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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, pored 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.

Children's Book Week

This May marks the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week; the theme for this year’s celebration is “One World, Many Stories.”

Children’s Book Week is a cornerstone program of Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Other national programs include the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, Reading Without Walls, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, in partnership with the Library of Congress. Individual and corporate donations, grants, and the Children’s Book Council support Every Child a Reader.

Here's how The Bookloft is celebrating:

  • Bookmark Design Contest
  • 10th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards Voting station
  • Prizes for Book Reviews

BOOKMARK DESIGN CONTEST

Here's how you can design our next official Bookloft bookmark!

Come to The Bookloft Sunday, May 7, between 2-4pm and create your bookmark design.

Or, here's how to make it at home:

  • Get a Bookmark Template:  Download it here to print, or stop by the store to pick one up.
  • Draw your original artwork inside the box on the template.
  • Turn it back in to The Bookloft by Sunday, May 7.

We will select our favorite and make that our next official Bookloft bookmark!

VOTE FOR THE CHILDREN'S & TEEN BOOK AWARDS

  

 

 

Voting for the 10th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, the only book award voted on solely by kids & teens, has been in progress since March 3, and you can be a part of it if you stop by The Bookloft and cast your vote before May 7.

REVIEW A BOOK AND EARN A PRIZE

Write a review for a book you've read recently, bring it to The Bookloft, and we'll give you a free prize! Make sure to include your first name, your age, and the title of the book you read, along with your review.

Independent Bookstore Day 2017

Ok, listen up.
Really, you'll want to see this.

Something big is happening Saturday, April 29th...

Independent bookstores all across America are having a party. Come on out to The Bookloft for a fun day of special freebies, exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on this day at a store. Not before. Not online. Not after they run out.

Here's what to come out for:

  • $6 Story: The Sandmeyer Reaction - A special SIGNED edition of IBD’s ongoing “$6 Story” series featuring a deleted scene from Michael Chabon’s latest novel, Moonglow 
  • Welcome to Night Vale vinyl record -  A vinyl edition of the bestselling Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  • “Lost & Found” Coloring Print - This original, SIGNED black and white drawing by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) is inspired by her activity book, You Are Here

  • A Literary Map of the U.S. - A SIGNED giclee print created by 3Fish Studios, creators of Bookstore Day’s A Literary Map of California and A Literary Map of the Seas
  • "An Author’s Best Friend" Canvas Pouch - This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch features portraits of real author dogs like Sparky Patchett and Jennie Sendak.
  • Literary Tea Towels - This year’s flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes from Virginia Woolf and Oscar Wilde.

  • “Child of Books” fine art print - The acclaimed New York Times bestselling authors of A Child of Books, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, offer an exclusive SIGNED fine art print for book lovers of all ages.


Free Items, Prizes, or Giveaways - 

...and more!

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)

Dragon Egg Hunt

Calling all Dragon Hunters!

Join us for a Dragon Egg Hunt
Thursday, April 20th
4:00pm

In celebration of the release of The Dragon Brothers series, come on out for a special dragon egg hunt inside the Bookloft! All participants will go home with prizes. The Dragon Hunters book will be on sale for participants at 30% off. RSVP to childrensdept@thebookloft.com

Bookstore Owner Runs For Public Office


April 1, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Great Barrington, MA - Pam Pescosolido, owner of The Bookloft in the Southern Berkshires region, announced her candidacy to run for public office in 2018 under the newly founded Bookist Party. "I enjoy reading," Pescosolido stated in her announcement speech, "and telling people what to read comes naturally. Really, how different can running the store be from running for office and inventing a reading political party?" During her rally on Saturday, April 1, 2017, she outlined that her platform will be defined by the same principles that her bookshop runs on: well organized categories of what readers should read. Saturday's rally saw the support and public endorsement from Kathleen Kelly, former owner of independent bookstore The Shop Around The Corner in Manhattan. "We need someone like Pam to stand up to the big book lobby." Dozens of individuals were in attendance at Pescosolido's announcement rally, but, controversially, only those who were fictional participated. When reached for comment about whether that might translate to a lack of non-fictitious voter support, Pescosolido stated, "Look, I made cookies. Want one?" Pescosolido's rally was held at The Bookloft, in the Poetry section.

Hidden Figures

Time to give credit where credit's due! If you've enjoyed either the film or the book "Hidden Figures", you'll want to read these books about other women who changed the world... without the world realizing it. We're happy to say most of these great books are staff picks. Select the picture to find out more about each book and read our review of it!

 

 

 

 

Winter Reading Challenge!

It's that time of year again! It's cold out, and the falling snow makes the perfect backdrop to a cozy reading hour! Need some inspiration (or motivation--we know you're eyeing that Netflix tab...)? Participate in our Winter Reading Challenge! Stop by to pick up a sheet that lists different kinds of books, and see how many you can check off! Bring your list that completes at least ten items before May 15th to get 30% off your purchase!!

Or, inspire the kids to read more this winter with our Children's Winter Reading Challenge. They must check off at least three items from their list and bring it back between March 6th and the April 23rd, 2017 to claim their prize! (Prizes will be free books!!) If they write a response to the last item on the list, they'll be entered to win a special Writer's Award.

 

 

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