Misty Valley Books Announces ‘New Voices’ for 2016
Misty Valley Books’ 22nd annual ‘New Voices’ event takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, at the First Universalist Church in Chester’s Stone Village, presenting five debut authors who will talk about their work. ‘New Voices’ has attracted national attention; a number of its featured authors have gone on to considerable fame. This year: John Bragg and ‘The Broom of God,’ an enthralling murder mystery in the wild landscape of southern Chile. Bragg, renowned climber and mountaineer, has explored and climbed in Argentina and Chile since 1974. ‘And West is West,’ by Ron Childress is a powerful, politically charged, and terrifyingly real scenario involving drones and Wall Street algorithms. Childress is the fourth Misty Valley New Voice to win the prestigious Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction. C.W. Huntington’s ‘Maya’ is a story of India and human lives in turmoil. Filled with rich observations and arresting reflections, it mines the porous border between memory and imagination. Huntington is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Hartwick College.Jennifer Tseng’s ‘Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness’ is the story of a librarian with fantasies that come true. Author of two award-winning books of poetry, Tseng is the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at UMass, Lowell. Ed Tarkington’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ is a portrait of family fealty and murder. He teaches English in Nashville, Tennessee. Other events include a cross country ski with the authors, a wine and cheese reception and readings. Tickets are available at the Bookstore, 58 Common Street, Chester. For details, call 802-875-3400 or visit mvbooks.com.