Cambridge, NY -- Battenkill Books announced today that it
is the recipient of a donation from author James Patterson as part of his
campaign to support independent bookstores across the nation.
“We are absolutely thrilled by this
award,” commented Battenkill Books owner Connie Brooks. “We will use the money
to expand our children’s section into an unused space alongside our building on
Main Street. We will create a dedicated room for our youngest patrons, which
will include expanded space for picture books and early chapter books. The new
space will also be able to accommodate our popular summer reading program.”
James Patterson kicked off the holiday season with a gift to
independent bookstores: a donation of $473,000 to 81 individual stores across
the country, which successfully concludes his program of giving away $1 million
in 2014. The third and final round of grants brings his total donation to
$1,008,300 for 178 independent bookstores with children’s book sections. His
first round of grants amounted to over $267,000, with 55 stores receiving
funds, and the second round amounted to over $268,000, with 43 stores receiving
who also launched the #SaveOurBooks campaign to encourage our nation’s leaders
to raise awareness about the precarious state of reading, donated this money in
direct response to the very real risks facing bookstores, libraries, and
publishing in the United States today. He feels literacy in America is in
jeopardy, as is the future of millions of children who will never grow up with
a local bookstore, library, or access to real books.
James Patterson says, “Here’s to a joyful holiday season for
booksellers everywhere. Yes, joyful! Here’s to more parents and
grandparents coming to their senses and giving their kids books—yes, books—for
Christmas and other holidays. Here’s to local governments waking up to the fact
that bookstores and libraries are essential to our way of life. Here’s to media
coverage of books, booksellers, and publishers, and to a wiser, more literate
America. Happy holidays to one and all!”
In 2015, James Patterson will continue to support independent
bookstores in innovative ways and will champion a new initiative centered
on getting our kids reading and supporting school libraries.
Patterson has sold 300 million books worldwide and has had more New York
Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World
Records. He also has more #1 New York Times–bestselling books for
children than any other living author. He is the international bestselling
author of the highly praised Middle School, I Funny, Maximum
Ride, and Witch & Wizard, and of the Alex Cross series. He
writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
The Main Street retailers of
Cambridge, NY invite you
to participate in the first annual
Village-wide Carol Sing
(part of Christmas in
Who: Anyone can participate. We are looking for groups of
all kinds to sign up – church groups, groups of friends, families, sports
teams, Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts, etc. Don’t have a group? Not a problem –
we’ll match you up with one. Everyone is welcome!
Why: To celebrate the spirit of the season and fill the
village with joyful song!
When: RESCHEDULED: Saturday, December 13th
10 am – 3 pm
Where: Once your group signs up, we’ll
assign you a ½ hour block of time, and a “stepping-off” point in the Village.
From there, you can go wherever you like.
How: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Battenkill Books at 518-677-2515. Let us know
your name, phone number and email, approximately how many singers will be in
your group, and if you have a preferred ½ hour between 10 and 3.
will be serving free hot chocolate and cookies
to all carolers!
Join us for a talk titled, Power
of Paint and Art in Architecture, given by Jeff Greene.
have always been consumers of visual information and with increasing rapidity
we are being bombarded with visual stimulation. But what do we really see? What
do we remember? What is important? It is through the permanence of paint that
what we see can be retained. Jeff Greene, President of EverGreene Architectural
Arts, will discuss the evolution of paint and pigment and its influence on our
perception of the surrounding world. From Paleolithic cave paintings to
Contemporary street art, Greene maps out how the implementation of paint
affects our built environment and ourselves.
Over the last three decades, Jeff Greene, President and founder of EverGreene, has led large-scale interior conservation, restoration, and new design work for public and sacred spaces in every historic architectural style from coast to coast. His formal education was at the Art Institute of Chicago, and he received a Fresco Scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. His continuing education has included a broad range of experiences and training opportunities all over the world. Throughout his career, he has revived artistic and decorative techniques by learning from aging masters in the U.S. and abroad, studying old publications and experimenting tirelessly.
Mr. Greene is considered one of the country’s foremost experts in both traditional and innovative techniques for murals, ornamental plaster, and decorative finishes. He and his staff are frequently engaged as consultants in the planning stages of restoration and public art projects. He serves extensively on art and preservation boards, with current and past posts that include President of the National Society of Mural Painters, Board Member of the League of Historic American Theaters, and Board Member of the Association for Preservation Technology.
Please join us for a discussion of Nancy Horan's novel, Under the Wide and Starry Sky.
In her new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably in Loving Frank.
Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.
In her masterful new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably in Loving Frank. Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.
Please join us for the official book launch of Jon Katz's new book Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion.
In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, "New York Times" bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people.
In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn't planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in.
Simon's recovery was far from easy. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon's health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, miraculously, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks.
This radically different perspective on kindness and empathy led Jon to a troubled border collie from Ireland in need of a home, a blind pony who had lived outside in a pasture for fifteen years, and a new farm for him and Maria. In the great tradition of heroes--from Don Quixote to Shrek--who faced the world in the company of their donkeys, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, learning to open up "not just to [Simon], not just to animals, but to the human experience. To love, to risk, to friendship." With grace, warmth, and keen emotional insight, "Saving Simon" plumbs the depths of bonds we form with our animals, and the rewards of "living a more compassionate, considered, and meaningful life."
Praise for Jon Katz
"With wisdom and grace, Katz unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal."--John Grogan, author of "Marley & Me"
"Katz's world--of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit--is a place you're glad you've been."--"The Boston Globe"
"From Toto to Marley, our canine friends are a sure bet in the literary biz. But no one seems to speak their language like Jon Katz."--"San Antonio Express-News"
"Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature."--"Fort Worth Star-Telegram"
"I toss a lifetime award of three liver snaps to Jon Katz."--Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio's "Fresh Air"
To order a signed copy of Jon's new book, see below.
Join us for a selection of Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers.
"What if your life was upended in an instant? What if your spouse or your child disappeared right in front of your eyes? Was it the Rapture or something even more difficult to explain? How would you rebuild your life in the wake of such a devastating event? These are the questions confronting the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, a formerly comfortable suburban community that lost over a hundred people in the Sudden Departure. Kevin Garvey, the new mayor, wants to move forward, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized neighbors, even as his own family disintegrates. His wife, Laurie, has left him to enlist in the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence but haunt the town's streets as "living reminders" of God's judgment. His son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a crooked "prophet" who calls himself Holy Wayne. Only his teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she's definitely not the sweet "A" student she used to be.
Through the prism of a single family, Perrotta illuminates a familiar America made strange by grief and apocalyptic anxiety. "The Leftovers "is a powerful and deeply moving book about regular people struggling to hold onto a belief in their futures.
Please join us for a reading, talk, and signing with author James Howard Kunstler, who will be sharing his new book, The History of the Future: A World Made by Hand Novel.
"A History of the Future" is the third thrilling novel in Kunstler's "World Made By Hand" series, an exploration of family and morality as played out in the small town of Union Grove.
Following the catastrophes of the twenty-first century--the pandemics, the environmental disaster, the end of oil, the ensuing chaos--people are doing whatever they can to get by and pursuing a simpler and sometimes happier existence. In little Union Grove in upstate New York, the townspeople are preparing for Christmas. Without the consumerist shopping frenzy that dogged the holidays of the previous age, the season has become a time to focus on family and loved ones. It is a stormy Christmas Eve when Robert Earle's son Daniel arrives back from his two years of sojourning throughout what is left of the United States. He collapses from exhaustion and illness, but as he recovers tells the story of the break-up of the nation into three uneasy independent regions and his journey into the dark heart of the New Foxfire Republic centered in Tennesee and led by the female evangelical despot, Loving Morrow. In the background, Union Grove has been shocked by the Christmas Eve double murder by a young mother, in the throes of illness, of her husband and infant son. Town magistrate Stephen Bullock is in a hanging mood.
"A History of the Future" is attention-grabbing and provocative, but also lyrical, tender, and comic--a vision of a future of America that is becoming more and more convincing and perhaps even desirable with each passing day.
James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestseller "The Long Emergency". After college he worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers and finally as a staff writer for "Rolling Stone". In 1975 he began writing books and lecturing full time.
To pre-order Jim's book (and receive an autographed copy), see below:
Date correction: Book Club will take place 9/4, not on 9/11 as previously published here.
Please join us for a discussion of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things.
In "The Signature of All Things, " Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker--a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction--into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist--but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.
Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, "The Signature of All Things" soars across the globe--from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who--born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution--bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.
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