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.
Wednesday, Sept. 27: Father and son will converse about the creepy novel that they just wrote together, Sleeping Beauties, which takes place in the near future in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison. Something happens when women go to sleep. The Washington Post’s Ron Charles dubbed the tale Orange Is the New Black Death.
Robert Aiello’s new self-published memoir, Remembering Glasco: Growing up in an Italian-American village, revels in a host of hometown experiences. That includes a sense of ethnic identity that was once a bedrock of Hudson Valley life.
Friday, Sept. 8: Revkin will discuss lessons “learned and unlearned” during his 30 years of reporting on climate change – from the North Pole to the Vatican.
Hillary Rodham Clinton will be visiting Oblong Books in Rhinebeck Thursday, Dec. 7 to sign copies of her book What Happened, about the 2016 election.