Writerly Happenings: Growing Local Community of Writers and Readers - November 2018

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Hi There, Reading Anything Good These Days? 

It’s Phoebe here - kicking off this column with what everybody is reading here at A Little Beacon Blog before we dive into the second installment in this new column, Writerly Happenings.

I just returned Peter Carey’s new “A Long Way From Home” to the library without getting too far, though he’s usually a favorite. Now I’m starting “The Glitch” by Elizabeth Cohen, which passed me by when it was published in 2012, but I’ve heard good things. 

Katie is reading edible Hudson Valley’s Fall issue about the secret hotel created by an app developer of luxury cars (what?!). He wouldn’t even let them take full photos - all secret photos.

Marilyn, our Managing Editor, is actually blogging about her yoga teacher training experience at her blog, Ink and Coffee.

Catherine, our Editor of the Art Gallery Guide, is reading science. Science! Actually it’s Anatomy this week. She is back in school to be a nurse.

Speaking of good things, here’s the second installment of this new A Little Beacon Blog Guide to Writerly Happenings. Every couple of weeks I round up the best events happening in our growing local community of writers and readers and the people who love them.

WRITERLY HAPPENINGS IN BEACON & COLD SPRING

November 7th Binnacle’s Book Club meets from 7-8pm at Denning's Point Distillery to discuss “Lake Success” by Gary Shteyngart.  If you are going and want to buy the book at Binnacle, you get 10% off this title. Sorry to have missed the reading of  The Seas by Samantha Hunt on Wednesday the 24th, but staying tuned for more events to come.

The littlest Halloweenies and literary types might love the story time and costume contest at Split Rock Books in Cold Spring on the 28th with David Quinn, author of “Go To Sleep, Little Creep.” Grown up persons should check out local author and journalist Virginia Sole-Smith’s reading from her first book “’The Eating Instinct’, a personal and deeply reported exploration of how we learn to eat in today's toxic food culture” on November 10th from 7-8pm.

Get Lit Beacon has its monthly writer salon at Oak Vino on November 11th. Featured speaker will be notable author Leland Cheuk. They offer an option for any writer to read their own stuff, so you should also sign up to read some of your work. And they made T-Shirts. So far you can only buy them at the event, so go. Last month featured a very engaging professional storyteller explain show to tell a story, as well as local journalists Brian Cronin of the Highlands Current, and Katie of A Little Beacon Blog.

November 13th poets from Ruth Danon’s Live Writing workshops take over Quinn’s for a reading of their work. We’ll be back with an update once the Facebook event page is up. 

Beacon’s new Poet Laureate, who has not yet been announced, will be inducted on November 20th at the Beacon Library in the Community Room from 6:30-7:30pm. 

OPEN MIC NIGHTS LITERARY TYPES MIGHT LIKE

For monthly open mic nights of music check out The Falcon Underground in Marlboro, the Wherehouse in Newburgh, The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon and Fiesta Friday in Poughkeepsie. 

Calling All Poets is having an open mic night at the Town Crier in Beacon on Thursday, October 15th, and on November 2nd at its First Friday reading series up in New Paltz at Roost (the December 7th open mic will feature Beacon local Ruth Danon).

FARTHER AFIELD 

Rough Draft Bar & Books hosts a reading on October 30th with local author John Langan reading from his horror novel set near the Ashokan Reservoir. Sounds scary and also totally worth a trip to Kingston.

We are prepared to tailgate to hear Roxanne Gay discuss her book “Bad Feminist” on November 7th at Vassar. And we might have to because it’s first come, first serve to get in. Get your elbows ready!

And we are super excited that former Beacon resident Jon Beacham is back in the Hudson Valley and has opened The Brother In Elysium Books. This Tivoli bookstore had its grand opening at the end of September, a poetry reading earlier this month and in addition to focusing on poetry, literature, art, design, photography and film,” also carries used and out of print, actively buys books and “is also home to The Brother In Elysium publishing imprint and letterpress studio.”

We’ll see you back here in a couple weeks with more upcoming events. Tell us where to go and what to read in the meantime, if you like. phoebe@alittlebeaconblog.com