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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
M. Allen Cunningham, Atelier26 Books
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Mark G. Auerbach, Public Relations
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AUTHOR HARRIET SCOTT CHESSMAN VISITS THE ODYSSEY BOOK SHOP IN SOUTH HADLEY, MASSACHUSETTS ON MARCH 26 ON HER READING/BOOKSIGNING TOUR OF HER NEW NOVEL “THE BEAUTY OF ORDINARY THINGS”
Portland, OR--Atelier26 Books, publisher of Harriet Scott Chessman’s new novel, The Beauty of Ordinary Things, has announced that Chessman will visit the Odyssey Book Shop in South Hadley, Massachusetts on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:00PM, as part of her New York and New England March reading and booksigning tour.
A portion of the proceeds of her South Hadley tour stop will benefit her alma mater, Northfield Mount Hermon School. Peter Weis, Northfield Mount Hermon School’s archivist and a member of the class of 1978, will introduce her at the Odyssey Book Shop.
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: http://harrietchessman.com/
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 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.
A complete list of Harriet Scott Chessman’s readings and booksigning dates is available at: http://www.atelier26books.com/p/events.html
The Odyssey Book Shop, which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, is located at the Village Commons, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. For information: 413-534-7307 or http://odysseybks.com/
The Beauty of Ordinary Things
by Harriet Scott Chessman
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Atelier26 Books
List Price: $13.95
Release Date: November 12, 2013