Pandemic Art – Heartfelt Stories from The Catskills

by Simona David “I have a feeling that in art the need to understand and the need to communicate are one,” remarked Hedda Sterne, revered Surrealist painter.  Coming out of a 14-month once in a century pandemic, we take a moment to reflect on this monumental experience and make sense of the changes we have witnessed around us thus far. Artists have extraordinary perceptual abilities, … Continue reading Pandemic Art – Heartfelt Stories from The Catskills

Book Release: Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days by Nina Shengold

Author: Nina Shengold Title: Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days Publisher: Syracuse University Press ISBN: 978-0-8156-3696-0 (hardcover) 978-0-8156-1124-0 (paperback) 978-0-8156-5507-7 (e-book) Release Date: June 15, 2020   Art: Cover Painting: Kate McGloughlin Map and Line Drawings: Will Lytle Hand-Colored Linocuts: Carol Zaloom   Catskills author Nina Shengold’s latest book Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days will be released by Syracuse University Press on … Continue reading Book Release: Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days by Nina Shengold

The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills Audiobook to Be Released in June

First published by The Overlook Press in 2017, The Quarry Fox earned rave reviews. From the New York Times: “A poignant and modern reminder of untamed creatures so close to home.” From Library Journal: “This engaging portrait of the Catskill wilderness will appeal to nature enthusiasts of all stripes.” Silver Hollow Audio will be releasing the audiobook edition of The Quarry Fox narrated by the … Continue reading The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills Audiobook to Be Released in June

New Writers’ Residency Opens in Roxbury

Roxbury, an international destination in recent years given its wildly popular attractions The Roxbury Motel and Plattekill Mountain, is now home to a Writers’ Residency, newly opened by writer Annie DeWitt and photographer Jerome Jakubiec. The three-day residency program includes accommodations, meals, workshops and manuscript review by DeWitt, who teaches writing at Columbia University and is the author of White Nights in Split Town City, … Continue reading New Writers’ Residency Opens in Roxbury

Featured Destination: John Burroughs Estates

Slabsides, West Park  Naturalist John Burroughs built his log cabin in West Park, Ulster County in 1895, in the Adirondack style. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968, the cabin retains most of its original furnishings, and is open to the public year round. Slabsides is one mile east of Riverby, Burroughs’ main residence. The naturalist wrote some of his most celebrated essays while at Slabsides. He … Continue reading Featured Destination: John Burroughs Estates

How Art Is Made: In the Catskills

How Art Is Made: In the Catskills is a collection of interviews with some of the world’s most accomplished artists who live and work in the Catskill Mountains, New York. Five painters and illustrators, two ceramicists and printmakers, one sculptor, one weaver, and one writer discuss what inspires and moves them, what draws them to their medium of choice, what materials they use, how they … Continue reading How Art Is Made: In the Catskills

Featured Writer: Leslie T. Sharpe

Leslie T. Sharpe is an author, editor, and educator. She began her editing career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and is currently an editorial consultant specializing in literary nonfiction, literary fiction, and poetry. A member of PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which is regarded as a “modern editing classic” and … Continue reading Featured Writer: Leslie T. Sharpe

The History of the Catskills: Book Talk with Author Stephen Silverman

Stephen M. Silverman, author of The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America, published by Knopf in 2015, spoke at the Erpf Center in Arkville, Saturday, April 2 in front of an audience of about forty animated Catskills fans. Co-written with Raphael D. Silver, who passed away in 2013, the book covers all the turning points that shaped the region and made it into … Continue reading The History of the Catskills: Book Talk with Author Stephen Silverman