Festival Fever: Rensselaerville Festival of Writers, 7/28-31/11

July 25th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

The Rensselaerville Library is sponsoring the annual Rensselaerville Festival of Writers this weekend, and the theme of the fest is “A Sense of Place.”

The fest features readings, book signings and workshops with an A-list of acclaimed authors, including Verlyn Klinkenborg (New York Times columnist and author of “Making Hay”), Nick Flynn (whose novel “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” is being made into a film starring Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore), Francine Prose (author of 16 works of fiction and The New York Times best-seller “Reading Like a Writer”), Jean Craighead George (Newbury Award-winning author of the survival classic “My Side of the Mountain”) and Mary Morris (author of “Revenge” and “The River Queen”).

Additional writers participating in the fest include Helen Benedict, Maria Tucci, Suzannah Lessard, Howard Nelson, Stephen O’Connor, Donna Schaper, Mary Tannen, Roderick & Wyatt Townley, Twig George, Barry Kuhar, Timothy Cahill and (via video) Andy Rooney.

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ArtBeat: The Assemblages of Norman Hasselriis

September 1st, 2010, 4:30 pm by Sara

Works by Norman Hasselrijs

Works by Norman Hasselriis


I’ve heard this story from at least four different friends: driving down County Route 81, they stopped for what they thought was a garage sale and instead found themselves entering a breathtaking world of strange and magical sculptures, The Assemblage Art Gallery, and meeting its friendly, unassuming proprietor, Norman Hasselriis.

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Festival of Writers

July 28th, 2009, 10:01 am by Greg

William Kennedy.
Andy Rooney.
Paul Grondahl.

Three of the most notable writers that Albany has produced.

As a benefit for the Rensselaerville Library, Rensselaerville is hosting a very special Festival of Writers at various locations around town from Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 2. Readings, films, picnics, book sales, literary discussions and much more will be taking place over the course of the three-day fest.

But the perhaps the main event will be taking place at the Rensselaerville Meeting Center at 4:30pm Saturday, August 1 – a 75-minute discussion between Kennedy and Rooney moderated by the Times Union’s Grondahl. Will they discuss the current dismal state of the newspaper business? A much-needed cocktail reception will follow at 6pm.

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