2019 Festival

Saturday, May 18, 2019 
10:00AM – 5:00PM

We are excited to once again present a full day of free programs and panel sessions for adults, teens and children! See the separate link for children’s authors and illustrators.

Watch for continuing updates on the day’s:


Dani ShapiroDani Shapiro is the best-selling author of four memoirs, Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five 81ONh7LrBrLnovels including Black & White and Family History. Her books span diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships, https://danishapiro.com/.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWriting is Maxine Paetro’s second career. She was in advertising from the 5185Mq95nTL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_70s through the 90s and in the early 70s, she met James Patterson. Maxine has written many adventure articles for magazines, a primer on how to get into advertising that has been in print for 40 years, three novels of her own and over two dozen thrillers with James Patterson, including the best selling “Women’s Murder Club” series. She is married to John Duffy and lives in Amenia, NY.



Laura Sims is the author of Looker, a novel; book-3d-looker-finalfour books of poetry, most recently Staying Alive; and the editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson. She lives outside New York City with her family, http://www.laurasims.net.



Dana Czapnik Author Photo Uncropped - by Sylvie Rosokoff - Dana CzapnikDana Czapnik’s debut novel The Falconer was published in January with rave reviews from The New York Times, NPR, Kirkus, O Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and 9781501193224 was a New York Times Editor’s Pick. Ann Patchett called The Falconer “a novel of huge heart and fierce intelligence.” Czapnik was awarded a 2018 Fellowship in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts and in 2017, was an Emerging Writers Fellow at the Center for Fiction. She’s spent most of her career on the editorial side of professional sports including stints at ESPN the Magazine, the United States Tennis Association and the Arena Football League. A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and son, danaczapnik.com. 

AUTHOR PHOTO high-res main (1) - Joanne RamosJoanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. 9781984853752She graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist. She currently serves on the board of The Moth. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children,  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/600468/the-farm-by-joanne-ramos/9781984853752/.

jean-michelJean Michel started Megabrain Comics in 2009 as an indie publishing company in order to print his comic book American Dark Age. Ten years later, he and his wife have taken the Megabrain Comics name and elevated to one of the most respected and critically successful comic book retail stores in the Hudson Valley. Megabrain Comics is a comic book store and community space that fosters literacy, tolerance and cultivates an inclusive community for all. It is a safe space for students and families and a social club for nerds. Learn more about it at https://www.facebook.com/megabraincomicsrhinebeck/.

AKwitney.alt.photo2.-1 - Alisa KwitneyAlisa Kwitney is a former editor at Vertigo/DC Comics and the author of numerous novels and graphic novels. She has an MFA from Columbia University’s Fiction Writing program, and her thesis, Till the Fat Lady Sings, was listed as a New York Times New and Noteworthy paperback. Her first Young Corpse-Crown-4-web-1Adult title, Cadaver & Queen, was highly recommended by the School Library Journal, and her YA graphic novel, Mystik U, made 109’s list of best comics of 2017. Her newest book, Corpse & Crown, is a companion novel to Cadver & Queen and was just released Feb 12. Alisa teaches writing at The Art Effect in Poughkeepsie and Manhattanville’s MFA program in Purchase, NY, www.alisakwitney.com.

akiko-busch-1-300x300Akiko Busch writes about design, culture, and nature for a variety of publications. The Incidental Steward, her essays about citizen science and stewardship, was published by Yale University PressHow-to-Disappear-by-Akiko-Busch in 2013 and awarded an Honorable Mention in the Natural History Literature category of 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards. She is also the author of Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live, The Uncommon Life of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday, and Nine Ways to Cross a River: Midstream Reflections on Swimming and Getting There from Here.

She was a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine for twenty years, and her essays have appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogues. Currently she is on the faculty of the MA Design Research program at the School of Visual Arts and is a visiting teacher at Bennington College where she teaches environmental writing. Her work has been recognized by grants from the Furthermore Foundation, NYFA, and Civitella Ranieri. She lives in the Hudson Valley and makes it a point to swim across the Hudson River once a year, https://akikobusch.com/.


Andrea Barnet 2 - Andrea BarnetAndrea Barnet is the author of Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World, a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ Bograd Weld Award for Biography and a Booklist 2018 “Editor’s choice for Biography” selection. Her previous book, All-Night Party: The VisionaryWomen_coverWomen of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, was a finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary Awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years and her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times and The Toronto Glove and Mail, among other publications. She lives in the Hudson Valley, www.andreabarnet.com.


The Changing Face of Publishing: What All Authors Need to Know
with April Eberhardt and Emma Sweeney

In this illuminating session, literary change agent and publishing consultant April Eberhardt will lead a candid discussion of the pros and cons of the full range of publishing options available to authors today. In addition to traditional and self-publishing, models such as hybrid, partner, cooperative and craft publishing are increasingly attractive to many authors. We’ll discuss the personal, practical and financial implications of each and how to choose the best publishing path for you. Agent Emma Sweeney also will join the discussion.

Participants will learn:
– Five questions to ask themselves before embarking on their publishing career
– Key steps in evaluating your publishing options project by project
– Vetting publishers and freelance service providers
– Budgeting essentials
– Mistakes to avoid

April Eberhardt portraitApril Eberhardt is literary change agent and author advocate passionate about helping authors be published in the most effective and satisfying way. After 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, Ms. Eberhardt joined the literary world, where she saw strategic opportunity to play a role in the changing world of publishing. Ms. Eberhardt advises and assists authors worldwide, as they choose the best pathway to publication for their work, be it indie or traditional, digital or print, and serves as a consultant to new publishing startups. April holds an MBA from Boston University in Marketing and Finance, a BA from Hamilton (Kirkland) College in Anthropology and French, and a CPLF degree from the University of Paris. She divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris. Visit her online at http://www.aprileberhardt.com.

Emma_Sweeney_HeadshotEmma Sweeney is president and owner of a small boutique agency in New York City which she formed in 2006. Prior to that, she’d been an agent at Harold Ober Associates and Curtis Brown as well as rights director at Grove. She first a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and the Women’s Media Group, where she served as president in 2003. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in English Literature. Emma is also a writer whose own books include Tulipa (Artisan, 2000) and As Always, Jack (Little, Brown, 2002; Back Bay Books, 2003; Axios Press 2012).

The ABCs of Writing for Children
with Karen Kaufman Orloff and Della Ross Ferreri

Have you ever thought about writing for children? Authors Karen Kaufman Orloff and Della Ross Ferreri will talk about how writers get ideas, how to structure a story, and how to make a manuscript stand out in the very competitive world of children’s publishing.

NEW Picture of Karen Orloff - Karen Orloff-2 Karen Kaufman Orloff is the author of 11 books for children, 51oSkZ7ahSL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_including the popular “I Wanna” series (“I Wanna Iguana,” “I Wanna New Room,” “I Wanna Go Home.” “Some Days” is her most recent book. A 12th picture book, “Dudley’s Day At Home” will be out in 2020. Karen lives in the Hudson Valley and is a frequent visitor to schools, www.karenkaufmanorloff.com.

Copy of Final Author Photo Ferreri Beaming Books - Della Ferreri Della Ross Ferreri is a teacher and children’s book author. 51q92Klvr0L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Della lives in Hyde Park with her husband, three children and two guinea pigs. In her free time, Della enjoys reading, movies, traveling, leisurely walks and cheering for her family at running races, and basketball and baseball games, www.dellarossferreri.com/.


Visual Priming: Using Children’s Innate Abilities to Help Them Discover Deeper Meaning

with John Ebbert and Mison Kim

Children intuitively understand what they see long before they grasp words. John Ebbert and Mison Kim will discuss how Mison’s unique illustrative style may be used to enhance a child’s experience of learning. The act of drawing understanding from within a rich context can be the key to educating young creative minds, and give us all clues on how to keep a creative edge throughout our lifetimes.

John Ebbert Pic - John Ebbert John Ebbert is an exhibiting artist, writer and illustrator. He holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. He spent more than 20 years consulting, designing, rendering and implementing toy store displays and environments in New York City, for clients such as: FAO Schwarz, Toys″R″Us Times Square, and The Scholastic Book Store. John is currently writing and illustrating novels–from middle grade to adult–under the name E.B.Quib. He is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Hudson Valley Writers Workshop, www.dooleyglot.com/.

MISON_KIM_1 - Mison Kim Mison Kim is an exhibiting artist and illustrator. Her intricate drawings and paintings have garnered her quite a following and her years as a fashion illustrator, a motif and pattern designer for clients such as Tory Burch, Talbots, and Aeropostale among many others, has proven her unmatched skills over and over again. Mison has more recently turned her attention to children’s book illustration. She insists upon a clarity of design where color and pattern strike a particular balance that serves to keep her books fresh, exciting and challenging while maintaining a clear focus on the subject at hand,www.dooleyglot.com.