2018 Catskill Mountains Book Festival - Author Events 

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   200 Years of Rip Van Winkle  -  A panel on Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," America's first and most enduring short story, and the character who became our most beloved ne'er-do-well. With Vernon Benjamin, Matt Bua, Cynthia LaPierre, and Christine Wade.  (Photo courtesy of Mountain Top Historical Society Archives) 

 200 Years of Rip Van Winkle -  A panel on Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," America's first and most enduring short story, and the character who became our most beloved ne'er-do-well. With Vernon Benjamin, Matt Bua, Cynthia LaPierre, and Christine Wade. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Top Historical Society Archives) 

  Camp Woodland  - Sue Rosenberg and Pat Lamanna (possibly with surprise musical guests) will offer a presentation on this inclusive Catskills summer camp for city kids which ran from 1939 to 1962. and became a center (and later a model) for the preservation of local traditions, attracting musicians like Pete Seeger. 

Camp Woodland - Sue Rosenberg and Pat Lamanna (possibly with surprise musical guests) will offer a presentation on this inclusive Catskills summer camp for city kids which ran from 1939 to 1962. and became a center (and later a model) for the preservation of local traditions, attracting musicians like Pete Seeger. 

11:00-11:45am - 200 Years of Rip Van Winkle
A panel on Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," America's first and most enduring short story, and the character who became our most beloved ne'er-do-well. With Vernon Benjamin, Matt Bua, Cynthia LaPierre, and Christine Wade (Big Tent)

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Book Publishing 101 with Joanne Michaels. A must for all aspiring and newly published writers. Joanne has decades of experience as a successful author,  journalist, and book and magazine editor, and is now president of a regional distributor. There will be generous time allotted for Q&A - bring all your burning publishing questions! (Pavilion) 

12:15 - 12:45pm - Spirits in Stone with Glenn Kreisberg. Did an ancient cultural group use features on the landscape of the northeast woods to carry out observational astronomy? Glenn Kreisberg shares research from his new book, Spirits in Stone. (Big Tent)

1:00-1:45pm - Youth Reading and Poetry Workshop with Emma Otheguy
Join children's author and historian Emma Otheguy for a reading and interactive writing activity. Emma will share her picture book, Martí's Song for Freedom, about how Cuban poet and independence leader José Martí was inspired by the Catskill Mountains. After the reading, kids will have the chance to discuss change-makers and write their own poetry with Emma. This program is likely best suited to ages 7-12, but all are welcome to listen in. (Small Tent) 

  Youth Reading and Poetry Workshop  - Join children's author and historian Emma Otheguy for an interactive writing activity. Emma will share her picture book,  about Cuban poet and independence leader José Martí who was inspired by the Catskills. Kids will also discuss change-makers and write their own poetry.

Youth Reading and Poetry Workshop - Join children's author and historian Emma Otheguy for an interactive writing activity. Emma will share her picture book,  about Cuban poet and independence leader José Martí who was inspired by the Catskills. Kids will also discuss change-makers and write their own poetry.

  Post Traumatic Press (PTP) was  originally founded   to give voices to veterans and noncombatants.  Readings will be presented by T. G. Vanini, Guy Reed & Cheryl A. Rice, Lisa Mullenneaux, Sharon Israel,  and Alison Koffler & Dayl Wise.

Post Traumatic Press (PTP) was  originally founded to give voices to veterans and noncombatants.  Readings will be presented by T. G. Vanini, Guy Reed & Cheryl A. Rice, Lisa Mullenneaux, Sharon Israel,  and Alison Koffler & Dayl Wise.

1:15 - 1:45 pm - Hotel on Shadow Lake - talk & reading by Daniela Tully
Daniela Tully will share her experiences writing about the Catskills as an ex-pat and will read from her debut novel, Hotel on Shadow Lake, a mystery set at a hotel inspired by the Mohonk Mountain House. (Big Tent)

1:15-2:00pm - Writers in the Mountains (WIM)  
Writers in the Mountains will introduce some of its finest writers and poets. Presenters include nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe; poet Sharon Israel; fiction and creative nonfiction writers Anique Taylor, Carrie Bradley Neves, and Ginnah Howard. The program is moderated by art writer Simona David. There will be readings, short presentations, and illustrative class exercises. (Pavilion)

1:15-2:00pm - Haiku Workshop with Lissa Kiernan of Poetry Barn
For those wanting a more in-depth exploration of haiku inspired by the Japanese masters and our beautiful natural setting.  (CIC porch)

  Writers in the Mountains  will present nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe; poet Sharon Israel; fiction and creative nonfiction writers Anique Taylor, Carrie Bradley Neves, and Ginnah Howard. Art writer Simona David will moderate. There will be readings, short presentations, and illustrative class exercises.

Writers in the Mountains will present nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe; poet Sharon Israel; fiction and creative nonfiction writers Anique Taylor, Carrie Bradley Neves, and Ginnah Howard. Art writer Simona David will moderate. There will be readings, short presentations, and illustrative class exercises.

  Haiku Workshop with Lissa Kiernan of Poetry Barn  - For those wanting a more in-depth exploration of haiku inspired by the Japanese masters and our beautiful natural setting. 

Haiku Workshop with Lissa Kiernan of Poetry Barn - For those wanting a more in-depth exploration of haiku inspired by the Japanese masters and our beautiful natural setting. 

2:00 -4:00 pm (Ongoing, drop-in anytime) - Tandem Poetry with Creativity Caravan. Maya Stein and Amy Tingle will offer on-the-spot poetry - give them a word, they’ll give you two poems! (Grounds) 

2:15-2:45pm - Post Traumatic Press (PTP)  
Post Traumatic Press (PTP) will present readings by T. G. Vanini, author of Dear Clownface, Guy Reed & Cheryl A. Rice, authors of Until the Words Came, Lisa Mullenneaux, author of Keep Talking To Her, Private, Sharon Israel, author of Voice Lesson, and Alison Koffler & Dayl Wise, with select readings from Sound Off: Warriors Writers NJ. (Exhibitor Tent)

2:15 - 3:30 pm - John Burroughs & Modern Times Anne Richey will open the program with a reading from her Church of the Robin’s Ha-Ha! John Burroughs’ “Natural Religion” and Other Poems. A panel on the legacy of John Burroughs will follow, moderated by Bill Birns and featuring Leslie T. Sharpe, Richard Parisio and Vernon Benjamin (Pavilion).

3:15 - 4:00 - Camp Woodland with Pat Lamanna & Sue Rosenberg. Through word and song they tell the history of an extraordinary camp in the Catskill Mountains and of how it is possible to create a space for children which nourishes and honors creativity, curiosity, respect and the belief in the responsibility to challenge the injustices in the world. (Big Tent)