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How a kid from Newburgh became a mega-best-selling author

How a kid from Newburgh became a mega-best-selling author

James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most number-one best-sellers (67 at last count) and was the first to top The New York Times’ best-seller lists in both the adults’ and kids’ categories simultaneously. His novels account for roughly six percent of all hardcover novels sold in the US – more copies than those of Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined.

Saving the world, one stitch at a time with “slow fashion” advocate Katrina Rodabaugh

Saving the world, one stitch at a time with “slow fashion” advocate Katrina Rodabaugh

Friday, December 7: Book signing/discussion at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck: I’d “left fashion out of my own quest for a sustainable lifestyle. I’d been thinking a lot about food and housing, but not so much about clothing.” Katrina Rodabaugh went on a “fashion fast,” pledging not to purchase any new clothing for a year, focusing instead on making simple garments, buying secondhand and mending what she already owned.

Joyce Carol Oates to read her new short stories in Woodstock

Joyce Carol Oates to read her new short stories in Woodstock

Tuesday, July 24: Multi-prizewinning novelist Joyce Carol Oates has just published a new short-story collection that’s generating plenty of buzz in literary circles: Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense. The title story is her homage to the eldritch horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft; the volume of six new works also includes Eleven A.M., 1926, Oates’ contribution to a writing challenge to imagine the backstories behind iconic paintings by Edward Hopper. 

Samantha Hunt reads from The Seas in Rhinebeck

Samantha Hunt reads from The Seas in Rhinebeck

Tuesday, July 10: Dave Eggers declared the Tivoli writer “one of the most distinctive and unforgettable voices I have read in years.” Hunt’s recently reissued novel is about a young woman who believes herself to be a mermaid. She falls in a love with a damaged veteran of the first Iraq war, a fisherman named Jude.