Poetry reading at the Athol Library

Poetry reading with Gail Thomas, Wednesday, April 15, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The Athol Public Library is hosting a poetry reading with Gail Thomas, the author of “No Simple Wilderness: an elegy for Swift River Valley” on Wednesday, April 15, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  

Thomas’s collection of poems recreates with grace and dignity the voices of the men and women of the Swift River Valley who were displaced when the Quabbin Reservoir was created. 

This program is another in the Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project funded by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities with this year’s theme being Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden’.  The talk will discuss what Thoreau might have thought about this reclaiming of the natural world at the expense of community. 

Books are available for loan at the library.  The program is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.