Tuesday, Aug. 13: Jared Cohen’s interest in unexpected transfers of power began during his childhood when he read the late Staatsburg author/illustrator Alice Provensen’s The Buck Stops Here, a book about US presidents.
The Phoenicia Library is home to the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection, an impressive inventory of books about fishing and fly-tying. “It could be hyperbole, but we like to say we have the largest circulating collection in the Northeast,” says Library Board member Beth Waterman.
Both Chef Linda Soper-Kolton and Chef Sara Boan graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan before landing their dream jobs at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, tucked away between Saugerties and Lake Katrine, where they teach the vegan way of compassionate cooking. Now the dynamic duo is making the rounds at bookstores and other venues to launch a cookbook, Compassionate Cuisine: 125 Plant-Based Recipes from Our Vegan Kitchen.
Wednesday, July 31: Among the attractions at this summer’s Ulster County Fair will be an opportunity for children who love the history-based American Girl dolls to attend a tea party with New Paltz resident Jennifer Castle, author of two books about American Girl’s 2019 Girl of the Year, Blaire Wilson. Set in Ulster County, Blaire’s story involves living on a sustainable farm turned into a bed-and-breakfast and volunteering for the local food pantry.
New Paltz resident Jennifer Deering knows all about the dangers of undiagnosed Lyme disease; in 2011, it left her effectively crippled for about six months with extreme joint pain and a raft of neurological symptoms triggered by her autoimmune response. Deering has written and self-published a book about her experiences, Stronger than Lyme: My Battle and Blueprint for Overcoming This Strange Disease, and will be giving a presentation about it from 4 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, July 13 at Roost Studios.
Monday, July 1: Switzer is the first woman to officially register and run the Boston Marathon (and the subject of a very famous photograph) and the author of Marathon Woman, which has recently been optioned for a major featurelength film. Robinson is the author of When Running Made History, a new book that redefines the contribution of running to modern society via eyewitness stories from the last 70 years. Outside magazine’s Amby Burfoot called it “the best running book of all time.”
The ’zine age, as well as the work of such cartoon memoirists as Linda Barry, has demonstrated that the graphic narrative form is well-suited to intimate miniatures (if Edward Gorey hadn’t already made the point), but Nonsecal is something else entirely; it is short but grand and maximalist, visually and conceptually.
Author Salman Rushdie will appear in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue at Bard College Sept. 10. He’ll discuss his forthcoming novel Quichotte, a retelling of Cervantes’ Don Quixote.
Saturday, June 22: The book examines not only the ’70s cultural stew but also the role played by the journalism of the day, as seen through the lens of a small, all-but-forgotten magazine called (MORE), which promised to reveal that there was – or that there should be – more to journalism than the country’s newsrooms acknowledged or even recognized at the time. Lerner’s book is an examination of how hard its founders and contributors worked to provide journalism’s missing pages to hidebound, self-satisfied newsrooms across the country.
You don’t need to be patient to enjoy an Alison Gaylin novel, but you need to be alert AF.