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Upcoming Literary Events: October 26 – November 1, 2023

Another great lineup of literary events in the region this week. Here’s a quick look at the book discussions, readings, open mics, and workshops coming up.


Thursday, October 26

1:30 PM – Howdunnits Mystery Writers Group @ Albany Public Library – Howe Branch
The Howdunnits provide a safe and welcoming venue to share your writing and to give and receive feedback from others.

6:30 PM – White Hart Speaker Series: Tara Kelly, “No Last Words” & Ralph Sneeden, “The Legible Element” @ The White Hart Inn
Authors Tara Kelly & Ralph Sneeden will talk with The Lakeville Journal’s Editor in Chief, John Coston, about the art of memoir and their respective new books NO LAST WORDS & THE LEGIBLE ELEMENT.

6:30 PM – Monthly Poetry Night @ Battenkill Books
Join Battenkill Books for an evening of Poetry. Bring several poems to read, either your own or someone else’s. Open to the public, all are welcome. 

6:30 PM – Open Mic Poetry Night @ Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Cafe
Calling every poet and admirer of poetry alike: Inquiring Minds is bringing back poetry night on the last Thursday of every month, hosted by Laura Ludwig, a celebrated local poet, screenwriter, actress, and producer! We encourage poets of all skill levels to sign up for a four minute slot to share original (published or unpublished) poetry, fiction, or prose.

7:00 PM – Word Thursdays Online Featuring Fox Frazier and Martin Willits Jr.
Word Thursdays Online featuring Fox Frazier and Martin Willits Jr. will broadcast live on Zoom and Facebook. To attend the event, please click this link just before 7:00 p.m.


Friday, October 27

9:00 AM – Early Literacy Storytime! @ Troy Public Library
Kids ages 0-5 are welcome to this early literacy story.

5:00 PM – Authors Jacopo della Quercia and Cristopher Neumann are signing and discussing, “Weird Tales: 100 Years of Weird” @ Market Block Books
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first issues of Weird Tales Magazine, 100 Years of Weird is a masterful compendium of new and classic stories, flash fiction, essays, and poems from the giants of speculative fiction, including R. L. Stine, Laurell K. Hamilton, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, Tennessee Williams, and Isaac Asimov.

6:00 PM – Fourth Friday Open Mic @ The Poetry Barn
Join us in community for another fourth Friday open mic ~ Halloween edition! Bring your poems/songs/stories about alter-egos and shadow-sides, costume-optional! Sign-up starts at 6 PM, with performances to begin at 6:30 PM. Each performer will have 5-10 minutes.


Saturday, October 28

12:00 PM – Gina Tronco signs and discusses, “Why Is This Happening To Me?” @ The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
Can you Trust God When your World is Falling Apart? High school sweethearts, perfect family, excelling career, extravagant trips, a beautiful home, Gina and Alex seemed to have it all-until the vacation that changed everything.

12:00 PM – Halloween Book Fair @ The Open Door Bookstore
This is a book sale that is geared towards adults but will feature some Young Adult titles. There will be a raffle and a face painter who can help with getting Halloween makeup ready for a small donation. Costumes are both welcome and encouraged! A percentage of the proceeds will go to C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios. 

1:00 PM – Going in Depth: Backstory in Fiction Workshop with Moriah Hampton @ Albany Pubic Library – Washington Ave. Branch
The Hudson Valley Writers Guild presents an afternoon fiction writers workshop with University at Albany professor Moriah Hampton. 

2:00 PM – Nancy Graff – “Runaway Pond” @ Northshire Manchester
Author Nancy Graff will join us to celebrate her new picture book, Runaway Pond. Based on a true story, this tribute to everyday heroism doubles as a lyrical primer on how landscapes evolve – and how a flood changes a small Vermont town forever.

3:00 PM – Kate Cohen signs and discusses, “We of Little Faith” @ The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
An atheist’s impassioned call for nonbelievers to be honest with themselves and their families about their lack of belief–and help change the American cultural conversation.

3:00 PM – Poetry @ Soulshine Market
Monthly poetry open mic hosted by Robert Milby in Pine Bush, NY. This month’s featured reader is Clayton Buchanan.

7:00 PM – Salon Salvage @ Weathered Wood
Monthly poetry and art series featuring local, regional, and national poets and performers curated by Hajar Hussaini, Matthew Klane, and Amie Zimmerman. 


Sunday, October 29

9:00 AM – Book-or-Treat @ Mochalisa’s Caffe
Join Mochalisa’s Caffe and local authors for book talks and sweet treats at their Book-or-Treat event. Local authors scheduled to appear are: Jacqueline Boulden, Bailey Charon, Nancy & Lisa Cupolo, Joe DiBari, Glen Feulner, Barbara Fournier, Peggy Frezon, Jennifer Hendricks-Fogg, Robert Hoffman, Denise Horan, Michael Kennedy, Jim LaBate, Kiersten Marcil, Mark A. Marchand, Krissy May, Paul May, Joshua Mayer, Amy Patricia Meade, M.L. Olmstead, Delaney Parker, Jack Pendleton, Ann Marie Piche, Suzanne Rancourt, Kati Rose, Joseph R.R. Templin, Tristin Williams, Keith W. Willis, and David K. Wilson.

10:30 AM – Barbara de Vries, “Living Upriver” @ Rhinebeck Farmers Market
Living Upriver showcases the artisanal country way of life inspiring readers to bring nature home, be true to themselves, and foster a warm, welcoming community. The book documents twelve homes belonging to the new pioneers: creative individuals who embrace a slower lifestyle combining nostalgic remote living with modern connectivity. 


Monday, October 30

7:00 PM – Poetry at the Church @ Goshen Methodist Church
Monthly poetry open mic hosted by Ted Gill. This month’s featured reader is Robert Milby. 


Wednesday, November 1

6:00 PM – Cookbook Book Club @ Stillwater Public Library
The Stillwater Public Library hosts Cookbook Book Club. Critique and discuss different cookbooks by trying the recipes and bringing a dish to pass. 

7:00 PM – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic Featuring Meg Kearney @ Caffe Lena
On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, Caffè Lena will present a poetry reading by Meg Kearney. An open mic poetry reading will follow.

7:00 PM – Straw Dog Writes Online Weekly Meetup
Each Wednesday at 7pm, whenever there is not another scheduled Straw Dog event, any Straw Dog Writers Guild members who would like to spend some time writing together can join a Zoom session.

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