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WAMC Book Picks
Friday, November 22

Live impeachment hearings on Northeast public radio mean WAMC’s Book Picks have been rescheduled for this Friday, November 22nd. Listen in for book recommendations from Thomas Chulak and Joanne Trapanese!

Ellen M. Hughes
“Main St. Muse”
November 1, 2019-January 19, 2020

We’re delighted to show the work of Ellen M. Hughes, an acrylic painter living in Nassau, New York. She credits her studies with the late Leonard Weber for contributing to her focus on the personality and charm of streets and buildings. Her subjects are upstate places, including Chatham, and  around the Rockport/Gloucester area.
Please join us Friday, November 8, 5-7 pm at a reception with the artist. Free. Refreshments will be served.

Nonfiction Book Group
Second Tuesday of the Month

The Chatham Bookstore hosts a nonfiction book group focusing on current affairs, history and biography. It meets at the store on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm and is open to new members.

11/12  book group postponed because of icy conditions till Tuesday, 11/19! The group is reading A Significant Life: Human Meaning in a Silent Universe by Todd May for the November meeting.  

For more information, contact the bookstore 518-392-3005.



David Maraniss
A Good American Family
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
7-9 pm

We welcome David Maraniss for a reading from his recent memoir A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author captures the pervasive fear and paranoia that gripped America during the Red Scare of the 1950s. Elliott Maraniss, David’s father, a WWII veteran who had commanded an all-black company in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, fired from his newspaper job, and blacklisted for five years.
Maraniss says, “I wondered – and worried – whether by the end [of researching & writing] my father would be more of a stranger to me. Instead, I emerged with a clearer appreciation of the imperfections of the American story – and with a better understanding of my father, of our family and its secrets, and of myself.”

A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q&A follow the reading. Please call 518-392-3005 or email if you’d like us to hold a book for you. Free. Refreshments will be served.