Events

The Screaming Chef Storytime & Booksigning w/Peter Ackerman

September 2nd, 11 am – 1 pm
Oblong Books & Music

From the creators of The Lonely Phone Booth and The Lonely Typewriter are at it again in their new children’s book The Screaming Chef. Witty text and clever illustrations combine to create a silly yet serious picture book for readers of all ages which teaches that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, especially when you’re singing.

Comfort food indeed! Eating outrageously fine cuisine is the sole activity that stops this young lad from screaming incessantly. But one fateful night, when his parents accidentally burn dinner, the boy’s temper flares, and he begins to yell. Tired of all the noise, Mom and Dad relinquish all cooking responsibilities, leaving it all up to him. E voila! The boy so enjoys cooking that he sings instead of screams, and finds that he is so talented that his parents open a restaurant with the boy as head chef. But life in the kitchen of an acclaimed and busy restaurant is not easy. When the boy begins to make mistakes, will his penchant for earsplitting noise ruin everything? Read More

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Writers Circle

September 11th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oblong Books & Music

A monthly drop-in for writers, instead of writing during group meeting, we offer opportunity to read your ongoing projects in a safe circle of peers. Facilitated by Julia Indichova.

We meet 2nd Monday of the month. If you’d like to read a piece, please reserve a spot by sending a note to writereadcircle@gmail.com, (subject: read circle) or leave a voicemail at 845.679.5469. Read more

Jane, Unlimited Booksigning w/Kristin Cashore

September 20th, 6 pm – 8 pm
Oblong Books & Music

Hudson Valley Young Adult Society (HVYAS) event – Meet award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm series, Kristin Cashore with her highly anticipated standalone – JANE, UNLIMITED – a kaleidoscopic novel about grief, adventure, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices.

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens. Read More

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Writers Circle

October 9th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oblong Books & Music

A monthly drop-in for writers, instead of writing during group meeting, we offer opportunity to read your ongoing projects in a safe circle of peers. Facilitated by Julia Indichova.

We meet 2nd Monday of the month. If you’d like to read a piece, please reserve a spot by sending a note to writereadcircle@gmail.com, (subject: read circle) or leave a voicemail at 845.679.5469. Read more

Yoga: The Secret of Life Booksigning w/Francesco Mastalia

October 21st, 6 pm – 8 pm
Oblong Books & Music

Join us to celebrate the launch of Rhinebeck photog Francesco Mastalia’s sumptuous new book – Yoga: The Secret of Life – a photo-documentary about the spiritual and physical journey of yoga, that explores the personal experiences of 108 of today’s leading practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body, and spirit.

As with his bestselling books DREADS, and ORGANIC: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley Mastalia’s photographs are taken on glass plates using the wet collodion process, a photographic technique dating back to the 1850s. With the use of a large format wooden camera and antique brass lens, glass plates are hand coated to produce one of a kind ambrotype images. The collodion process transcends us to another place, another time. When light and chemistry collide we enter a mysterious world where art and science meet and the alchemy reveals itself. Read More

Hiddensee Booksigning w/Gregory Maguire

December 2nd, 8 pm – 9 pm
Oblong Books & Music

After the Sinterklaas Starlight Parade join us at Oblong and meet New York Times bestselling author of Wicked, GREGORY MAGUIRE

Gregory Maguire’s novels have been called “bewitching,” “remarkable,” “extraordinary,” “engrossing,” “amazing,” and “delicious.” Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked, Wonderland in After Alice and Dickensian London in Lost, Maguire now takes us to the Black Forest of Bavaria and Munich of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffman. Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve. It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s ballet.

Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire ponders a profound question: how a person who is abused by life, short-changed and challenged, can access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless. Ultimately, Hiddensee, offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday, has something precious to share. Read More