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THEATER REVIEW: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ plays at Hartford Stage through June 23

I don’t always recommend solo performances, but this one is that rare exception. It is a must see!

Bookstore in transition: The Bookloft in Great Barrington

A good independent bookstore is a community treasure. Owner since 2016 of The Bookloft in Great Barrington, Pamela Pescosolido shares an intimate view of a bookstore in transition in the midst of a pandemic.

‘Inspiring Forgiveness’: An auspicious moment for local author’s publishing day

“Just pause for a moment,” Barbara Bonner advises when contemplating forgiveness. “What must that person be feeling right now [to act that way]?”

‘No Visible Bruises’ presentation to highlight the prevalence of violence against women

The book is ultimately a manifesto that turns a regressive notion about the causes of domestic violence on its head by illustrating domestic violence as a public health problem with solutions.

In the wheelhouse of the Russell I

Hilary Russell weaves the tugboat history into a telling of his personal quest to learn more about his family

The Bookloft, a Great Barrington fixture for 46 years, is moving to new digs

Interestingly, the need for more space was not factor in the move. The new space will actually be comparable in size to the Barrington Plaza store, which occupies two storefronts.

Courtney Maum’s ‘Before and After the Book Deal’ helps writers know what to expect

Maum calls on more than 150 experts in their respective fields, from agents and authors to editors and publishers, who reveal everything one might want to know about publishing but was afraid to ask.

AMPLIFICATIONS: Alison Larkin, Part 1

The party is meant to launch Alison Larkin’s two latest ventures in which the genders of the main characters were switched in these “freely adapted” versions of two of Dickens’ classics, “A Christmas Carol” and “Great Expectations.”

NATURE’S TURN: In memory of Michael Ballon and Castle Street Cafe

In his “Castle Street Cafe Cookbook,” Michael Ballon wrote: “Of all the food items grown in the garden, nothing is as different [from store-bought] as growing your own lemongrass ... Fresh lemongrass … is green and verdant, with a very powerful bouquet and flavor.”

News Brief: Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign

The Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force formed earlier this year under the auspices of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

Who knew? The Gilded Age Berkshires were ‘Well Wheeled’

Thanks to a new book by local historian Bernard Drew, we know that there were automobile storage facilities, road competitions and even innovative car manufacturing operations in the Berkshires. And we know that the cottagers embraced the industry with considerable gusto.

Business Briefs: New Berkshire Museum executive director; Random Harvest Market opens; the Bookloft at Facebook Communities Summit; social media workshop

Offering food and a culture that foster connection and collaboration, the vision of the employee-owned Random Harvest Market is to participate in a “relational food economy.”

Books To Read and To Give: Staff picks from The Bookloft

As gift-giving time begins, The Bookloft in Great Barrington offers suggestions of Staff Picks.

REVIEW: Janet Reich Elsbach’s ‘Extra Helping’ incredibly thoughtful with practical advice

In a world where many find it increasingly hard to connect, Elsbach sees food as a great connector, one capable of spanning even the greatest divides.

Bits & Bytes: Comedy at Race Brook Lodge; ‘This Is Home’ at Mason Library; ‘Southern Berkshires Through Time’; CoA luncheon; FAFSA Day Massachusetts

The Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary "This is Home" follows four Syrian refugee families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016.

Belle Fox-Martin’s ‘Stone Pears’ blends poetry, micro-stories in a refreshing, unexpected collection

Within her collection, Fox-Martin touches on those auspicious moments that mark the end of months, the change of seasons and the passage of time.
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