Building Community Through the Arts

A Huge Thank You!

After a 2 year hiatus, the 17th Annual Festival of Books was a magnificent community event with more books and more shoppers of all ages than ever before. We were so happy to open our doors to welcome you back.

We wish to thank those who donated and shopped, authors who spoke, attendees who listened and especially the scores of volunteers who received, arranged, sorted, hauled, shuttled, cooked, served, baked and welcomed hundreds of guests over Labor Day Weekend.

A very special thank you to our generous sponsors who helped to Get the Festival off the Ground! We couldn’t do it without all of you and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Upcoming Events And Activities

Crafts: Art by Any Other Name collage

Crafts: Art by Any Other Name Gallery Exhibition

November 19-December 18
Saturdays & Sundays 1:00-5:00pm

Six artists working in different mediums who cross the boundaries between craft and fine art. Learn more.

The Gallery
Emily Duff Postponed

The Emily Duff Band

POSTPONED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this concert has been postponed. We are working on rescheduling and will keep you posted. Learn more.

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Collage of people and events

Annual Appeal

Help to support our mission of Building Community Through the Arts, 50 years and going strong. Make your tax deductible gift today.

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Young Writers' Contest

Young Writers Contest Winners

Six prize winners were chosen from 22 entries to the 2022 competition. See the winners and read their work.

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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

To protect yourself and fellow attendees, please take note of the safety protocols for any event you are attending by visiting the event listing on this website.

The Academy has installed multiple Blueair HealthProtect 7470 air purifiers, and we have limited seating in our auditorium. We closely monitor the situation in Columbia County, as well as recommendations from health authorities, and will adjust our protocols as necessary.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Watch and Listen to PAST Programming

Rishi Reddi and Dexter Palmer

Dexter Palmer & Rishi Reddi


Discuss their works of historical fiction with Daphne Kalotay. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

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Author Peter Sis and his book cover for Nicky & Vera

Peter Sis


Discusses his book Nicky and Vera- A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued, with Carl Atkins. Watch the video.

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Book cover "Kaffeehaus" and author Rick Rodgers

Rick Rogers


Learn how to make Almas Pite, a delicious Hungarian apple pie. In conversation with Madaline Sparks. Watch the interview.

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Ayad Akhtar


Discusses Homeland Elegies and his fascinating career with Julie DeLisle. On our YouTube channel.

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Russell Shorto


In conversation with David Highfill on his book Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob. Watch the interview.

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Book covers of Sonia Purnell's A Woman of No Importance" and Clare Mulley's "The Spy Who Loved"

Clare Mulley & Sonia Purnell


Two historians and authors whose books focus on remarkable women and their roles in WWII, will discuss their works with David Highfill, Festival co-chair. On our YouTube Channel.

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Author Peter Sis and his book cover for Nicky & Vera

"Nicky and Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued"


Reading and discussion of Peter Sis' book with Ann Gainer, storyteller & former librarian. On YouTube.

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Michael Kupperman and his book "All the Answers"

Michael Kupperman Discusses "All The Answers"


A graphic novel and moving memoir about his father. Brian Heater, a comics and tech writer-podcaster, joins the author in conversation. On YouTube.

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