In Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations, Mary Beard, drawing on thirty years of teaching and writing about Greek and Roman history, provides a panoramic portrait of the classical world, a book in which we encounter not only Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal, but also the common people—the millions of inhabitants of the Roman Empire, the slaves, soldiers, and women.
Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, has been called “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, “an American virtuoso of the short story form” by Salon, and “one of the best writers in America” by O Magazine.
She is renowned in literary circles for perfecting the craft of the “extremely short short story,” and is beginning to enjoy a much wider readership. Novelist Dave Eggers has said that Davis’s work, “blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction.”
Her most recent book is The Collected Stories, a compilation of pieces from four previously published volumes.
The ArtsWalk Literary Arts Festival takes place at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson this weekend. Lydia Davis will be reading with writer James Lasdun from 3:30 to 5 PM tomorrow.
Wool is by Hugh Howey. In the summer of 2011, Wool was released as a standalone story with little thought that it would ever become so popular. It soon took on a life of its own, and reviewers clamored for more. The next four books were released to satisfy this demand, each one growing in size. Wool 5 is 250 pages long in print. All five books have now been collected in an Omnibus edition, but they were always meant to be read individually.
It is the 4th annual event and there are plenty of events and panels. There will be panels on spirituality, comedy writing, Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll and discussions on poetry, the short story, and a look at the writing of memoir.
Among the writers who will be on hand are Cheryl Strayed, Lydia Davis, Philippe Petit, James Lasdun, Abigail Thomas, Ann Hood, Christa Parravani and many more.
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.
In more than a century of vampires in pop culture, only one lord of the night truly stands out: Dracula. Though the name may conjure up images of Bela Lugosi lurking about in a cape and white pancake makeup in the iconic 1931 film, the character of Dracula—a powerful, evil Transylvanian aristocrat who slaughters repressed Victorians on a trip to London—was created in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel of the same name, a work so popular it has spawned limitless reinventions in books and film.
The Accursedis a major historical novel from Joyce Carol Oates - an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early-twentieth-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned.
When Will Schwalbe’s mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer life for her family and friends didn’t come to a stop, but morphed into something even more beautiful. Her compassion towards others never faltered, her grown children learned more about themselves and her, and a bond solidified as Will and his mother unconsciously formed The End of Your Life Book Club.
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.