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Almost Famous Women with author Megan Mayhew Bergman (1/9/15) – 7PM

Location: Battenkill Books,15 East Main St. Cambridge, New York  12816 Start: 01/09/2015 7:00 pm Join us for a talk and reading with Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of the forthcoming Almost

Curiosity Forum & Book Talk: Mah Jongg – The Art & History of the Game (11/13/14)

Location: Battenkill Books Start: 11/13/2014 7:00 pm The premiere event – first event on the book tour!  Show-and-Tell Author Gregg Swain invites attendees to bring in their own Mah Jongg

Almost Famous Women with author Megan Mayhew Bergman (1/9/15) – 7PM

Location: Battenkill Books,15 East Main St. Cambridge,

New York  12816

01/09/2015 7:00 pm

Join us for a talk and reading with Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of the forthcoming Almost Famous Women: Stories (January 2015) as well as Birds of a Lesser Paradise.

The fascinating lives of the characters in Almost Famous Women have mostly been forgotten, but their stories are burning to be told. Nearly every story in this dazzling collection is based on a woman who attained some celebrity – she raced speed boats or was a conjoined twin in show business; a reclusive painter of renown; a member of the first all-female, integrated swing band.

We see Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde’s troubled niece, Dolly; West With the Night author Beryl Markham; Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sister, Norma. These extraordinary stories travel the world, explore the past (and delve into the future), and portray fiercely independent women defined by their acts of bravery, creative impulses, and sometimes reckless decisions.

Bergman grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and attended Wake Forest University. She has graduate degrees from Duke University and Bennington College. Her first collection, “Birds of a Lesser Paradise”, was one of “Huffington Post'”s Best Books of 2012. Her work has appeared in “The New York Times”, “Best American Short Stories”, “New Stories from the South”, “Ploughshares”, “Tin House”, and “Oxford American”, among other publications. She writes a sustainability column for “Salon” and lives on a small farm in Vermont with her veterinarian husband, two daughters, four dogs, four cats, goats, and chickens.

Curiosity Forum events are sponsored by Battenkill Books, Hubbard Hall, and Leslie Parke Studio. Donations to the series (care of Hubbard Hall) are always welcome.

 

Book List
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman - AUTOGRAPHED
$25.00

Model: MMBAlmost

Please enter what you would like the author to inscribe in your book. Occasionally requests may be edited for clarity or space.


$59.99

ISBN-13: 9781633794573
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dreamscape Media, 1/2015


Location:
Battenkill Books
15 East Main St.
Cambridge

,New York12816United States

Curiosity Forum: Power of Paint and Art in Architecture (12/7/14)

Sunday 12/07/2014 at 4:00 pm in The Freight Depot

 

Join us for a talk titled, Power of Paint and Art in Architecture, given by Jeff Greene. 

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We have always been consumers of visual information and with increasing rapidity we are being bombarded with visual stimulation. But what do we really see? What do we remember? What is important? It is through the permanence of paint that what we see can be retained. Jeff Greene, President of EverGreene Architectural Arts, will discuss the evolution of paint and pigment and its influence on our perception of the surrounding world. From Paleolithic cave paintings to Contemporary street art, Greene maps out how the implementation of paint affects our built environment and ourselves.

Over the last three decades, Jeff Greene, President and founder of EverGreene, has led large-scale interior conservation, restoration, and new design work for public and sacred spaces in every historic architectural style from coast to coast. His formal education was at the Art Institute of Chicago, and he received a Fresco Scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. His continuing education has included a broad range of experiences and training opportunities all over the world. Throughout his career, he has revived artistic and decorative techniques by learning from aging masters in the U.S. and abroad, studying old publications and experimenting tirelessly.

Jeff-Greene-2-bw1-e1407434728317Mr. Greene is considered one of the country’s foremost experts in both traditional and innovative techniques for murals, ornamental plaster, and decorative finishes. He and his staff are frequently engaged as consultants in the planning stages of restoration and public art projects. He serves extensively on art and preservation boards, with current and past posts that include President of the National Society of Mural Painters, Board Member of the League of Historic American Theaters, and Board Member of the Association for Preservation Technology.

Locally, St. Luke’s Church in Cambridge was restored by EverGreene.

Check out his amazing website: http://www.evergreene.com

 

Location:

Freight Depot Theater Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St. Cambridge, New York 12816

Curiosity Forum & Book Talk: Mah Jongg – The Art & History of the Game (11/13/14)

Location: Battenkill Books
11/13/2014 7:00 pm
The premiere event – first event on the book tour! 



Show-and-Tell
Author Gregg Swain invites attendees to bring in their own Mah Jongg sets from home. She can often provide information on what the tiles are made of, their age, and where they were produced. Swain will also bring in several of her own sets to share.
Read a review of the new book in The New York Times, here.  

“Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game” is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. 

Visit Swain’s website here.  
When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mah Jongg, they were unaware of the vintage collections that existed not only in the United States but also as far ranging as Africa to New Zealand. Slowly, they started to collect their own sets of Mah Jongg and as their collections grew, so did their appreciation of the history of, and interest in the game. 

Finding few references, Israel and Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the early beginnings of the game and documents Mah Jongg sets from the most basic, made simply of paper, to the most outrageous and opulent sets that have ever existed. Recognized and respected scholars and game experts have collaborated with Israel and Swain, contributing important chapters on the game’s history and its pieces as well as technical information on the tiles. Lastly, great collectors from around the globe have shared their incredible sets and memories for the first time in one book for everyone to enjoy. 

With hundreds of beautiful new images by renowned photographer, Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera, “Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game” fills the void between the past and today’s game, providing vision, inspiration and resources. Anyone who has ever been intrigued by a Mah Jongg tile will find in these pages visually stunning photographs that will entice them into becoming an enthusiast of the timeless game of Mah Jongg. 
Book List
$24.95

ISBN-13: 9784805313237
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tuttle Publishing, 11/2014