Bookstock 2018, Woodstock's annual literary festival, is celebrating its 10th consecutive year July 27 to 29 with a superlative array of prominent authors, artists, performers, and teachers.
Headliners of this 10th edition include Richard Russo, Robert Pinsky, Alexander Chee, and Ezzedine Choukri Fishere.
Besides its 30+ presenters, Bookstock includes a huge used book sale and a vintage book sale. Publishers and authors gather in a spacious tent to display their publications and talk to participants about their work.
The Artistree Gallery in nearby South Pomfret stages UNBOUND, an exhibit of artist creations inspired by books. At different venues, workshops are led by talented authors dealing with writing and poetry. Also on the program are a poetry slam and a literary brunch at a local restaurant.
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Vintage book sale, Norman Williams Public Library
- Used book sale, The Green
- Hire a Poet, The Green: GennaRose Nethercott will write a custom poem for you. Pay her what you'd like. She tours nationally and internationally, composing poems to order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.
10:00 to 10:40 am
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
- UNBOUND art exhibit, Artistree
12:00 to 12:40 pm
- Tova Mirvis: The Book of Separation, Norman Williams Public Library
- Ezzedine Fishere: Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge, St. James Parish Hall
- Yvonne Daley: Going Up the Country, Woodstock History Center
1:00 to 1:40 pm
- Gareth Hinds: Poe: Stories and Poems, Norman Williams Public Library
- Robin MacArthur: Heart Spring Mountain, St. James Parish Hall
- Patricia Smith: Incendiary Art, North Universalist Chapel
- Mark Bray: Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Woodstock History Center
- Sean Prentiss: Nature writing workshop, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
2:00 to 2:40 pm
- Kekla Magoon: X: a Novel, NW Norman Williams Public Library
- Reeve Lindbergh: Two Lives, St. James Parish Hall
- Cornelius Eady: Hardheaded Weather, North Universalist Chapel
- Charlie Harmon: On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein, Woodstock History Center
3:00 to 3:40 pm
- Alexander Chee: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Norman Williams Public Library
- Garret Graff: Raven Rock, St. James Parish Hall
- Eileen Myles: Afterglow, North Universalist Chapel
- Robert Madrygin: The Solace of Trees, Woodstock History Center
- Tova Mirvis: "What it Means to Write Fiction About the Jewish world," Congregation Shir Shalom
4:00 to 4:40 pm
- Sy Montgomery & Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind and The Hidden Life of Life, Norman Williams Public Library
- Adam Federman: Fasting and Feasting, St. James Parish Hall
- Robert Pinksy: At the Foundling Hospital, North Universalist Chapel
- John O'Connor: Labor Movement in Song, Woodstock History Center
5:00 to 6:00 pm
- Author reception, St. James Parish Hall
- Robert Pinksy: Poem Jazz, Town Hall