June Events @ Oblong
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Image from Elisha Cooper's Farm. Elisha will be signing at the Rhinebeck Farmer's Market on 6/6.

Our June event schedule is truly an embarrassment of riches. From renowned children's writers Daniel & Jill Pinkwater to folk legend Judy Collins, this month's lineup cannot be beat. We hope to see you at one or more of these fantastic events!
-Dick & Suzanna

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Leaving Rock Harbor
Rebecca Chace
Rebecca Chace
Friday, June 4, 7:30pm
Oblong Rhinebeck

Rebecca Chace
Leaving Rock Harbor: A Novel

On the eve of World War I, fourteen-year-old Frankie Ross and her parents leave their simple life in Poughkeepsie to seek a new beginning in the booming city of Rock Harbor, Massachusetts. Frankie's father finds work in a bustling cotton mill, but erupting labor strikes threaten to dismantle the town's socioeconomic structure. Frankie soon befriends two charismatic young men-Winslow Curtis, privileged son of the town's most powerful politician, and Joe Barros, a Portuguese mill worker who becomes a union organizer-forming a tender yet bittersweet love triangle that will have an impact on all three throughout their lives.

Rebecca Chace is a Visiting Assistant Professor in First Year Seminar at Bard College and a part-time faculty member of the City College of New York, in the MFA Creative Writing Program, where she teaches Fiction and Dramatic Writing.

Saturday, June 5, 2:00pm
Jill & Daniel Pinkwater
Jill & Daniel Pinkwater

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Daniel & Jill Pinkwater
Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl

We are thrilled to host a rare reading and signing with Daniel & Jill Pinkwater.

Daniel Pinkwater is the author of over 80 (and counting) acclaimed books for children. His wife, Jill Pinkwater, is an award-winning author and illustrator who has collaborated with Daniel on many fine books, including the beloved Hoboken Chicken Emergency.

FarmSunday, June 6, 11:00am-1:00pm
Elisha Cooper
Elisha Cooper

@ the Rhinebeck Farmer's Market

Elisha Cooper

Society of Illustrators 2006 Gold Medal recipient, Elisha Cooper, captures the smell, taste, and feel of the changing seasons on a farm.

There is so much to look at and learn about on a farm - animals, tractors, crops, and barns. And children feeding animals for morning chores! With lyrical writing and beautiful illustrations that capture the rhythms of the changing seasons, Elisha Cooper brings the farm to life.

The Seven Year BitchThursday, June 10, 7:30pm
Jennifer Belle
Jennifer Belle

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Jennifer Belle
The Seven Year Bitch: A Novel

Jennifer Belle, author of Little Stalker, reads from her new novel.

Born and raised in New York City, Jennifer Belle turned to writing several years ago after a successful stint as an off-Broadway actress. Belle dropped out of high school and college, but did graduate from elementary school. Her first novel, Going Down, was named Best Summer Novel by Time Out New York and a Top Ten Book of the Year by the New York Post, and has been translated into eleven languages. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, MS., The Independent Magazine (London), Harper's Bazaar, Mudfish, and several anthologies. She lives in New York City.

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Hot Diggity DogSaturday, June 12, 12:00-2:00pm
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Elwood Smith
Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

If we are what we eat, Americans are hot dogs. We ate them on the way to the moon and served them to the king of England. We name a Hot Dog-Eating Champ! Garnished with hilarious illustrations and amazing "foodie" facts, this kid-friendly, globespanning history of our favorite fast-food meal offers unique insight into America's multicultural heritage. From a hobo's franks-and-beans to astronaut food, there's more to the wiener--and what's for dinner--than you think.

Elwood H. Smith studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and lives with his wife in Rhinebeck.

Over the RainbowTuesday, June 15, 5:00pm
Judy Collins
Judy Collins

Parish Hall at the Church of the Messiah
6436 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck
(one block North of the bookstore)

Judy Collins
Over the Rainbow

Please join us for a reading and signing with folk legend Judy Collins.
RSVPs are not necessary, but seating is first-come-first-served. To reserve your signed copy of Over the Rainbow, email or call us at 845-876-0500. All pre-orders must be pre-payed.

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide for nearly five decades with her magnificent voice and thoughtful interpretations. Many of Collins's albums have been certified platinum and her version of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" won Grammy's Song of the Year in 1975. Judy's film about Antonia Brico, co-directed by Jill Godmillow, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1974. Brico was Judy's classical piano teacher when she was young and was the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world. In 2000, Judy founded her own record label, Wildflower Records.

Michael Perry
Michael Perry
Wednesday, June 16, 7:30pm

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Michael Perry
Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg

Michael Perry is a humorist and author of the bestselling memoirs Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time and Truck: A Love Story, and the essay collection Off Main Street. Perry has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion, and Salon.com, and is a contributing editor to Men's Health. His essays have been heard on NPR's All Things Considered, and he has performed and produced two live audience recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow). Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active with the local volunteer rescue service.

Little BeeThursday, June 17, 7:00pm
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Oblong Book Group
Discussing Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Our book group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. We are always looking for more people, so if you're interested in joining, email Suzanna.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport
Cathleen Schine
Cathleen Schine
Saturday, June 19, 7:30pm

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Cathleen Schine
The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Cathleen Schine reads from her newest novel, The Three Weissmans of Westport.

Cathleen Schine is the author of the internationally best-selling novels The Love Letter, which was made into a movie starring Kate Capshaw, and Rameau's Niece, which was also made into a movie (The Misadventures of Margaret), starring Parker Posey. In addition to novels she has written articles for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. She grew up in Westport, CT.

Save the Date!
7/8 - Alan Schwartz, Amos and the Cosmos
7/10 - To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Celebration
7/14 - Lauren Belfer, A Fierce Radiance
7/15 - Oblong Book Group, The Book Thief
7/16 - Mary-Beth Hughes, Double Happiness
7/20 - Bruce Murkoff, Red Rain
7/23 - Robert Kelly, The Logic of the World
7/24 - Katherine Rosman, If You Knew Suzy

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