SHARP 2019 Amherst

SHARP 2019 Amherst

“The Valley of the Literate.” That’s what The New York Times
called the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts
back in 2007. The concentration of institutions
of higher learning, libraries, bookstores, writers,
book artists, and enthusiastic readers led the newspaper of
record to characterize it as “the most author-saturated,
book-cherishing, literature-celebrating place in the nation.” Discover this for yourself when you
attend the 2019 conference of SHARP, The Society for the History of
Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, in Amherst, from July 15th
to the 19th. The conference will have as its theme
“Indigeneity, Nationhood, and Migrations of the Book.” It’s hosted by the University
of Massachusetts, ably abetted by its consortium
partners, Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges,
with the collaboration of the Emily Dickinson Museum,
Eric Carle Museum, Jones Library, Yiddish Book Center, and Massachusetts
Center for the Book. Amherst, which the Boston Globe
has called “a gem between Boston and the Berkshires,” is consistently
rated among the “best college towns in the U.S.” It’s even ranked #10
among “hippest spots to visit in the States.” In tribute to Amherst’s traditions
of both agriculture and education, its seal depicts a book and a plough,
a heritage likewise embodied in its flag, designed by noted
Massachusetts book artist, Barry Moser. As Amherst poet Emily Dickinson
famously said, “There is no Frigate like a Book
to take us Lands away.” Come join us in our land in 2019
to see old colleagues and meet new members of our worldwide
family as we continue to cultivate the town’s rich heritage
of the book.

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