Apr
2
to May 25

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Poetry Contest

GUIDELINES FOR THE 2019  

HUDSON VALLEY WRITERS GUILD POETRY CONTEST

 

The HVWG writing contest alternates genres annually. This year’s contest is POETRY. Winners will be awarded cash prizes and invited to read their winning piece at a special meeting  TBD.

 

Eligibility: All contestants must be residents of New York State. Current members of the HVWG Board and their families are not eligible. Judges this year are: Therese Broderick, Sharon Stenson & TBA

 

  • Entries must be postmarked between April 2 and May 25, 2019

  • Identification/contact information MUST NOT appear anywhere on the submission. Cover letter should include the following: Name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title of submission and word count. 

Submit 4 copies of up to three poems , 40 line limit through the mail, and an SASE if you would like a hard copy of results. If you want to submit more than three poems an additional fee must be included. Submissions will not be returned. All entrants will be notified of winners by e-mail or SASE. Results will also be posted on our website at: http://hvwg.org.

  • All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, 12-pt. standard font such as Cambria, Calibri or Times New Roman. Submissions must be previously unpublished. 

 

For more information please contact Faith Green at greenfaith2@gmail.com. Mail submissions with entry fee to: HVWG Poetry Contest, c/o Faith Green, 25B Patterson Drive, Glenmont, NY. 12077.

 

Entry fee: $15. for non-members   $10. for members. Make checks payable to HVWG and include with submission.  

 

1st prize: $100     2nd prize: $75     3rd prize: $50

 

3 Honorable mentions: $20 ea.

 

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Brass Tacks
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Brass Tacks

Albany Poets is returning “home” to The Low Beat with “Brass Tacks”, a brand new series of poetry and spoken word, that will take place on the first and third Tuesday of each and every month.

We will be featuring some of the finest poets in the country along with an open mic to all poets, writers, and artists who have something to share.

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 Club Helsinki Open Mic
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Club Helsinki Open Mic

Open Mic at Club Helsinki has been an institution as long as music at Club Helsinki. Many talented artists got their sea legs on the Helsinki stage this way, including our own Evan Randall and the now nationally-known Eilen Jewell, who still drops in to play our club from time to time. With the opening of Helsinki Hudson, we are continuing offering burgeoning artists and veterans alike an invaluable opportunity to practice their chops, network, and/or impress their friends using an incredible stage and sound system.


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Susan Moyer signs and discusses, Lonely Child: The Journey of Search to Find My Biological Family
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Susan Moyer signs and discusses, Lonely Child: The Journey of Search to Find My Biological Family

Growing up, Susan always felt something was missing in her life. Then, at age sixteen, her parents finally told her their Big Secret. Susan was adopted. With no information regarding her birth family, but with hope and determination, Susan ventured into the unknown to put together the pieces of her own personal puzzle. The child of closed adoption, she would encounter many obstacles as well as many amazing discoveries in her quest to uncover the biological family she never knew. The Lonely Child is one woman’s incredible thirty-year journey of search to find the answers to her unanswered questions: Who Am I? Where Did I Come From?

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An Evening With Author David Housewright
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening With Author David Housewright

Join award-winning mystery writer David Housewright to hear about his new novel “Dead Man’s Mistress” from the Rushmore McKenzie series. Housewright, a member of the illustrious “Minnesota Writers on the Map,” has 19 novels under his belt. We’ll be serving refreshments. 

This event is co-sponsored by Chapter2Books, Hudson’s independent bookstore.

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Summer Mystery Book Club For Kids
May
27
3:00 PM15:00

Summer Mystery Book Club For Kids

his book club will be meeting two times. On June 27th, we will read and discuss “Finders Keepers,” by Shelley Tougas.  Our second meeting will be July 26th. We will be reading “Greenglass House,” by Kate Milford and playing a "solve the mystery" game. Register at the youth services desk.

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Poetic Vibe
May
27
7:00 PM19:00

Poetic Vibe

Poetic Vibe is a weekly Poetry Open Mic, hosted by D. Colin, with featured local and regional poets at Troy Kitchen.

Get there at 7 pm to sign up for the open mic. There’s a very cool and engaged crowd, great food and awesome vibe!

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Friends of the APL Author Talk - Akum Norder
May
28
12:15 PM12:15

Friends of the APL Author Talk - Akum Norder

Akum Norder discusses her book “The History of Here: A House, the Pine Hills Neighborhood, and the City of Albany”. Her nonfiction book is a compilation of interviews, newspaper articles, city records on the Pine Hills neighborhood of Albany, recording at least a hundred years of change.

Akum Norder is a journalist and a writer from Albany, NY.

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Club Helsinki Open Mic
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Club Helsinki Open Mic

Open Mic at Club Helsinki has been an institution as long as music at Club Helsinki. Many talented artists got their sea legs on the Helsinki stage this way, including our own Evan Randall and the now nationally-known Eilen Jewell, who still drops in to play our club from time to time. With the opening of Helsinki Hudson, we are continuing offering burgeoning artists and veterans alike an invaluable opportunity to practice their chops, network, and/or impress their friends using an incredible stage and sound system.


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Dr. Tom Styles signs and discusses, Son of Prince Edward County
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Dr. Tom Styles signs and discusses, Son of Prince Edward County

Son of Prince Edward County is a magnificent inspiration to those of any age and of any race. This book is an example of overcoming boundaries and working hard for what you want and believe in. The story of Twitty J. Styles is his firsthand experience with the strike that took place in Prince Edward County and Farmville, Virginia. He shares the hardships that he experienced in grade school, the military, and college. Although this book is a collection of Styles’s struggles, it also shows the glory of the people and students that he has affected over the years.

 

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Reading of "Song of Myself" to Commemorate the 200th Birthday of Walt Whitman
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Reading of "Song of Myself" to Commemorate the 200th Birthday of Walt Whitman

Poets & other citizens will gather on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park in Albany, NY to celebrate the birthday of the quintessential American poet, Walt Whitman, with a reading of his poem “Song of Myself”.  The event is sponsored by the Poetry Motel Foundation, Albany Public Library Foundation, and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.

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BookCon 2019
Jun
1
to Jun 2

BookCon 2019

  • Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. It is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more.


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4th Annual Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

4th Annual Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature

“A cultural twist on story time” —Time Out New York

Stay all day or pop in to play at our fourth annual literature festival celebrating work from the best contemporary Irish and New York-based children’s authors and illustrators, including Rowboat Watkins and one winner chosen in collaboration with Children's Books Ireland. Readers tall and small discover new books, meet the creators, and participate in storytelling workshops and activities.

Presented in association with Children's Books Ireland.

Sessions 1-3 are recommended for readers 4-8 years old, and the last event of the day, Children’s Book Publishing 101 is recommended for adults, however all events are open to (and fun for!) all.

*IAC members, for group discount email amanda@irishartscenter.org


Box Office

866-811-4111


What does "Rí Rá" mean?

The term "Rí Rá" comes from a longer colloquialism "rí rá agus ruaille buaille," which loosely translates to "fun and madness." Additionally, Rá is a word with a double meaning, also meaning "to say."

SCHEDULE

Session 1: Dragtivity Time with Drag Queen Story Hour and Sez Me
12–1pm | Recommended for ages 4-8, but open to and fun for all!

Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and community spaces. Through a fun and fabulous literary experience, DQSH teaches children about gender diversity and difference, builds empathy, and teaches tolerance. In this workshop a drag queen will read books, sing songs, and lead an activity from The Dragtivity Book, our one-of-a-kind activity book that helps kids and parents understand drag and gender identity. 


Session 2: Meet the Author/Illustrator from New York: Rowboat Watkins
1-2pm | Recommended for ages 4-8, but open to and fun for all!

Meet Brooklyn based author/illustrator Rowboat Watkins. Learn about how he made his new his new book Most Marshmallows and design a marshmallow friend to take home.


Session 3: Meet the Author/Illustrator from Ireland: To Be Announced 
2-3pm | Recommended for ages 4-8, but open to and fun for all!

This year’s author/illustrator will be chosen in collaboration with Children's Books Ireland. 


Children’s Book Publishing 101 for Adults with Maya Marlette of Scholastic Inc. 
3-4pm | Recommended for an adult audience but open to all!

Are you interested in writing a children’s book of your own? Have you written a story but not sure how to get it out into the world? This informative presentation will focus on what makes a good children's book and address questions like: What’s the difference between board books, picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult? Do I need an agent? How do I find one? What about illustrations? How do I submit work? There will also be a Q&A component.


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Author Visit With Gary Porter
Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

Author Visit With Gary Porter

Join Hudson author Gary Porter and learn about “Town Kid: Reflections of a Midwestern Boyhood,” his new collection of essays about growing up in a small Iowa town during the 1950’s and 60-’s. There will be time for a book signing. Porter is also the author of “Duffy: The Tale of a Terrier.” 

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 Club Helsinki Open Mic
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Club Helsinki Open Mic

Open Mic at Club Helsinki has been an institution as long as music at Club Helsinki. Many talented artists got their sea legs on the Helsinki stage this way, including our own Evan Randall and the now nationally-known Eilen Jewell, who still drops in to play our club from time to time. With the opening of Helsinki Hudson, we are continuing offering burgeoning artists and veterans alike an invaluable opportunity to practice their chops, network, and/or impress their friends using an incredible stage and sound system.


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Cap City Slam
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Cap City Slam

CapCity Slam takes place on the 1st Wednesdays of every month at Albany Barn with some new aspects, some oldie goodie traditions.

Doors Open & Signup: 6:30PM. Open Mic begins at 7PM, followed by Poetry Slam. Show ends by 9:30.

$3 entry before 7PM, $5 after. Get here early and get your seat!

Hosted by the one & only Amani Olugbala & featuring DJ Poetik Selektions.

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The 2019 Ladder Literary Conference
Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

The 2019 Ladder Literary Conference

Are you ready to take your writing to the next step? Are you in need of some fresh ideas? Are you hoping to learn more about the many facets of publishing? Are you looking for an agent? Then join Writers & Books on June 8th, 2019 for The Ladder, for the second annual The Ladder, a one-day literary conference in Rochester, New York.
The Ladder is a unique mix of panels focused on the four rungs of the publishing ladder:

WRITE
EDIT
CONNECT
PUBLISH

Whether you are on the earlier stages of your writing journey or ready to share your work with the world, the Ladder Literary Conference is sure to inspire and energize you.

You may also register the day of at the conference.
740 University Ave will be closed during The Ladder.
E-mail ladder@wab.org with any questions or concerns.
Full and partial scholarships are available.

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 Club Helsinki Open Mic
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Club Helsinki Open Mic

Open Mic at Club Helsinki has been an institution as long as music at Club Helsinki. Many talented artists got their sea legs on the Helsinki stage this way, including our own Evan Randall and the now nationally-known Eilen Jewell, who still drops in to play our club from time to time. With the opening of Helsinki Hudson, we are continuing offering burgeoning artists and veterans alike an invaluable opportunity to practice their chops, network, and/or impress their friends using an incredible stage and sound system.


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Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Meeting in Poughkeepsie
Jun
13
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Meeting in Poughkeepsie

  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers Poughkeepsie (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do you write for kids? Whether you're penning picture books or young adult novels, come join the Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley Critique & Craft group for workshops, writing prompts and lively discussions on both craft and the business of writing. Illustrators welcome, too!

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Literary Libations
Jun
15
4:30 PM16:30

Literary Libations

Meet up at the Albany Public Library Local History Room and set out for a Literary Pub Crawl led by Maeve McEneny and friends.

A team of guides with a tome of tales will lead you and your friends through Albanys historic Center Square.  Well admire the buildings, visit some pubs, but more importantly, your guides will tell you the stories behind Albanys surprising literary history. Albany was the home to many literary legends, such as our own William Kennedy and Gregory Maguire. But what other literary luminaries wandered these streets?  Did Herman Melville find inspiration for Moby Dick in his own backyard? Whats the connection between Vladimir Nabokov and the Albany Pine Bush? This and more will be revealed on the tour!

The group will gather in the Local History Room of the Albany Public Library for meet-and-greet and an Albany Author display by Jim Davies. Latecomers should meet outside the Washington Ave entrance of the Library (see schedule below.)

Part of Path Through History Weekend.
Proceeds benefit the Albany Public Library Foundation

Parking is available at the Albany Public Library.


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Story Circle
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Story Circle

Story Circle is a once a month event for storytellers to come together to share a first-person true story. Every third Friday at 7:30.

This is casual place to work on a story or just to retell to an audience.


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Silo City Reading Series featuring Danez Smith
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Silo City Reading Series featuring Danez Smith

  • Silo City Row Buffalo, NY, 14203 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The SILO CITY READING SERIES is a summer multidisciplinary poetry series which includes musical performances and visual art installations. The July 20, 2019 reading will feature Danez Smith, Eve Williams, music by Hop Hop, and installation art by Edreys Wajed. Free and open to the public. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Noah Falck

nfalck@justbuffalo.org

https://www.justbuffalo.org/event/silo-c...

7168619965


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Annabel Kim, "“Monique Wittig’s Labors”
Sep
19
4:30 PM16:30

Annabel Kim, "“Monique Wittig’s Labors”

  • Cornell University, Klarman Hall, KG42 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The French feminist writer and theorist Monique Wittig is underrated. Wittig’s legacy, both literary and conceptual, does not reflect her work’s boldness and significance. This is due in part to the way Wittig has been cleaved in two, her literary production cut off from her critical, theoretical production. Her reception in the American academy tends toward the latter: amplified by Judith Butler’s account of Wittig in Gender Trouble (1990), The Straight Mind (1992) has had considerable traction as a work of feminist theory.

 

In “Monique Wittig’s Labors,” I put Wittig the writer and Wittig the theorist back together. I demonstrate how for Wittig, these two strands of production are coextensive. Wittig always insisted on her identity as a writer, first and foremost, because of the way literature reveals language’s materiality in a way that purely critical writing cannot, bringing our body and language’s into a corps-à-corps. This revelation calls on us as readers to assume a writerly relation to language and engage in the difficult labor that a writerly writer does of working with this material that is as resistant as it is malleable.

Prof. Kim is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (French) at Harvard University.


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Art Omi: Writers in Hudson
May
18
5:00 PM17:00

Art Omi: Writers in Hudson

Come hear writing from the Art Omi writers-in-residence. Distinguished writers from around the globe will share new and in-progress writing produced during their residence at Art Omi. Hear an uncommon variety of writing—provocative, funny, innovative, and surprising literary voices from a range of traditions, all in one place. Stay afterwards for BBQ and conversation! Art Omi welcomes the public to its events and grounds free of charge.

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Don't Judge a Book by its Cover! Bookmaking Workshop in Germantown
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover! Bookmaking Workshop in Germantown

  • Clermont State Historic Site- Clermont Cottage (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to create unique, handmade books! Join us for an afternoon of bookbinding, reflection and journaling. You will learn about bookbinding tools and processes, make your own hand stitched journals and explore the many ways you can use your journal. HARVESTING HISTORY FAMILY WORKSHOP SERIES Join us in educational and fun nature and garden-bases activities open to ages 8-108! Workshops begin at1:00 p.m. in Clermont Cottage. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Dispossessed for the Dispossessed
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Dispossessed for the Dispossessed

St. Rocco's Readings for the Dispossessed presents a marathon reading of The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin.

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. (1974)

Publishers Synopsis:

A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.

Wikipedia synopsis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dispossessed
Full-Text: https://libcom.org/library/dispossessed-ursula-le-guin

Ursula Le Guin died on Jan 22, 2018.


Admission to this event is free of charge

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Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest

Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest is a celebration of the art of writing and will showcase multiple areas of interest that connect deeply with this historic region–specifically horror, children’s books, historical, and contemporary literature. 2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of the writing of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, a seminal work which touches on all four areas of interest. In addition, the festival strives to showcase the diversity of our community by featuring a wide array of voices and writers.

This one-day festival will extend across various venues from the historic Tarrytown Music Hall to the Burying Grounds of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow.


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11th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

11th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival

The 11th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival will feature dozens of timely, thought-provoking, and thoroughly entertaining authors participating in panel discussions, readings, and signings throughout the day. Talks on the publishing industry, illustration workshops, and much more! Free event for all ages. For more information follow us on Facebook or Twitter or visit our website at http://www.millbrookliteraryfestival.org


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Millbrook Literary Festival in Millbrook
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Millbrook Literary Festival in Millbrook

The 11th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival will feature dozens of timely, thought-provoking, and thoroughly entertaining authors participating in panel discussions, readings, and signings throughout the day. Free event for all ages. For more information follow us on Facebook or Twitter or visit our website at http://www.millbrookliteraryfestival.org.

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Used Book Sale in Kingston
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Used Book Sale in Kingston

Thousands of books are available, with low prices of $1 for hardbacks, CDs, and DVDs (3 for $2); 50¢ for paperbacks and LPs; 25¢ for all children’s items; and 10¢ for magazines and VHS tapes.

The sale helps raise funds to support library programs, such as the popular children’s Super Saturday series

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Change Your Narrative – Change Your Story, Change Your Life! in Highland
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Change Your Narrative – Change Your Story, Change Your Life! in Highland

Through use of selected quotations, poetry and journal techniques, integrated with the warm-up action methods of psychodrama, we will explore our personal and social narratives. We will experience together several techniques from the Journal Ladder and learn how structure, pacing and containment can make writing easy, safer feeling and fun.
You need not be a writer (or even like writing!) to attend. We will create in a safe environment where it is not necessary to read what you have created and have many options about how and whether to share. All needed supplies will be furnished.
How can writing deepen your connection to yourself and others? We will address these questions and more in our open session.

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Author Peter McShane
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Author Peter McShane

Peter McShane served from 1967 to 1968 as a US Army Special Forces medic during the Vietnam conflict. Holding an MBA from Syracuse University, he had a career in banking and finance before turning to writing. He has completed acollection of short stories, a novella, and a number of personal essays. He is also a two-time graduate of the DWC PRO program, first in fiction, then in non-fiction. His first published book is the memoir Save a Life, Take a Life, whichtells the story of his time in Vietnam and how it shaped his life for decades to come.


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Library goes to town
May
17
11:00 AM11:00

Library goes to town

We will read stories, sing songs, and have a wonderful time at different locations in Saratoga Springs. For children ages 2-5 with their caregivers. Siblings are welcome. Please register for each session individually. Register online, in the Children's Room, or by calling 518-584-7860 ext. 305 beginning February 13.

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Books & Brews
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Books & Brews

If you've been looking for a chill group to talk books with, this is for you! Once a month we'll meet at Harvey's on Phila Street to discuss what 20 and 30-somethings are reading today. This month we'll be discussing "There There" by Tommy Orange. Copies of the book may be obtained on the shelf at the library, or by placing holds on the online public catalog. Stop by the library Information Desk for any assistance. No registration required.


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Books and Tea
May
16
3:30 PM15:30

Books and Tea

 Books and Tea will meet to discuss "The Overstory" by Richard Powers. Books and Tea is an ongoing reading group that meets the third Thursday of each month. Copies of the book may be obtained in the Reading Group Choices collection or by placing holds on the online public catalog. Stop by at the Information Desk for any assistance. Come on down and join us for good conversations around books! No registration required.

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Meet Author, Artist, Poet, and Inspirational Speaker Austin Kleon in Poughkeepsie
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Meet Author, Artist, Poet, and Inspirational Speaker Austin Kleon in Poughkeepsie

Inspirational speaker, artist, and poet Austin Kleon is coming to Poughkeepsie thanks to the generosity of Booklist & ALA. Kleon's books 'Steal Like an Artist,' 'Show Your Work!', and 'Newspaper Blackout' focus on creativity and have earned him speaking invitations from major corporations, conferences, and the TED stage. Kleon will speak about his work and offer tips for how to stay true to yourself when faced with doubt, distractions, and life's daily zingers. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration requested. For more library information or to register please visit www.poklib.org or call 845-485-3445 x 3702.

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Author Lisa Wingate
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Author Lisa Wingate

  • Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours will help us wrap up Two Towns-One Book activities for this year. She will be speaking, answering questions, and signing books. Books will be available to purchase onsite from The Open Door Bookstore. This event is being held at the Gowana Middle School Auditorium on the Shenendehowa Campus. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Registration required; register online, in-person or by calling the Library at 518-371-8622.

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