Upcoming Literary Events: July 11-17, 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, July 11

6:00 PM – Liz Moore with Mary Sanders Shartle – “The God of the Woods” @ Northshire Saratoga
Author of the New York Times bestselling novel Long Bright River Liz Moore will join us in our Saratoga store to share her ambitious and wide-reaching novel in conversation with fellow novelist Mary Sanders Shartle. When a teenager vanishes from her Adirondack summer camp in 1975, two worlds collide.

7:00 PM – Word Thursdays Featuring The Teacup Poets @ Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills
Word Thursdays featuring The Teacup Poets: Teresa Winchester, Sharon Ruetenik, Sharon Cucinotta, Magdalena Tabor, & Laura Wright. 


Friday, July 12

1:00 PM – Saratoga Senior Center Poetry Open Mic
This month’s featured writer is Dr. Joseph Bruchac, Saratoga Springs’ Inaugural Poet Laureate with over 180 books published.

6:00 PM – Bob Sharkey at Pine Hollow Arboretum Open Mic @ Pine Hollow Arboretum
Bob Sharkey is the featured poet with an open mic, where writers can read three short poems or two longer poems, or two pages of prose. 

6:00 PM – Lucy Knisley, “WOE: A Housecat’s Story of Despair” @ Oblong Rhinebeck
WOE! SCREAM! MEOW! …PURR? Join us to meet artist and author Lucy Knisley and hear her talk about the hilarious and of course dramatic world of Linney the House Cat – star of Lucy’s popular webcomic, whose antics have been gathered into a graphic novel for the very first time!


Saturday, July 13

12:00 PM – Liberating the Heart: Alchemizing Pain into Poetry
This 3-hour session fuses intentional integrative somatic therapy with the power of poetry to support our spiritual journeys. 

1:00 PM – Sidewalk Signing with Jeremy Cross @ The Bookstore Plus
The Bookstore Plus is pleased to host author, Jeremy Cross, for a book signing event on Saturday, July 13, 2024, from 1-3 PM to autograph copies of his book “The Story of The Squatch”.

2:00 PM – An afternoon with J.R. Ward @ Northshire Saratoga
J.R. Ward is the author of more than sixty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series and the Lair of the Wolven series. There are more than twenty million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-seven different countries. Please read the ticket options and signing guidelines for this event carefully before selecting a ticket to purchase!

3:00 PM – Beth Anderson signs “Evolution to Excellence” @ The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
The book chronicles the district’s founding and how it built an excellent reputation within a short span of time. With its roots in the mid-19th century Common School movement of education, a community recognizes the need for a comprehensive and more advanced education for its children. A high school program begins in 1926 and by the 1940s, the town of Bethlehem is a highly recommended place to settle because of its excellent school district. How did that happen? The answers lie within.

7:00 PM – Poets in the Park @ Robert Burns Statue, Washington Park
Poets in the Park celebrates 35 years of bringing poetry in July to the Robert Burns statue in Albany’s Washington Park. The featured readers for the first event of the 2024 series are Albany High School winners of the Tom Nattell Peace Poetry Prize & Joseph Bruchac.


Sunday, July 14

All Day – Women Writers Retreat @ Pyramid Life Center
Women will gather in mid-July to immerse themselves in writing 

10:00 AM – Second Draft Sunday @ The Poetry Barn
Drop in each second Sunday of the month from March-December, 10 AM-12 PM, for a peer-critique workshop. Enjoy coffee, tea, and conversation.

10:00 AM – Write 4 a Day
Write 4 a Day is a series of one-day writing retreats in upstate New York with no workshop, no agenda, no required activities, no assignments, no schedule, & no WiFi!

2:00 PM – 2nd Sunday @ 2 – Poetry + Prose @ Collar City Mushrooms
The 2nd Sunday @ 2 open mic for poetry and prose is in its 11th year, supporting emerging, published and writers in-between.

6:00 PM – Everyone Reads Second Sundays Open Mic
Come create community on second Sundays of every month 6-8pm EST with a virtual open mic on zoom. Please contact Lindsay Rockwell for zoom link if interested: emonrock@mac.com

6:00 PM – IHOP Clifton Park – Write-In @ IHOP Clifton Park
We will do 20 minutes of writing and then 20 minutes of chatting. Continuing in a cycle throughout the three and a half hour event!

6:00 PM – Denny’s – Write-In @ Denny’s – East Greenbush
We will do 20 minutes of writing and then 20 minutes of chatting. Continuing in a cycle throughout the three and a half hour event! 


Tuesday, July 16

5:00 PM – Barnes & Noble Wilton – Write-in @ Barnes & Noble – Saratoga
We will do loosely structured 20 minutes of writing and then 20 minutes of chatting. Continuing in a cycle throughout the event.

6:00 PM – Chuck Schwerin with Benita Zahn – “Ghosts of Glencoe” @ Northshire Saratoga
Join us as the author shares his riveting multi-generational adventure of self-discovery. This page-turning adventure is set at a unique junior boarding school, and plays out in the rugged Adirondack mountains of New York. He will be interviewed by WNYT co-anchor Benita Zahn.


Wednesday, July 17

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 – Writers in Conversation – Karen Hill Anton with Tina deBellegarde @ Barnes & Noble – Colonie Center
Join us on Wednesday, July 17 at 6 pm for the in-person event Writers in Conversation. Journalist, memoirist, and novelist Karen Hill Anton, based in Japan, will discuss her international career and writing in conversation with local author, and frequent traveler to Japan, Tina deBellegarde.

8:00 PM – Creating Your Collection: A 4-week Generative Poetry Course
In this 4-week course, you can expect to create a coherent, genuine poetry collection that reflects your authentic poetic expression.

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.