Grab a copy of Summer (available at Mastheads events & the Berkshire Athenaeum) and join our team scholar and professor Jeffrey Lawrence for a discussion of this Berkshire novella in which the young Charity Royall, born in the hills and adopted by an older man in town, falls in love with the New York-based Lucius Harney, an architect who has come for the summer to study the region’s houses (some things never change…). Jazz night follows, free for all Mastheads attendees!
This July The Mastheads is taking on The Gilded Age, concentrating our programming on five cultural figures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century: writers Edith Wharton, Henry James, and W.E.B. Du Bois; photographer James Van Der Zee; and Mark Twain, who gave the era its title.
On Sunday, as part of the Westside Summerfest series hosted by the Westside Legends, Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed will lead a discussion of writer and NAACP co-founder W.E.B. Du Bois and photographer James Van Der Zee in the Berkshires. Afterwards we'll party (of course!) with food and live music.
Once again, for the annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, and in celebration of Pittsfield's literary history, The Mastheads has asked 10 local writers across disciplines (poets, novelists, pastors, journalists…) to each read one short piece by a historic Berkshire author alongside one short piece of their own. Admission is free. Food, drinks, books, and Mastheads swag will be available for purchase.
In partnership with the Berkshire County NAACP, and in celebration of the 150th birthday of Berkshire County native W. E. B. Du Bois, Professor Neil Roberts of Williams College will deliver his talk "W.E.B. Du Bois and Political Thought in the Shadow of Frederick Douglass."
On each of the first four Tuesdays in July, The Mastheads will host a literary lecture on the lovely outdoor terrace of the Berkshire Athenaeum. For our first lecture, Professor Meredith McGill of Rutgers University will discuss the work of Berkshire writers and activists Catherine Maria Sedgwick and Fanny Kemble.
Come celebrate with us! As part of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, and in celebration of Pittsfield's literary history, The Mastheads has asked 10 local writers across disciplines—designers, urban planners, fiction writers, and poets—to each read one short piece by a historic Berkshire author, alongside one short piece of their own.
Readers include Liz Bevilacqua, Ezra Dan Feldman, Zack Finch, Tessa Kelly, Roberta McColloch-Dews, Sika Sedzro, Karen Shepard, Aaron Thier, Ted Thomas, and Sarah Trudgeon, and represented historic authors include W.E.B. Du Bois, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, Fanny Kemble, and more.
Admission is free. Food, drinks, books, and Mastheads postcards will be available for purchase.