whalehocrowdThanks to all who braved the 17 degree weather to join us at Cafe Le Perche for WHALE HO! last Thursday. It was a standing room only crowd! The grog was a nice bit of liquid warmth and the talk, led by whaling expert Carlo DeVito, was informative and lively. Although most of the conversation was based on the book The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex, DeVito included additional information specifically about Hudson – since it was such a whaling center in the mid-eighteen hundreds.

Book sales were brisk, but if you missed getting a copy, Kelley Drahushuk, owner of Spotty Dog Books and Ale, just sent us this e-mail:

If anyone wants a copy of this beautiful book, stop by the Spotty Dog in the next week or so – I have signed copies and am happy to support the library with your purchase. I had a great time. And the grog was indeed delicious.

Thanks to Cafe Le Perche for providing us with this warm and comfortable venue and for the delicious food. Thanks to the volunteers and, of course, all of you supporters!

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.

In Our Community: Discover a Fresh World; View CCCA ArtsWalk Literary Festival


HUDSON – The annual CCCA ArtsWalk Literary Festival will present readings by over a dozen award-winning NY writers October 4th -6th at the Hudson Opera House and Spotty Dog Books & Ale.  Hudson poet-novelist Rebecca Wolff, publisher of Fence Books will read from her upcoming poetry collection One Morning and local MD and Huffington Post columnist Illya Szilak will present Tiny Drops her tragic-comedy multimedia novel about a Japanese housewife kidnapped by North Korean frogmen.  Lydia Davis, recipient of the international Man Booker prize will share the stage with James Lasdun, author of Give Me Everything You have – On Being Stalked.  Other local area writers include Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya whose novel The Watch places Antigone in wartime Afganistan, short-story writer Greg Hrbek, poet Cara Benson, poet-novelist Djelloul Marbrook and multimedia novelist Paul la Farge.

Spoken word poetry will be performed by Mahogany Browne, curator of the Nuyorican Friday night slam series and Adam Falkner, director of the Dialogue Arts Project and sound poetry by artist Tracie Morris whose installations have appeared at the Whitney Biennial. The complete schedule is at http://cccaartswalk.webs.com/artswalk-literary-2013 and www.facebook.com/ArtsWalkLiterary.

Scrabble Tournament Fundraiser – Finals – Sunday Nov. 7th

Scrabble Tournament FinalsFinal Throwdown – Lisa Durfee vs. Lori Ali

The final showdown in the Scrabble Tournament will be held Sunday Nov. 7th 2010 at 6 PM at Spotty Dog Books and Ale , 44 Warren St. Hudson. A $10 donation to the library gets you in the door for all of the Scrabble action and refreshments.