Upcoming Literary Events: June 27 – July 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, June 27

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.

3:00 PM – Susan Edwards Richmond signs “Night Owl Night” @ The Open Door Bookstore
Susan Edwards Richmond will be stopping in to sign our stock of Night Owl Night. An inspiring introduction to capture-and-release research, this mother-daughter story about owl conservation will spark curiosity in young nature, bird, and science lovers.

6:00 PM – Andrew Valenza – “Lost World of the Void” and David K. Wilson – “Murder in Spa City” @ Northshire Saratoga
Andrew Valenza and David K. Wilson will join us to celebrate their latest novels. Lost World of the Void is the exciting sequel to Valenza’s Empire of the Void. Wilson’s Murder in Spa City is the seventh book in his Sam Lawson mystery series, and is set in Saratoga.

6:30 PM – Open Mic Poetry Night @ Inquiring Minds Bookstore
Inquiring Minds Bookstore and The Bluestone Poets, both of the Village of Saugerties, welcome poets and writers to their new Open Round Robin Reading at the bookstore, corner of Main and Partition Streets, every last Thursday of the month.


Friday, June 28

1:00 PM – Saratoga Senior Center Poetry Open Mic featuring Barbara Ungar @ Saratoga Senior Center
Join local poets and writers for the Saratoga Senior Center’s poetry and storytelling open mic featuring Barbara Ungar.

7:00 PM – Potluck Open Mic Night @ The Poetry Barn
Bring a poem, a song, a story, and something yummy to share for the potluck table. BYOB.


Saturday, June 29

6:00 PM – Ashley Poston, “A Novel Love Story” @ Oblong Rhinebeck
New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Year Slip and The Dead Romantics, Ashley Poston talks about her new book in which a professor of literature finds herself caught up in a work of fiction…literally.

12:00 PM – ADKX Cut-Up Poetry Collage Workshop @ Adirondack Experience
Join Visiting Writer Erin Dorney from the Adirondack Center for Writing to learn more about ACW’s Poetry Machine—the kind you might spend two quarters to get a bouncy ball, sticky hand, or small plastic alien from in the vestibule of a convenience store. With ACW’s repurposed machine, you can get your very own poem for free—no quarters necessary.

12:30 PM – Queer Nature: A Writing Workshop with Elliot Pecora @ Adirondack Center for Writing
In this workshop–informed by Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (Autumn House, 2022)–students will interact hands-on with a variety of poems. This includes collaging, remixing, and creating black-out poetry while discussing the varied relationship between queerness and the natural world. In this collaborative space, we’ll include time to free-write and share out work, asking questions of both ourselves and others. 

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.

7:00 PM – Pride Open Mic @ Adirondack Center for Writing
The mic will be open to anyone who’d like to share up to 5 mins of writing or storytelling. Tell a story you crafted in one of our pride workshops (Queer Nature & Every Queer Story Starts Somewhere) or share a piece that hasn’t been workshopped at all.


Sunday, June 30

2:00 PM – Summer Camp Stories… Live! @ The Linda
Writers Read™ and the New York State Writers Institute present a curated program of personal, 650-word, five-minute Summer Camp stories.

2:00 PM – Book Launch! “The Marriage Manual” by Linda McCauley @ The Poetry Barn
Poetry reading by Linda McCauley Freeman, with Q&A and signing of her new book, “The Marriage Manual,” to follow. 

4:00 PM – Paul Doiron – “Pitch Dark” @ Northshire Manchester
Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling mystery author Paul Doiron – a longtime Northshire staff favorite – will discuss the fifteenth book in his Mike Bowditch series. In this nail-biter of a thriller, Game Warden Mike Bowditch must chase down a cunning and dangerous fugitive in the North Maine Woods.

6:00 PM – ‘Out with the Old, and In with the New’ Celebration! @ Denny’s – East Greenbush
In with the New – We will be kicking off our ‘Novel in a Year’ challenge! “From plotting to published, how to finish a novel in one year!”


Tuesday, July 2

2:00 PM – Book Talk @ Albany Public Library – Washington Ave. Branch
Presentation and Reading by Linda Mary Wagner from her book “Rear-View Reflections on Radical Change: A Green Grandma’s Memoir and Call for Climate Action.”

6:00 PM – Writers Night Out @ Forbes Library
Join Straw Dog Writers Guild for Writers Night Out with featured writer Cherryl Jensen 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. 


Wednesday, July 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.

7:00 PM – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic @ Caffe Lena
The Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic series, hosted by Carol Graser, continues in Saratoga Springs with featured poet Roger Mitchell.

7:00 PM – A Galère of Poetic Autopsies @ Park Theater
Expect the unexpected as poets, writers, and other creatives from the Hudson area and beyond reveal the inspiration and shadows behind their work. This month’s featured artists are Bibbe Hansen, Jee Leong Koh, Rik Letendre.

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.