During the course of his life, writer and raconteur Malachy McCourt started the first singles’ bar in America, was a concrete inspector on the New Jersey Turnpike, a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star and a candidate for governor of the state of New York. Now he turns his gaze to Death.
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Saturday, August 5: Tracy Tynan’s memoir Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life features stories from the fashionable lives of her parents, theater critic Kenneth Tynan and novelist Elaine Dundy.
Saturday, July 29: The Golden Notebook in Woodstock presents a reading by the dynamo of American arts and letters Joyce Carol Oates at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.
Sunday, July 23: This week marks the 90th birthday of Hudson resident, Pulitzer Prize-winner, retired Bard College professor and former New York State poet laureate John Ashbery. Small presses being the lifeblood of even poets as famous as Ashbery, it’s a natural fit for this weekend’s Read & Feed to pay tribute to the occasion.
Author Greg Robinson will discuss the conflict between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt over the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Friday, June 30: Meet the author noted by the New York Times for being “a forensically skillful examiner of her characters’ motives, thoughts and behavior.”
Friday, April 28: Stephen Tobolowsky is best known as a character actor, one of those guys on the periphery of a movie scene that fills in all the gaps. More recently, Tobolowsky has developed radio and podcast pieces highlighting the life of a guy who is born Jewish in Dallas, Texas, attends a Methodist college, and becomes a success in L.A.
Fred Mayo & Michael Gold to discuss their new book on etiquette in Gardiner and New Paltz Sunday, April 2.
Thursday, March 9- Author talk/book-signing, Elliott and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Story of a Father and His Daughter in the Gilded Age. Uniquely situated within the Roosevelts as the younger brother of Theodore, father of Eleanor and even godfather to FDR, Elliott should have had a wonderful life.
It’s one of the most enduring and tantalizing local legends you’ll ever wonder about. Was novelist Stephen King inspired to write “The Shining,” one of his most famous horror stories, after visits to Mohonk Mountain House?