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Festival of Books 2021

Programming kicks off Columbus Day Weekend and continues through October.

With our community’s health in mind, the 2021 Festival of Books will again be virtual. Ten distinguished authors will be presenting via Zoom (free with registration) and 400+ Special Books will be for sale online.

On tap this year?

Upcoming Events And Activities

Ron Harrington, Golden haired Heifer


October 2-31

Six artists whose work will make you smile! Learn more.

The Gallery
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Help Us Turn the Page

Support the 2021 Festival of Books!

Your dedicated donation can keep the pages turning at the Academy in the face of 2021’s ongoing challenges. Learn more.

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Special Book Room Online Store

Early Buying For Academy Members

Over 400 expertly curated books and more. Learn more.

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Two book covers - The Rabbit Queen and Passage West

Dexter Palmer & Rishi Reddi

Thursday, October 7, 7:00pm

Two authors discuss their historical fiction. Learn more.

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Rick Rodgers

Saturday, October 9, 3:00pm

Culinary professional and author Rick Rodgers will conduct a cooking demonstration. Learn more.

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Peter Sis

Sunday, October 10, 4:00pm

Internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of books for children and adults will discuss his latest work. Learn more.

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Watch and Listen to our recent Programming

Interview with Scott Taylor

Enter the colorful world of this talented artist, one of seven in our upcoming Botanical Show - Still Life: Flowers, Fruits & Foods in repose. On our YouTube channel.

The Gallery

2021 Young Writers' Contest Winners

Six prize winners and one honorable mention were chosen from 38 entries to the 2021 competition. See the winners and read their works.

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icicles off a roof edge

Community Writes III

Thanks to all who participated. Read the selected works in this round from our creative community of writers.

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Jackie Rogers Charcoal Elephant

Student Work from Mixed Media Workshop with Jackie Rogers

Take a look at what this creative crew accomplished.

Family Arts Kaleidoscope
Jovino Santos Neto

Roots & Shoots Streams:
Jovino Santos Neto

Saturday, June 5, 7:30pm

Enjoy the YouTube broadcast of this Brazilian jazz great.

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John Clarke

Artists at Home Continued

Spend some time with John Clarke, artist, musician and writer, in his Housatonic studio. On YouTube.

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Your Support is More Vital than Ever

In Spring 2020, as the country went into shutdown mode, we followed guidelines and closed our doors, but we didn’t abandon our mission—to build community through the arts – shifting to online programming.

With your support we planned and produced a wide array of successful events and programs virtually. By spring of 2021, we were able to offer some limited in-person programming, gallery shows and outdoor fundraising events, following new Covid safety protocols. With the current rise in infections, we still can’t fully reopen our indoor space for live presentations.  As the options for outdoor functions are reduced by the change in seasons, we still need your help. 

While your support is always valued, this year it remains more vital than ever. Please make your tax-deductible gift today.


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