Amy Helm

Ladies of the Valley concert to benefit Family of Woodstock

A benefit concert for Family of Woodstock’s Hotline and Walk-in Center will be held on Sunday, November 9 at the Bearsville Theater, featuring an almost-all-women lineup of singer/songwriters who now hail from the…

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“Paper engineer” Robert Sabuda releases new book, readies 10 Horse Art Center

In a six-minute-long Martha Stewart video clip, Robert Sabuda demonstrates the rudiments of making a pop-up book. You fold your paper like this, slice it like that, then bend the fold back on…

Annie O’Neill

Annie O’Neill retrospective in Stone Ridge

Annie O’Neill calls her show at Family Traditions a “mini-retrospective,” implying that the collection of photographic prints, drawings, silkscreens and steel sculptures is but a small sample of the work that she has…

Cornelius Eady (photo by Chip Cooper)

Sarah Micklem, Cornelius Eady & Rough Magic in Kingston

Kingston’s Spoken Word will host a mix of talent and entertainment this weekend when poet/playwright Cornelius Eady takes the stage with his literary band Rough Magic and his wife, fantasy novelist Sarah Micklem….

Suzanna Hermans will conduct a panel discussion with three writers: the wonderful Gail Godwin (above), Valerie Martin and Koren Zailckas on Saturday at 12:30 at the Elmendorph Inn on North Broadway. (photo by Beth Blis)

Red Hook hosts Read Local Literary Festival

The upcoming third annual Read Local! Red Hook Literary Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12 in venues in the village of Red Hook, with a full schedule…

James Howard Kunstler is the author of several great nonfiction books about the global energy predicament (The Long Emergency; Too Much Magic), the fiasco of suburbia (The Geography of Nowhere), and the American revival of urban design (Home from Nowhere; The City in Mind). Kunstler will discuss the real-world issues he tackles in his nonfiction books and how he was inspired to depict the consequences of all that in his recent World Made By Hand series of novels set in the post-oil American future. The third in the four-book series, titled A History of the Future, will be published this September by The Atlantic Monthly Press. “It’s one thing to present an audience with a set of rather scary facts about the fate of their society,” Kunstler said. “I wanted to reach a different part of their brains in my novels — to get them to feel the rich textures and sensations of life in the future in a fully tactile way. I also had a hidden agenda: to present that future in a way that would make it appealing… a place you might actually like to be.” You can attend Kunstler’s talk at the Woodstock Writers’ Festival on April 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. for $15. (photo by Charlie Samuels)

Woodstock Writers’ Festival returns, April 3-6

There will be great books, evocative stories and abundant opportunities for inspiration at the fifth annual Woodstock Writers’ Festival (WWF), April 3 through 6. Here’s a listing of who’s slated to show up,…

Lorna Tychostup

Bordering on Treason with New Paltz’s Lorna Tychostup

The Hudson Valley Programmers’ Group will hold three special screenings of Bordering on Treason, a film by Trish Dalton documenting photojournalist Lorna Tychostup’s many trips to Iraq over the past decade. The single…

(Photo by Chase Elliot Clark)

Local authors to turn out at local bookstores for Indies First

This Saturday, November 30 marks the introduction of Indies First, an idea started by author Sherman Alexie and backed by the American Booksellers’ Association. In September Alexie challenged his fellow authors to “be…

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At Wit’s End: An Evening with Oscar Levant in Poughkeepsie

Radio, television and film history buffs will delight in the one-man show about the acclaimed actor, composer and raconteur Oscar Levant, At Wit’s End: An Evening with Oscar Levant. Written by playwright Joel…

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Knitting Yarns at Woodstock’s Golden Notebook

They say that knitting is making a comeback. For some of us, it never went away – rather, it got stuffed into a bag and buried deep in the spare room closet, where…

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