2012 Programs

Flight of Gemma Hardy cover

"It's a delight to follow the careful dovetailing of the two novels—starting on the rainy day when both stories begin, with each heroine in a window seat, finding solace in the pages of an encyclopedia of birds...Livesey is a lovely, fluid writer. There's much pleasure to be had in her descriptions of neolithic sites in Orkney and, most of all, her abiding affinity for the natural world."
— Sarah Towers, New York Times Book Review

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Garden Party in celebration of writers, their homes, and their legacies
with The Common literary magazine

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Emily Dickinson Museum Gardens
Fee:  No.
For planning purposes, kindly RSVP to mkrantz@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

Please join us for a garden party with a special reading by Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy. Ms. Livesey’s latest novel is a re-telling of Jane Eyre, one of Emily Dickinson’s favorite books.

Other evening highlights include:

  • visit by A.N. Devers, founder and editor of www.writershouses.com
  • tours of the newly landscaped gardens
  • open house at the Homestead
  • light refreshments

About The Common
The Common, edited by Jennifer Acker, publishes fiction, essays, poetry, documentary vignettes, and images that embody particular times and places both real and imagined; from deserts to teeming ports; from Winnipeg to Beijing; from Earth to the Moon.  The magazine, which recently published its third issue, seeks a modern sense of place. The Common is published in print biannually from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and maintains an active website at www.thecommononline.org.

About Margot Livesey
Margot Livesey grew up in the Scottish Highlands and took a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England. Her first book, a collection of stories called Learning By Heart, was published by Penguin Canada in 1986.  Since then Livesey has published seven novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona, The House on Fortune Street, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy.  Livesey has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artists' Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently a distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College in Boston.  For more information, visit www.margotlivesey.com.

About A. N. Devers
A. N. Devers divides her time between Brooklyn, New York, and Asbury Park, New Jersey. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bust magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, The Southampton Review, The Rumpus, TimeOut NY, Tin House, and The Washington Post. She is on the editorial board at Pen America: A Journal for Writers & Readers. She teaches in the English Department at Adelphi University and received her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the editor of www.writershouses.com, a website she founded in 2010 for literary pilgrims everywhere.