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Register now to take tea with American Girl Blaire & her creator at Ulster County Fair

Register now to take tea with American Girl Blaire & her creator at Ulster County Fair

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.

Talk with marathoners Kathrine Switzer & Roger Robinson at Rough Draft

Talk with marathoners Kathrine Switzer & Roger Robinson at Rough Draft

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.”

Provoking the Press author Kevin Lerner exhumes press-critical journal from the ’70s

Provoking the Press author Kevin Lerner exhumes press-critical journal from the ’70s

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.

Sarah Bowen launches her Spiritual Rebel book tour at Oblong in Rhinebeck

Sarah Bowen launches her Spiritual Rebel book tour at Oblong in Rhinebeck

Tuesday, June 11: Her own “journey of faith” begins more with Lucas’ Jedis and the Force than with her beloved clergyman father. Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose should be taken as a book of big ideas and not dismissed as another hyperbolic non-Western panacea for Western anxiety and emptiness.