The author of I Am Yours, just out from Amberjack Publishing, Zaman will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Woodstock Bookfest on Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m. at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. Zaman will be interviewed by former NPR war correspondent Jacki Lyden, herself the author of a memoir, Daughter of the Queen of Sheba (Penguin, 1998).
Sunday, March 31: RED Hotel reading at TSL. Gary belongs to the family who built and operated Grossman’s Bakery in the building that now houses Time & Space Limited in Hudson.
Saturday, March 30: Aileen Weintraub tells the inspiring stories of early achievers in Never Too Young! 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference. The book became a best-seller when it debuted on Amazon, and won a Parents’ Choice Award. The Accord-based author has written more than 50 children’s books, with her next, Secrets of the American Museum of Natural History, due out this spring.
Thursday, Mar. 28: Once, farmers knew how to make a living hedge and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay. Rural people knew how to prune hazel to foster abundance: both of edible nuts and of straight, strong, flexible rods for bridges, walls and baskets. Townspeople cut their beeches to make charcoal to fuel ironworks. Shipwrights shaped oaks to make hulls. No place could prosper without its inhabitants knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again. Pruning the trees didn’t destroy them; rather, it created the healthiest, most sustainable and most diverse woodlands that we have ever known.
Once again, the event will bring readers and writers together for four days of panels, classes, keynotes and a story slam.
Sunday, Mar. 10: Bufalino – known locally, nationally and internationally as a dancer and choreographer – will read at Inquiring Minds bookstore in New Paltz.
This is a love story as well as an environmental and political thriller and exposé. Ironically, it is the love story that asks the most willingness and imaginative extension of the reader.
Thursday, Mar. 7: By attempting to name secrets and lies that he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding in Heavy, Laymon asks us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this nation actually know how to love responsibly, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free.
While the story is ﬁctional, it takes place in a real time and place and the things that happen around the characters are real events, says author Rena Blumenthal.
Not only alcohol but also cards and dancing were prohibited at the original Mohonk (quite a change from the tavern of John Stokes, from whom the Smileys bought the original chunk of property, and who was known to chain unruly drunks to a tree). But the resort also served as the site of numerous conferences and social initiatives that were, by the standards of the time, progressive if not downright incendiary.