At Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie: Saturday, October 2 at 1 p.m. – Meet Lisa Iannucci, author of Bowling for Dummies. Saturday, October 16 at 3 p.m. – Carol Johnson, author of New Paltz Revisited, will be on hand to sign copies of her newest book. Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. – Scott Ian Barry presents his latest offering, Castles of New York. Sunday, October 17 at 3 p.m. – Jesse Saperstein’s Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters will enlighten one and all. Saturday, October 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. – Come celebrate “Local Author Day” featuring 15 authors from the Hudson Valley. (Call the store for details.)
At Half Moon Books in Kingston: Saturday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. – Teresa Costa will read from her new book of poems Creature Comforts, to be joined by Eliza Praetorius, author of Minka Ray. Saturday October 16 at 12 noon – Join a multi-author book-signing featuring Bobbi Katz, Bruce Hopkins, Astrid Fitzgerald, Richard Geldard and Jeanette Hopkins.
At Inquiring Minds in New Paltz: Saturday, October 16 at 7 p.m. – Join the Chronogram Poetry Roundup featuring readings from L. S. Asekoff, Frank Boyer, Steve Clorfeine, Lee Gould, Georganna Millman, Will Nixon, Pauline Uchmanowicz, Alison Koffler, Anne Gorrick and David Appelbaum. Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. – Meet Carol Johnson, author of New Paltz Revisited.
At Inquiring Minds of Saugerties: Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. – As part of the Zombie Crawl in Saugerties, Bobbi Katz will read from her book Monsterologist; and at 9 p.m., poet Will Nixon will read from his Love in the City of Grudges (which is partly inspired by Night of the Living Dead!).
At Merritt Books in Millbrook: Tuesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. – Meet Jane O’Connor, author of more than 30 books for children, including the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories and the Fancy Nancy picture book series.
At Mirabai Books in Woodstock: Wednesday, October 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. – Bente Hansen will conduct a workshop titled “Pendulum Fun” from her book The New World of Self-Healing. $15 if registered by October 4, $20 after. Tuesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. – Margaret Doner, author of The Archangels Speak and The Children of Angels, will conduct a group session of channeling to and from the angels. $15 if registered by October 10, $20 after. Saturday, October 23 at 2 p.m. – Gerald Epstein’s Kabbalah for Inner Peace will be the basis of a teaching about guided visualization for healing. $15 if registered by October 21, $20 after.
At Oblong Books in Rhinebeck: Sunday, October 3 at 12 noon – Author Jennifer Berne and illustrator Keith Bendis will sign copies of their picture book Calvin Can’t Fly. Saturday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Join the launch party with Scott Spencer celebrating the release of his newest novel Man in the Woods. Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. – Meet Jennifer Donnelly and celebrate the publication of her new novel Revolution. Sunday, October 17 at 1 p.m. – Join Oblong Books at the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market with children’s author/illustrator Elisha Cooper. His newest book is Beaver is Lost. Sunday, October 17 at 4 p.m. – Author Bob Berry will read from and sign copies of his young adult novel A Haunting at Richelieu High: A Penny Dreadful Investigation. Saturday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. – Meet Paul De Angelis, co-author (with Jay Mulvaney) of Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief, Letters November 1963 for a reading and signing. Sunday, October 24 at 4 p.m. – Don’t miss a reading with celebrated American journalist Gay Talese as he presents his new collection The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese. Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, examines “the strange science of immortality” in Long for This World. Saturday October 30 at 7:30 p.m. – Kathy Stevens, author of Animal Camp, will read and sign books in a fundraiser for the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Oblong will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from the evening’s sales.
At Oblong Books in Millerton: Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. – Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series, introduces her newest, What’s the Big Idea?
At Village Square Literary Arts Center & Bookstore in Hunter: Saturday, October 2 at 1 p.m. – Author Shannon Delaney will be on hand to read from and talk about her new book 13 to Life, a tale of teenage love, loss and werewolves, the first novel in her young adult paranormal series. Saturday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m. – Writer Martha Frankel reads/talks/schmoozes/gossips, all within the context of her Hats and Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling and the tome that she co-authored with Janea Padilha, Brazilian Sexy: Secrets to Living a Gorgeous and Confident Life.
At Slabsides in West Park: Saturday, October 2 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. – Celebrate the life and times of John Burroughs at the annual Slabsides Day, an event that will bring a number of local poets to the stage to read from Universe at Your Door: The Slabsides Poets.
At Bard College in Annandale: Monday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. – As part of the Innovative Contemporary Fiction course, celebrated author, screenwriter and playwright William Kennedy will give a reading in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center. Author of eight novels including the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics’ Circle Award winner Ironweed, three books of nonfiction, two screenplays, stage plays, essays and two children’s books, Kennedy is professor of English at SUNY-Albany, and is founder and executive director of the New York State Writers’ Institute. Kennedy will be introduced by novelist and Bard Literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading will be followed at 8 p.m. by a screening of the film Ironweed, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, based on the novel. The event is free and open to the public.