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Upcoming Literary Events: January 11-17, 2024

We have another great lineup of literary events in the region this week to keep you warm and cozy. Here’s a quick look at the book discussions, readings, open mics, and workshops coming up.


Thursday, January 11

12:30 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.  

4:00 PM – Gary Myers signs and discusses, “Once a Giant” with Guest Rodger Wyland @ The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
The inside story of the Super Bowl champion 1986 Giants, the extraordinary friendships that resulted–and stunning revelations about the hardships they faced, based on new interviews with Bill Parcells, Phil Simms, Mark Bavaro, and Bill Belichick.

6:00 PM – Jack Kelly with Steve Sheinkin – “God Save Benedict Arnold” @ Northshire Saratoga
Northshire staff & customer favorite Jack Kelly returns to Northshire to discuss his latest book with Steve Sheinkin. God Save Benedict Arnold tells the gripping story of one of the most paradoxical characters in American history, and one of the most interesting. Arnold was a superb leader, a brilliant tactician, a supremely courageous military officer. He was also imperfect, disloyal, and villainous.

7:00 PM – Kim van Alkemade @ SCPL Central Library
In collaboration with Open Door Bookstore, SCPL presents New York Times best-selling author of Orphan #8, Kim van Alkemade, who will read from her latest book: Counting Lost Stars. Complementary refreshments will be served and books available for purchase for an author signing after presentation.


Friday, January 12

1:00 PM – Poetry/Storytelling Open Mic @ Saratoga Senior Center
Please join us for Saratoga Senior Center’s poetry/storytelling open mic featuring Poet David Graham, author of 6 collections of poetry.


Saturday, January 13

2:00 PM – Woodstock Poetry Society @ Woodstock Library
Poets Patrick Hammer, Jr. and Robert Langdon will be featured followed by an open mike when the Woodstock Poetry Society meets in-person at the Woodstock Library and virtually via Zoom (and streamed live on Facebook: The reading will be hosted by Woodstock area poet Phillip X Levine. All meetings are free, open to the public, and include an open mike.

6:00 PM – Bill Fulton – “Survive and Thrive” @ Northshire Manchester
Organic farmer, army vet and author Bill Fulton will share his refreshing and unique take on preparedness. Fulton’s essential guide is for regular people who want to handle disaster situations confidently, without digging a network of underground bunkers stockpiled with weaponry. Get ready for a refreshing and unique take on preparedness.


Sunday, January 14

2:00 PM – 2nd Sunday @ 2 – Poetry + Prose @ Collar City Mushrooms
The 2nd Sunday @ 2 open mic for poetry and prose, hosted by Dan Wilcox and Nancy Klepsch, supports emerging, published and writers in-between.

3:00 PM – Cynthia Zarin – “Inverno” @ Merritt Bookstore
Please join Merritt Bookstore for an afternoon reading and talk with Cynthia Zarin around her new book INVERNO. They will have prosecco and snacks have the wonderful opportunity to talk with Cynthia and share the afternoon together.  INVERNO has been described as “A daring, heartbreaking novel, Inverno is the book that J. D. Salinger’s Franny Glass might have written a few decades into her adulthood.”


Wednesday, January 17

4:00 PM – Book Signing – Karina Yan Glaser @ Oblong Books
Calling all Vanderbeekers fans! Don’t miss the opportunity to meet author Karina Yan Glaser and get your books signed at Oblong in Rhinebeck.

6:00 PM – SJ Rozan and Jonathan Santlofer – “The Mayors of New York and The Lost Van Gogh” @ Northshire Saratoga
The two mystery authors will discuss their latest books. Rozan’s The Mayors of New York follows the mystery behind the disappearance of the teenage son of the mayor of New York. Santlofer’s The Lost Van Gogh is a thrilling story of masterpieces, masterminds, and mystery.

6:00 PM – Poetry Night @ Java Blue Coffee & Market
Monthly poetry and spoken word open mic in Montgomery, NY, hosted by Robert Milby.

7:00 PM – Straw Dog Writes Weekly Writers Meet Up
Straw Dog Writers Guild members who would like to spend some time writing together can join a Zoom session. We will spend 15 minutes on introductions, a 45 minute writing session, have a 15 minute discussion, then write for a second 45 minute period of time. 

7:00 PM – Milkweed Poetry Workshop @ Buckbee Center
Featured poet, workshop, open reading, and more every month in Warwick, NY.

7:00 PM – Barkreaders: Andrew Weatherhead @ Adirondack Center for Writing
Andrew Weatherhead will read from his newest book of poems, Fudge, which has been called “terse, funny, stupid, stupid-brilliant.” After, we’ll host an open mic where anyone can share up to 5 minutes of writing at the mic. There will be a book sale and signing following the reading. 

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