Thursday, November 21 7:00 pm Battenkill Books FREE Please join us as Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to Cambridge to discuss her long-awaited next book, Through the Evil Days – a Clare
Tuesday, November 12th 7:00 pm Battenkill Books FREE From “New York Times” bestselling author Jon Katz comes a wise, uplifting, and poignant memoir of finding love against all odds, and
Friday, October 18 7 pm Battenkill Books FREE Join us as author Ellen Stimson reads from her hilarious new book, Mud Season: How One Woman’s Dream of Moving to
Please join us as Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to Cambridge to discuss her long-awaited next book, Through the Evil Days – a Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery — the mystery series set in Washington County!
On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs. Currently he’s struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: a week in an ice-fishing cabin. The vestry of St. Alban’s Church has called for the bishop to investigate Clare’s “unpriestly” pregnancy. She has one week to find out if she will be scolded, censured, or suspended from her duties.
Officer Hadley Knox is having a miserable January as well. Her on-again-off-again lover, Kevin Flynn, has seven days to weigh an offer from the Syracuse Police Department that might take him half a state away. As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they’ve never encountered. In the course of this one tumultuous week the lives of the Millers-Kill residents readers have come to love and cherish change forever.
JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING is the “New York Times” bestselling author of “One Was A Soldier,” and an Agatha, Anthony, Dilys, Barry, Macavity, and Gumshoe Award winner. She studied acting and history at Ithaca College and received her JD at the University of Maine School of Law. Her books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, Nero Wolfe, and Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Julia lives in a 190-year-old farmhouse in southern Maine with her husband and three children.
From “New York Times” bestselling author Jon Katz comes a wise, uplifting, and poignant memoir of finding love against all odds, and the power of second chances for both people and dogs.
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“I had no idea that Frieda would enter my life and alter it in the most profound way, but that’s one of the beautiful things about animals. They change you, and you almost never see it coming.”
In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way: Maria’s dog, Frieda.
A rottweiler-shepherd mix who had been abandoned by her previous owner in the Adirondacks, where she lived in the wild for several years, Frieda was ferociously protective and barely tamed. She roared and charged at almost anyone who came near. But to Maria, Frieda was sweet and loyal, her beloved guard dog and devoted friend. And so Jon quickly realized that to win over Maria, he’d have to gain Frieda’s affection as well.
While he and Maria grew closer, Jon was having a tougher time charming Frieda to his side. Even after many days spent on Bedlam Farm, Frieda still lunged at the other animals, ran off into the woods, and would not let Jon come near her, even to hook on her leash. Yet armed with a singular determination, unlimited patience, and five hundred dollars’ worth of beef jerky, Jon refused to give up on Frieda–or on his chance with Maria.
Written with stunning emotional clarity and full of warm yet practical wisdom, “The Second-Chance Dog” is a testament to how animals can make us better people, and how it’s never too late to find love.
Jon Katz has written twenty-five books, including works of nonfiction, novels, short stories, and books for children; he is also a photographer. He has written for “The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ” Slate, ” Rolling Stone, ” and the “AKC Gazette, ” and has worked for CBS News, “The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, “and “The Philadelphia Inquirer.” He lives on Bedlam Farm, in upstate New York, with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf, and their dogs, donkeys, barn cats, sheep, and chickens.
Book Signing/Curiosity Forum: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden (9/18/13)
Dr. Brent Ridge and “New York Times “bestselling author Josh Kilmer-Purcell are not your average couple: The two Manhattanites left their big city lives behind, and found themselves living in bucolic Sharon Springs, New York, where they became “accidental goat farmers.” But what began as a way to reconnect with their own style of modern country living soon exploded into a wildly successful brand, Beekman 1802, named after their historic home. Brent and Josh are now world-renowned for producing everything from magnificent handcrafted goat’s milk soaps to artisanal Blaak cheese, and now, with “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook,” they’re bringing their special vintage-modern touch to classic, remarkable recipes bound to become family favorites year after year.”
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook “will show off the delicious and decadent recipes that the Beekman Boys have collected from across the generations of their family, from Brent’s grandmother’s Fourth of July Fruitcake to Josh’s mother’s Hot Chocolate Dumplings. Each recipe will be accompanied by a personal memory from the authors or a story about how that recipe came to be. With eco-conscious and vintage-oriented food production gaining traction as a major culinary trend, this beautiful package will reel in readers, whether they’re nostalgic for some classic Americana in their kitchen or just hankering for the perfect Blackberry Betty recipe.
BRENT RIDGE AND JOSH KILMER-PURCELL are the founders of Beekman 1802, a company based around their 60-acre farm in upstate New York. They’ve been called “the next Martha Stewarts” by Epicurious and “the fastestgrowing lifestyle brand in America” by NASDAQ. Season 21 winners of “The Amazing Race,” they are the authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook, and live in Sharon Springs, NY.