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Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, writer, activist, and photographer.

In his new book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, he shares real life stories of late-night parties; backstage anecdotes; cross-country road-trips with his dog, Honey; and poignant memories of his life, loves, family, fellow actors, and friends. 

  In June of 2012, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, began airing twice-monthly podcasts, hoping to be heard by anyone outside their close circles.

By the anniversary show a year later, the fan base had exploded, vaulting the podcast into the #1 spot on iTunes. Since then, its popularity has grown by epic proportions, hitting more than 100 million downloads, expanding to a successful live international touring stage show, a New York Times bestselling novel, and a podcast network: Night Vale Presents.

Now, for the first time, the first two seasons of Welcome to Night Vale are available as books. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor will talk about the books and the podcast in an event emceed by Meg Bashwiner at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, NY presented by Oblong Books on Thursday, September 15th at 6 p.m.

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes
The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich
Departure by A.G. Riddle
Dragonfish by Vu Tran
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books & Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

My Holiday in North Korea by Wendy E. Simmons
Shrill by Lindy West
Just Life by Neil Abramson (event in Rhinebeck Thurs 6/2, 6pm)
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda

    Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma (event in Rhinebeck, Tues 4/5, 6pm)

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
River Road by Carol Goodman (event Tues 1/19, 6pm, Rhinebeck)
The Apple Family by Richard Nelson
Simple Matters by Erin Boyle
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (book group at Oblong Rhinebeck in Feb & March)
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson 

   Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Welcome to the Museum: Historium by Jo Nelson & Richard Wilkinson
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana Williams & Jenny Broom
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting
Cabin Porn collected by Beaver Brook
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Andrew DeGraff
Map: Exploring the World by Victoria Clarke
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, and Future by Lauren Redniss
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena

    Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck (two events: at White Hart Inn in Salisbury on Thursday, 9/17, and at Oblong Rhinebeck on Saturday, 9/19, 7pm)
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton
George by Alex Gino (event at Oblong Rhinebeck with Alex & editor David Levithan on Saturday, 9/19, 4pm)
The Marvels by Brian Selznick (event at The Mahaiwe on Sunday, 9/20, 3pm)
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (event with Rebecca Stead at Oblong Rhinebeck on Saturday, 9/26 at 2pm)

  Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition is the first publication of Whitman’s original Civil War poetry collection since the bard himself published Drum-Taps over 150 years ago. Many of the poems in Drum-Taps eventually found their way into Leaves of Grass.

Lawrence Kramer is an English professor and musicologist at Fordham University and is especially interested in the sonic elements of Whitman’s poetry. He has set several of Whitman’s poems to music and has a unique perspective on this great American poet’s work as a result.

Prof. Kramer will be reading from and speaking about Drum-Taps at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, NY on Wednesday, August 5th.

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
The Fold by Peter Clines

  Vassar grad Sophie McManus' sharply written, funny and heart-breaking debut The Unfortunates, is a story of inheritance, influence, class and power.

She will read from a sign the book at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY tonight at 7p.m.

  She is called in book circles - the reigning queen of the summer beach book -- Elin Hilderbrand -- is coming to Oblong Books and Music on Thursday, June 25, to talk about her new novel, The Rumor.

The longtime Nantucket resident has set all of her books on that beautiful Massachusetts island, and her annual June publication date has made her a beach-bag perennial since 2000. Hilderbrand has found a whole world in her restricted setting, covering everything from the complexities of running a successful resort restaurant, to the ways that summer beach vacations change as families grow apart.

The 15th Hilderbrand novel, "The Rumor" follows the relationship between blocked writer Madeline King and her best friend Grace, who is spending a summer transforming her garden with the help of a handsome landscape architect.


  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick
How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me by David Gates (event at Oblong Rhinebeck, Tuesday, 5/19, 7pm)
The Octopuppy by Martin McKenna
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman

  When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk.

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una Lamarche
Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer (event at Rhinebeck store Saturday, 4/11, 7pm)
On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman
The Keepers: The Box & the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders
Lumberjanes Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (event at Rhinebeck store Sunday, 4/26, 4pm)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (event at Rhinebeck store Sunday, 4/26, 4pm)


  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman (event Sunday, 1/25, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson (event Saturday, 1/24, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (event Saturday, 2/21, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Descent by Tim Johnston
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, & Leanne Shapton
101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt, illlustrated by Roz Chast
Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs. by Henry Carroll
Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

  The 20th Anniversary Edition of The Christmas Alphabet, Robert Sabuda's classic pop-up title - that was his first New York Times Bestseller - has just been released. As part of the roll-out of the title he'll be appearing at a special events sponsored by Oblong Books and Music during the Rhinebeck Sinterklaas Festival on December 6th at 4pm.


  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9 The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (Oblong-sponsored event at Bulkeley Middle School in Rhinebeck, Wednesday, 11/12, 6:30pm)
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper & Raul the Third
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann (event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 11/16, 4pm)
How Do You Pray? by Celeste Yacoboni (event at Rhinebeck store, Thursday, 11/6, 7pm)
Peter Paul and Mary: 50 Years in Music and Life by Peter Yarrow (Oblong-sponsored event at Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, NY, Tuesday, 11/18, 7pm)
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Getting a Life with Asperger's by Jesse Saperstein (event at Rhinebeck store Fri, 8/29)
What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers (event at Rhinebeck store Sat, 9/6)
Bats in the Band by Brian Lies
My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros (launch event at Rhinebeck store Sun, 9/7)
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (event at Rhinebeck store Monday, 9/22)
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower
Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Tween Hobo: Off the Rails by Alena Smith (event at Rhinebeck store, Fri, 7/18, 7pm)
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

  Suzanna Hermans joins us from Oblong Books and Music with this week's Book Picks List.

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Three-Ring Rascals: The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise
Waterfire Saga, Book 1: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (launch event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 5/4, 4pm)
Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne (launch event at Rhinebeck store, Tuesday, 5/6, 7pm)
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski (event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 5/18, 4pm)
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares (event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 5/18, 4pm)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 5/18, 4pm)


  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.

  Suzanna Hermans joins us from Oblong Books and Music with this week's Book Picks List.

Return of a King by William Dalrymple
Those Angry Days by Lynne Olson
Bark by Lorrie Moore
This is Not an Accident by April Wilder
One More Thing by B.J. Novak
Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis
Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando

    Hammertown Barn is a popular lifestyle store with locations in Pine Plains and Rhinebeck, NY and Great Barrington, MA. In Love Where You Live: At Home in the Country, design expert Joan Osofsky of Hammertown Barn, shares her in-depth knowledge on stylish modern country living with a collection of creative ideas and real-life tips for making your home warm and welcoming.

Joan and her co-author, Abby Adams, will sign copies of their book at Oblong Books & Music in Millerton, NY tomorrow beginning at 4pm.

     Suzanna Hermans joins us from Oblong Books and Music with this week's Book Picks List.

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro (event at Millerton store on Sunday, 11/17 @ 4)
A Reader's Book of Days by Tom Nissley
Unlikely Loves by Jennifer S. Holland
S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (event at Rhinebeck store on Monday, 11/18 @ 6)
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman (event at Rhinebeck store on Sunday, 12/1 @ 4)

    Suzanna Hermans joins us from Oblong Books and Music with this week's Book Picks List.

Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet
Long Division by Kiese Laymon (event in Rhinebeck on Thurs, 9/5, 7pm)
Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan (event in Rhinebeck on Sat, 9/7, 7pm)
Rufus Goes to School by Kim Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick (event in Rhinebeck, Sat, 9/28, 4pm)
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps by Alan Gelb (event in Rhinebeck, Thurs, 9/26, 6pm)

**Audio to come**

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's selections. 

List after the break.

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music in Millerton and Rhinebeck joins us with this week's list.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Amelia Anne is Dead & Gone by Kat Rosenfield
The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
One Good Deed by Erin McHugh
Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Suzanna Hermans is back in Studio A with Joe on this fine Spring day to share some new reading suggestions.