In its Touchstones author series, The Mount in Lenox, MA welcomes journalist/author Kate Bolick for a series of interviews with leading writers.

The August 15 program will feature Joanna Smith Rakoff whose new memoir, My Salinger Year, was recently released in June and is an Amazon Best Book pick for summer reading!

The Sendak Fellowship was established in 2010 as a residency program for artists who tell stories with illustration. The fellowship offers the time for artists to explore their craft outside the limitations of everyday life and in the relative isolation of a rural setting.

    At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moved to New York City and took a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She was tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail.

Her memoir of that time is called: My Salinger Year.

  Bestselling author Paul Doiron is the editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His first book, The Poacher's Son, is the winner of the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony awards. His latest book is The Bone Orchard.

  Deborah Harkness is a scholar and writer specializing in the history of science and medicine. She has received numerous awards, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Currently a professor of history at the University of Southern California, she is the author of the New York Times bestselling All Souls Trilogy, and the final book in that trilogy, The Book of Life, is out today.

  American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, Me Before You.

Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story. One Plus One tells the tale of Jess Thomas, a single mother and housecleaner in a southern England seaside town, and the thrown-together relationship she develops with one of her clients, the wealthy, hopelessly geeky Ed Nicholls.

Shirley Jackson Day

Jun 26, 2014


  It is Shirley Jackson Day – commemorating the day her famous story, "The Lottery," was published in The New Yorker. We welcome Susan Scarf Merrell whose new novel is Shirley - a psychological thriller set at Bennington College in the 1960s.

A young woman who moves with her professor husband into the home of novelist Shirley Jackson and Jackson’s husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, narrate the book. She uncovers a chilling connection between the celebrated couple and the disappearance of a young co-ed on campus years before.


  Justin Kramon is a Philadelphia-based writer whose first novel was Finny and who’s latest is The Preservationist. The popular novel is about a thrilling love triangle that takes place between three college students.

The Preservationist stars Julia, a damaged young woman who finds herself in the sights of two men, one a fellow college student, the other older and an employee of a restaurant she frequents. So, the big question – which one is the psycho.

Kramon has also taught at several universities, including Haverford and Arcadia.

    The Truth is a Cave in The Black Mountains is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette, illustrated by renowned artist Eddie Campbell. It tells a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure.

  This Friday, Carnegie Hall will present a synchronized multimedia storytelling event with Neil Gaiman reading The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains with projected illustrations from the book and a live underscore by the FourPlay String Quartet. The event was originally commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for its GRAPHIC Festival.


  Mona Simpson is the acclaimed and award-winning author of Anywhere But Here and My Hollywood.

Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping to find out what his mother is planning for his life. When he learns instead that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his best friend, Hector, to help. Both boys are in thrall to Miles’s unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is “pretty for a mathematician.” They rifle through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her computer, only to find that all clues lead them to her bedroom, and put them on the trail of a mysterious stranger from Washington, D.C.

Their amateur detective work starts innocently but quickly takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family’s well-being, prosperity, and sanity.