NORTH ADAMS, MA Over the summer, incoming freshmen to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) read Dont I Know You? a murder mystery by Williamstown author Karen Shepard, who will be on campus Monday, Sept. 3, to discuss her book from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Church Street Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a musical performance by alt-country band Gloria Deluxe. A book signing reception will follow in the Church Street Center social hall, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
First-year students at MCLA are asked to participate in a summer reading project that allows them to read a common book during the summer and then come to campus to discuss it and the issues that it raises.
A Chinese-American born and raised in New York City who teaches writing and literature at Williams College, Shepard is the author of three novels, An Empire of Women, The Bad Boys Wife, and, most recently, Dont I Know You? a murder mystery set in 1976 New York City. The psychological drama is divided into three parts, with each narrative giving the reader a different angle on the crime.
According to Publishers Weekly, Shepards vision of how a murders effect reverberates outward inspires us to understand the limitations of intimate knowledge and the extraordinary capacities of the people we think we know best, even as it shows us how we repair those bonds and prepare ourselves to go on.
The New York Times Book Review called the book, Darkly tantalizing. It succeeds brilliantly. O. The Oprah Magazine said, Shepard has found a voice here that is as strong and confident and full of wise observation as any in recent American fiction. And author Tim OBrien wrote that, Dont I Know You? is Among the most suspenseful and moving novels Ive read in many years.
Shepard has received the William Goyen-Doris Roberts Fellowship for Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, won honorable mentions in Best American Short Stories in 1995, 2002 and 2004, was a National Magazine Award Finalist in 2002, and a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in 2002.
For more information, go to http://reading.mcla.edu.