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October 4, 2012

Tannery Reading Series hosts Andre Dubus, Anthony D’Aries

Tannery Reading Series hosts Andre Dubus III, Anthony D'Aries

By Katie Lovett Features Editor
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The Tannery Reading Series will celebrate fall’s arrival with a little masculinity.

The group’s next session on Saturday will explore “How to Be a Man” by welcoming best-selling authors Andre Dubus III and Anthony D’Aries. Beginning at 7 p.m., the two men will read aloud from their memoirs while talking about what it means to be “a 21st century man,” according to organizers Kirun Kapur and Dawne Shand.

Dubus, the acclaimed author from Newbury, will read from “Townie,” the gritty memoir that chronicles his youth and young adulthood growing up in Newburyport and Haverhill during the 1970s. Dubus also wrote “The Garden of Last Days” and “House of Sand and Fog,” the book made famous by Oprah Winfrey when she chose to the novel for her talk show’s book club in 2000.

D’Aries will read from “The Language of Men,” a first book and his memoir. The book begins in Vietnam, where the author’s wife is teaching health and anatomy classes in Ho Chi Minh City.

“There, D’Aries explores his father’s war stories, but finds, instead, the harrowing sources of his own troubling behavior,” according to organizers

D’Aries is the recipient of the 2010 PEN/New England Discovery Award in nonfiction. He is a graduate of Emerson College and the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. D’Aries now teaches literacy and creative writing at correctional facilities throughout the state.

Kapur and Shand, two Newburyport writers, began the reading group three years ago as a local alternative to similar programs in Boston and its surrounding towns. The series meets several times a year at Jabberwocky Bookshop at the Tannery.

“We wanted to bring writers to Newburyport, serious writers, that people might not have a chance to encounter otherwise,” Kapur said.

Since it began, the series has expanded and gained a following, Kapur added. The last session of the group last spring drew about 85 people. She and Shand will meet to discuss ideas for upcoming sessions and to finalize a topic, Kapur said.

Saturday’s program grew out of a discussion between the two writers about the new best-selling book, “How to Be a Woman” by British columnist Caitlin Moran.

With so much attention being given to the topic, Kapur said, they decided to check in on “gender on the other side” and to see what people are writing and thinking about the gender issue.

“A lot of our topics come out of our conversations on books,” she said.

IF YOU GO

What: Tannery Reading Series

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St., Newburyport

More: Authors Andre Dubus III and Anthony A’Aries will read from their memoirs.