March 3, 2009                   

AMHERST, Mass. — Author Emily Barton will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street, Amherst, Mass.). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

Writing for The New York Observer, Adam Begley called Barton “a copiously talented, daring writer,” and Thomas Pynchon has described her work as “blessedly post-ironic, engaging and heartfelt.” Her novel Brookland—which imagines an 18th-century gin distiller who dreams of a bridge that might connect her Brooklyn to Manhattan—also earned high praise from The New York Times; the paper called Brookland “[m]arvelous,” and named it a 2006 Notable Book.

In addition to Brookland, Barton is the author of The Testament of Yves Gundron and has received numerous fellowships and awards in support of her fiction. Raised in New Jersey, She now lives in the Hudson River Valley, and teaches at Yale University and Bard College.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly 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.