Susan Stinson
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Emily Dickinson/Quiet at Forbes Library

April 9, 2014 from 7pm to 8:15pm
Local History/Local Novelists 2013/14 Reading and Lecture SeriesAn evening inspired by the nineteenth century poet Emily Dickinson with Kevin Quashie, poet Charles Coe (picturedO and Emily Dickinson Museum Director Jane Wald.Charles Coe is author of two books of poetry:  “All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents” and “Picnic on the Moon,” both published by Leapfrog Press. He also writes feature articles, book and music reviews, and personal and humor essays. His poetry has appeared in a number…See More
Apr 4
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"Lovely article by Cori Urban in the Springfield Republican re Oct 5 Walking Tour of Bridge Street cemetery. $5. http://ning.it/1ePqhKh"
Sep 28, 2013
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"Beautiful review of my novel Spider in a Tree (out Oct 2) in Publishers Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-61873-069-5"
Sep 1, 2013
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Jonathan Edwards in Northampton at Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton

October 5, 2013 from 1pm to 2pm
Celebrate the publication of Spider in a Tree, a novel about Northampton in the 1730s and 40s, as well as the 310th birthday of Jonathan Edwards by taking this cemetery tour that centers around the story of Edwards's time in Northampton. Jonathan Edwards was a brilliant theologian, a celebrated preacher and a slave-owner.  Get a stronger sense of the history of this place through the people whose lives are marked by stones in the beautiful Bridge Street cemetery.  Tickets:$5. Available at…See More
Sep 1, 2013
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Spider in a Tree Book Launch at First Churches

October 2, 2013 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Alison Bechdel: "Like Jonathan Edwards, Stinson reads the natural world as well as Scripture, searching for meaning. But instead of the portents of an angry god, what she finds there is something numinous, complicated, and radiantly human." Susan Stinson's novel, Spider in a Tree, published today by Small Beer Press, is about Northampton, Massachusetts in the time of Jonathan Edwards, the eighteenth century preacher and…See More
Jul 13, 2013
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Three Houses Reading: lê thi diem thúy, Tzivia Gover, Lu Stone at Forbes Library

March 6, 2013 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Three writers explore the histories of three very different houses. lê thi diem thúy, performance artist and author of the novel The Gangster We Are All Looking For, will be reading new work inspired by her relationship with an eighteenth century house. Tzivia Gover is the author of Learning in Mrs. Towne's House (Levellers Press), which is about her work teaching poetry to teen mothers at The Care Center in Holyoke. She is still learning from her students and from Elizabeth Towne, the…See More
Feb 24, 2013
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Praise for my forthcoming novel from Alison Bechdel

SPIDER IN A TREE is a revelation. Susan Stinson has wrought something wondrous in this book about the spiritual tribulations of a community of New England Calvinists. She brings their world to pulsing, sensuous life, entering as intimately into the mind of Jonathan Edwards, the original fire and brimstone preacher, as she does into the mind of Leah, who worked as his slave. Like Edwards, Stinson reads the natural world as well as Scripture, searching for meaning. But instead of the portents of…See More
Feb 24, 2013
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James Baldwin evening with Lenelle Moïse, Mistinguette Smith and Ekwueme Michael Thelwell at Forbes Library

January 2, 2013 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Lenelle Moïse and Mistinguette Smith in an evening inspired by James Baldwin. The evening will be a dynamic combination of work that centers on or is inspired by James Baldwin and other writing that is interesting in conversation with his work. Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. James Baldwin James Baldwin was an American literary master: a novelist, playwright and essayist of great lyricism and power. His…See More
Dec 29, 2012
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Book Swap with Bob Flaherty and me monthly on WHMP

I talk fiction with novelist and broadcaster Bob Flaherty once a month at 8:09 am on WHMP 1400 AM.  Here's a link to a podcasts of a few of the shows, in which we talk about novelists Henry James, John O'Hara and Sally Bellerose. http://www.susanstinson.net/monthly_bookswap_with_bob_flaherty_on_whmp_1400_am_radio__116274.htmTune in next Monday, December 3 at 8:09 am to catch the next…See More
Nov 28, 2012
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The Common:Fiction Writers and a Modern Sense of Place with Acker, Gaige, Messud and Redel at Forbes Library

December 5, 2012 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Forbes Library’s Local History/ Local Novelists Series Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library The Common is a new print journal based at Amherst College featuring literature and images with a strong sense of place. Join founding editor Jennifer Acker as she facilitates a discussion with three outstanding novelists. Jennifer Acker’s translations, essays, and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Harper’s and Ploughshares. She is currently a Faculty Fellow at New…See More
Nov 16, 2012
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Jonanthan Edwards Walking Tour of Bridge Street Cemetery at Bridge Street Cemetery

October 7, 2012 from 1pm to 2pm
Join novelist and Forbes Writer in Residence Susan Stinson for a walking tour of Bridge Street cemetery, structured about the story of eighteenth century preacher Jonathan Edwards and his time in the Northampton (based on Susan's research for her forthcoming novel about Edwards and Northampton, SPIDER IN A TREE).  There are plenty of stops to remember other Northampton residents such as Sylvester Graham and Sally Maminash.  Free.  Look for the red trike.This is the fourth annual cemetery tour…See More
Aug 24, 2012
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Sylvester Graham Evening with Nissenbaum, Gerber& Stinson at Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum

May 2, 2012 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Sylvester Graham was a nineteenth century author and health reformer whose name is forever associated with the Graham Cracker (although he probably wouldn’t endorse the cracker as we know it today).  He lived in Northampton from 1839 to 1851, and is buried in the Bridge Street Cemetery.  Come hear a historian, a scholar of religious life and a novelist illuminate Graham’s own life and work, as well as his legacy in U.S. culture. Stephen Nissenbaum, Professor Emeritus at the University of…See More
Apr 24, 2012
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"http://www.thecommononline.org/features/writing-room The Writing Room, Forbes Library"
Apr 11, 2012
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Apr 11, 2012
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"Essay I wrote about Adrienne Rich up on Lambda Literary.…"
Apr 11, 2012

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Susan Stinson is the author of four books, most recently Venus of Chalk, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her novel-in-progress, Spider in a Tree, is about the 18th century Calvinist theologian Jonathan Edwards, who preached in Northampton, MA, where she lives. An excerpt is forthcoming in The Journal of Early American Studies. She can be found online at www.susanstinson.net and http://susanstinson.livejournal.com/.
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Praise for my forthcoming novel from Alison Bechdel

SPIDER IN A TREE is a revelation. Susan Stinson has wrought something wondrous in this book about the spiritual tribulations of a community of New England Calvinists. She brings their world to pulsing, sensuous life, entering as intimately into the mind of Jonathan Edwards, the original fire and brimstone preacher, as she does into the mind of Leah, who worked as his slave. Like Edwards, Stinson reads the natural world as well as Scripture, searching for meaning. But instead of the portents…

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Posted on February 24, 2013 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Book Swap with Bob Flaherty and me monthly on WHMP

I talk fiction with novelist and broadcaster Bob Flaherty once a month at 8:09 am on WHMP 1400 AM.  Here's a link to a podcasts of a few of the shows, in which we talk about novelists Henry James, John O'Hara and Sally Bellerose. 

http://www.susanstinson.net/monthly_bookswap_with_bob_flaherty_on_whmp_1400_am_radio__116274.htm

Tune in next Monday, December 3 at 8:09 am…

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Posted on November 28, 2012 at 11:59pm

The Lavender Review

Three excerpts from my novel MARTHA MOODY are up in the Fairy Tale issue of the online literary journal The Lavender Review.

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 9:29pm

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