January 29, 2009                           
Contact: Emanuel Costache ’09
Media Relations Intern

AMHERST, Mass.—Novelist Amity Gaige will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

Gaige is the author of O My Darling and The Folded World, which The New York Times called “stirring” and Entertainment Weekly called “Exquisitely written [. . .] The bitterness and disillusion of marriage have been thoroughly plumbed in contemporary fiction; Gaige is one of the rare novelists who is more interested in its potential for happiness and grace.”

Recognized in 2006 as an outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation on its “5 Under 35” list, Gaige lives in Amherst and teaches creative writing and literature at Mount Holyoke College.

Every year, the Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. All events are wheelchair accessible and followed by refreshments. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.