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CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE –The Underground Railroad Revisited

CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE. As soon as we settle on a date, we will let you know. Thank you! Location: Freight Depot Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, independent researchers

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

CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE –The Underground Railroad Revisited

CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE. As soon as we settle on a date, we will let you know. Thank you!

Location: Freight Depot

Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, independent researchers and Scholars in Residence at Russell Sage College, bring their seminal research on the Underground Railroad movement to Hubbard Hall this June. The Underground Railroad, often remembered as being characterized by tunnels, dark of night escapes, coded language and hidey-holes, was far more extensive and complex than these ideas have led us to believe.  In the midst of significant pro-slavery sentiment, New York State was home to many abolitionists working to abolish the institution of slavery in our state and nation and it was visited by many who had escaped enslavement and sought a life of freedom. Join with the Stewarts as they share a new interpretation of a very old story and explain the various initiatives in which Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. is engaged as it works to connect the public with this local history and its relevancy for us today.



Freight Depot Theater Hubbard Hall Cambridge, New York 12816 United States

Back by popular demand: Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game (1/8/15)

01/08/2015 4:00 pm

Location: Battenkill Books

Thursday, January 8th 4:00 pm
Free event.

Back by popular demand, join us on Thursday, January 8th at 4 pm for a talk by author Gregg Swain on her new book, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game: A Collector’s Guide to Mah Jongg Tiles and Sets . Attendees are invited to bring a vintage set – Ms. Swain can often determine the set’s material, age, and country of origin.

This is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mahjong or “Mah Jongg,” offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mahjong, 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 Mahjong 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 Mahjong sets from the most basic, made simply of paper, to the most precious materials such as ivory and mother-of-pearl. 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 Mahjong tile will find in these pages visually stunning photographs that will entice them into becoming an enthusiast of the timeless game of Mahjong.

Book List

ISBN-13: 9784805313237
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tuttle Publishing, 11/2014

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.


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Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman - AUTOGRAPHED

Model: MMBAlmost

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

Battenkill Books
15 East Main St.

,New York12816United States