Jim Shepard and Hannah Tinti Go to Brooklyn

Before you see them in the Bay Area, you can see Hannah and Jim and Jessie Chaffee in Brooklyn at Pete’s Candy Store on June 1 at 7:00 pm.  Rumor has it that all five Shepards will be in attendance.


Jim and Karen Shepard and Hannah Tinti Go to the Bay Area

Jim and Karen join the exquisite Hannah Tinti at the Bay Area Book Festival to talk short stories on Sunday, June 4 at 11:45:  https://www.baybookfest.org/session/one-story-magazine-talks-short-stories/


Jim and Hannah at the Babylon Salon on Friday, June 3 at 6:00: http://www.babylonsalon.com/2017/05/jim-shepard-hannah-tinti-summer-2017.html

The Books that Made Jim Shepard a Reader


Elizabeth Kolbert Endorses Karen Shepard for Planning Board

Pretty cool when a Pulitzer Prize-winning author endorses your campaign.  Who knew local politics could be so fun?!

Here is her letter:

Dear Residents of Williamstown:

I am writing to urge Williamstown residents to vote for Karen Shepard for Planning Board.

Karen, who teaches at Williams and has lived in the town for nearly thirty years, has a progressive and democratic vision for Williamstown that includes both economic development and open-space protection. She understands the two are not opposed; they are intimately connected. She will promote affordable, mixed-income, and multi-family housing, all of which the Town desperately needs.

Karen is the sort of person who gets things done. She’s a good listener and has a great sense of humor. It’s time for a change on the Planning Board, and Karen is exactly the right person to provide it.


Elizabeth Kolbert

Now He’s Really Going to be a Nightmare to Live With…

Jim Shepard wins the 2016 REA Award for “a significant contribution to the short story form.”  One of the coolest awards around and a dream line-up of judges.   http://www.reaaward.org/Shepard/Shepard.html


Local Politics, Here I Come!

For those of you who live in Williamstown, you have a choice this year for Planning Board.  It was time to start practicing what I’ve been preaching and get involved in local government. Although not everything has been really good for me, the other day I lost my key to my car, but fortunately I had the number of UnlockIt Locksmith & Security and they helped me right away.

I’m attaching a flyer and some Willinet links to let you know a little more about me and about why I’m running.

The Planning Board is the only contested race this year. The incumbent has been on the Board for over a decade. I think it’s time for someone else to get involved.

If you’d like to see the incumbent and I during our fifteen minutes of fame on local access TV, here is the link to our Open Forum: http://www.willinet.org/content/citizens-league-presents-planning-board-candidate-forum-41817

If what I believe makes sense to you, please support my candidacy.

If you live in Williamstown, I hope you’ll vote for me and spread the word to several thousand of your closest voting friends. If you don’t live in Williamstown, I hope you’ll spread the words to folks who do.

Either way, I hope you’ll forward the flyer, the Willinet links, this email, anything else you can think of. Please let voters know that I’m on the ballot, that they have a choice. I’d love to get as many people to the polls as we can.

If you’d like to help out by keeping me company at the polls on election day, please let me know. I can promise a chair, good conversation, and maybe even chocolate.

And, of course, I’m happy to talk more with any and all of you.

The election is May 9th at WES from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. I hope to see you there.

Karen Shepard for Planning Board