November 9th – November 15th


The Valley Nerd Watch!

Welcome to a slightly late and slightly small Nerd Watch! We’re heading toward that most American of Holidays: Canadian Thanksgiving The Sequel, which we hope you all have a good time celebrating. Definitely let us know if you’re writing for NaNoWriMo, or if you’ve read anything interesting for NaShoStoReMo, which sounds more our speed. Just read a short story a day instead of writing an entire danged novel.

We’ve had the opportunity to read the very excellent stories contained in Gods, Memes, and Monsters. A novel that has short stories by a ton of authors, including local notables Emily Care Boss and Julia Ellingboe. It’s a sort of updated bestiary for the modern world, and it runs the gamut from old-school creepy to basically long form jokes. A lot of fun, we recommend you find a copy.

We also got a chance to check out Paranormal Petunia, by local creator Chris Collins. It’s a legitimately neat comic about a paranormal investigator who can see ghosts and suchlike, and mostly is just getting by while helping people through their personal tragedies. I’ve always been kind of a fan of the paranormal dealings as externalized therapy genre, when it’s done well. And it’s got some rather creepy bits in it too, very neat.

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!



Monday, November 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] 4:00pm – 6:00pm
NaNoWriMo Write-In Session
Forbes Library supports National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) by helping writers stay dedicated! The forbes Writer in Residence, Naila Moreira, will be there to help you figure out how to ensure a jaw-dropping climax to the latest in your Superpostion Cycle.
Friday, November 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 2:45pm
Art Journal Study Group
Moderated by local artist Laura Curran, this art journal group will help people explore new ideas and experiment with new techniques in a supportive environment!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 5:00pm
NaNoWriMo Write-In Session
Continue your writing! You’re almost there! Think of all the filthy lucre you’ll make when you finally get that HBO series based on your Ultramyth Quintilogy!
Saturday, November 14th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Art Walk
Join the lovely staff at Comics N’ More for art! And not just the art that resides in the titular Comics, but the art that resides in the N’ More that is Easthampton! They’ve got a little gallery space and it’s great so you should check it out!

Board Games:

Friday, November 13
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Tabletop Game Night
Another night of tabletop board and card games on King Street! A fun time with nice people. Bring a game to share! Cards, boards, just so long as it isn’t the Most Dangerous Game! Wait no. We suppose everyone brings the Most Dangerous Game with them just by attending. Just don’t hunt each other, we guess is what we’re saying.
Sunday, November 15th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday Heroclix
Heroclix, the game that finally makes the clix the hero! Wait no it’s a game about superheroes and actually the little miniatures don’t click very much at all. For a challenge, construct a team of nothing but lawyers!


Monday, November 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00pm
Alex Gino & Leslea Newman
Join Odyssey for a discussion about LGBTQ issues with two middle grade authors! Alex Gino has been involved in queer and trans activism for years, and Leselea Newman is the author of 65 books, one of the more famous ones being “Heather Has Two Mommies”.
Tuesday, November 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
UMass Press Reads at the Jones Library: Bruce Laurie
Bruce Laurie is a professor of history emeritus at UMass Amherst. His latest book is “Rebels in Paradise: Sketches of Northampton Abolitionists”. He profiles five rebellious figures who launched the abolition movement in Northampton and links it to broader national developments. Free and open to the public!
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Lauret Savoy: “Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape”
In a provocative and powerful mosaic of personal journeys and historical inquiry across time and a continent, Savoy explores history and race in the United States.
Saturday, November 14th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30pm
Megan Lambert, “Reading Picture Books with Children”
Do you love picturebooks? Do you read them with wonderful young people either personally or professionally? Do you wish you had a better idea of how to make the reading experience more engaging? Come see Megan Lambert speak!


Wednesday, November 11th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Project Management Meetup
Project managers! Or just people who have to deal with large complex projects involving many people! Come hang out, network, talk about how to manage stuff. It’s a fun time with people who can help you do what you do better!


Saturday, November 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Forbes Library Doctor Who Club
Who? A doctor? A doctor of what? Not a doctor of medicine, certainly. Not a PhD, doesn’t have the right temperament. I think this man might be some sort of traveling vagrant! If you too love the Doctor, head to the Community Room! Contact Jason ( for more information!
Thursday, November 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Anime Club
Anime! Animated things you can watch, a good time for all. Open to teens and young adults ages 14 and up!


Monday, November 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Story We Tell
Filmmaker Sarah Polley investigates the truth about her family history via a series of revealing interviews. Sounds interesting!


Thursday, November 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
RPG Club
Create a character! Explore their adventures! Meet their parents! Be sure to be on your best behavior! No, what? No how could you say that? No more adventures make a new character. All ages welcome, no experience necessary.


Saturday, November 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00pm
Wolf Talk!
Wolf Talk clarifies many misconceptions about one of our most valued endagered species: Moose! Wait no, Wolves! You’ll learn all about these surprisingly friendly creatures, including their eating habits, pack structure, history, and different populations around the world! This presentation is for children and their families.

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