Join author Hester Velmans and Matt Tannenbaum, the owner of The Bookstore, as they discuss Hester’s novel Slipper which was hailed as “a satisfying blend of history and myth that breathes new life into Cinderella,” by Kirkus Reviews. Giving audience members a look into the writing process, Hester and Matt will explore the inspiration for the book and the art of writing.
Hester Velmans was born in the Netherlands, educated in Switzerland and England, and today lives in western Massachusetts. She is a translator specializing in contemporary Dutch and French literature. Her translation of Renate Dorrestein’s A Heart of Stone won the 2001 Vondel Prize; in 2014 she was awarded a U.S. National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship to translate the neglected novelist Herman Franke. She is the author of the popular children’s books Isabel of the Whales and Jessaloup’s Song. Look out for her new novel, Slipper.
Matt Tannenbaum has owned and operated The Bookstore in Lenox since 1976. Eight years ago he added the Get Lit wine bar. While there are still more people who take pictures of the Get Lit sign than who belly up to the bar for a drink, he considers the move a grand success! His bookselling background extends back to his years at the Gotham Book Mart, a literary mecca in New York City for most of the twentieth century. Both the Gotham and The Bookstore were featured in a sweet book called “Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores”, a pictorial anthology of celebrated bookshops around the world, whose author Bob Eckstein was feted along with Tannenbaum at The Mount in March of 2017.
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