October Events

Events Digest: October 2019


Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 2:00pm
Elisha Cooper, RIVER
Presented in partnership with Riverkeeper
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com
For families and children ages 4-8.
River is an outstanding introduction to seeing the world through the eyes of a young explorer and a great picture book for the STEAM curriculum. Maps and information about the Hudson River and famous landmarks are included in the back of the book. Elisha Cooper is the award-winning author of Big Cat, Little Cat – a 2018 Caldecott Honor Book, An Animal Alphabet, Train, Farm, Homer and Beach, which won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. His other picture books include A Good Night Walk, Magic Thinks Big, and Dance! a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

A percentage of proceeds from the sale of RIVER at this event will be donated to support Riverkeeper.

Publicity: Elisabeth Ferrari, EFerrari@scholastic.com


Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – 6:00pm
Roselee Blooston, TRIAL BY FAMILY
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com

Part family saga, part legal drama, local author Roselee Blooston’s new novel TRIAL BY FAMILY tells a story of need, greed, love, and money! Roselee Blooston is the author of DYING IN DUBAI, a memoir of marriage, mourning and the Middle East (Apprentice House Press, Loyola University MD, 2016), a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Winner, and an Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist. Her plays have been produced internationally, and her work published in national magazines and anthologies. She teaches writing and lives in the Hudson Valley.

Contact: Roselee Blooston, rblooston@gmail.com

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 6:00pm
Lisa Fithian, SHUT IT DOWN: Stories From a Fierce, Loving Resistance
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com

Lisa Fithian shares historic, behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most important people-powered movements of the past several decades. In SHUT IT DOWN, she shows how movements that embrace direct action have always been, and continue to be, the most radical and rapid means for transforming the ills of our society. For decades, Lisa Fithian’s work as an advocate for civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action has put her on the frontlines of change. Described by Mother Jones as “the nation’s best-known protest consultant,” Fithian has supported countless movements including the Battle of Seattle in 1999, rebuilding and defending communities following Hurricane Katrina, Occupy Wall Street, and the uprisings at Standing Rock and in Ferguson.

Publicity: Jenna Stewart, JStewart@chelseagreen.com

Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 6:00pm
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com

Perfect for Halloween, Kate Racculia’s deliciously funny ode to imagination, is overflowing with love letters to art—from The Westing Game to Madonna to the Knights of the Round Table—Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is a terrific read for thrill seekers, wanderers, word lovers, and anyone looking for an escape to the extraordinary. Kate Racculia is a novelist living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the novels This Must Be the Place and Bellweather Rhapsody, winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award.

Publicity: Triant, Michelle, michelle.triant@hmhco.com



Sunday, October 13, 2019 – 4:00pm
Daniel Leader, LIVING BREAD: Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Bread Making
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com

Meet the man behind Bread Alone! At twenty-two, Daniel Leader stumbled across the intoxicating perfume of bread baking in the back room of a Parisian boulangerie, and he has loved and devoted himself to making quality bread ever since. Today, professional bakers and bread enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Bread Alone’s headquarters here in the Hudson Valley to learn Dan’s signature techniques and baking philosophy. But though Leader is a towering figure in bread baking, he still considers himself a student of the craft, and his curiosity is boundless. In this groundbreaking book, he offers a comprehensive picture of bread baking today for the enthusiastic home baker.

Publicity: Carrie Bachman, carrie@carriebachman.com


Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 6:00pm

Amy Goldman & Victor Shrager, THE MELON
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com

Amy Goldman and photographer Victor Schrager will talk with Jennifer Solow, Editor of Edible Hudson Valley magazine about the garden’s crown jewels—and Amy Goldman’s lifelong passion and calling -Melons! Goldman’s new book THE MELON will entice and educate, whether you are a passionate gardener, a locavore, or simply delight in the inherent beauty and evanescence of the fruits of the vine!

Publicity: Mary Bisbee-Beek, mbisbee.beek@gmail.com


LOCAL AUTHOR (Carol Goodman)

Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 6:00pm
Women in Suspense: Hank Phillippi Ryan, THE MURDER LIST & Kate Kessler, SEVEN CROWS in conversation with Carol Goodman, THE NIGHT VISITORS
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com

Suspense writers Hank Phillippi Ryan & Kate Kessler talk the art of writing thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat with fellow suspense queen, and bestselling author, Carol Goodman.

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Mary Zanor, mzanor@regancomm.com
Kate Kessler: Ellen Wright, Ellen.Wright@hbgusa.com
Carol Goodman: Gena Lanzi, Gena.Lanzi@harpercollins.com


Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Strout, OLIVE, AGAIN
In conversation with Joe Donahue, WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Walker Auditorium, The Hotchkiss School, 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT 06039
518-789-3797, oblongbooks.com

Elizabeth Strout, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and #1 New York Times bestselling author, returns with her beloved, inimitable character, Olive Kitteridge! When Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for Olive Kitteridge, the citation said the novel-in-stories packed “a cumulative emotional wallop, bound together by polished prose and by Olive, the title character, blunt, flawed and fascinating.” The book has sold nearly 1.5 million copies, and Frances McDormand played the titular character in an HBO adaptation that won 8 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series.

Tickets $30. Includes one copy of OLIVE, AGAIN
Ms. Strout will be signing books after the presentation.

Publicity: Johnston, Christine, chjohnston@penguinrandomhouse.com



Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 6:00pm
Kristin Kimball, GOOD HUSBANDRY
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com

The Dirty Life chronicled Kimball’s move from New York City to 500 acres near Lake Champlain where she started a new farm with her partner, Mark. In Good Husbandry, she reveals what happened over the next five years at Essex Farm.

Publicity: Monaghan, Katherine, Katherine.Monaghan@simonandschuster.com


Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 6:00pm

Kira Jane Buxton, HOLLOW KINGDOM
In conversation with author BILL CLEGG (Did You Ever Have a Family)
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com

One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author. Kira Jane Buxton’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, NewYorker.com, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, and more. She calls the tropical utopia of Seattle home and spends her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds, and a husband. Kira & Bill will be joined at this event by YouTube sensation Jimini Crowket, the talking crow!

Publicity: Andy Dodds, Andy.Dodds@hbgusa.com

Sunday, October 27, 2019 – 2:00pm
Mark Bittman, HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING: Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Oblong Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-0500, oblongbooks.com

For twenty years, Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything has been the definitive guide to simple home cooking. This new edition has been completely revised for today’s cooks while retaining Bittman’s trademark minimalist style—easy-to-follow recipes and variations, and tons of ideas and inspiration. By increasing the focus on usability, modernizing the recipes to become new favorites, and adding gorgeous photography, Mark Bittman has updated this classic cookbook to be more indispensable than ever.

BOOK SIGNING ONLY! A purchase of How To Cook Everything: Revised 20th Anniversary Edition is required to join the signing line.

Publicity: Shara Alexander, sharaalexander19@gmail.com


Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 6:00pm

The White Hart Speaker Series
Elaine Sciolino, THE SEINE: The River That Made Paris
White Hart Inn, 15 Under Mountain Road, Salisbury, CT 06068
518-789-3797, oblongbooks.com

Longtime New York Times foreign correspondent and best- selling author Elaine Sciolino returns to The White Hart with her new book – a vibrant, enchanting tour of the Seine. Elaine Sciolino is a contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs. Sciolino was decorated as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor of the French state, in 2010 for her “special contribution” to the friendship between France and the United States. She and her husband have lived in Paris since 2002.

Publicity: DeeDee Debartlo, deedee@debartlo.com

Coming up in November

Nov. 1
Dr. Marika Lindholm, WE GOT THIS. Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and  Humor. Oblong Rhinebeck
Nov. 2
Chris McDougall, Running with Sherman. Presented in partnership with Donkey Park. Oblong Rhinebeck
Nov. 3
Nava Atlas, 5 Ingredient Vegan. Rhinebeck Farmers Market
Pete Souza, SHADE: A Tale of Two Presidents. Presented in partnership with Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, NY (Tickets on sale now!)
Nov. 5
Jackson Bird, Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place (A Transgender Memoir). Presented in partnership with Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center. Oblong Rhinebeck
Nov 7
Amanda Vaill, Jerome Robbins, By Himself. White Hart, Salisbury, CT
Nov. 8
Gisela Stromeyer, Just Like That. Oblong Rhinebeck
Nov 13
Holly George-Warren, Janis: Her Life & Music. Oblong Rhinebeck
Nov 14
Eliza Clark & Tim Trojian, Foxfire Living. Oblong Rhinebeck
Nov. 15
Susannah Cahalan, The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness. Murray’s Tivoli, NY (Tickets on sale now!)
Nov 19
Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King. White Hart, Salisbury, CT
Alexandra Horowitz, Our Dogs, Ourselves. Oblong Rhinebeck
Nov 21  Eugenia Zukerman, Like Falling Through a Cloud. Oblong Rhinebeck


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