We are celebrating the arrival of A Grace Paley Reader in paperback with readings of a few of her poems, stories and essays, by the editors Kevin Bowen and Nora Paley (Grace's daughter), and friends at Dartmouth College. We would also love to hear stories from local friends and acquaintances of Grace Paley who shared her interest in the neighborhood beauty, community, and passionate political activism in response to harm.
With an introduction by George Saunders, A Grace Paley Reader collects the best of Paley's writing, and showcases the breadth of her work and her extraordinary insight and empathy. Born in the Bronx in 1922, Grace Paley lived in the Upper Valley for many years and was renowned for her writing and activism. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. This volume was published to mark the 10th anniversary of her death.
In a May 2007 interview -- one of her last -- with Vermont Woman newspaper, Paley said of her dreams for her grandchildren: "It would be a world without militarism and racism and greed – and where women don't have to fight for their place in the world."
Free and open to the public.
One of The New Yorker's "Books We Loved in 2017"
A Grace Paley Reader compiles a selection of Paley’s writing across genres, showcasing her breadth of work as well as her extraordinary insight and brilliant economy of words.