Big Happenings At Emily's House

Emily Dickinson is, as many of you know, one of my favorite poets. There are BIG happenings at her house that began this month and will continue throughout the summer. The Big Read celebration not only will bring visitors the joy of poetry, and will allow them a glimpse at Miss Emily's life but also introduce several new books by local writers.

The following event, I highly recommend.

Jane Yolen is a prolific writer. I have been blessed to participate in a seminar in which Jane was a featured speaker. I learned so much from her! I also love that she wrote a book in collaboration with her daughter, Heidi E. Y. Stemple. What a great way to share what you love best!

In May, Jane will delight her readers with a visit to the Emily Dickinson Museum

The following is a press release from the museum:

Award Winning author
Jane Yolen

My Uncle Emily
Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.
At the Emily Dickinson Museum
280 Main Street, Amherst

Join us for a reading and booksigning to celebrate Jane Yolen's new book, My Uncle Emily, a children's story based on the relationship between Emily Dickinson and her young nephew Gilbert. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

In My Uncle Emily, Yolen spins an imaginative story of Emily Dickinson's young nephew Gilbert as he struggles through a difficult day at school and at home. Gilbert calls his Aunt "Uncle" because it is a family joke, but it is just the beginning of his problems as he attempts to defend his creative and unusual Aunt to his schoolmates. Through his battles and his Aunt's poetry, Gilbert learns a lesson in what matters most.

Jane Yolen and illustrator Nancy Carpenter bring to life 19th-century Amherst and the Dickinson family homes--the Homestead and The Evergreens--in this beautiful and charming children's book.

I hope I see you there!


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