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EVENTS DIGEST
Late October – November 2018

October Reminders

TOMORROW!
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
Poetry Reading: ANN LAUTERBACH – “Spell”
Presented in collaboration with Bard Written Arts
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
National Book Award finalist Ann Lauterbach will read from her provocative new collection SPELL. Lauterbach is one of America’s most inventive poets, acclaimed for her fierce, sensuous, and intellectually charged work. In her tenth collection, Spell, Lauterbach activates the many meanings of “spell”: her sense that the world is under a spell from which it must awaken, to spells of passing weather, to her desire to spell out life’s difficulties and wonders, and how sin-gle words (and their etymologies) might inform and enlighten our contemporary condition. In short poems, poem sequences, and a series of “Conversations with Evening,” Lauterbach calls upon all her imaginative resources to locate a new hybrid poetics of reality, with wit, urgency, and candor.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 – 6:00pm
GARRY TRUDEAU – “#SAD: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump”
The White Hart Inn, 15 Undermountain Road, Salisbury, CT 06068. (518) 789-3797, oblongbooks.com
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with The White Hart Inn & Scoville Memorial Library
SOLD OUT – Waiting List Closed
The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist whose acclaimed Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump blew up the bestseller list, talks to Joe Donahue of WAMC about the sequel millions prayed would be unnecessary. #SAD: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump tracks the shocking victory, the inept transition, and the tumultuous eternity of POTUS’s First 500 Days.

Publicity: Kathy Hilliard
khilliard@amuniversal.com

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 4:00pm
BOOK SIGNING: BRICE MARDEN
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
Book signing only – no presentation. The purchase of a book by the author from Oblong is required to join the signing line.
Throughout his career, internationally renowned American artist Brice Marden has explored various modes of painterly abstraction, producing monochrome canvases in nuanced, muted hues as well as calligraphic compositions on a grand scale. We are thrilled to host him at Oblong in Rhinebeck where he will sign copies of two new catalogs of his work.

Publicity: Noah Dillon
planeimage1@earthlink.net

Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 8:00pm
FICTION INTO FILM – “The Exorcist”
Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
Tickets Required
Happy Halloween from Upstate Films and Oblong Books! Inspired by the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States, William Peter Blatty’s best-selling book and William Friedkin’s award-winning film follow the demonic possession of a 12 year-old girl and her mother’s attempts to win her back. A discussion will follow the film. (USA / 1973 / Directed by William Friedkin)
R / 2 hrs 13 mins.

Tickets $6-$10
https://www.oblongbooks.com/event/fiction-film-exorcist-upstate-films

November Events

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
WIMPY KID LIVE: The Meltdown Show with Jeff Kinney!
Stissing Mountain High School, 2829 Church Street, Pine Plains, NY 12567. (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
Tickets Required
In celebration of the launch of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13: The Meltdown, join us for a fun and imaginative evening at “Wimpy Kid Live: The Meltdown Show,” an interactive author experience hosted by Jeff Kinney. This one-hour show is packed full of trademark Wimpy Kid humor, trivia, cartooning, zany audience participation opportunities, and snowball fights! Stick around after the show for a photo with Jeff!

Tickets $0-$16.99
Direct ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wimpy-kid-live-the-meltdown-show-with-jeff-kinney-tickets-50619371904

Publicity: Hallie Patterson
hpatterson@abramsbooks.com

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 2:00pm
BOOK SIGNING
BETH MOON – “Literary Chickens”
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
Book signing only – no presentation. The purchase of a book by the author from Oblong is required to join the signing line.
Best-selling photographer of Ancient Trees, Beth Moon, will be signing copies of her newest book LITERARY CHICKENS (Abbeville Press) – an arresting collection of black-and-white chicken portraits paired with quotations from classic literature.

Publicity: Julia Judge
jjudge@abbeville.com

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – 6:00pm
BOOK LAUNCH
HELEN KLEIN ROSS: The Latecomers
The White Hart Inn, 15 Undermountain Road, Salisbury. CT 06068 (518) 789-3797
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with The White Hart Inn & Scoville Memorial Library
RSVP Required
From the bestselling author of What Was Mine comes a deeply moving family drama about a young Irish immigrant, an ancestral home in New England and a dark secret that lay hidden in its walls for five generations. Told in interweaving timelines and rich with detailed history, romance and dark secrets, THE LATECOMERS spans a century of America life and reminds us all that we can never truly leave the past behind.

Publicity: Lena Little
Lena.Little@hbgusa.com

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 6:00pm
CARMEN MARIA MACHADO IN CONVERSATION WITH MARY CAPONEGRO
Presented in collaboration with Bard Written Arts
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, took the literary world by storm. It was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the World Fantasy Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of “The New Vanguard,” one of “15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”

Mary Caponegro is an American experimental fiction writer whose collections include Tales from the Next Village, The Star Cafe, Five Doubts, The Complexities of Intimacy, and All Fall Down. She was awarded the Rome Prize in Literature in 1992, and is also the recipient of The General Electric Award for Younger Writers, the Bruno Arcudi Prize, and the Charles Flint Kellog Award in Arts and Letters. She has taught at Brown University, RISD, the Institute of American Indian Arts, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Syracuse University. She is the Richard B. Fisher Family Professor of Writing and Literature at Bard College.

Publicity for Ms. Machado: Marisa Atkinson
atkinson@graywolfpress.org

Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 7:00pm
Steven Holl: “Seven Houses”
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
Steven Holl is considered one of America’s most influential architects. His new book (due for publication on November 6 from Rizzoli) takes a close look at seven houses he has designed and offers the reader unprecedented access to the thought processes and work of this groundbreaking, cutting-edge architect through his own words and watercolors–and more than 100 photographs.

Publicity: Antonia Paruolo
aparuolo@rizzoliusa.com

JUST ADDED!
Sunday, November 11, 2018 – 4:00pm
Wendy Ewald: “AMERICA BORDER CULTURE DREAMER: The Young Immigrant Experience from A to Z”
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
Ages 10 and up.
In this unique collaboration, Ewald worked with eighteen immigrant teenagers to create an alphabet defining their experiences in pictures and words. AMERICA BORDER CULTURE DREAMER presents Wendy and the students’ poignant and powerful images along with their personal stories of change, hardship, and hope. Created in a collaboration with Al‑Bustan Seeds of Culture, this book casts a new light on the crucial, under-heard voices of teenage immigrants themselves, making a vital contribution to the timely national conversation about immigration in America.

Wendy Ewald is a writer, photographer, and teacher dedicated to children’s, women’s, and family issues. Her photos have appeared in The New York Times, Elle, and Harper’s, among others, and are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book at this event will benefit Ulster Immigrant Defense Network.

Publicity: Jessica Shoffel
Jessica.Shoffel@hbgusa.com

JUST ADDED!
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
MARY RANDOLPH CARTER in conversation with Hammertown’s JOAN OSOFSKY: “The Joy of Junk”
The White Hart Inn, 15 Undermountain Road, Salisbury, CT 06068. (518) 789-3797, oblongbooks.com
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with The White Hart Inn & Scoville Memorial Library
RSVP Required
Bestselling author Mary Randolph Carter and Joan Osofsky of Hammertown, long time friends and Northeast neighbors and collectors, will share a conversation about their passion for collecting–how to hunt for it, fall in love with it and decorate and live with it! Carter will bring along some of her favorite Junk finds as featured in her new book–The Joy of Junk–and share her personal wisdom in making your home warm, personal, one-of-a-kind and always JOYFUL!

Publicity: Nicki Clendening
nclendening@rizzoliusa.com

Saturday, November 17, 2018 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
OBLONG PUPPY DAY!
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
Oblong invites our customers to bring your pup to shop today! Dogs are welcome all day in our Rhinebeck store & we hope you’ll join us for these great “canine” special events!

12:00 p.m. Celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly – “Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are”
Authored by C.J. Frick with illustrations by Donnelly – this humorous, fully illustrated book shows us that even when we feel at our worst, our dogs still think we’re the best―so we should start acting like it!

“Donnelly’s cartoons are the best kind of funny–sly, smart, and right on the money. [They] are great social commentary as well as great fun.” Susan Orlean

4:00 p.m. Ken Foster – “CITY OF DOGS: New York Dogs, Their Neighborhoods, and the People Who Love Them”
Ken will present his beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photos and stories that maps the relationship between canine New Yorkers and their human counterparts, with photographs by Traer Scott

4:00 PM Before Ken’s presentation representatives (both canine and human) from the Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) and the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) wil beon hand to show how they work together to make a positive impact in the lives of dogs and people through the PAWS of Purpose Program at Rikers Island. AFF matches eight dogs with two groups of inmates for an 8-week residency at Rikers Correctional Facility. The dogs live with the inmates, who work closely with a certified professional dog trainer to provide the dogs with daily care, companionship, training, and socialization. After graduating from the program the dogs go on to become assistance dogs, detection dogs, or pet dogs.

Please only bring in pups who are well-behaved, good with people and children, and friendly with other dogs!

JUST ADDED!
Sunday, November 18, 2018 – 4:00pm
Hudson Valley YA Society: Heidi Heilig in conversation with Editor, Martha Mihalick
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-0500 oblongbooks.com
For Ages 12-Adult
Have you ever wondered how a story makes it all the way from an author’s idea to the printed page? Join Oblong to find out! Heidi Heilig and her editor Martha Mihalick will discuss how they worked on the first book in Heidi’s brand new trilogy – FOR A MUSE OF FIRE.
Heidi Heilig is the author of The Girl from Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time. She grew up in Hawaii, where she rode horses and raised peacocks. She holds an MFA from New York University in musical theatre writing.

Martha Mihalick is the executive editor at Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. In more than fifteen years at Greenwillow, she has worked with many acclaimed authors and artists on books for all ages, from picture books to young adult novels.

Publicity: Haley George
Haley.George@harpercollins.com

Thursday, November 29, 2018 – 6:00pm
Joseph Fink: “Alice Isn’t Dead: A Novel”
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-0500, oblongbooks.com
The presentation is free to attend.
The purchase of a book by the author from Oblong is required to join the signing line.
Hit podcaster and New York Times bestselling novelist Joseph Fink ‒ co-author of It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale – will present his new novel, ALICE ISN’T DEAD, a fast-paced, addictive thriller about a truck driver searching across America for the wife she had long assumed to be dead.