MHC's Demas Publishes New Children's Book

For immediate release
November 24, 2008

Contact Mary Jo Curtis

SOUTH HADLEY - Award-winning author and Mount Holyoke English professor Corinne Demas will once again bring smiles of delight to young children when her latest book, Always in Trouble, appears in local bookstores in December.

Always in Trouble, published by Scholastic Press, is a lighthearted tale of a mischievous dog named Toby. Although the book is written for children ages 4 to 8, dog owners of all ages will readily identify with the challenges of dealing with the mischievous pet who rummages through the garbage, snatches fresh-baked goods, and barks at inopportune times. The book is illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.

Demas, who teaches courses in literature and creative writing, is the author of a novel, two collections of short stories, and numerous books for children, including the award-winning The Disappearing Island. (Her books, published before 2000-including the now- classic The Littlest Matryoshka - were written under the name Corinne Demas Bliss.) Her recent books include a memoir, Eleven Stories High: Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948-1968, and two children's holiday favorites, Two Christmas Mice and Valentine Surprise. She is also the fiction editor of The Massachusetts Review and the editor of Great American Short Stories, from Hawthorne to Hemingway.

Demas will present readings of Always in Trouble at Amherst Books on Saturday, December 6 at 11 am, and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on Saturday, December 20 at 2 pm. She will be at the Odyssey Bookshop for a children's book signing on Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm.