The bookstore originally used the president’s alleged disparaging phrase for a display of books by African and Latin American authors, but after criticism, changed it to the older and decidedly unironic “E pluribus unum.”
In her introduction to the book, due to be published next month by Viking, Susan Zimet recalls how news of commemorations of the 2017 centennial of the enfranchisement of women in New York State made her realize that this wasn’t a familiar enough story.
Books collecting the autographs of others, along with poems and other mementos, were once common. Today they live in only for special occasions, like weddings or graduations.
Fionn Reilly’s new photo book, Kolkata/Calcutta will be celebrated at a December 9 afternoon book launch party at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Author Tony Fletcher, who wrote the book’s introduction, will be interviewing his fellow Londoner.
Saturday, Nov. 4: Poet and classical scholar Jim Handlin will speak in Woodstock about deciphering centuries-old cryptic works. Handlin’s solution to one work — if verifiable — is a mind-blowing revelation at a nexus of Jewish and Coptic mysticism and alchemy.
The book is positioned as a celebration of nature’s fragile ecosystems and of the David v. Goliath community members (for David’s tactics, in this case, were largely litigatory) banded together to protect them. But in the moment-to-moment of the prose and in the very consciously balanced, 360-degree management of his facts, Mabee reveals himself mostly as a fastidious historian and no polemicist at all.
Monday, Oct. 30: Several of Ackerman’s books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Circle Critics’ Award finalists. She also has the rare distinction of having a molecule named after her: dianeackerone, a pheromone in crocodilians.
Saturday, Oct. 14: Francesco Mastalia launches new book of 108 portraits of yogis with exhibition and readings. “The significance of the number 108 is that it’s a sacred number in Eastern religious traditions,” Mastalia explains. “One stands for God or higher truth, zero stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, eight stands for infinity or eternity.”
“Old age showers you with clarities and simplicities if you don’t struggle,” writes this former journalist who grew up in the Woodstock of the late 1930s and early 1940s.
Oct. 12-13: Worldwide, the number of democracies is declining. In America, social and institutional trust has weakened. In this year’s conference, “Crises of Democracy: Thinking in Dark Times,” Bard’s Hannah Arendt Center looks at how we got here and what the future may hold.