Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Westfield News Arts Beat Column 11/13/13

Please note that the Westfield News website crashed last week, and some of my previous columns and articles have not been restored as yet. If you need a back copy, contact me, and I'll send you one.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Media Release: Harriet Scott Chessman New England 2013 Reading/Booksigning Tour

DATELINE: November 12, 2013
M. Allen Cunningham, Atelier26 Books
Mark G. Auerbach, Public Relations


Portland, OR--Atelier26 Books, publisher of Harriet Scott Chessman’s new novel, The Beauty of Ordinary Things, has announced that Chessman will make several appearances in New England on her December reading and booksigning tour. 

These public events include:

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 4:30PM
Abernethy Room, Middlebury College
131 South Main Street
Middlebury, VT. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:00PM
R. J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd.
Madison, CT 
(203) 245-3959 or (800) 74-READS

Thursday, December 5, 2013 Time TBD
Water Street Books
The Williams College Bookstore
26 Water Street
Williamstown, MA. 

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:00PM
Toad Hall Book Store
47 Main Street
Rockport, MA. 

A complete list of Harriet Scott Chessman’s readings and booksigning dates is available at:

Atelier26 Books, a new independent press in Portland, OR, released Chessman’s new novel, The Beauty of Ordinary Things, on November 12. Chessman is author of three previous acclaimed novels, including the #1 Indie Next Pick and book-club favorite “Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper” as well as the Good Morning America Book Club selection and San Francisco Chronicle Top Pick “Someone Not Really Her Mother” and “Ohio Angels”. Her fiction has been translated into ten languages

Harriet Scott Chessman was born in Newark, OH and raised in Granville, OH. A graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, Wellesley College (B.A.), and Yale University (Ph.D), Chessman  has taught literature and writing at Yale University, Bread Loaf School of English in VT, and Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. In addition to her novels, Chessman has authored ”The Public Is Invited to Dance”, a book about Gertrude Stein. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For information on Harriet Scott Chessman:

With The Beauty of Ordinary Things, Chessman has fashioned a powerful new story about our yearning for wholeness and the enduring weight of our briefest encounters.
Back from a tour of duty in Vietnam, Benny Finn, eldest son in a large Irish-American family, strives to find his bearings amid the everyday life of 1973 New England. At a Benedictine abbey in rural New Hampshire, Sister Clare, a young novice, confronts the day-to-day realities of a cloistered existence. Linking these two is Isabel Howell, a college student soon to discover that she must chart the course of her own life in a way she could not have imagined.

Atelier26 is a micro-press in Portland, OR, founded in 2011, with the aim to publish fiction by contemporary writers in fine editions showcasing the highest design standards. Atelier26 books are offered for sale through an online storefront, and through America's finest independent bookstores. Their premier title, “Date of Disappearance: Assorted Stories” by M. Allen Cunningham, was followed by the Atelier26 Samizdat Series, with Cunningham's “The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity & Sound Advice for Writers and Artists”. For information:

The Beauty of Ordinary Things
by Harriet Scott Chessman
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Atelier26 Books
List Price: $13.95
Release Date: November 12, 2013
ISBN-10: 0989302318
ISBN-13: 978-0989302319

To order copies of The Beauty of Ordinary Things:

Through publisher (via WePay): 

Through Indie Next:


Friday, November 8, 2013

Calendar Listings: Suffield Academy Futsal Camp

DATELINE: November 8, 2013



Maeve Ryan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Suffield Academy

Wayne Patterson
Futsal at Suffield Academy Director
Suffield Academy

Mark G. Auerbach
Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations
413-733-7095 or 413-427-7352



Sunday, December 1, 2013. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Sunday, December 8, 2013. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Sunday, December 15, 2013. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Sunday, December 22, 2013. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Sunday, January 5, 2014. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Sunday, January 12, 2014. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Sunday, January 19, 2014. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Sunday, January 26, 2014. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Sunday, February 2, 2014. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Sunday, February 9, 2014. 6PM-7PM for ages 8-11; 7PM-8PM for ages 12-15

Tisch Field House
Suffield Academy
185 North Main Street
Suffield, CT.


Suffield, CT. Suffield Academy will host The Suffield Academy Futsal Camp every Sunday from December 1, 2013 through February 9, 2014 (except Sunday, December 29, 2013). Boys and girls ages 8-15 are encouraged to register for the ten-week program. Younger children may be eligible based on skill. Cost is $150 per player or $140 per player with more than one sibling; team discounts are available.

Futsal is the official indoor sport sanctioned by FIFA and is recognized throughout the world for promoting exceptional skill development and decision-making. It is played on a hard surface with boundary lines and a low-bounce ball and is now the fastest-growing indoor sport in the United States and around the world. Futsal demands quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin-point passing. The small, heavier futsal ball requires players to hone their ball-striking and ball-handling technique. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, Messi, Kaka and Katia grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills. The Suffield Academy Futsal Camp will teach the skills of the sport and incorporate the proper fundamentals while having fun. The skills will be taught through technical drills and games.

For more information visit:

Suffield Academy, founded in 1833, is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for boarding and day students in Suffield, CT.  Suffield Academy has a tradition of academic excellence combined with a strong work ethic and leadership building programs. For information on Suffield Academy’s programs and