2018 Catskill Mountains Book Festival Schedule

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Events & Exhibits 10am-4pm, closing reception 4-5pm


Ongoing  - Exhibitors

(Porch/CIC/Big Tent) Mountain Top Historical Society, Ulster County Clerk’s Office, Silver Hollow Audio, Purple Mountain Press, Post Traumatic Press, Writers in the Mountains, WoodstockArts, SM-ARC, inc, TravelStorys. Authors: Neal Brownell, Michael Boyajian, Glenn Kreisberg, Bill Horne, Michael Rossi, Daniela Tully.

Visit the Marty’s Mercantile pop-up cafe for coffee/tea, sandwiches & treats!


Ongoing Activities - All Day

  • Catskill Waters - Silhouette portrait & podcast story recording with artist Jenny Lee Fowler (CIC Porch)

  • Hike & Haiku with Poetry Barn - Pick up a template for writing haiku out on our beautiful nature trails (CIC Porch)

  • Kids Craft Station & Bookmark Making with Olive Library (Small Tent)

  • Bookmark Contest Exhibit - vote for the Crowd Favorite! (CIC Porch)

  • Take a Book, Leave a Book at our brand-new Little Free Library (CIC Porch)


Scheduled Events

KICKOFF EVENT 10:00 - 10:45 am  - Wake Up With Rip! (Pavilion) We’re celebrating Rip Van Winkle’s 200th birthday, but you get all the presents! Come early for surprise giveaways and a performance of the classic tale by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk.  

10:30am - 1:30pm (ongoing, drop-in anytime)  - Tiny Book Show & Workshop with Creativity Caravan
A 1965 Covered Wagon - turned - bookmobile of miniature books. Come and make your own tiny treasures.

11:00 - 11:30 am - Storytelling for Kids with Story Laurie (Small tent)
Story Laurie is an enchanting entertainer who transports listeners of all ages to lands near and far with her delightful renditions of folk tales and vibrantly entertaining, socially conscious songs for kids and families.

11:00-11:45am - 200 Years of Rip Van Winkle - (Big Tent)
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. Moderated by Vernon Benjamin, and featuring Matt Bua, Cynthia LaPierre, and Christine Wade.

11:45am-12:15pm - Catskill Mountain Tall Tales with Rip (Small tent)
Stories for kids, just like Rip Van Winkle was known to tell! With master storyteller Jonathan Kruk performing as Rip.

12:00 - 1:00pm - Book Publishing 101 with Joanne Michaels (Pavilion) A must for all aspiring and newly published writers. Joanne has decades of experience on all sides of the industry - bring your burning publishing questions for the Q&A!

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

1:00-1:45pm - Youth Reading and Poetry Workshop with Emma Otheguy (Small Tent) Join children's author and historian Emma Otheguy for a reading and interactive writing activity. Emma will share her inspiring picture book, and kids can learn about  change-makers and write their own poetry with Emma. Best suited for ages 7-12 or so.

1:15 - 1:45pm - Hotel on Shadow Lake - talk & reading by Daniela Tully (Big Tent)
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.

1:15-2:00pm - Writers in the Mountains (Pavilion) Featuring nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe; poet Sharon Israel; fiction & creative nonfiction writers Anique Taylor, Carrie Bradley Neves & Ginnah Howard. Moderated by art writer Simona David.

1:15-2:00pm - Haiku Workshop with Lissa Kiernan of Poetry Barn (CIC porch - Garden Side)
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) - Tandem Typewriter Poetry Maya Stein and Amy Tingle from Creativity Caravan will offer on-the-spot typewriter poetry - give them a word, they’ll give you two poems!

2:15-2:45pm - Post Traumatic Press  (Big Tent) Post Traumatic Press (PTP) will present readings by T. G. Vanini, Guy Reed & Cheryl A. Rice, Lisa Mullenneaux, Sharon Israel, and Alison Koffler & Dayl Wise.

2:15 - 3:30 pm - John Burroughs & Modern Times (Pavilion) Anne Richey will open the program with a reading from her book “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.

3:15 - 4:00pm - Camp Woodland (Big Tent) Through word and song Pat Lamanna and Sue Rosenberg will tell the history of an extraordinary Catskills camp which nourished and honored children’s creativity, curiosity, and respect.

CLOSING EVENT 4:00-5:00 pm -  Catskills Tales & Tunes with Laurie and Ira McIntosh, Henry Hermann (Pavilion) Enjoy light refreshments as our day closes with a lively performance of traditional tunes and mountain lore celebrating the rich history and culture of the Catskills -a memorable show that’ll keep your toes tapping all the way home!

**Subject to change - please check with us before making a special trip for a specific event. **