Rachel Urquhart's debut novel, The Visionist, is based in real life: the Visionists were young Shaker girls who began to suffer mysterious fits, thought to be in communication with the spirit world.
The Visionist tells the story of 15-year old Polly Kimball who kills her abusive father in a fire. Her mother leads them to seek shelter in The City of Hope, a nearby shaker Settlement. She is anointed a visionist upon her arrival, where she is - by turns - worshipped and questioned.
Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry.
In her new book, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair), Perez tells her never-before-told story of surviving a harrowing childhood and of how she found success—both in and out of the Hollywood limelight.
On June 2 at 7pm, singer Natalie Merchant and the Kalmia String Quartet share the stage of The Bard Fisher Center with local women singers Amy Helm, Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Yungchen Lhamo, to draw attention to the grave problem of domestic violence in the Hudson Valley. This benefit concert will raise funds for for the Washbourne House of Ulster County and Grace Smith House of Dutchess County.
A letter made available to The Associated Press says an investigation prompted by a Kennedy heir's attempt to take his infant son from a New York maternity ward has found no evidence of child abuse. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...
The March 30 letter from the state child protection agency says a report of suspected child abuse against Douglas Kennedy, the son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was determined to be unfounded.