Calling all book lovers ...


Book lovers will find plenty to do this weekend. Stop by one of these book-themed events and refill your "to read" pile.

Jewish Festival of Books

Over the course of this four day festival — from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21 — Hevreh in Great Barrington will host six author discussions. Barry Joseph, author of "Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink" will speak 7 p.m. Thursday; Angela Himsel will discuss her memoir "A River Could Be A Tree" after the 5:45 p.m. Shabbat service on Friday; best-selling novelist Tova Mirvis will discuss her memoir "The Book of Separation," at 10 a.m. Shabbat service and at a lunch to follow; bring the kids to a found object art nature walk with Rabbi Leah Rachel Berkowitz, author of "The World Needs Beautiful Things," at 4 p.m. Saturday; and at 10 a.m. Sunday listen to Chef Rossi discuss her memoir "The Raging Skillet," recounting her own revolution against Orthodoxy and the microwave. For more information about times and pricing for individual events, visit

Book release party

"KID69," the new memoir by Sandy McKnight, will be celebrated at a book release party at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at The Gateways Inn in Lenox. McKnight, a songwriter, musician, producer, comedy writer and playwright living in Lee, writes of his adventures as a 15-year-old "teenage adult." Born and bred in Brooklyn, he was impacted by the youth counter-culture of the late '60s happening all around him. After being thrown out of high school for protesting the treatment of students, he left home, took a job in a local shoe store, and rented his own apartment in New York City's East Village, the epicenter of the hippie scene. The event will feature a reading from the book, signed copies, and a discussion and Q&A about the book's focus: the year 1969. As part of the 50th anniversary of that remarkable year, McKnight will discuss his experiences at Woodstock, the hippie and anti-war movements, and the social impact 1969 is still having 50 years later. A cash bar and full Lounge menu will be available at the Inn, located at 51 Walker St.

Reading at Williams Bookstore

Rachel Cline, author of "The Question Authority," will read and discuss her new novel from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at The Williams Bookstore, 81 Spring St. Williamstown. "The Question Authority" is an urgent and moving novel about what happens when childhood best friend confront the damage done by teacher, who molested them both. The event is free. For more information, visit



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