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“Meet the Authors” – Third Annual Catskills Book Festival, Sunday, April 24 at Union Grove Distillery

WIM's Book Festival 2015Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to a literary arts and community event and celebration we call “Meet the Authors,” the third in our series of annual book festivals. This year the event takes place on Sunday, April 24, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY, an exciting new enterprise in the area. Union Grove is housed in a big old barnlike building featuring comfortable spaces fitted with stainless steel and copper and wood, a roaring fireplace, and the percolation of fine spirits—all making for a perfect environment in which to listen to, talk about, and think about books and writing.

The daylong event welcomes all writers and readers, artists and audience, and community members from every walk to brave the mud and chill of early spring and enjoy a warm gathering of successful and fascinating writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers, and publishers from Syracuse to New York City and points between and beyond. This year’s keynote speaker is Rosie Schaap, author of the celebrated memoir Drinking with Men as well as the “Drink” column for The New York Times magazine.

Come by to shop for books directly from their authors, hear readings and peer-to-peer discussions, join in an enticing raffle (books are the prize, of course), and vote in the Best Book Cover contest.

Participating authors include Sari Botton, Robert Burke Warren, Linda Lowen, Ginnah Howard, John Gregg, Susan Wilbur, Craig Sanders, Jo Salas, Nava Atlas, Mary Lou Harris, and poet Danniel Schoonebeek, among others.

Mystery Writer Jenny Milchman with Consultant Simona David at WIM's Book Festival in 2015

The program is as follows:

12:30—Poetry reading led by poet Sharon Israel. Featured Poet: Danniel Schoonebeek.

Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, was published by YesYes Books in 2014. It was named one of the year’s ten standout debuts by Poets & Writers and called “a groundbreaking first book that stands to influence its author’s generation” by Boston Review. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and his second book of poems, Trébuchet, was selected as a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series and will be published by University of Georgia Press. Recent work appears in The New Yorker, PoetryKenyon Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. A recipient of awards and honors from Poets House, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Oregon State University, he hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn and edits the PEN Poetry Series. His latest book, a travelogue called C’est la guerre, is forthcoming later this year.

1:30—Group discussion on the latest news and trends in publishing. Leslie T. Sharpe, who taught writing at Columbia University and was an editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and now teaches for Writers in the Mountains, will talk about traditional publishing; writer and consultant Simona David will touch on independent publishing; poet, painter and educator Anique Taylor will address getting published in literary journals; and Lillian Browne, editor-in-chief of The Reporter and editor of the Catskill Country Magazine, will share thoughts about her experience with the news media and travel magazine publishing.

2 p.m.—Rosie Schaap, author of the celebrated memoir Drinking with Men as well as the “Drink” column for The New York Times magazine, will deliver the keynote address. Rosie Schaap has been a bartender, a fortuneteller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters.

2:30—Carrie Bradley Neves, writer, musician, and editor (with a specialization in cookbooks) will talk about new ingredients in the cookbook scene during the “foodie” era. Other illustrated book authors will be in the spotlight.

3:30—The Bounty of Books raffle, with a prize of ten selected book titles, will be awarded (come early, tickets are limited!), and the winner of the Best Cover contest will be announced.

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Throughout the day, participating authors will read from their works and share their stories with the audience. Admission is free. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org, or e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 (c) (3) not-for–profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation, and sharing of creative writing.

 

Writers in the Mountains Announces “Meet the Authors” Third Annual Catskills Book Festival

Book Fair Call for AuthorsWriters in the Mountains (WIM) invites authors residing in, working in, or otherwise connected to the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions to a literary arts and community event and celebration we call “Meet the Authors,” the third in our series of annual book festivals. This year the event takes place on Sunday, April 24, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY, an exciting new enterprise in the area. Union Grove is housed in a big old barnlike building featuring comfortable spaces fitted with stainless steel and copper and wood, a roaring fireplace, and the percolation of fine spirits—all making for a perfect environment in which to listen to, talk about, and think about books and writing.

Building upon the past two years’ success of our literary fair and fare, regional authors and other authors who have a connection to the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley are once again invited to join us. Come to sell your books, promote your work, and network with fellow writers and publishing professionals. Authors attending are also heartily invited (although not required) to give readings, as part of the lively program of presentations and entertainment throughout the afternoon. This year’s keynote speaker is Rosie Schaap, author of the celebrated memoir Drinking with Men as well as the “Drink” column for The New York Times magazine.

Participating authors will receive additional exposure and visibility for their works through the marketing materials (space ads, calendar listings, posters and flyers) and media appearances (Facebook, Twitter, and WIM is very active at local radio station WIOX) associated with this event. A light breakfast will be served for participants the day of the event. The fee to join us is only $35.

For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org, or contact us by e-mail at writersinthemountains@gmail.com or by phone at (845) 594-3548. Registration deadline is April 3, 2016.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation, and sharing of creative writing. Online at writersinthemountains.org.

 

Meet the Authors – Second Annual Catskills Book Festival

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Roxbury Arts Center

April 12, 2015

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 4/10/2015

This weekend in the Catskills and surrounding area: books, daguerreotypes, pastels, Brubeck, and poetry: what can be better?

Writers in the Mountains’ “Meet the Authors” Book Festival

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is hosting “Meet the Authors,” Second Annual Catskills Book Festival, Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center. Participants include award-winning writers Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls, and Night Falls, Mermer Blakeslee, author of When You Live by a River, and Breena Clarke, author of River, Cross My Heart, Stand the Storm, and Angels Make Their Hope Here.

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From WIM: “The daylong event welcomes all writers and readers, artists and audience, and community members from every walk to brave the mud and chill of early spring and enjoy a warm gathering of a range of successful and fascinating writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers, and publishers from Cooperstown to New York City and points between and beyond. The venue is an intimate setting that allows for one-on-one introductions, focused dialogue, and a sharing of the love of literature, all in the spirit of local energy, inspiration, and support. Come by to shop for books directly from their authors, hear readings and peer-to-peer discussions, join in an enticing raffle (books are the prize, of course), and vote in the Best Book Cover contest.”

For full program and authors’ bios, go to http://writersinthemountains.org/book-festival/.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College

Founded in 1864, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center houses over 18,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and glass wares from ancient times to the present. The collections include many European and American masters, such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, and others. The Warburg Collection contains works by leading artists of the Hudson River School of Painting such as Frederic Edwin Church.

Friday, April 10 the gallery opens Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography, an exhibit that will remain on view through June 14. The exhibit includes a variety of daguerreotypes from Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, and showcases an assortment of subjects: landscape and portraiture, architectural studies, and everyday occupational instances. Over a hundred works lent from private collections are included in this exhibit, many of whom are rare or never published before. French artist Louis Jacques Daguerre invented the daguerreotype in 1839; shortly after, the invention made it to the U.S. For more information, visit http://fllac.vassar.edu

Bardavon Theater

Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, located in a historic building designed in 1869, is the oldest continuous theater in New York State. Since the 1970s it’s been home to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. The theater will be hosting Brubeck’s America Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m., featuring Brubeck’s final symphony Ansel Adams: America. The program also includes Dvorak’s Concerto for Cello in B Minor with Su Jin Lee, winner of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic 2014 String Competition. For more information, visit https://www.bardavon.org/calendar.php

Mark Gruber Gallery

Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, Ulster County, is hosting an opening reception Birds and Art, Saturday, April 11 at 5 p.m. This is a group show featuring the work of eleven artists, including Mireille Duchesne. Duchesne, a French-born artist, won numerous awards for her pastel and oil paintings, including awards from the Pastel Society of America, and the American Artists Professional League. Duchesne is teaching at Katonah Art Center. For more information about Birds and Art, visit http://markgrubergallery.com/.

Albany Word Fest

Albany Poets celebrate National Poetry Month with a Word Fest held in Albany from April 12 to 18. The festival kicks off Sunday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at McGeary’s Pub at Clinton Square. The third edition of Albany Poets’ literary journal Up The River will be launched at this inaugural event. For more information, visit http://www.albanypoets.com/2015/04/upcoming-poetry-events-week-of-april-12-2015/.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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