LIVE: Rosanne Cash @ the Empire State Book Festival, 4/2/11

April 6th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

Rosanne Cash: Composed

She wasn’t there to sing.

Rather singer-songwriter-author Rosanne Cash was the closing keynote speaker at the second annual Empire State Book Festival last Saturday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

And she didn’t sing – except for a very brief a cappella snippet of her song, “Sleeping in Paris.” Instead, she read excerpts from her recently published memoir “Composed.” She conducted a wide-ranging Q&A with the audience. She talked about the importance of books. She spoke about the power of metaphor. And she discussed her overwhelming desire to lead “the artistic life” and escape from “the morphine dream of success.”

Here are just a few random notes from her appearance:

On her childhood: “I was the geeky 11-year-old who asked to be dropped off at the library on Saturdays while my friends were off doing other things. Librarians became my heroes, my very first heroes.”

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Festival Fever: Empire State Book Festival @ Empire State Plaza, 4/2/11

March 29th, 2011, 2:57 pm by Greg

Empire State Book FestivalThe second annual Empire State Book Festival takes place from 10am-4:30pm on Saturday in Albany at the Empire State Plaza Meeting Rooms 1-6 at the base of The Egg.

There are two keynote speakers slated to speak in Meeting Room 6:
10am: Anne M. Martin, author of the popular series: “The Baby-sitter’s Club”
3:45pm: Rosanne Cash, Grammy-winning recording artist and author of the bestselling memoir, “Composed”

Throughout the day there will be ongoing workshops and panel discussions in each of the six meeting rooms, covering a wide variety of topics with such titles as Insider’s Guide to Getting Published – Meet the Publishers!; Best American Poetry; Book Collecting 101; Graphic Novels Unplugged; and She Blinded Me With Science Fiction.

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BookBeat: Empire State Book Festival @ Empire State Plaza, 4/10/10

April 12th, 2010, 1:33 pm by Sara

Gregory Maquire signing for fans

Gregory Maquire signing for fans


People still read. Who knew?

In what we fervently hope was just the first of many more to come, the inaugural l Empire State Book Festival took place on Saturday at the Empire State Plaza. It was crowded. People were buying books. People were carrying books. People were listening to other people talk about books.

Nippertown native Gregory Maguire, who has famously re-imagined the land of Oz in such bestselling novels as “A Lion Among Men,” “Son of a Witch” and “Wicked” (on which the long-running Broadway play “Wicked” was based) gave the keynote address, touching on growing up in Albany and his development as a writer. He then took his place at the signing table and graciously began signing books for the loooong line of hundreds of fans.

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