February 17, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—“Kinsmen of the Shelf,” the Emily Dickinson Museum’s reading group dedicated to the books, poems and essays that were read by Emily Dickinson and her family, will next meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at the museum. The session, focusing on Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, will be led by Sarah Wilburn of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

Taking its name from Dickinson’s poem “Unto my books – so good to turn,” the group meets four times a year. Each session begins at 2 p.m. at the museum with a talk about the work, the author and the context in which the Dickinsons read the work. Discussion and refreshments will follow. On a date to be announced in May, Donald Freeman, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will moderate a discussion about Shakespeare.

Membership in the group is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Books may be purchased through the Emily Dickinson Museum, either at the shop during business hours, or ordered over the phone. For more information and to register, contact Tricia Gilrein, program coordinator, at pagilrein@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or call 413/542-2034.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is located at 280 Main Street in Amherst, Mass., and is owned by the Trustees of Amherst College. Go to the Museum’s Website.