Bits & Bytes: ‘Fairy Tales of the Fiercer! Sex’; Story slam in Sandisfield; Radius Playwrights Festival seeks submissions; Red Cross blood drives

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Alison Larkin to read from ‘Fairy Tales of the Fiercer! Sex’

Pittsfield — On Monday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., Herman Melville’s Arrowhead will host comedienne Alison Larkin, who will read from her new audiobook “Fairytales of the Fiercer! Sex” and discuss her editorial process and future projects.

Larkin is an internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator, voice artist, actress, producer, screenwriter and the bestselling author of “The English American.” Larkin was born in Washington, D.C., adopted by British parents and raised in England and Africa. At age 28, when she discovered her birth mother living in Bald Mountain, Tennessee, she moved to America and became a stand-up comic. Her celebrated one-woman show has been seen in concert performances on both sides of the Atlantic and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations. Larkin has narrated more than 150 audiobooks, many of them New York Times bestsellers.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Herman Melville’s Arrowhead at (413) 442-1793 x14.


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Sandisfield Arts Center to host story slam

Sheela Clary will be the emcee for a story slam at the Sandisfield Arts Center Saturday, Oct. 21. Photo courtesy Sheela Clary

Sandisfield — Sandisfield Arts Center will present the popular art of staged storytelling via a curated story slam with teacher, Moth StorySLAM winner and Edge columnist Sheela Clary Saturday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. The theme for the event is rescue, and prospective storytellers are encouraged to contact Sheela at by Wednesday, Oct. 18, to pitch their 5- to 7-minute story ideas. Storytellers will be selected beforehand and should rehearse stories for length and content. Tickets are $10. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Sandisfield Arts Center at (413) 258-4100 or


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Radius Playwrights Festival seeks submissions

Great Barrington — Berkshire Playwrights Lab, in association with Saint James Place, invites writers living within 50 miles of Saint James Place to submit a short play for consideration for its second annual Radius Playwrights Festival. The festival will feature fully staged readings of five or six new, short plays created by local talent. The submission process is blind and there is no fee; a panel of experts will read all submissions and choose the plays to be produced by BPL using local actors and directors. All submitted plays should be between 10 and 12 minutes in length and require minimal tech. The playwrights of the selected plays must be available to participate in the rehearsal process as well as to be present at the performances at St. James Place. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, Jan. 22, and performances will take place Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27.

Those wishing to participate should email submissions to by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. Detailed submission guidelines are available online. For more information, call BPL at (413) 528-2544.


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Red Cross to offer blood donation opportunities

Dedham — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications. Prospective donors may make appointments to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting or calling 1 (800) RED CROSS. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the online RapidPass health history questionnaire.

Upcoming Berkshire County-area blood drive locations include St. Joseph’s Church in Pittsfield Monday, Oct. 16, from 1 to 6 p.m.; Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Kilpatrick Athletic Center in Great Barrington Friday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 6 p.m.; Hillcrest Educational Centers’ Highpoint campus in Lenox Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and Lee Middle and High School Monday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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