Bring your little ones (ages 4 -8 ) to the bookshop on Thursday morning, Juy 20 at 10am to listen to stories read by children's book co-authors Corinne Demas and her daughter, Artemis Roehrig.
Corinne Demas is the author of two collections of short stories, five novels, a memoir, a collection of poetry, two plays, and numerous books for children. She is Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a fiction editor of the Massachusetts Review.
She grew up in New York City, in Stuyvesant Town, the subject of her memoir, Eleven Stories High, Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948-1968. She attended Hunter College High School, graduated from Tufts University, and completed a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She lived in Pittsburgh for a number of years, teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and at Chatham College.
She lives with her family in Western Massachusetts and spends the summer on Cape Cod.
Artemis Roehrig has long had an interest in writing, though since graduating from Amherst Regional High School in 2003, she’s concentrated on scientific topics. She has a master’s degree in organismic and evolutionary biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has taught science in different settings.
She’s put that background to particular use in one of the two new picture books she’s written with her mother. “Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle?” examines the lives of these small crustaceans with an outsize claw, with kid-friendly pictures and text that ask whether the crabs can do things like ride skateboards, eat pizza or perform magic tricks.
Mother and daughter have also combined forces on “Are Pirates Polite?” a book on manners which posits that even grubby, combative buccaneers know it’s important to say “Thank you,” use inside voices and to share.
Roehrig, who has two young daughters, jokes that her older girl seems to respond much better to these suggestions when she hears them read aloud from a book “than when her mom asks her to do the same thing.”