Poetry Night

Join your friends and neighbors to enjoy a community poetry night!

June 29th at 6pm will be our sixth poetry night. If you can't make it in June, this is now a MONTHLY event, occurring EVERY last Thursday of the month!

Read your own works or share someone else's (published or unpublished) that you love. Accompany it with your musical instrument or your artwork, team up with a friend, act it out spoken word style, or just read it off a scrap of paper. This evening is all about celebrating the written word come alive, however that looks for you!

Event address: 
332 Stockbridge Rd
The Bookloft
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Children's Summer Reading Bingo

This summer we've merged our Children's Summer Reading Challenge with Reading Without Walls' Bingo!

Will you meet the challenge?

Come in to get a Bingo sheet (or print one by downloading it here) to get started. Then, get reading and start winning!

Complete as many rows as you want (diagonals included!) and win a prize for each one. Multiple Bingos are allowed. Complete the whole card to get an extra special prize! Please bring your card in by September 1st to claim prizes.

Plus, get 15% OFF any five books that you buy here at The Bookloft that let you complete a row for Bingo!

Summer Author Series

We are proud to be hosting several author events this summer. Each author will be in our store for either a short talk, a short reading, a book signing, or all of the above! Here's who we've got on the lineup for our Summer Author series...


MAY 13, 2017
4:00pm

Joselin Linder, author of The Family Gene

The Family GeneJoselin Linder is a regular contributor to the New York Post, whose work has also been featured on This American Life, Morning Edition and Life of the Law. She spoke at the TEDX GOWANUS event in Brooklyn in 2014, presenting for the first time on the subject of her family gene and the deadly illness to which it leads. Exclusive to just fourteen people, the story of the gene will be told in Linder’s new book, The Family Gene. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two dogs.

About the Book
A riveting medical mystery about a young woman’s quest to uncover the truth about her likely fatal genetic disorder that opens a window onto the exploding field of genomic medicine.


MAY 27, 2017
4:00pm

Jennifer Browdy will be speaking on two of her books: What I Forgot….and Why I Remembered and The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion

Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., is a pioneer of purposeful memoir and a leading voice in the field of feminist spiritual ecology, focusing especially on activism through media and the arts. She teaches and lectures widely on social and environmental advocacy, social transformation and the necessity of aligning the personal and political in the journey to planetary stability.

About What I Forgot….and Why I Remembered
An honest, lyrical and hard-hitting memoir that sets one American woman’s journey against the larger backdrop of the personal and planetary landscape into which she was born, and uses the intimate details of one life story to represent the larger story of a whole generation of Americans.

A “nature girl” as a child, Jennifer recalls how she was seduced into forgetting her love of the natural world as a young adult in Manhattan entering the dominant cultural stream. She remembered this primary connection to the Earth much later in life when she woke up to the reality of global climate change and environmental degradation. Through her own experience of denial and avoidance, as she resisted change both personally and professionally, she shows the challenges of getting privileged Americans to wake up and confront the realities of our time.

About The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion
Warm and informal, this month-by-month guide to writing memoir is like having an experienced writing coach at your elbow. With a year’s worth of thought-provoking, carefully structured writing prompts and essays on craft, Jennifer offers guidance and companionship for the aspiring memoirist, encouraging you to dig deep into the storehouse of your memories to share the wisdom that only life experience can bring.


June 10, 2017
2:00pm

Leslie T. Sharpe, author of The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills

Leslie T. Sharpe is the former Vice President of the New York City Audubon Society, an environmentalist, and a lifelong naturalist living on Lazy Hawk Mountain in the Great Western Catskills. She has taught writing and editing at Columbia University, New York University and the City College of New York. Her book Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing is a staple text for writing students.

About the Book
A red fox stands poised at the edge of a woodchuck den, his ears perked for danger as two pudgy fox cubs frolic nearby. A mother black bear and her cubs hibernate beneath a felled tree. A barred owl snags a hapless cottontail from a meadow with its precise talons. In The Quarry Fox, Leslie T. Sharpe trains her keen eye and narrative gifts on these and other New York wildlife through her tales of close observations as a naturalist living in the Great Western Catskills. The Quarry Fox is the first in-depth study of Catskill wildlife since John Burroughs invented the genre of nature-writing, in which Sharpe weaves her experiences with the seasons, plants, and creatures with the natural history of each organism, revealing their sensitivity to and resilience against the splendor and cruelty of Nature.
 


July 15, 2017
2:00pm

Raymond P. Sinibaldi, author of John F. Kennedy in New England

Raymond P. Sinibaldi, whose grandfather worked as Kennedy’s East Boston campaign secretary in both 1946 and 1952, poured over thousands of photographs to capture moments of President Kennedy at home in New England. Those moments provide a fresh look at our nation’s 35th president and his enduring legacy, the heart of which is found at the JFK Library on the shores of Boston Harbor.

About The Book
On May 29, 1917, John F. Kennedy was born in the Kennedy home in Brookline, Massachusetts. As a toddler, he wandered the sands of Nantasket Beach in Hull. When he was a little boy, he swam in the Atlantic waters of Sandy Beach in Cohasset, and as a teenager, he learned to sail on Nantucket Sound off the Cape Cod hamlet of Hyannis Port. He was married on the lawn of the Auchincloss Estate in Newport on the shores of Rhode Island Sound, and as president, he sailed the waters off John’s Island in Maine, while the Navy’s Blue Angels flew over in a salute to their commander in chief. John Kennedy was marked and then defined by his time sailing the seas off New England’s shores, and as his brother Ted once said, it was Hyannis Port where he enjoyed his “happiest times.”


August 26, 2017
2:00pm

Hugh B. Price, author of This African-American Life

From 1994 to 2003, Hugh B. Price served as president and CEO of the National Urban League. During his tenure, he tripled the League’s endowment, restructured its board of directors and staff; conceived and launched the League’s Campaign for African-American Achievement; established the League’s Institute for Opportunity and Equality, and established its headquarters on Wall Street. Price’s role at the League was just one aspect of his long and impressive life.

About the Book
In this acclaimed memoir, Hugh B. Price, former editorial writer for The New York Times, traces his historical lineage throughout the United States. He finds ancestors such as Nero Hawley, who fought in the American Revolution and served at Valley Forge under General George Washington; George and Rebecca Latimer, who escaped slavery in Virginia by stowing away on a boat and traveling to the North as master and slave; and Lewis Latimer, a famous inventor who worked with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison and played a pivotal role in perfecting the light bulb.

Who Will Win?

These are the books on the just-announced Man Booker Prize International shortlist. Who do you think will win?

The Man Booker International Prize is an international literary award hosted in the United Kingdom. Each year the award recognizes a single book in English translation, which then takes home £50,000, to be shared equally between the author and the translator.


  

  

Compass
by Mathias Énard, Charlotte Mandell (Translation)
A Horse Walks Into a Bar
by David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (Translation
The Unseen (not yet available)
by Roy Jacobsen, Don Bartlett (Translator), Don Shaw (Translator)
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (not yet available)
by Dorthe Nors, Misha Hoekstra (Translator)
Judas
by Amos Oz, Raquel García Lozano (Translator)
Fever Dream
by Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translator)

The Bedside Pile

Know whose Staff Picks you like? Now you can find out what your favorite Lofters are currently reading! Though they may not always make it to our esteemed Staff Picks, as informed booksellers, we choose what we read carefullyand devour them quickly!