September 10, 2009                    

AMHERST, Mass.—Novelist Jedediah Berry will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

Berry’s first novel, The Manual of Detection, was described by The New Yorker as “the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if Wes Anderson were to adapt Kafka.” Similar glowing comparisons abound in the popular media; The Wall Street Journal recently referred to the author’s unique cross of hard-boiled detective fiction with absurdist art as “a surreal transmogrification of a genre.”

Berry’s short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New American Voices, Best American Fantasy, Conjunctions and The Chicago Review. He lives in Northampton, Mass., and works as assistant editor of Small Beer Press.

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.