ARTS & CULTURE

Mike Kelly, head of archives and special collections at Amherst College, reads from the Melville Dewey archive.
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Summer begins next week, and so we'll be kicking off our Summer Fiction series. That's when New England Public Radio reporters interview local authors -- some of which have written so many books they can't remember how many.

Lou Cove and Howie Gordon, together in 1979.
Courtesy / Lou Cove

In 1979, 12-year old Lou Cove had just moved to Salem, Massachusetts -- his family's eighth home in a decade -- when an eccentric family friend named Howie came to live with them.

At New Museum, Dr. Seuss Himself Would Feel 'At Ease'

Jun 2, 2017
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss opened June 3, 2017.
Springfield Museums / via MassLive

He's not a real doctor. His friends and family called him Ted. Since his death in 1991, Theodor Seuss Geisel has become the best-selling author of children's books in the world.

Now the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, pays homage to its favorite native son with the first-of-its-kind Seuss Museum.

MASS MoCA's exhibition space is doubling.
Jeremy Goodwin / NEPR

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams was already one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country — before a huge expansion opening this weekend.

Photo of Emily Dickinson's original plant conservatory, which has now been recreated at the same location.
Emily Dickinson Museum

The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, this weekend is opening a reconstructed plant conservatory at the house where the poet often wrote about nature.

ARCHIVE: Never Mind The White Dress, Turns Out Emily Dickinson Had A Green Thumb

Scene from a 2011 performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.
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This weekend on Long Island, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will perform its final show, ending a 146 year run.  

The circus is also at the center of Dave Fromm's book, "The Duration."  It's based in the Berkshires in a fictional town called "Gable" -- modeled on Lenox, Massachusetts -- where the author grew up.  Fromm told us he remembers visiting a traveling circus as a kid.

    

Candace Neilson (left), tenor; Angie Clark, coach; Pia Kroes, lead; Mary Blewitt, baritone; Lin Robinson, bass, is not pictured.
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On Friday, women Barbershop singers from all over New England and some parts of Canada will descend on Springfield. They're competing for a spot in the international competition taking place in Las Vegas this fall.

In Edie Meidav's New Book, 'Silver Cords' To Youth

Apr 28, 2017
Edie Meidav's new book, "Kingdom of the Young."
Sarabande Books

"A probing and deeply ruminative cross-genre odyssey."

That's how Kirkus Review describes the newest book of short stories from UMass Amherst professor Edie Meidav, called "Kingdom of the Young."

I sat down with Meidov this week and asked her how she describes her writing.

A syringe.
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There's legal uncertainty at this hour about whether Arkansas will be allowed to go ahead with a pair of executions Thursday night. Eight executions had been scheduled to begin on Monday -- and there have been conflicting court decisions since then.

While this has been playing out in court, a western Massachusetts folk singer has been playing a song he wrote called "Eight Men Dying."

Tom Neilson of Greenfield, Mass., is on tour now. He said he played a few gigs in Arkansas earlier this month.

Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in "A Quiet Passion."
Music Box Films

The film "A Quiet Passion" opens in theaters Friday. It's a period piece about the life of poet Emily Dickinson, who lived in Amherst, Massachusetts. Parts of the movie were filmed outside her former home in town. The film is directed by Terence Davies, and stars Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role on "Sex and the City."

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