Writerly Happenings: New Literary Guide for Book Lovers & Writers


Hey there, reading anything good these days? 

If you want to know where to find your next book, and where to go to mix it up with other literary types, this new ALBB Guide to Writerly Happenings has you laced up. Every couple of weeks we’ll round up the best events happening in our growing local community of writers and readers and the people who love them.

Writerly Happenings in Cold Spring

Sunset Reading Series presents another stupendously located and top notch reading at The Chapel in Cold Spring on Sunday Oct. 7th at 4pm when local author and NY Times Magazine Critic at Large Sam Anderson will read from his widely and wildly acclaimed book: “BOOM TOWN The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis.”

This event is being co-hosted by Split Rock Books, who is also kicking off their inaugural book club event on October 11th from 7-8pm with “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James Baldwin. This film adaptation of this book, by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, is due out in November. They are also having a storytime for kiddos with “Bear and Wolf” author Daniel Salmieri on October 14th .

Writing Groups In Beacon

If you are looking to join a writing group, on October 8th or 15th you might check out Words & Womyn. This fresh weekly workshop from the Wyld Womyn,  a new space on Main Street, is described as “a safe space that welcomes anyone female identifying to sit and soak in the power of thought and prose.” 

The night before you could also get your book club on with Binnacle Books’ ongoing book discussion at Denning’s Point Distillery. On October 10th at 7pm we’ll be diving in to “There There” by Tommy Orange. 

Get Lit Beacon continues to work the room at Oak Vino in Beacon on the second Sunday of the month! Have a glass of wine and enjoy the salon there on October 14th at 5pm. Katie from A Little Beacon Blog will be on hand to answer questions about local news media, as well as Brian PJ Cronin (Update: Danielle Trussoni, a memoirist and novelist, was slated to speak, but not this month). You can sign up to read for 5 minutes yourself. Get the lineup here.

Book Talks in Beacon

Later in the month, the Beacon Library is hosting a book discussion of much acclaimed book “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng, so start reading now if you want to get in on that on October 30th, from 2-3pm. The discussion will be led by Dr. James Cotter as part of the NEA Big Read program.

Open Mic Nights Literary Types Might Like

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

Farther afield, but well worth the drive are two favorite bookstores that host loads of writerly happenings are the Golden Notebook in Woodstock, and Rough Draft Bar & Books in Kingston.

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