Building Community Through the Arts

Festival of Books 2022

Labor Day Weekend - September 2-5
Donations accepted July 25-August 21

Waiting to donate books or buy more?
Listen to author talks in the tent?

The doors will open again at the Academy for the beloved extravaganza of all things literary.

The Festival of Books opens Friday with a Book Sale Preview and reception for members, and continues Saturday through Monday with a giant book sale, author readings and children’s activities open to all. See the 2022 schedule.

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  • The 24/7 donation bin will be in the Academy’s rear parking lot July 25-August 21.
  • Volunteers will accept donations on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 11:00am to 2:00pm, on July 30-31, August 6-7, August 13-14 and August 20-21.
  • Please bring books in boxes and bags.
  • Gently used hard- and soft-cover books are welcome, as well as DVDs, CDs and vinyl LPs.
  • PLEASE: No textbooks, how-to books, encyclopedias, magazines, pre-2020 travel guides, uncorrected proofs or galleys, library books or VHS tapes.

All Write, Columbia Creative Nonfiction
Writers Conference

October 19-23, 2022

All Write, Columbia is a five-day intensive writing conference focused on both the craft and the business of writing essays, biography, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Develop both your skills and your creative marketing savvy in this small, focused conference, the only one of its kind in the country, conducted by Donna Kaz, a multi-genre writer and activist.

The faculty is made up of award-winning authors, editors, agents and marketing experts. The All Write, Columbia conference is committed to diversity and our faculty reflect an all-encompassing and equal world. Our goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writers’ community that continues beyond the workshops.

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of our building, the Spencertown Academy Arts Center thanks all who contributed to the restoration of this cherished landmark. Your support and generosity will always be remembered.

Architectural sketch of Spencertown Academy

Upcoming Events And Activities

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.

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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Seventh Annual Members' Show

July 9-August 7

This popular annual event features works in all media by over 80 Academy Member Artists. Learn more.

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The Rooted Voyageurs present TWELFTH NIGHT (Or what you will)

Twelfth Night

Friday, August 5, 6:30-8:00pm

Free performance at the Spencertown Town Park. Learn more.

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Jim Kweskin

Jim Kweskin

Saturday, September 17, 8:00pm

Roots & Shoots Concerts Series presents folk music and guitar legend Jim Kweskin, live at the Academy. Learn more.

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Maria Zemantauski

Kids Need Music Benefit Concerts: Save the Dates!

Saturday, September 24, 3:00pm More
Sunday, September 25, 3:00pm More

"Tacones y Manos Calientes" - Spanish guitar, flamenco dancing and drumming featuring Maria Zemantauski (guitar), La Nina (dance) and Brian Melick (drums).

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Call the Artists

Annual Regional Juried Show

October 8-November 6

This years theme: Deeper Than The Skin. Deadline for submissions: September 7.
Learn more.

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Watch and Listen to our recent 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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