An Author Discusses How He Resurrected His Life

Luzzi-and-Isabel-readJoseph Luzzi is a Bard professor of Italian and a Dante scholar. He has devoted his life to teaching and writing about Italy – past and present, including the poet. But he hadn’t truly understood the depth of Dante’s epic poem until he was confronted with death and grief in his own life.

He suffered a tragedy most people wouldn’t even dream of. On a cold November morning, he learned that his wife, 8-1/2 months pregnant, had been in a fatal car accident. In one terrible instant, Luzzi found himself both a widower and a first-time father. Ultimately, he turned to his compatriot, author of The Divine Comedy, for comfort.

On Saturday, June 25, this award winning author will be reading and signing his book in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, beginning at 4pm. Refreshments will follow the event and it is free and open to all.

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Read A Murder In Time E-book Thanks to The Big Library Read


The Hudson Area Library is participating in the 10th annual Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital Book club through public libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. For a two-week period beginning June 23, Hudson Area Library users will be able to borrow the eBook, A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (Pegasus Books), from and participate in a worldwide version of a local book club. There will be no waitlists for this popular mystery with a twist. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

A Murder in Time is an intricate mystery about a brilliant FBI agent, Kendra, who finds herself transported back in time to the 1800s. Relegated to the servant class, she stumbles across a gruesome murder, and she alone recognizes they have a serial killer in their midst. Kendra scrambles to solve the case before it takes her own life – 200 years before she was ever born.  At its core, Julie McElwain’s debut novel is a puzzle, a hunt for a murderer and a quest for justice.

Big Library Read is a free program. To get started reading, all that is needed is a Hudson Area Library card. A Murder in Time can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle®. The eBook will be available with no wait lists and will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees.
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Turning to Dante for Solace

Listen to Luzzi as he discusses his book, “In a Dark Wood”, with WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Joe Donahue on The Book Show. Thursday, June 16 at 8:30pm. 90.3FM.

Listen to Luzzi discuss his book, In a Dark Wood, with WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Joe Donahue on The Book Show. Thursday, June 16 at 8:30pm. 90.3FM.

Author Joseph Luzzi suffered a tragedy most people wouldn’t even dream of. On a cold November morning, he found himself racing to the hospital. His wife, 8-1/2 months pregnant, had been in a horrible car accident. In one terrible instant, Luzzi found himself both a widower and a first-time father. Few would have done the same as Luzzi. He turned to Dante for solace.

The Bard professor and Tivoli resident analyzed his actions this way. “I realized I had to let the person I was, or at least a part of him, die along with Katherine, and then I had to build a new life. What happened to Dante, you see, was that in the midst of his greatest defeat, he created something beautiful, something he would never have been able to create if he’d stayed in Florence: he wrote The Divine Comedy.

Listen to Luzzi as he discusses his book, In a Dark Wood, with WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Joe Donahue on The Book Show. Thursday, June 16 at 8:30pm. Tune your radio to 90.3FM.

You can also see Luzzi live at the Community Room on Saturday, June 25 at 4pm. The author will read from his book and sign copies – available for purchase. There is no admission charge.

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Summer 2016 Teen Videomaking Workshops

1935225_10153475535707686_3309072744040545315_nJoin us this summer for a series of videomaking workshops with our friends at Spark Media Project. Learn video production skills while working as a team to create original, short videos.

These workshops are designed for youth ages 12 and up. Each workshop is held on a Saturday afternoon from 12pm-4pm. Sign up for one or more today!

Space is limited and registration is required. To register for one or more of these workshops, please contact Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480 or register online at

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Youth Ages 9-13 are Invited to HACK THE LIBRARY! This Summer

powrplntHACK THE LIBRARY! is a FREE weekend of labs for kids centered around learning how to create digital work taught by digital artists. Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use various programs to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create a new website to showcase work that will be hosted on

These labs encompass sound, video and images made for but not limited to digital distribution. Labs are run by artists whose work are specialized in the field. This art-base is geared toward kids ages 9-13. Orientation will take place on Saturday, July 9 from 11am to 1pm. Sunday (July 10) & Monday (July 11) there will be a full day from 10am to 4pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This program is co-organized by New York-based digital art educators, Powrplnt, local zine publication ZeroCool and the Hudson Area Library.

Space is limited! Sign up at the library or by calling 518-828-1792 x101. The sign up form is accessible here: HACK THE LIBRARY! sign up form.

Book Club Summer Reads

The Hudson Area Library Book Club has an exciting summer planned! Join the book club in reading one or all of these chosen titles. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. All are welcome to join the book club discussion.

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Wednesday, June 22 at 3:30pm in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library for a discussion of I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum.
About the book:
“Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.
But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne—when they were first married and deeply in love—has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life…just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he’s still the man she once loved”.

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Raise the Roof!

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Raise the Roof! Sock Hop
August 6

A benefit for the Hudson Area Library

Join us for al fresco drinks, dinner and dancing.* Park your rag top at the farm – less than 5 miles from Hudson. Cruise through the silent auction display, then grab some eats provided by a local chef. Join the gang and bid on an item that belongs in YOUR library. As soon as the sun goes down, stash your shades and kick off your shoes. Sing along with Bill Haley. Jitterbug to classic 45s. Join us for a little piece of rock-‘n’-roll heaven.

Reserve your tickets today! Click here.

*Brylcreem and poodle skirts optional.


Author’s Talk and Book Signing

Learn how to grow beautiful food from author Matthew Benson on Sunday, June 12, 3:30pm in the beautiful gardens at 243 Union Street. Admission is $25.00 per person.

Then, at 6:30pm, join the author for Dinner in an Empty House. (We’ll take you there.) Delicious, garden-fresh, organic, local vegetables and fruits. Delectable entrees cooked to perfection in an elegant setting. Fine wine, beautiful food and great conversation with an extraordinary gardener (and photographer). $100 per person. $150 per couple. Dinner reservations include afternoon event. Reserve now: click here to reserve your place! This event is a benefit for the Hudson Area Library.