Author Scott Alarik at Village Booksmith Aug. 9th

Please join us at The Village Booksmith Thursday, August 9th at 11:30 as we welcome author Scott Alarik. His new novel Revival is set in the modern folk music scene in Cambridge, Masssachusetts, and has been hailed by such notable folk musicians as Tom Paxton, Alison Brown and Gordon Bok. 

Alarik has been writing about folk music for 25 years for the Boston Globe and other media outlets. A Minnesota native, Alarik was the first writer to cover such artists as Ani DiFranco, Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others. His presentations on folk music have been very popular at colleges, museums and other venues where he has appeared. He also performs folk music himself, having released two CDs to date, “-30-” and “All That Is True.” Alarik also teaches an annual course called “Understanding Folk Music” at McDaniel College’s Common Ground Music Camp.

The Haunted Bookshop

The book The Haunted Bookshop (1919) by Christopher Morley, has nothing to do with the supernatural.  It is a fun read about some German spies during the First World War, a bookstore in Brooklyn, and a plot to kill President Wilson.  You might want to add it to your summer reading list.

However, if you are interested in a haunted bookstore with a real (?) ghost, you  may want to check out The Village Booksmith in Hudson Falls, NY.  According to Lynda Lee Macken in Adirondack Ghosts III, a ghost did appear in one of the two  buildings which make up the Village Booksmith.  The building was at one time the office of The Sandy Hill Herald.  Later it became a barbershop with an apartment on the second floor.  In 1977 Robyn Brown’s friend Patty lived in that upstairs apartment.

"Patty complained to Robyn about towels in bathroom that kept ending up on the floor no matter how many time she picked them up.  One night the friends arrived at Patty’s apartment laden with groceries.  The pair walked toward the kitchen and stopped dead in their tracks.  A strange man, who looked as startled as they were, stood in the kitchen doorway and stared at the two women.  The balding man wore a white shirt with rolled up sleeves and suspenders.  He disappeared as soon as he appeared."   

If the ghost is still around, he must be very shy.  In 36 years the owners of the Booksmith have never seen him.  Last year, two days before Halloween, a group of paranormal investigators spent most of the night at the Booksmith.  They didn’t detect anything in the old Herald building, but they did detect some suspicious active in the other building.  If you want to check out the ghosts at the Village Booksmith, we are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 to 5.  

Oh and by the way, while you are there you might want the check out the more than 80,000 books for sale.  

Village Booksmith Vacation Schedule

Due to vacation, Village Booksmith will  be closed April 22 through May 15. Our last open day is Saturday, April 21.  We re-open Wednesday, May 16.

Meet the Authors: Thompson and Cutshall-King Sat. April 21

Please join us at The Village Booksmith Saturday, April 21st as we host another MEET THE AUTHORS event. 

Maury Thompson is a reporter for the Post-Star and author of The Walter Grishkot Story: The Biggest Kid at the Balloon Festival.

Joseph Cutshall-King is a local historian and author of a new Saratoga novel entitled The Burning of The Piping Rock.

Thompson and Cutshall-King will be at The Village Booksmith on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM to discuss their work and sign copies their books. Come join the conversation! Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.  All are welcome. For more information call (518) 747-3261. 

Meet the Author: David Fiske at Village Booksmith Saturday, March 10th

Join us at The Village Booksmith Saturday, March 10th as we welcome David Fiske, author of Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery

Solomon Northup was a free black man living in upstate New York who was lured to the south and sold into slavery. He was rescued after nearly 12 years and returned to his family in the Glens Falls area. Fiske, an author, genealogist and historian, documents Northup’s story in his new book. He’ll be with us at The Village Booksmith Saturday, March 10th from 1 to 3 PM to sign and discuss his new book. Copies will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. 

Meet the Authors at The Village Booksmith Saturday, February 18th

On Saturday, February 18, from 1 to 3 PM you have an opportunity to visit with well-established local authors, Jeanne Winston Adler and William P. Gates. 

Mr. Gates is a Lake George Steamboat captain, an author, and a publisher of more than eight books of local interest including: “Lake George Boats and Steamboats,” “Glens Falls and Sandy Hill - 1895,” “History of the Sagamore Hotel,” and “Millionaires Row on Lake George, N.Y.”

Ms. Adler’s most recent book, “The Affair of the Veiled Murderess: An Antebellum Scandal and Mystery,” was published by SUNY Press in 2011. Her earlier works include: “Their Own Voices: Oral Accounts of Early Settlers in Washington County, NY,” “Early Days in the Adirondacks: The Photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard,” and “Chainbreaker’s War: A Seneca Chief Remembers the American Revolution.”

Both authors will have some of their books available for purchase and will be happy to sign these and any other of their books which you might already own.

The Village Booksmith is open from 11 to 5, Wednesday through Saturday.

Village Booksmith Noted by Post-Star for Longevity in the Community

Friday’s Post-Star featured a column by Will Doolittle on how bookstores help make a community. Noting the loss to the area that the closure of retail booksellers Red Fox Books and Dog Ate My Homework (the latter possibly reopening in Queensbury later this year after shuttering its Glens Falls location) represents, writer Doolittle notes that The Village Booksmith has been a part of the community since 1976, a fact attributed by owner Cliff Bruce to “just stubbornness.” The column notes the increasing difficulty for booksellers in competing against the popularity of ebook readers and online booksellers like Amazon.

Doolittle then goes on to say that “What gets lost in the convenience of Internet commerce is community. Being able to order a book Friday morning while in your pajamas and get it in Saturday’s mail, while in your pajamas, is wonderful in one way. But the interaction with the shop owner and other customers and people on the street that you get when you put on your pants and leave the house is wonderful, too.”

And probably much better for the long-term health and well-being of the community, it could be said. 

Local Author David Cederstrom Appearing Saturday, January 21st

David Cederstrom, author and Chronicle staff writer, will be in The Sandy Hill Room of The Village Booksmith, 223 Main Street in Hudson Falls, New York on Saturday, January 21st from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to discuss his work and sign copies his new booklet, 109 Absolutely Essential Rules for Avoiding Trouble.

Some of the rules outlined in Mr. Cederstrom’s new booklet:

Rule 3. Always assume the gun is loaded. “I didn’t know it was loaded” is the stupidest excuse in the world for accidentally shooting someone.

Rule 6. Speaking of armed agents, if a police officer points a gun at you and tells you to do something, shut up and do it. You can explain later that it’s your own car you’re breaking into because you forgot to carry your spare key.

Rule 105. Never let the authorities (or most anybody, for that matter) demand more than they’re entitled to. If you give it to them, they’ll very quickly start thinking that they are entitled to it.

Rule 57. Whenever possible, park your car so it’s facing out. You never know when a faster getaway might come in handy.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The booklet will be available for purchase at $5.95. All are welcome.

Why The Angel Sits On Top of the Tree (A Short, Short Story)

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa was having a bad day.

Half the gifts were still unwrapped.

The elves were on strike.

The reindeer had shit all over the place.

Mrs. Claus asked for a divorce.

Somehow Santa managed to get it together,

But then his sleigh broke down.

As Santa sat counting to twenty,

An Angel appeared and asked,

“Excuse me Santa, where do you want me to put this tree?”
Health Experts Worried About Santa

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Santa Claus weights too much, probably has high cholesterol, eats too many cookies on Christmas Eve and should exercise more than once a year, but health experts are impressed by his longevity.        

As far as physicians can determine, Saint Nick is about 1,700 years old.

“He must be doing something right to have lived this long,” Kathy Gonzalez, a dietician at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, said.

Health experts worry he inhales too much soot scurrying up and down chimneys and spends too much time in the cold.

Santa’s  unhealthy habits go back at least 180 years, when Washington Irving described him as fat and was puffing a long-stemmed pipe.

But there is good news about Santa’s health.

“Children are leaving glasses of low-fat mild and plates of high-fiber cookies and muffins for him, and that may help fend off the effects of the other risk factors,” said Sharon Sclabasssi, director of the American Heart Association’s southwest Pennsylvania office.