Katie Britton

Program and Outreach Director

Katie grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and is a graduate of the University at Albany.  Aside from overseeing the programming, she also is in charge of the WAMC Internship Program, and community outreach. Her voice can be heard on The Roundtable & National Productions. Katie is also the baker in residence and showers the newsroom with cakes & pies.

Ways To Connect

Pawpaw. No I’m not asking my dog for his paw, it’s a fruit – and a very yummy one at that. If you haven’t heard of the pawpaw, don’t feel bad you’re not alone, and until 5 years ago Andrew Moore hadn’t either. But after his first taste of this tropical North American fruit, he was hooked, and went in search of America’s forgotten fruit.

The pawpaw comes into season in a couple of weeks in the northeast, so keep an eye out for it at your local farmer’s market. 

Ava Dellaira's debut novel, Love Letters to the Dead tugs at our heart strings at all the right moments, as we read Laurel’s thoughts about her sister’s sudden death, and experience her struggle to find out who she is without her sister’s very big, and loving presence. It’s novel of loss, but it’s also a novel of secrets, the kind that need to be shared, so Laurel can move on.

A candid conversation about personal finance.

Well, the mums and foliage are giving us that last shock of color before we enter the winter doldrums and what better way to celebrate the turning of the seasons than getting out of our homes to enjoy it. And boy, do I have an event for you to come to – and the best part is that it’s FREE!

Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish, is delightfully witty and heartbreakingly tragic as 12 year old Suzy looks for reason why her best friend has died. Even though Suzy has taken a vow of silence in the outside world, her mind is racing as recalls her friendship with Franny, why they began to grow apart, and her obsession with jellyfish that might give her the answers she’s looking for.

Readers can meet Ali Benjamin, along with author Rebecca Stead at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck NY this Saturday, September 26th, at 2PM. 

Newbery Honor medalist Jack Gantos is no stranger to writing. He’s been writing since he was child, and as an adult, has engaged readers of all ages with his fictional books and novels. But in 2002 he penned a different story – the story of his life. His memoir Hole in My Life recounts his nail biting, heart breaking, and harrowing journey of smuggling hundreds of pounds of hash from the Virgin Islands to New York City, and his subsequent incarceration in a federal prison.

Libba Bray’s The Diviners took the world by storm, and readers of all ages have been eagerly awaiting the second novel, Lair of Dreams. Well, they no longer have to wait, and boy was it worth it. Set in the 1920’s, it’s a world privilege and racism, glamor and immigrant ghettos, and people living in the shadows with special abilities. 

A celebration of Labor Day

I’m sad to say the summer has come to an end - the kids have tucked away their bikes and kick balls and gathered together their school supplies. Of course for us adults, it’s the same old routine. So, to break up the monotony and celebrate the people who have worked hard to make our world amazing, we have some great programming on Labor Day (September 7th, in case you were wondering.)

The past few weeks have been pretty hot – in the high 90’s, so imagine if that’s how it was all year round, and if the air was so bad, you had to wear a mask most of the time, and the government rationed the amount of water, clean air filtered into your home, and food you ate. In Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli, and Robert DeFranco’s  After the Red Rain it’s like that, and more.

What most people know about Emily Dickinson’s life is this: she was a poet, reclusive, wore white, and came from a well to do family. But, one fact that may surprise you is that she loved to bake. She would make cakes and have them delivered to people in town, and lower gingerbread in a basket to the waiting children below her window. It’s this premise that helped novelist Nuala O’Connor write Miss Emily.

O’Connor will be at Odyssey Bookstore in South Hadley MA next Wednesday at 7PM. 

If you have a hankering to bake for your friends, try Emily Dickinson's Gingerbread or Coconut Cake.

Music of the Berkshires

Well, WAMC’ers, even though the dog days of August are upon us, it doesn’t mean we can’t have some outdoor fun. We have nine more live Tanglewood broadcasts, and they are not to be missed.