Upcoming readings Dec. 5 and 6

Three upcoming readings on campus are being co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke College and the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley.

Idra Novey will be reading from her new novel, “Those Who Knew,” in an event co-sponsored by the English department at Mount Holyoke College. A review in The Washington Post advised, “Read this now, because everyone you know will be talking about it by early 2019.”

Novey won numerous awards for her first book, “Ways to Disappear,” which National Public Radio called “seared to perfection.” She is an acclaimed poet and translator from Spanish and Portuguese literature.

The evening is part of the Odyssey Bookshop’s First Editions Club Presents and is slated for Wednesday, December 5, at 8 p.m. at the bookstore. 

Sylvia Chan-Malik will give a lecture covering the themes of her recent book, “Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam.” 

Zareena Grewal, author of “Islam is a Foreign Country,” wrote, “By centering the lives, labor, and perspectives of U.S. American Muslim women, and black Muslim women in particular, Chan-Malik makes a powerful case for conceptualizing Islam in the U.S. in terms of its foundational blackness and the religious opposition to racism and sexism.” 

Chan-Malik is an associate professor in the departments of American studies and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. Her writing has been featured in numerous anthologies and scholarly journals. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and is scheduled for Thursday, December 6, at 5 p.m., in Gamble Auditorium.

Poet eileen myles will also be on campus on December 6 in Gamble Auditorium. Myles, who uses gender-neutral pronouns, will read from their new book of poems, “evolution.” This reading is also hosted by the English department and is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Myles’ 21 books include "Afterglow" (a dog memoir), which the New York Times Book Review called “playful, heartfelt, wise, compassionate, fantastical and audaciously confessional.” Myles is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

These events are free and open to the public and the Odyssey will have books for sale.