Author Explores Writing Fiction from Fact in the Clark’s Free Windows on the Past Series

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October 25, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Clark’s free Windows on the Past writers series concludes on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 pm with Williams College professor Jim Shepard reading from his new book You Think That’s Bad, which has been called “gutsy, brilliantly imagined, strongly made, fresh and propulsive” (Chicago Tribune). Shepard will discuss how he writes fiction from fact and transports his readers into remote realities. A book signing will follow this event.

Following Like You’d Understand, Anyway—awarded the Story Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award—Jim Shepard returns with an even more wildly diverse collection of astonishingly observant stories. Enthralling and unfailingly compassionate, You Think That’s Bad traverses centuries, continents, and social strata, but the joy and struggle that Shepard depicts with such devastating sensitivity—all the heartbreak, alienation, intimacy, and accomplishment—has a universal resonance. Frequently described as a master of the short story genre, Shepard delivers sharp, memorable characters who shape our understanding of the world. "A fiction writer of peculiar but tantalizing gifts” (The New York Times), Shepard is a professor of English at Williams College and is the author of ten books of fiction. His book Project X won both the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award and the ALEX award from the American Library Association. Four of his short stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories anthologies, and one for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been published in magazines such as Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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October 30: The Clark’s free Windows on the Past writers series concludes on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 pm with Williams College professor Jim Shepard reading from his new book You Think That’s Bad, which has been called “gutsy, brilliantly imagined, strongly made, fresh and propulsive” (Chicago Tribune). Shepard will discuss how he writes fiction from fact and transports his readers into remote realities. A book signing will follow this event. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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