Eric Rickstad

Upcoming Literary Events: March 14-20, 2024

This week, we have another great lineup of literary events in the region. Here’s a quick look at the upcoming book discussions, readings, open mics, and workshops.


Thursday, March 14

6:00 PM – Black Life in the Adirondacks: A conversation with Alice Green & Amy Godine @ Albany Public Library – Washington Ave. Branch
Join the NYS Writers Institute for a conversation about the Black history of the Adirondack Mountains with legendary civil rights activist Alice Green and historian Amy Godine.


Friday, March 15

7:30 PM – Open Mic & Slam @ Cafe Euphoria
A laid-back open mic and fun slam at a cafe founded and run by trans and gender non-conforming folks. 

7:30 PM – Open Mic @ Hudson Valley Writers’ Center
Featured Poets + open mike for poets, fiction writers, essayists with rotating hosts at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.


Saturday, March 16

2:00 PM – James Howard Kunstler @ The Books House of Stuyvesant Plaza
James Howard Kunstler signs and discusses his newest books: “CrazyLand: Dispatches on the Great American Derangement of Our Time” and “Young Man Blues: Notes on a Nervous Adolescence.”

6:00 PM – James Quaile – “Tales from the Wine Floor” @ Northshire Manchester
Certified Sommelier James Quaile will explain the intricacies of wine to the average Joe in a way that is easy to understand and highly entertaining. Unlike most books on wine nowadays, Tales from the Wine Floor is geared toward true beginners–those who enjoy wine but lack the most basic understanding of it.


Monday, March 18

6:00 PM – Allison Pataki – “Finding Margaret Fuller” @ Northshire Saratoga
Join us at our Saratoga Springs store for Allison Pataki in conversation with Kim Van Alkemade on her new novel, Finding Margaret Fuller.


Tuesday, March 19

6:00 PM – Effy Redman – “Saving Face” @ Northshire Saratoga
Join us as local author Effy Redman shares her memoir where disability meets transcendence, suffering becomes hope, and the individual expands into community. Saving Face is a searing personal tribute to anybody who has ever felt like an outsider.

6:30 PM – Making a Life in Photography: Rollie McKenna @ Morton Memorial Library
A Curator Talk with Mary-Kay Lombino and Jess Brier. Presented by Starr Library in partnership with Morton Memorial Library and Oblong Books.


Wednesday, March 20

5:00 PM – Author Talk: Peter Vermilyea – “Litchfield County and the Civil War” @ Scoville Library
Join local author and Civil War historian Peter Vermilyea for a talk on his latest book.

5:45 PM – Writers Group @ Schenectady Public Library – Central Branch
Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits.

6:00 PM – Author Talk: Eric Rickstad – “Lilith” @ Battenkill Books
Written with Rickstad’s singular command of language, human insight, and unnerving suspense, Lilith is a tale of our times. Tragic and profound, it echoes in the mind and lingers in the blood.

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. 


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