ARTS & CULTURE

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
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The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is joining the outcry against the Berkshire Museum's decision to sell 40 works of art from its collection and is putting a hold on the institution's upcoming grant.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield
Springfield Museums / via MassLive

Since it opened in June, the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum has attracted thousands of visitors to Springfield. It features murals and statues of some of the author's most famous characters, like Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat.

Tochi Onyebuchi of New Haven, Conn., is the author of "Beasts Made of Night."
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

We wrap up our back-to-school book series with a tale of good versus evil.

A kitchen showroom in an Ikea store.
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Amherst, Massachusetts, author Catherine Newman set her first middle-grade novel, "One Mixed-Up Night", in an unlikely setting -- the giant Swedish furniture store Ikea. 

In a small church in one corner of Connecticut, a massive musical project has been underway this summer.

Author and poet Rich Michelson owns an art gallery in Northampton, Mass.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette

By the late 19th Century, Hebrew was a language spoken only in prayer. But one man in Jerusalem, Ben Yehuda, went to great lengths to bring it back into common use among Jews around the world.

Author David Hyde Costello with the clay models he referenced while illustrating his book "Little Pig Saves The Ship."
Carrie Healy / NEPR

"Little Pig Saves the Ship" is the next pick in our annual back-to-school book series.

Northampton, Mass., author Lisa Papademetriou.
Ellen Augarten

Callie is a seventh-grade grader in New York who spends a week cutting school, visiting museums and uncovering family secrets about the death of her gay uncle.

She's the main character in "Apartment 1986," a new young adult novel by Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Lisa Papademtriou.

To kick off this year's back-to-school book series, we sat down with Papademtriou. She started by reading from the book's first section, when we meet the exuberant narrator.

Mount Greylock from Herman Melville's study.
Courtesy of Martha Ackmann

Friends tell commentator Martha Ackmann that she has odd pastimes. One of them is participating in literary marathons. That's when great literary works are read out-loud communally all the way through --from first line to last -- and sometimes around-the-clock.

The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst hosts a marathon reading of her 1,789 poems. I especially like taking the night shift. There’s something deliciously eerie about being in the poet’s house after-hours, sitting with a clutch of other enthusiasts, and reciting poems written over 150 years ago. 

Judge Michael Ponsor, holding his first novel, "The Hanging Judge," which was published in 2013.
File photo / The Republican

When Springfield federal Judge Michael Ponsor semi-retired after three decades on the bench, he started to enjoy two privileges of part time work: He could choose the type of cases he wanted, and he had a lot more time for his other professional passion, fiction writing.

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