Oblong Books & Music

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, (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