Upcoming Literary Events: March 28 – April 3, 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 28

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. 

6:00 PM – Parents of Pride Night @ Saratoga Arts Center
LGBTQIA+ parents, join us for a monthly “POP” night… an activity night dedicated to Parents of Pride (POP) and your kids! Join us for arts, crafts, and community engagement for the whole family!

6:30 PM – Lyn Slater – “How to be Old: Lessons in Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon” @ Morton Memorial Library
Presented by Oblong Books in partnership with Morton Memorial Library. In conversation with Sari Botton. In this paradigm-shifting memoir Lyn Slater, known on Instagram as “Accidental Icon,” brings her characteristic style, optimism, forward-thinking, and rules-are-meant-to-be-broken attitude to the question of how to live boldly at any age.


Friday, March 29

6:00 PM – Maggie Thrash with Bethany Marsfelder – “Rainbow Black” @ Northshire Manchester
Critically acclaimed young adult and graphic memoir author Maggie Thrash will discuss her debut adult novel in conversation with Northshire Bookseller Bethany Marsfelder. This addictive, searing, high-octane triumph is an imaginative tour de force about one woman’s tireless desire to be free.


Saturday, March 30

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.


Tuesday, April 2

6:00 PM – “The Audacity” Book Launch with Ryan Chapman and Halimah Marcus @ Darlings
An evening of literature, cocktails, and scams. Ryan Chapman will be in conversation with Halimah Marcus, executive director of Electric Literature, followed by a vinyl set by DJ Harlan.

6:00 PM – Writers Night Out @ Forbes Library
Join the Strawdog Writers Guild on Tuesday April 2, 6:00-8:00pm for Writers Night Out with featured writer Diana Whitney at Forbes Library. No registration required. If you want to participate in Open Mic and read, please sign up by 5:50pm. Ten names will be randomly selected. Each reader will have five minutes.

7:00 PM – Book Club Discussion with Stephen Kiernan @ The Bookstore Plus
 On the first Tuesday of every month, we host a unique book club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the book club pick with the author! On Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 7:00 pm we will talk with Stephen Kiernan, via Zoom, to discuss THE GLASS CHATEAU.


Wednesday, April 3

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 – 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. 

6:00 PM – Elizabeth Kolbert with Bill McKibben – “H Is for Hope” @ Northshire Manchester
In twenty-six essays—one for each letter of the alphabet—the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction takes us on a hauntingly illustrated journey through the history of climate change and the uncertainties of our future. Elizabeth Kolbert will be in conversation with Bill McKibben.

7:00 PM – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic Featuring Susan Jefts @ Caffe Lena
The first Wednesday of every month is Poetry Night at Caffe Lena. Hosted by Carol Graser, this event includes an open mic reading and featured poet Susan Jefts.

7:00 PM – Mary-Alice Daniel and Cindy Juyoung Ok @ Bennington College
Poetry at Bennington welcomes Mary-Alice Daniel and Cindy Juyoung Ok for a public reading of their poetry.

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. 

Did we miss anything? Let us know at info@hvwg.org, and be sure to check out https://hvwg.org to find out more about our vibrant literary and arts community.