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The Luminous Racetrack – Poetry Reading & Book Signing by Bill Tremblay

June 22 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Please join us for a special afternoon with the legendary poet Bill Tremblay at Booklovers’s Gourmet as he reads from his new poetry collection, The Luminous Racetrack: A Memoir in Poems (Lynx House Press, 2023). Bill will also sign copies of the book which will be available for sale at the bookshop.

The Luminous Racetrack is a collection of frank and lyrical poems based on Bill Tremblay’s childhood and youth in Southbridge, Massachusetts. It is a uniquely intimate coming-of-age story and a masterful witness to the details and beliefs of a bygone era. It is a graceful and magical narrative told with great skill and intelligence.

The Luminous Race Track flows like the Quinebaug River in its lyrical reportage of a boy’s coming-of-age in the mill town of Southbridge, Massachusetts, accruing poetic force stanza by stanza as it unfolds its masterful witness to local details and beliefs which Tremblay transfigures most gracefully into the universal narratives that resonate memorably, magically, and profoundly.

–Charles DeNiord

Bill Tremblay is an award-winning poet, novelist, teacher, editor, and reviewer whose work has appeared in ten full-length volumes of poetry including Crying in the Cheap Seats [University of Massachusetts Press], The Anarchist Heart [New Rivers Press], Duhamel: Ideas of Order in Little Canada [BOA Editions Ltd.], Shooting Script: Door of Fire [Eastern Washington University Press]. Hundreds of his poems have appeared in literary magazines and in such anthologies as the Pushcart Prize, The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Best American Poetry, 2003, In 1994, he published his novel, The June Rise {Utah State University Press}, which was widely and favorably reviewed, especially on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2004, his book, Shooting Script: Door of Fire received the Colorado Book Award [2004]. He has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as at Yaddo. He was a Fulbright visiting Lecturer at Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, .Mr.Tremblay edited Colorado Review for 15 years and is the recipient of the John F. Stern Distinguished Professor award for his thirty-three years teaching in and directing the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University. His latest book is The Luminous Race Track,(2023), poetic memoirs about growing up in his Franco-American working-class family in the town of Southbridge, Massachusetts where he has just been appointed the inaugural Poet Laureate.

Paul Szlosek

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