Author at Blue Umbrella Books -- Westfield, Massachusetts

I will be signing books and visiting with readers and shoppers at Blue Umbrella Books in Westfield on Saturday, December 3rd from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Blue Umbrella Books, located at 2 Main Street, Westfield, Mass., right on the common, carries all my books, which will be available for sale and signing.  Please stop by and chat if you have the time.
Or start your holiday shopping.
Today I'll also be giving at talk on my book Movies in Our Time: Hollywood Mirrors and Mimics the Twentieth Century for the Women's Clubs -- Presidents' Club of Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts.  I'm looking forward to visiting with these women who are dedicated to service to our communities.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Susan B. Anthony - Massachusetts Girl

Susan B. Anthony would have loved to have voted in this election.  She fought hard for the right for women to vote.  She was a Massachusetts girl.  Have a look at our previous post here on the Susan B. Anthony birthplace in the western Mass. town of Adams, now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Many leave their "I voted" stickers on her headstone at her grave in Rochester, New York. 

Go vote for president today.  She never got to.