Oblong : EVENTS DIGEST Winter 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – 6:00pm

Poetry Reading: GABRIEL FRIED “The Children Are Reading”
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-0500 oblongbooks.com
We find the book left open by the stairs—salted and wet—no children anywhere.“Outside Over There”, from The Children Are Reading
Gabriel Fried opens his most recent collection The Children Are Reading with these lines: “Where have the children gone this time? / There they are, behind the house, / standing in a cautious arc / around the flowers we warned them about.” The Children Are Reading inhabits childhood spaces, physical and imaginative, on either side of the emergence of adult awareness, desires, and anxieties—which isn’t to say desires and anxieties don’t exist on the childhood end of the spectrum.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 6:00pm
DAVID B. WOOLNER – “The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace”
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-0500 oblongbooks.com

Author and historian David B. Woolner will present his revealing portrait of the end of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life and presidency, shedding new light on how he made his momentous final policy decisions.
“They say the fruit tree produces its greatest harvest in its last season. Perhaps the last few months of FDR’s administration, so overshadowed by the first few months, may be as important. Woolner deftly brings those last moments in power beautifully alive and leaves us with a lasting sense of the man as well as his accomplishments.”―Ken Burns
David B. Woolner is a senior fellow and resident historian at the Roosevelt Institute and a professor of history at Marist College. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 6:00pm
JAMIE CAT CALLAN – “Parisian Charm School”
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-0500 oblongbooks.com

Get ready to embark on the adventure of your life? Parisian Charm School is in session…. Discover what French women know about embracing that irresistible joie de vivre! Jamie Cat Callan is the author of the bestselling books French Women Don’t Sleep Alone, Bonjour, Happiness! and Ooh La La! French Women’s Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day. Her books have been published in twenty-one countries and have been featured in The New York TimesVanity Fair, and Time.


Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 6:00pm
Author SCOTT SPENCER reads from “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” in tribute to the late DENIS JOHNSON
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-0500 oblongbooks.com

Denis Johnson, National Book Award winner for Tree of Smoke and the author behind the seminal collection Jesus’ Son, died in May of 2017 at the age of 67. A protean stylist who made a career of defying readers’ expectations, he crafted fiction, poetry and reportage that was often as unsparing as it was unconventional. THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN is the second story collection from the late Johnson and is a masterpiece of deep humanity and astonishing prose. The title story chronicles a lifetime of moments, from the small to the ecstatic, of ad agent Bill Whitman. This evening, author SCOTT SPENCER will join authors all over the country who will read from Johnson’s work in tribute to the late master of prose. Spencer will read personally selected excerpts THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN and also talk about his own deep respect for, and personal relationship with, Johnson’s work.


Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 4:00pm
Hudson Valley YA Society: Marieke Nijkamp, Kim Purcell, Jennifer Castle & Samira Ahmed
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-0500 oblongbooks.com

From Marieke Nijkamp author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Is Where It Ends comes BEFORE I LET GO – another unforgettable story of loss, hope, betrayal, and the quest for truth.
In Kim Pucell’s THIS IS NOT A LOVE LETTER Jessie and Chris take a one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future–decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.Then, Chris vanishes.
Jennifer Castle’s latest novel is a romantic, thought-provoking tale of human connection and how we find—and make—our place in the world. TOGETHER AT MIDNIGHT examines What  it really meanS to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do?
Samira Ahmed’s LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS is an unforgettable debut novel, in which an Indian-American Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape. American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 – 6:00pm
Poetry Event: Jonathan Blunk & Anne Wright “James Wright: A Life in Poetry”
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-0500 oblongbooks.com

Biographer Jonathan Blunk will talk with James Wright’s widow, Anne Wright, about his new authorized and sweeping biography of her late husband – one of America’s most complex, influential, and enduring poets
In the extraordinary generation of American poets who came of age in the middle of the twentieth century, James Wright (1927–1980) was frequently placed at the top of the list. With a fierce, single-minded devotion to his work, Wright escaped the steel town of his Depression-era childhood in the Ohio valley to become a revered professor of English literature and a Pulitzer Prize winner. But his hometown remained at the heart of his work, and he courted a rough, enduring muse from his vivid memories of the Midwest.


Sunday, February 4, 2018 – 1:00pm
Fiction into Film: MATILDA by Roald Dahl
Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Based on the bestselling children’s novel by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake. Perfect for a family read and for children ages 8-12
After the film: Oblong’s Nicole Brinkley will lead a book discussion for all ages.
Film Tickets: $10 Adults / $8 Seniors and Students / $6 Upstate Members and kids under 16.
Available online in advance or day-of at the box office (cash and check only).


Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 6:00pm
The White Hart Speaker Series: Allen Blagden “Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden”
The White Hart Inn, 15 Undermountain Road, Salisbury, CT 06068 (518) 789-3797

RSVP Required
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library
“There was a long bench in the living room of our house. And it was full of paper, crayons, watercolors all the essentials for creating art.”
And so begins watercolor artist Allen Blagden’s account of his career, training with his father, an art teacher at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. From his earliest days, art informed his life, taking him to the National Serengeti Park in Kenya, to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, to the South of France, England, and Ireland, and to his beloved Adirondacks and Maine. His watercolors, renowned for their color, compositions, and technique, are held in permanent museum collections across the United States and by countless private collectors.


Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 6:00pm
Sam Graham-Felsen in conversation with Adelle Waldman
Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-0500 oblongbooks.com

Chief blogger for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, Sam Graham-Felsen will talk with author Adelle Waldman about his highly acclaimed, much anticipated debut novel – GREEN. Graham-Felsen’s nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times MagazineNew York MagazineThe NationWashington Post, Mother Jones, and elsewhere.
Adelle Waldman is an American novelist, columnist and blogger, known for her 2013 novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. (named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, NPR, SlateThe EconomistThe New RepublicBookforum, National JournalCosmopolitanElle) and for her articles for Slate and Vogue magazines and the blog Gawker.


Sunday, February 25, 2018 – 4:00pm
Hudson Valley YA Society: Tamora Pierce – “Tempests and Slaughter”

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-0500 oblongbooks.com
TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. She has been the guest of honor at numerous conventions, and her books have been translated into many languages and are available on audio. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, the Skylark Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at TamoraPierce.com and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.


Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 6:00pm
The White Hart Speaker Series: Duncan Hannah – “20th Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies”
The White Hart Inn, 15 Undermountain Road, Salisbury, CT 06068 (518) 789-3797

RSVP Required
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library

In his new memoir, celebrated New York City painter, Duncan Hannah gives a rollicking and vividly immediate account of his life amid the city’s glamorous demimondes in their most vital era as an aspiring artist, roaring boy, dandy, cultural omnivore, and far-from-obscure object of desire. DUNCAN HANNAH attended Bard College from 1971 to 1973 and Parsons School of Design from 1973 to 1975. In the seventies, he became associated with New York’s avant-garde and glam and punk rock scenes, acted in a number of underground movies, and showed several of his figurative portraits in 1980’s infamous Times Square Show. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum and the Minneapolis Art Institute. He lives in New York with the designer Megan Wilson.