2005-09-29 / Upcoming Events

Meet the Authors Nights at the Jamestown library

The Jamestown library will host two more evening opportunities to meet and talk with two local authors. In the informal setting of the library museum, the authors will read from their works and answer questions about writing and getting published.

On Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. meet Shamus Flaherty, author of “Blue Collar Heaven” published by AuthorHouse, April 2005, and “The Great Blowout,” published in 2002. On Monday, Oct. 24, meet Kathryn Kulpa, author of “Pleasant Drugs: stories” published in 2005 by MidList Press. The programs are free and open to the public.

Author Shamus Flaherty graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1998. Since then he has supported himself as a landscaper while writing his novels. Flaherty moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2000 to write his first novel, “The Great Blowout.” While living there for four years, he gained inspiration for his second novel, “Blue Collar Heaven.” He is also a singer/songwriter and has recorded an original soundtrack to accompany his latest novel. He lives in Jamestown with his wife, Courtney, and their dog, Big Hunt.

Kathryn Kulpa was born in Rhode Island and has spent most of her life in small towns in her home state and in nearby Massachusetts. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in English from Mills College, her master’s degree in literature from Brown University, and her M.L.I.S. in library and information science from the University of Rhode Island.

Alifelong writer, her first professionally published story appeared in Seventeen magazine in 1994, and she has published work in a variety of other magazines and journals over the last decade. Her story “How the Light Walks” received the Florida Review Editor’s Award in Fiction, and “Los Gatos Bus” was honored with a supplementary award in the Bridport Prize International Writing Competition. Two other stories, “Insensates” and “Mr. Lillicrop’s Shining Moment,” were nominated for Pushcart Prize awards.

Kulpa is a librarian and from time to time leads fiction workshops for teens and adults. She has served as an editor for Merlyn’s Pen, a magazine of teen writing, and Pif, an online zine. She is currently associate fiction editor of 4x4/The Newport Review, a small literary journal of poetry and flash fiction. She has worked as a reference librarian at the Jamestown library. Presently she is teaching two literature classes at URI and working as a reference librarian at UMass, Dartmouth.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Library.

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