Saturday, May 26th 5:00pm 2018

Kindred by Giovanni di Mola

Book Launch and Signing. Free.

Join us for the official release at Spotty Dog Books & Ale of Gio’s first book of photography “KINDRED” on Saturday May 26th from 5-8pm of Memorial Day weekend.

He will be signing books and showing a selection of outtakes from the portrait sessions with the final images in a slideshow + have a soundtrack mixed to go along with the evening.

“In 2004, photographer Giovanni di Mola moved from Astoria,Queens where he was born Upstate to Hudson, New York. Hudson gave him the chance to restart with no expectations but so much space and light to be inspired by again. The people he connected with became his Kin. These photographs featured in “KINDRED” were all taken and edited from June 2004-June 2017″
–writer Sparrow Hall

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Saturday, June 9th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

RUTH DANON
is the author of Word Has It (Nirala, 2018), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVOX, 2015), and Triangulation From A Known Point. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Florida Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Post Road, Noon, Versal, Mead, BOMB, The Paris Review, Fence, The Boston Review, 3rd Bed, Crayon, and others. She and her husband live in Beacon, NY.

EMMA SMITH-STEVENS
is the author of a novel, The Australian, and a forthcoming story collection, Greyhounds. She is currently working on a memoir. Her writing has appeared in many publications including BOMB Magazine, Subtropics, and Conjunctions. She teaches with the Bard Prison Initiative.

JEN BEAGIN
holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine, and is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award in fiction. Pretend I’m Dead is her first novel. A sequel, Vacuum in the Dark, is forthcoming from Scribner in spring of 2019. A former cleaning lady, she lives in Hudson, New York.

Followed by a DJ set from Caroline Elizabeth.MORE

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Past Events
Saturday, May 12th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

KATHLINE CARR is the author of Miraculum Monstrum (Red Hen Press 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize. Carr’s writing has appeared in many publications, and her visual art has been exhibited in NYC, New England, and Canada. Learn more at www.kathlinecarr.com.

SHIRA DENTZ is the author of Leaf Weather (Shearsman), black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), FLOUNDERS (Essay Press), how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), and the sun a blazing zero (forthcoming, Lavender Ink/Diálogos). More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

SAM J. MILLER is the author of The Art of Starving, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017. His current novel, Blackfish City, is an Entertainment Weekly “Must Read,” and the Washington Post called it “an action-packed science fiction thriller” and “surprisingly heartwarming.” Read more at samjmiller.com

Followed by a DJ set from Ariel Hellwitz.MORE

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Saturday, April 14th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

Monika Woods is a writer, a literary agent at Curtis Brown, and an editor at Triangle House. Her writing has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, Joyland, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her family, and teaches at Catapult. Find her at booksijustread.com & @booksijustread.

Rachel Lyon is the author of Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018). Her shorter work has appeared in Joyland, Iowa Review, McSweeney’s, and other publications. She teaches for Sackett Street, Catapult, and elsewhere, and co-founded the reading series Ditmas Lit. Visit her at rachellyon.work.

Bud Smith is the author of nine books, including the novel Teenager (Tyrant Books, 2018), and the short story collection Double Bird (Maudlin House, 2018). He lives in Jersey City and works heavy construction. He blogs at tinyletter.com/Bud_Smith, and tweets at @bud_smith.

Followed by a DJ set from Volume writer Taylor Larsen.MORE

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Thursday, March 29th 7:00pm 2018

The Writers Studio

Hudson Valley Reading Series. Free.

Please join our students and faculty for a reading at The Spotty Dog.

The Hudson Valley branch, the newest addition to The Writers Studio branches, operates like the flagship New York City school — with the same workshop model designed to help students discover and nurture their own voices by “trying on” many approaches to fiction and poetry. The Writers Studio Hudson Valley welcomes students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction. Students provide the desire to write and the willingness to learn, and we provide the structure, the technical know-how, the professional feedback and the nurturing community to enable them to reach their full potential. Hudson Valley currently offers two levels of workshops, as well as readings and other public events. Teachers receive the same rigorous training as our New York City and online faculty. Students who travel frequently or have irregular work schedules are welcome to move back and forth among any of the on-site branches and the online workshops. For more information, contact Therese Eiben: 917-733-7770 or theresee@writerstudio.com.MORE

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Sunday, March 11th 5:00pm 2018

Katie Heaney and Chloe Caldwell

Book Release Party with Readings by the Authors. Free.

Katie Heaney:
I’m a writer from Minnesota, living in Brooklyn. I am the author of the memoirs Never Have I Ever and the forthcoming Would You Rather?, as well as the novels Dear Emma and Public Relations (co-authored with Arianna Rebolini). I have written for Cosmopolitan, New York magazine online, The Atlantic, Racked, and The Hairpin, and others. Before working as a full-time freelance writer, I worked at BuzzFeed for four years as both a writer and editor.

Chloe Caldwell is a nonfiction writer living in upstate New York. Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Chronogram, The Frisky, The Sun Magazine, SMITH Magazine, Jewcy, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Vol 1. Brooklyn and Freerange Nonfiction. She writes a column for The Faster Times called “Love & Music.MORE

Saturday, February 10th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

DARCEY STEINKE is the author of the memoir Easter Everywhere and the novels Milk, Jesus Saves, Suicide Blonde, Up Through the Water, and Sister Golden Hair. She has taught at the Columbia University School of the Arts, Barnard, The American University of Paris, and Princeton.

NICK FLYNN has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a caseworker with homeless adults. He is currently a professor on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston, where he is in residence each spring. His most recent book is My Feelings, a collection of poems.

Followed by a DJ set from Dawn Breeze.
REBECCA GODFREY is the author of the novel, The Torn Skirt, and Under the Bridge, an investigation into the murder of a 14-year-old girl. She teaches writing in the MFA program at Columbia University. Her new novel, The Dilettante, is forthcoming from Knopf.MORE

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Saturday, January 13th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:
TAYLOR LARSEN is a graduate of Columbia’s MFA program and her debut Stranger, Father, Beloved came out in July of 2016 through Simon and Schuster. She is currently a fiction instructor at Catapult and The Sackett Street Writers Workshop. Her novel was selected as a “2017 Summer Must Read” by The Huffington Post.

JOE HAGAN has written for Rolling Stone, New York, and The Wall Street Journal, publishing profiles and exposés of Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger and many others. His new book, “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine,” was a two time NYT, Critics’ Top Books of 2017 pick.

MICHELE FILGATE is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Longreads, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slice, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and many other publications.

Followed by a DJ set from Samantha Hunt.MORE

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