Here’s a great article about Jim Shepard and the Berkshire Wordfest:
Jim Shepard, a professor of writing and film at Williams College, often tells his students that one of the ways you can tell you might be a writer “is if you have to write in order to feel good about yourself, although writing almost never makes you feel good about yourself.”
Shepard should know: He is the author of six novels and two collections of short stories, and his widely anthologized stories have been included in editions of “The Best American Short Stories” in 1994, 2002 and 2006. Shepard also has a number of distinguished literary awards to his name, including the Pushcart Prize, the Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Award.
Because of his numerous accolades and contributions to the literary world and his connection to the Berkshires, Shepard is one of the many accomplished writers that came to Audrey Manring’s mind when planning the list of distinguished literary speakers for the inaugural Berkshire WordFest at Edith Wharton’s The Mount in Lenox, set for July 23-25.
“Jim Shepard up in Williamstown is one of the finest short story writers working today,” Manring, the 2010 Berkshire WordFest director, said of the local writer.
Shepard will join nearly 20 nationally acclaimed contemporary writers in celebrating the written word at the inaugural festival at the former home of one of America’s most highly esteemed female writers, Edith Wharton. Many of those writers reside in the Berkshires and its surrounding areas.