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Faculty Member and HVS Alumni to read from new memoir on April 26th

GHENT, NY–Eric G. Mueller and Matthew Zanoni Mueller will be live at the Chatham Bookstore to read from their memoir, Drops on the Water: Stories about Growing Up from a Father and Son, on Saturday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A will follow a brief presentation on the book, published by Apprentice House.

Drops on the Water is about the childhood experiences of a father and son. It traces the similarities and differences between distinct generations in their unique geographical environments. The brief chapters move between Germany and America, East and West coast, and the African continent. The anxieties of early love and rural small town life are balanced against changes seen in the family across generations. Memories of experiences coalesce and bring to life the circumstances that bind father and son to history, family, generation, and place.

“The Muellers are storytellers, and their stories twist around each other like two ends of a doubled thread, sometimes touching, sometimes moving apart in their own directions, but always returning. They are told with the intimacy of a dinner conversation, so particular and yet deeply, pleasingly familiar. It is a treat to be invited to the table.” Hannah Fries – Associate/Poetry Editor, Orion Magazine

Playwright Glen Berger says, “These simultaneously personal, yet universal, utterly recognizable incidents have been delivered to the page with perspicacity, humor, and a poet’s eye. With chapters alternating between the perspectives of the two authors, the dual life-journeys of father and son weave together, casting new light on each other’s lives, as well as our own.”

Eric G. Mueller teaches literature and drama at Hawthorne Valley High School in Harlemville. He is director of Teacher Education at the Alkion Center for Adult Education. Born in Durban, South Africa, he studied literature and history at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Müller continued his studies in England and Germany before moving to America. He has published three novels and a collection of poetry. He lives in Ghent.

Matthew Zanoni Mueller ’03 was born in Germany and grew up in Eugene, Oregon and upstate New York. He is a graduate of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. After earning his BA from Emerson College, he received his MFA from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. He teaches English at Berkshire Community College and currently shuttles between western Mass and Columbia County. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and journals.

The Chatham Bookstore is located at 27 Main Street in Chatham, NY. For more information, call 518-392-3005. Refreshments will be served.

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