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Author Event: James Howard Kunstler with his new book The History of the Future: A World Made by Hand Novel

  Friday, Sept. 12 7:00 pm Battenkill Books FREE Please join us for a reading, talk, and signing with author James Howard Kunstler, who will be sharing his new book, The

Battenkill Books – Author Event: Harry Bliss and Nora Krug

(7/31/14) Start: 07/31/2014 7:00 pm End: 07/31/2014 9:00 pm Join us for a very special evening with this year’s recipients of the Sendak Fellowship: illustrators Harry Bliss and Nora Krug.

Curiosity Forum: Beginning Ornithology (5/7/14) – 7 pm Freight Depot

South Cambridge resident Steve Sanford will present a talk this Wednesday, May 7th at the Frieght Depot behind Hubbard Hall on Beginning Ornithology – An Introduction to the Science of

Curiosity Forum/Book Talk: Civil War Sites in NYC with author Bill Morgan (5/1/14)

May 1, 2014 at 7 p.m.   This event will take place in the Freight Depot Theater at Hubbard Hall. Join us for a discussion of Bill Morgan’s book, The Civil

Author Event: James Howard Kunstler with his new book The History of the Future: A World Made by Hand Novel

 

Friday, Sept. 12
7:00 pm

Battenkill Books

FREE

Please join us for a reading, talk, and signing with author James Howard Kunstler, who will be sharing his new book, The History of the Future: A World Made by Hand  – Novel.

“A History of the Future” is the third thrilling novel in Kunstler’s “World Made By Hand” series, an exploration of family and morality as played out in the small town of Union Grove.

Following the catastrophes of the twenty-first century–the pandemics, the environmental disaster, the end of oil, the ensuing chaos–people are doing whatever they can to get by and pursuing a simpler and sometimes happier existence. In little Union Grove in upstate New York, the townspeople are preparing for Christmas. Without the consumerist shopping frenzy that dogged the holidays of the previous age, the season has become a time to focus on family and loved ones. It is a stormy Christmas Eve when Robert Earle’s son Daniel arrives back from his two years of sojourning throughout what is left of the United States. He collapses from exhaustion and illness, but as he recovers tells the story of the break-up of the nation into three uneasy independent regions and his journey into the dark heart of the New Foxfire Republic centered in Tennesee and led by the female evangelical despot, Loving Morrow. In the background, Union Grove has been shocked by the Christmas Eve double murder by a young mother, in the throes of illness, of her husband and infant son. Town magistrate Stephen Bullock is in a hanging mood.

“A History of the Future” is attention-grabbing and provocative, but also lyrical, tender, and comic–a vision of a future of America that is becoming more and more convincing and perhaps even desirable with each passing day.

James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestseller “The Long Emergency”. After college he worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers and finally as a staff writer for “Rolling Stone”. In 1975 he began writing books and lecturing full time.

Battenkill Books – Author Event: Harry Bliss and Nora Krug

(7/31/14)

Start: 07/31/2014 7:00 pm

End: 07/31/2014 9:00 pm

Join us for a very special evening with this year’s recipients of the Sendak Fellowship: illustrators Harry Bliss and Nora Krug. In partnership with WAMC’s The Book Show, this event will include a live taping of The Book Show with host Joe Donahue.

bliss_harry_tcm7-16021Harry Bliss is an internationally syndicated cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. His self-titled single panel gag cartoon, ‘BLISS’ appears in major newspapers across the United States and Japan. Growing up in upstate New York amidst a family of successful painters and illustrators, Bliss went on to study painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Illustration at The University of the Arts (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA). Bliss also illustrates books for children. Bliss’s first children’s book, A Fine, Fine School by Newbery-award-winning author, Sharon Creech, was a New York Times bestseller. Bliss went on to illustrate Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig, Countdown To Kindergarten and Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth both by Alison McGhee. Bliss has also created the pictures for Diary of a WormDiary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin, all New York Times bestsellers. Other bestsellers include Don’t Forget To Come Back by Robie H. Harris and A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee andLouise: The Adventure of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo.

anna_solomonBliss’s first cartoon collection, Death By Laughter, with an introduction by Christopher Guest was published by Abrams in the Spring of 2008. Luke On the Loose, Bliss’ debut award-winning comic book for early readers (edited by Francoise Mouly) was published by Toon Books in the Spring 2009. Recentlly published by Harper Collins is Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins with pictures by Harry Bliss.Bailey (A Parent’s Magazine award-winner) was published by Scholastic in September 2011 followed by Bailey at the Museum 2012.Bliss’s next picture book,Anna and Solomon by Elaine Dillof will be published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in September 2013. Harry Bliss lives in Vermont.

nora_krugNora Krug is a writer and artist whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, le Monde Diplomatique and A Public Space, and in anthologies published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Chronicle Books. She is the creator of the graphic novel, Red Riding Hood Redux, and of Shadow Atlas, an encyclopedia of ghosts and spirits, and the illustrator of the children’s book, My Cold Went On Vacation, published by Penguin/Putnam. Krug is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright, DAAD, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Her work is included in the Library of Congress and has been recognized by American Illustration. It received three gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and was awarded with merits and a silver cube by the Art

nora2Directors Club. Krug’s story, Kamikaze, about a surviving Japanese WWII pilot, was included in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics and Best Non-Required Reading. Krug’s work has been exhibited internationally, and her animated guide to Japanese business etiquette, How To Bow, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. She is an associate professor in the Illustration Program at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

About the Sendak Fellowship

The Sendak Fellowship was established in 2010 as a residency program for artists who tell stories with illustration. The Fellowship offers the time for artist to explore their craft outside the limitations of everyday life and in the relative isolation of a rural setting.

 

Between 2010 and 2013, the Sendak Fellowship was run at a house on Maurice Sendak’s property in Ridgefield, Connecticut. There, four resident artists received instruction and support from Mr. Sendak as well as from visiting artists of note.

 

This summer the fellowship is moving to Scotch Hill Farm, formerly owned by Mr. Sendak, in upstate Cambridge, New York. Two fellows will be provided their own fully equipped cottage with kitchen and studio space and receive a fellow’s stipend. At the same time, the two resident fellows will receive occasional inspiration from visiting artists in the field.

For many years Sendak wanted to create a formal program for what he’d been doing informally his whole career: helping promising illustrators As a young beginning illustrator himself, Sendak was nurtured in the Connecticut home of the artists Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson. He saw the Sendak Fellowship as his “school”—a way to help others, and in 2009 enlisted the help of Caponera, as well as photographer and community activist, Dona Ann McAdams (now the fellowship’s director) to help realize his vision.

The goal of the Sendak Fellowship, in Maurice’s words, was for fellows to “create work that is not vapid, stupid, or sexy, but original. Work that excites and incites. Illustration is like dance; it should move like—and to—music.”

Location:

15 East Main Street Cambridge, New York 12816 United States

Curiosity Forum: Beginning Ornithology (5/7/14) – 7 pm Freight Depot

blue-jay-adk-life-rr-smallSouth Cambridge resident Steve Sanford will present a talk this Wednesday, May 7th at the Frieght Depot behind Hubbard Hall on Beginning Ornithology – An Introduction to the Science of Birds.

Steve is a professional wildlife ecologist (retired) and artist and hopes the program will be useful for novice and experienced birders alike – or for anyone just curious about the natural world. He will describe why birds are “designed” the way they are and how they make their livings. He will present the basics of bird identification and also how to get the most from a bird feeder. Most important, he will talk about why we should learn about the birds around us.

His PowerPoint presentation will include many beautiful photographs by Fort Edward veterinarian Gordon Ellmers. Admission is free and there is no pre-registration. You can view some of Steve’s amazing work of decoys, bird illustrations and boat restoration at www.stevenjaysanford.com.

Curiosity Forum events are a partnership of Battenkill Books, Hubbard Hall, and Leslie Parke Studio. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.