The fest will include “Stories on Stage” Hudson Valley Actors Read Hudson Valley Authors; I Want to Be in a Band! – a Music & Movement Program for kids featuring author and musician Suzzy Roche, and illustrator Giselle Potter; Telling Stories: Conversations with Fiction Writers featuring Owen King, Kelly Braffet, Frank Delaney, and Marshall Karp – and much much more! All events are free and open to the public.
Suzanna Hermans, Co-Owner of Oblong Books and Music; Helen Seslowsky, event coordinator, and author and broadcaster, Frank Delaney, join us.
Author Karen Russell made quite a splash with her terrific 2011 novel, Swamplandia. Now she is back with a terrific short story collection entitled, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
Karen Russell is one of today’s most celebrated and vital writers—honored in The New Yorker’s list of the twenty best writers under the age of forty. Her wondrous new work displays a young writer of superlative originality and invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers.
Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels and was the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.
His latest novel, Suspect, tells the story of Scott and Maggie - an LAPD K9 team nobody trusts--damaged goods who are wounded, scared, and suspect. Who work together to solve a murder and regain trust.
A myriad of voices will be celebrated during the festival, including published playwrights; poets and novelists; bloggers; non-native speakers learning to write expressively in English and emerging writers. Panel discussions will be led by publishers, literary agents, social media strategists and other experts in the creative writing field.
In his book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America, novelist Christopher Bram chronicles the rise of gay consciousness in American writing. Beginning with a first wave of major gay literary figures -Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, and James Baldwin - he shows how they set the stage for new generations of gay writers to build on what they had begun.
This morning we meet a mother and her son who are two successful authors and will be reading and signing in our region tomorrow night.
Prizewinning writer Hollis Seamon received critical acclaim for Body Work: Stories, a collection of stories about women on the brink and for her mystery novel Flesh. Hollis will read from and discuss her new story collection, Corporeality - Stories, recently published by Able Muse Press.
Tobias Seamon's first novel The Magician's Study was praised by Booklist for its "stylistic inventiveness and skill with characterization ... nothing short of breathtaking." The poet, filmmaker and fiction writer will read from his new novellaThe Fair Grounds, set in Kaaterskill and with a nod to Washington Irving. Both will be at the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza at 7PM tomorrow night.
After eight commanding works of fiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.
Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville - once famous for producing gloves and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by.