Thursday, May 26, 2016

Conversation with Author Series: Elizabeth Corcoran Murray and V. Jane Schneeloch

The Holyoke Public Library presents two acclaimed writers, author EC Murray (Elizabeth Corcoran Murray) and poet V. Jane Schneeloch, on June 7, 1:30 – 2:30 P.M. at the downtown library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke.

E.C. Murray was born and raised in Holyoke and often visits family nearby. Her book, A Long Way from Paris, was highly acclaimed by Publishers Weekly, named a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, is a popular book club choice, and was selected as “New and Noteworthy” by The Seattle Times.

In this searing story of transformation, Murray herds goats during roaring blizzards in Southern France where she carves out a life without heat, running water, or even a good grasp of French. Far from her younger days as a Massachusetts preppie and Oregon hippie, the challenges of farm work daunt her. She befriends an Australian shepherd, reflects on her spirituality, and muses on “feeling less than.” Though she faces self-doubt and misses the man she left behind, Murray maintains her humor and ekes fun where she can. When tragedy strikes her adopted family, our heroine summons belief in herself and becomes the leader they desperately need. Kirkus says, “Readers will weep…they will also laugh.”

Accompanying Ms. Murray, will be V. Jane Schneeloch who has been either writing or encouraging others to write for most of her life. Born and raised in Springfield, she graduated from Westfield State and taught English at East Hartford High School for 35 years before retiring in 2002. Trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists’ method, she has led writing workshops for youths, senior citizens, and incarcerated women. Her poems have been published in Common Ground Review; Connections: New York City Bridges in Poetry; Equinox; Flowers and Vortexes; Hello, Goodbye; Peregrine; Poetic Voices Without Borders; Shine; Survivors Review, Sojourners, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2014. Her collection of poems, Turning Over Leaves, was published in 2015 by Antrim House Books. Climbing to the Moon: Poems Inspired by the Art of Georgia O’Keeffe, a chapbook, was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press. The Drama Studio in Springfield has produced her plays In Hiding and The Test.

Jane lives in Springfield, but she can frequently be found writing at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke.

For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact or 413-420-8101.

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