Graphic memoirist Lucy Knisley headlines YA Society’s anniversary in Rhinebeck

Lucy Knisley

Young Adult (YA) literature and graphic novels are two book genres that are both alive and well in the marketplace and being taken more seriously by folks with fingers on the contemporary cultural pulse. The Hudson Valley YA Society, headquartered at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, has been around for five years now, and will celebrate that milestone on Sunday, August 16 by welcoming a local gal who made good for a book-signing event.

Rhinebeck native Lucy Knisley (the daughter of a chef and gourmet) has been taking the art of memoir into new and interesting places by rendering her true-life adventures in the graphic format formerly reserved for fiction – and hitting The New York Times’s best-seller list in the process with works like French Milk and Relish. Knisley will put in an appearance at Oblong at 4 p.m. on the 16th.

During the fifth-anniversary event, all in-stock autographed YA books will be discounted by 20 percent. There will also be a Book Swap, in which customers are invited to bring in five “gently used” YA books or comics, appropriate for ages 12 to 18, to swap with other readers. Oblong Books & Music is located at 6422 Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck. For more info call (845) 876-0500 or visit

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