Adult Programs

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives presents various programs of interest throughout the year. Check the Calendar for specific topics and events. All are welcome!

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Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Inside the Publishing World with Rebecca Saletan and Jenna Johnson

Saletan, Editorial Director at Penguin/Riverhead and Johnson, Executive Editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, will talk about what editors actually do and what they look for in a manuscript, and will offer tales (of success and not-success) from the front lines of New York’s commercial publishing houses.  Both editors, very well known in the trade, have had long experience in the business.  The talk will be moderated by former publisher and Library Trustee Andre Bernard.

After starting out as a copyeditor at Yale University Press in 1982, Rebecca Saletan served as assistant to legendary Random House editor Jason Epstein before acquiring her own list at that house.  She also worked at Simon & Schuster, Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Harcourt, where she was editor in chief and then publisher.  She has edited a wide range of distinguished fiction and nonfiction, including books by Junot Diaz, Peter Matthiessen, Gilbert King, Diane McWhorter, Mohsin Hamid, Masha Gessen and Hillary Clinton.

Jenna Johnson started out, as is the tradition in publishing, as an assistant, in her case to famed nonfiction editor Jane Isay at Harcourt, and eventually rose to become editor in her own right.  In her tenure at FSG, a house known for its outstanding literary quality and its multiple Nobel Prize-winning authors, she has edited Samantha Hunt, Ling Ma, Angela Flournoy, and Justin Torres, among others.  She has a particular interest in overlooked stories from around the world, cultural history and biography, and food.


Thursday, May 2 at 12:00 pm

Cookbook Club

Do you like to cook?  Would you like a reason to learn to cook or try new recipes?  Do you just want something fun and different to do at lunchtime?  Then join our cookbook club!

On the first Thursday of the month, we invite you to gather together with fellow cooks and friends for lunch, while exploring different cuisines and cookbooks from the Library’s collection.

Our next meeting will take place at noon on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  This month’s featured title will be Fast Cook Italian by Gennaro Contaldo.

NEW: Following each meeting, the Cookbook Club will provide picks and tips from the month’s featured cookbook.  You can find this information in a binder next to the cookbook section on the upper level of the Library.

Here’s how cookbook club works:
1. Check the information in our enewsletter or on our website for the date of the next lunchtime meeting. You’ll also see which cookbook is going to be the source for our upcoming exploration. Typically, we’ll choose cookbooks that have interesting things to make but do not require elaborate preparations or impossible-to-find ingredients.
2. Stop in at the Library and ask for the month’s featured cookbook at the front desk. You won’t take it out; just browse at your leisure and have a look at the recipes.
3. From your browsing, choose a recipe that you’ll prepare and bring to the next Cookbook Club meeting. Copy the recipe and put a post-it on that recipe with your name (that way we won’t end up with duplicates).
Tip: choose something you’ll enjoy making—of course—but also keep in mind that the Library does not have a full kitchen, just a microwave and refrigerator. Things that can be served easily in small portions and that don’t require last minute prep will work best.
4. On the designated day, please bring your finished dish to the library with any needed serving utensils. If it is easier with your schedule, you’re welcome to drop your dish off in the meeting room, using the refrigerator if necessary.
5. If possible, also bring some plastic containers for those who may want to bring leftovers home (assuming we have leftovers!).
6. At each meeting, we’ll enjoy the shared food while also chatting about the featured cookbook and your experiences with the recipes. What would you recommend? What surprises, challenges, or need for creative adaptations did you encounter?
7. The Library will provide plates, utensils, etc. Clean-up assistance is always welcomed.
8. At the end of the meeting, we’ll survey the group for their future cookbook interests and any other suggestions.

Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.


Thursday, May 9 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, May 9 , 2019  at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book, The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose.  Copies are available at the main desk.

The book club generally meets from 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Bring a friend! New members always welcome – even if you haven’t read the book!


Saturday, May 18 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Simon Winchester, Author of The Perfectionists

We are pleased to welcome back author Simon Winchester for a book reading and signing for his new book, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

The revered New York Times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision.  At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools—machines that make machines.  Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras—and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider.  Winchester moves forward through time, to today’s cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia.

About the author: SIMON WINCHESTER is the New York Times best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman.  His recent titles include Atlantic and The Men Who United the States.  Winchester was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to journalism and literature.  He lives in Massachusetts and New York City.


Sunday, June 9 at 4:00 pm

Fifth Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture

Details to follow.


Saturday, September 14 at 4:00 am

Speaker Series: James Lasdun, Author of Victory

Program details to follow.