Friday, June 15, 2012

7:00 p.m. Kick-Off Event – in the auditorium at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

David Owen, a writer for the New Yorker, will talk about his new book, The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Young Illustrators Workshop – in the Upstairs Gallery at the Merritt Bookstore

Gifted illustrator Steven Petruccio will offer a free workshop for children age 6 and older. This 45 minute event will be held in the upstairs gallery at the Merritt Bookstore. Parents are free to stay, and even participate. To enroll your child please contact Timothy Tocher, coordinator of childrens’ events, at To2im@aol.com by June 12th.

10: 00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Picture Book Menagerie – in the Childrens’ Room at the Millbrook Free Library

Kids love animals and animals love kids. Maybe that’s why the talented group of authors and illustrators on this picture book panel focus on critters in their latest books. Creatures featured vary from a cat lucky enough to be adopted by Julia Child to a dog put in charge of his feline housemates. Meet Punxsutawney Phyllis, a groundhog who proves that girls can predict the weather too. Learn how a flock of birds decided a major league baseball game. Discover the “poopendous” trait that all animals have in common and uncover the secret lives of honeybees. Featured authors and illustrators include Artie Bennett, Alison Ashley Formento, K.L. Going, Susanna Hill, Peter McCarty, Steven James Petruccio, Susanna Reich, and Iza Trapani.

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. People of the Book – in the Gallery at the Millbrook Free Library

Editor Ann LaFarge will moderate a lively discussion on the craft of writing and the current state of publishing with literary agent Elizabeth Kaplan (The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency), author and expert on author web pages Annik LaFarge (The Author Online), publisher Bronwen Hruska (Soho Press), literary consultant and former V.P. and Editor in Chief of Henry Holt Marjorie Braman, publisher Sharon Gallagher (President, ARTBOOK D.A.P.), novelist Jamie Saul (The First Warm Evening of the Year), and bestselling solo author and collaborator Jim DeFelice (The Helios Conspiracy.)

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Local Ramblings – on the Front Lawn at the Millbrook Free Library

Explore the rich history of our local landscape in a gathering of memoirs, family histories, local travelogues and scholarly works. Participating authors include Virginia Augerson (Rural Life in the Hudson Valley 1880-1920), Norm Benson (Raised a Farmboy), Susan T. Davis (Summer of Red Rain), Rev. Mark D. Isaacs (250th Anniversary History of St Paul’s Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg, Rhinebeck, NY), Anthony Musso (Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley), and Kathie Spiers (Stanford’s Memories). Additional titles will include Memories of Early Days in Millbrook and A History of the Town of Washington and Millbrook.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Not Just For Teens – in the Childrens’ Room at the Millbrook Free Library

Fiction provides an ideal format for examining the emotions and behaviors that determine the course of our lives. Meet middle grade and YA novelists Susannah Appelbaum, Susane Colasanti, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, and Timothy Tocher and see how their characters confront life’s challenges. Whether the setting is fantastic (The Poisons of Caux), realistic (Keep Holding On and Long Shot), or somewhere in between (Paranorman), the issues are real and the problems universal.

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Author Spotlight: Annik LaFarge – in the Gallery at the Millbrook Free Library

The author will discuss her new book On the High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Urban Park and present images that highlight the countless details that make a walk on the High Line in Manhattan an unforgettable experience.

12:15 p.m. Children’s Parade – beginning in front of the Millbrook Free Library

Open to the young and the young-at-heart. Dress as your favorite literary character and join in!

12:45 p.m. Authors of Today and Tomorrow – in the Childrens’ Room at the Millbrook Free Library

After being entertained by children’s author Artie Bennett (Poopendous!) winners of this year’s young writers’ contest will read from their work that has been published in a special edition of edna: A Literary Journal. Don’t miss this display of the finest young literary talents in the area!

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Author Spotlight: Hart Seely – in the Gallery at the Millbrook Free Library

Did you know there is a secret to winning ballgames? It’s not the players, managers, money or luck. It’s juju, and
no one knows it better than Hart Seely. In his uproarious, unforgettable fan confessional, The Juju Rules, Or How
to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed, he shares the basics of juju for the beginner.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tricks of the Trade – at Grace Church, 3328 Franklin Avenue, Millbrook

This workshop for aspiring and published children’s writers will include a keynote address from David Soman and Jacky Davis (Ladybug Girl) followed by talks on creating, publicizing, and perfecting your children’s literature. Pre-registration is required. Contact Karen Orloff at orloff@bestweb.net.

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Author Spotlight: David Rothenberg – in the Gallery at the Millbrook Free Library

Have you ever paused to appreciate the beauty in nature? Its coexistence with the practicality of evolution might seem puzzling. Best-selling author, musician, and professor of philosophy David Rothenberg examines the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution in his latest book Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution.

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Author Spotlight: Ron McLarty – in the Bennett Room at the Millbrook Free Library

Come meet Ron McLarty, veteran actor, accomplished playwright, prolific audiobook narrator and acclaimed novelist. His most recent film role was in the movie How Do You Know? playing opposite Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson. McLarty is noted for his body of work as one of the country’s leading audio book narrators having done over 100 titles including the narration of books authored by Stephen King, David Baldacci, Anne Rice, Richard Russo, Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain, and Scott Turow, among many others. His 4th novel is The Dropper.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Elements of the Novel – in the Gallery at the Millbrook Free Library

Have you ever wondered how your favorite authors come up with the ideas for their books or how they are able to develop such life-like fictional characters? Award winning author Eileen Charbonneau (Elements of the Novel) will lead a discussion on the art of novel writing with accomplished writers Carol Goodman (The Demon Lover) and Jean Zimmerman (Orphanmaster.) Author Jamie Saul (The First Warm Evening of the Year) will also be appearing briefly.

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Author Spotlight: Frank Miniter – in the Bennett Room at the Millbrook Free Library

The author will read from his New York Times bestselling book The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Author Spotlight: Michael Quadland – in the Bennett Room at the Millbrook Free Library

Author and founder of Gay Mens Health Crisis, the world’s largest AIDS organization, Michael Quadland will discuss his newest work of fiction, Offspring.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Backbone of the Empire State: New York and the Hudson – in the Gallery at theLibrary

Aside from being merely a conduit for ships and a home for fish, the Hudson River has been an essential element in the development of the communities that line it and a source of knowledge and inspiration for many of the people who interact with it. Authors Mike Freeman (Drifting), Roger D. Stone (The Mightier Hudson: The Spirited Revival of a Treasured Landscape), and David L. Strayer (Hudson River Fishes and Their Environment) will discuss the various facets of the impact the Hudson River has on everyone near it.

All Day Book Signings – on the Front Lawn at the Millbrook Free Library

Authors will be signing their books an hour before and immediately following their program or activity. In addition, other authors who will be in the Book Tent to sign their work and meet visitors include Cynthia Link (Cracks in the Earth) and Jessie Saperstein (Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters). You can read more about all of our authors at the “Authors” section of our website.

All Day Book Sales – on the Front Lawn at the Millbrook Free Library

Friends of the Millbrook Library are holding a HUGE used book sale. Name your own price for these great finds.

Festival Founder Scott Meyer (left) chats with children’s book panel members as the sit at the signing table.

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