Changing The New York Times – One Death at a Time

When New York Times reporter Jeff Schmalz was unexpectedly “outed” at the paper in 1990, his world changed. Though his AIDS diagnosis was a death sentence in the days before drug cocktails, he used it as a way to doggedly move the paper forward. His story will be told at a reading and book signing on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 4pm in the Community room of the NEW Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street.

When New York Times reporter Jeff Schmalz was unexpectedly “outed” at the paper in 1990, his world changed. Though his AIDS diagnosis was a death sentence in the days before drug cocktails, he used it as a way to doggedly move the paper forward. His story will be told at a reading and book signing on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 4pm in the Community room of the NEW Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street.

Under the executive editor A. M. Rosenthal, the New York Times newsroom of the 1970s and 80s was a homophobic place. Journalists known to be gay or lesbian were stalled and even demoted in their careers. But in December of 1990, when Times reporter and closeted gay journalist Jeff Schmalz collapsed in the newsroom, all that began to change.

Dying Words, The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed The New York Times will be the subject of a presentation by authors, Samuel G. Freedman with Kerry Donahue to be held in the NEW Hudson Area Library Community Room on Saturday, April 30 at 4pm. The event is free.
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The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: Author Talk and Book Signing with Kathryn Aalto

Natural_WTP_coverJoin us this Thursday, November 19 at 7pm at Spotty Dog Books & Ale for an author talk and book signing with Kathryn Aalto, landscape designer and author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.

Hear stories of Eeyore’s house, the North Pole, and the game of Poohsticks. Aalto will discuss the beauty of Ashdown Forest – the real woods that inspired A. A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood – its flora and fauna, and the ongoing efforts to raise funds to continue protecting this national treasure.

Aalto is appearing in this region exclusively at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street, Hudson. A portion of book sales will benefit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library.

Listen to a recent interview and walk through the woods with the author as heard on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood Comes to Life

Natural_WTP_coverOur friends at The Spotty Dog are pleased to announce the only local appearance of Kathryn Aalto, landscape designer and author, to discuss and sign her new book, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood. Please join us for this free event on Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm at The Spotty Dog, 440 Warren Street, Hudson. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library.

The book takes readers through an exploration of the real landscape of Ashdown Forest, shares iconic moments from the Winnie-the-Pooh books, and situates them in the places that exist today. In the delightful narrative, enriched with E.H. Shepard’s original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne’s own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they call home.

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Reading and Book Signing with Wendy Fairey, Author of Bookmarked: Reading My Way from Hollywood to Brooklyn

WendyFaireyBookmarkedJoin us Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30pm for an author talk and book signing with Wendy Fairey, author of Bookmarked: Reading My Way from Hollywood to Brooklyn. Fairey will read from Bookmarked, answer questions from the audience, and books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the Hudson Area Library.

About the author/memoir: Fairey grew up among books. As the shy and studious daughter of famed Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham—F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lover during the last years of his life—she began as a child reading her way through the library Fitzgerald had assembled for her mother and escaped into the landscape of classic English novels. With Bookmarked, Fairey blends the genres of personal memoir and literary criticism, as we follow her, refracted through her reading, as student, wife, professor, mother, grandmother, and happily remarried writer. Continue reading

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Lisa LaMonica book signing to benefit Library’s History Room

This event has been postponed. We will let you know when a new date is confirmed.

hudsonimagesofamericaLocal author, Lisa LaMonica, will sign copies of her latest book, Hudson, on Sunday, December 21 at 1pm at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street, Hudson. All proceeds from the book signing will benefit the Library’s History Room.

The book is part of the Images of America series which chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country. Each title features more than 200 vintage images, capturing often forgotten bygone times and bringing to life the people, places, and events that defined a community.
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Friends Sponsors Literary Event Featuring Local Author Daniel B. Region

Daniel RegionThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to present local author, Daniel B. Region for an afternoon literary reading and book signing on Sunday, November 2nd at 3pm. Tales From Thurmons Corner, a fictional memoir, will be presented at McDaris Fine Art Gallery, 623 Warren Street in Hudson. This event is free and open to the public.

Region’s new book, the first in a trilogy, is the story of Dave Lang, a man who returns to the small Midwestern community where he was born, in search of something he has lost in his life. Continue reading

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Local Author Talk and Book Signing with H. L. Martin

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We are pleased to host area author H. L. Martin on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 pm for an author talk and book signing. Martin will read from her recently published political thriller, “The Patriot Vampire”. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Martin’s book will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.
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The Literary Life Where You Find It: An Evening With William Kennedy and Elisa Albert Thursday, November 7th from 6-8pm

ironweedThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library, the New York State Writers Institute, and national literary journal Fence co-present “THE LITERARY LIFE WHERE YOU FIND IT: an evening with WILLIAM KENNEDY and ELISA ALBERT.” This reading will take place at the Stair Galleries located at 549 Warren Street in Hudson on Thursday, November 7th from 6-8pm. The two writers will read from recently published fiction and essays on themes of Place and Displacement within the Literary Culture, and choosing where best to house one’s valuable creative time and energy. After the reading there will be time for conversation and discussion with audience members, and for book signing.

As seating and books will be limited, it is suggested that you call Spotty Dog Books & Ale (518-671-6006) in advance to reserve yours. This event is free and open to the public. Books that will be available for purchase and signing are Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, Ironweed, and O Albany! by Kennedy and Goodbye to All That and The Book of Dahlia by Albert.

Born in 1928 and raised in Albany’s North End, WILLIAM KENNEDY is the author of 18 works of prose: short story collections, plays, screenplays, and novels, including the eight novels that comprise The Albany Cycle. His most recent entry is Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes (Viking, 2011), of which the Los Angeles Times wrote: “Before you jump fully into William Kennedy’s vibrant new novel … it’s useful to consider his lengthy literary path. Because Kennedy, 83, never just writes a novel. He sends updates from his imaginary Albany, N.Y.-centric world, and with ‘Changó’s Beads,’ he’s added a few welcome branches to some familiar family trees.” A graduate of Siena College, a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Literature, and a longtime professor at the University at Albany, Kennedy is the founder of the New York State Writers Institute.

A native of Los Angeles, ELISA ALBERT is the author of a short story collection, How This Night is Different, a novel, The Book of Dahlia, and the forthcoming novel Afterbirth . Her essay on leaving New York City for Albany is included in the new anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York (Ed. Sari Botton, Seal Press, 2013). Of Albert’s first novel The New Yorker says that “Albert writes with the black humor of Lorrie Moore and a pathos that is uniquely her own, all the more blistering for being slyly invoked.”

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services of the Library.

For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the library at 518.828.1792 or online at www.hudsonarealibrary.org or visit and Like Us on Facebook at Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

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