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November 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jones Library Woodbury Room
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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A Night of Books, Trails, and Music

Thursday, November 30, 2017

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Appalachian Mountain Club and the Jones Library invite you to come spend an evening learning about the history of canoes in North America from writer Norman Sims, and how you can take a canoe on the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. By land, find out more about the New England National Scenic Trail and then get serenaded by music inspired by this long-distance trail.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.

About the featured guests:
Norman Sims is a retired honors professor from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a past president of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. This is his sixth book. A longtime whitewater canoeist and an active member of both the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, Sims has a small collection of antique Morris wood-and-canvas canoes.

Ben Cosgrove is a young composer, essayist, and multi-instrumentalist whose work is guided by his deep interests in landscape, place, and ecology. He has performed all over the country and released several well-received albums of original music, and his writing has appeared in Orion, Northern Woodlands, Appalachia, and other publications. In the past he has collaborated with the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and other organizations, and he has held fellowships at Middlebury College, Harvard University, and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2017-18, Ben is working as an artist-in-residence with the New England National Scenic Trail, a long-distance hiking trail linking Long Island Sound to New Hampshire.

Free & open to the public.