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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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.

Book Club October Pick: A Discovery of Witches

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness for their October meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, October 29 at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at for info.