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  He is one of the most prolific writers ever with 156 published books that have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide.

James Patterson is on a mission to get even more people to read in this digital age. He is introducing BookShots-- a new line of short and propulsive.

  Beloved children's book author Kate DiCamillo will be in our region next Friday, as she presents her new novel Raymie Nightingale in a Northshire Bookstore event on Friday, April 15, 6 pm at Saratoga City Center.

Kate DiCamillo – a Two-time Newbery Medalist - returns to her roots with the story of an unforgettable summer friendship. Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home.

Rare Books Uncovered

Jan 7, 2016

  Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In Rare Books Uncovered, expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts the stories of remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting.

She tells about the family whose discovery in their attic of a copy of Action Comics No. 1 --the first appearance of Superman -- saved their home from foreclosure. Or the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser--and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle.

Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine. She has written about books for Preservation, American Libraries and Publishers Weekly.

  Whether we’re ready or not -- the holiday season is upon us. Time for family visits, parties with friends and co-workers, and attempts at general merriment. These are also the weeks and months when the best films of the year start showing up on movie theater screens.

Tim Federle’s newest mixology book combines those two interests: cocktails and movies. Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist follows Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist.

Federle is also the author of the best-selling Better Nate Than Ever and Five Six Seven Nate. His kids book is called Tommy Can’t Stop. Before he was an author he was a dancer, performing on Broadway in Gypsy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Little Mermaid, and Billy Elliot: The Musical.

Hudson State Park at Midnight
Paul Gallo

  There is a new Constellation in the night sky over the Hudson Highlands State Park.

On Pollepel Island about 1,000 feet off the shores of Beacon, NY and across the Hudson River from Storm King Mountain, the Bannerman Castle ruin - a property of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - has inspired Beacon-based artist, Melissa McGill, to create and install "Constellation" - a sculpture and light creation made up of 17 40-80 foot poles with a solar-powered LED light globe at the top of each. As the sun sets each night for the next two years, McGill's Constellation will fade-in over Bannerman - joining the natural stars in the sky.

The companion book Constellation accompanies the installation, both as an extension and artifact of the project. The book is a visual and literary dialogue between artist Melissa McGill and several celebrated writers and poets, using the artwork as a springboard for inspiration and collaboration. Melissa will do a book talk and signing at The Cold Spring General Store in Cold Spring, NY on November 13th.

Earlier this year we met Melissa McGill and Bannerman Castle Trust member Tom Johnson at The Cornwall Yacht Club and we visited the island where we spoke with Melissa about this special celestial sculpture.

  A swimming pool in the Kalahari Desert, the ice skates of a boy in a wheelchair, and a midnight train ride in the cool African night form the backdrop of the eight – quite diverse - stories in the new story collection, Swimming.

Some of the stories take place in Africa, others in the United States, but in all of them, the characters confront cultural and racial differences, both historically and in the present.

Karl Luntta is the author of the novel Know It by Heart as well as numerous travel books. His stories have appeared in International Quarterly, Talking River, and Baltimore Review.

  

  Today in our Ideas Matter segment, we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council to talk about their program Standing Together: Veterans Book Groups. We are joined by Michael Heaney, a retired American History Professor, lawyer, and a wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1965 and 1966, he served in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division as an infantry platoon leader. Much of his post-war life has been devoted to working with combat veterans, and to writing, teaching, and leading discussions about war- and veteran-related matters. For 15 years, he led wilderness expedition courses for combat veterans, in a program jointly sponsored by Outward Bound and the Veterans Administration.

  This summer, Shmaltz Brewing in Clifton Park has been hosting a series of renowned craft beer authors with "Books on Tap -- the Craft of Writing About Craft Beer," which is moderated by Shmaltz owner and Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah author Jeremy Cowan.

  Each moderated discussion is followed by a book signing and Shmaltz brewery tour. All events run from 2 pm - 3:30 pm in the Shmaltz Tasting Room located in Clifton Park.

The final event is this Sunday featuring Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution. We welcome Tom and Jeremy to the show.

    

  There is nothing like a good literary festival, especially when it takes over an entire municipality.

The 3rd Annual Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival will take place next weekend, April 11th and 12th, throughout the village. The festival is full of free events celebrating local authors and featuring the likes of James Romm, Valerie Martin and Gail Godwin.

We get a preview this morning from two of the organizers - Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books and Music and Juliet Harrison of Red Hook Community Arts Network.

  We speak with Pulitzer Prize finalist, award-winning book critic, and professor of philosophy, Carlin Romano, about his book, America the Philosophical.

  We welcome Daniel Smith and speak with him about his book, Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety.

"Brain Wars"

Aug 19, 2013

  We speak with acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, Ph.D. about his book, Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives.

    Craig Childs’ book Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth has won the 2013 Orion Book Award in recognition of its success in addressing the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought-provoking, and engaging manner.

Speaking for the jury, Orion Magazine associate editor Hannah Fries said, “A mixture of adventure, science, and engaging storytelling, Apocalyptic Planet demonstrates an open-mouthed awe of the earth in all its dynamism, a spirit of passionate curiosity, and a fresh and humbling way of thinking about the planet and our place within its grand, catastrophic life.”

Craig Childs and Amanda Fries join us.

In Lincoln: A President for the Ages, Lincoln scholars speculate on questions like: Would Lincoln have dropped the bomb on Hiroshima? How would he conduct the War on Terror? Would he favor women’s suffrage or gay rights? Would today’s Lincoln be a star on Facebook and Twitter? Would he embrace the religious right—or denounce it?

The book is edited by our guest, Karl Weber.

No one brings to life the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs like New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz.

He has gained great readership with enchanting tales and keen observations of his animal menagerie—the dogs, sheep, chickens, and other residents of Bedlam Farm. Now, Katz is back with his first collection of short stories, Dancing Dogs.

Henry James has had many biographers, but Michael Gorra has taken an original approach to this great American novelist, combining elements of biography, criticism, and travelogue in re-creating the dramatic backstory of James’s masterpiece, Portrait of a Lady. Literary critic Michael Gorra joins us to discuss Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece.

Turns out that the wonderful cruises we enjoy today are a direct result of the visionary naval architect William Francis Gibbs, who was obsessed with building the greatest ocean liner of all time a century ago and putting the USA at the top of the industry. Author Steven Ujifusa joins to discuss his new book, A Man and His Ship.

Dr. Patricia O’Gorman, Ph.D is an internationally-recognized psychologist in private practice in East Chatham, and Albany, New York, is noted for her work in families, children of alcoholics, trauma, child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse.

Danica McKellar has written three New York Times bestselling books aimed at making Math accessible, and her fourth book, Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape was published earlier this month. We welcome the actress and internationally-recognized mathematician back to the show.

For eight hours on a Sunday last August, Tropical Storm Irene created a flash flood sweeping away houses, bridges, highways, cars and shops in three states. Communities became isolated islands when bridges fell and the only way to get in or out was by helicopter. National Guard Humvees patroled the once quiet streets.

Jonathan Tropper’sThis is Where I Leave You, was a breakout book that was praised by critics and landed Tropper on the New York Times  Bestsellers List. Three years after publication, Tropper is back with his new novel: One Last Thing Before I Go.

D.L. Hughley

Aug 20, 2012

D.L. Hughley, one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today, and star of a fourth HBO one-hour special entitled Unapologetic. We speak with him about his new book, I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America.

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, and musician. He has written for The New York Times, Salon, The Huffington Post, NY Daily News, Guitar World and is a regular contributor to public radio’s This American Life. He has appeared on Comedy Central, BBC America, MTV, and Adult Swim and is a regular host on HBO and Cinemax.

Leonard Slatkin

Aug 17, 2012

We welcome Maestro Leonard Slatkin to the program and speak with him about his new book, Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro, Tanglewood, and John Williams.

Award-winning journalist and author Peter Golden’s first novel is Comeback Love: A Novel .

We welcome Dean Koontz back to the program and talk about his latest book, Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel.

Kristen Suzanne is a raw vegan chef and former competitive bodybuilder who has studied nutrition for 15 years. We speak with her about Raw Awakening: Your Ultimate Guide to the Raw Food Diet.

We welcome Jenny Brown from the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary back to the show and talk about her new book, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals.

A graduate of Yale, Gerald Elias has been a Boston Symphony violinist, Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet, and Music Director of the Vivaldi Candlelight concert series. He is also the author of Devil’s Trill and Danse Macabre.

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