Friday, December 16th 7:00pm

Maude White: Author Reading and Signing

Her new release Resilience Alchemy is a deck and guidebook for self-discovery and empowerment. Free!

Get ready for a season of resilience, creativity, and healing! Join author and artist Maude White in an exploration of RESILIENCE ALCHEMY: A deck and guidebook for self-discovery and empowerment. This gorgeously illustrated and gently written deck is uniquely designed to foster comfort, encourage creative problem solving, and expand self-care. In this special book talk event, Maude will explore the deck and guidebook and lead attendees through the joint creation of a unique and empowering “resilience reading” for facing the stresses and joys of the holidays and the winter season. Give a signed deck for someone you care about this holidays!MORE

Saturday, December 17th 7:00pm

Author Event: Dark Tales for a Darkening World

Three authors read from their works of horror set in the Hudson Valley. Free!

Sam J. Miller’s is the Nebula-Award-winning author of Blackfish City, which has been translated into six languages and won the hopefully-soon-to-be-renamed John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Sam’s short stories have been nominated for the World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus Awards, and reprinted in dozens of anthologies. He’s also the last in a long line of butchers. He lives in New York City, and at

Andy Marino was born in upstate New York, spent half his life in New York City, and now lives in the Hudson Valley. He is the author of the horror novels The Seven Visitations of Stanley Burgess and It Rides a Pale Horse. He also writes historical fiction for young readers, most recently Escape from East Berlin.

John Langan is the author of two novels and five collections of stories. For his work, he has received the Bram Stoker and This Is Horror awards. He’s one of the founders of the Shirley Jackson Awards, for which he served as a juror during its first three years. His reviews have appeared in Locus magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the New York Review of Science Fiction. He lives in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley with his wife and an office full of feral books.




Past Events
Saturday, November 19th 8:00pm

Amy Rigby

With her trio: Eric Goulden on bass & guitar and Doug Wygal on drums. $10 suggested donation.

Amy comes out from behind the bar at Spotty Dog to turn it up with her trio: Eric Goulden on bass & guitar and Doug Wygal on drums.

A teenage denizen of CBGB who fell in love with country songwriting, Amy Rigby started bands Last Roundup and the Shams in NYC’s East Village before launching a solo career with 90s classic concept album Diary Of A Mod Housewife. She tackles themes often associated with country and folk— getting by; getting older— from an ardent rock music fan’s perspective. Her song Don’t Break The Heart has been recorded by Laura Cantrell and They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh, and All I Want by Ronnie Spector. Amy has contributed writing to the Village Voice, Talkhouse and Slate. Her first book, Girl To City: A Memoir was published in 2019. She lives, writes and records in Catskill, New York with her husband and sometime bandmate Wreckless Eric, and tours regularly in the US and UK.

“… a woman who’s fully lived a rock and roll existence, from footloose bohemian youth through motherhood and marriages, and is still out there spinning tales made of whimsy and sudden shining insight.
—Ann Powers, KNPR


“Singer-songwriter…doesn’t fully describe Rigby’s immense gifts and her devotion to the kind of pop and rock music that singer-songwriters often neglect.”
—Nashville Scene


“…one of the country’s best songwriters, with a mordant wit and keen eye for emotional detail.”
—Chicago Reader
Terry Gross for Fresh Air interview



More About Amy
Saturday, September 10th 7:00pm

Reading, Book Signing and Discussion with Jill Dearman

in conversation with Andrea Kleine! Free!

Join us with Jill Dearman (reading from her new book, Jazzed) and Andrea Kleine!

Jill Dearman writes social-engaged crime fiction, with an emphasis on queer history, and intersectional feminism.
She is the author of JAZZED, which received a rave starred review from Kirkus; BANG THE KEYS, a book for writers; her historical crime novel THE GREAT BRAVURA was featured on NPR, and in The Brooklyn Rail; she is the author of FEMINISM: THE MARCH TOWARDS EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN (Nomad Press 2019), a history of feminism for teens; and QUEER ASTROLOGY FOR MEN and QUEER ASTROLOGY FOR WOMEN
Jill works as a part-time Professor of Writing in Liberal Studies at New York University. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Her short essays and stories have been widely published. Throughout the 1990s, Jill worked as an HIV counselor and AIDS activist. Jill is also a freelance editor, writing coach, and metaphysical counselor. For more:

Andrea Kleine is the author of the novels CALF, a Publishers’ Weekly Best Fiction Book of 2015; and EDEN, named one of “Summer’s Smartest and Most Innovative Thrillers” by Vanity Fair and a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award. Her work includes fiction, essays, performances, and a feature-length, non-fiction film, THE END IS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE, premiering later this fall.For more: www.andreakleine.comMORE

Saturday, September 10th 3:00pm

Childrens’ Book Event

with renowned author and illustrator Mark Teague! Free!

Hudson Children’s Book Festival alum Mark Teague has a new book and will be visiting the store to read from, discuss and sign his books! (and BTW – the Festival will return in May, 2023)

ABout Mark’s new book, King Kong’s Cousin
From bestselling author-illustrator Mark Teague comes a laugh-out-loud, black-and-white picture book introducing Junior, King Kong’s cousin!
Junior wants to be as big and as strong and as special as his cousin, Kong, but he always seems to come up short. Kong climbs skyscrapers; Junior is afraid of heights. Kong does whatever he wants; Junior does chores. When Junior’s beloved cat gets stuck in a tree, will this be his chance to save the day?

Mark Teague is the award-winning children’s book author and illustrator of the bestselling Dear Mrs. LaRue series, as well as King Kong’s Cousin, Fly!, The Sky Is Falling!, The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf, The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg, and many other humorous picture books. He also created the art for the How Do Dinosaurs… series. His illustrated novel, The Doom Machine, received excellent reviews. Mark lives in the Hudson River Valley with his family.MORE

Saturday, August 13th 5:00pm

Laurie Stone and Daisy Alioto at The Amelia in Hudson (Free Ticketed Event)

Reading, book signing and conversation. At The Amelia Hhotel, 339 Allen St. Hudson!

Author, Laurie Stone, joined by Daisy Alioto, CEO of Dirt Media, will
share their work, and converse about their various collaborations.

Pre Registration is Required! Register HERE >

2) This wonderful event is NOT at The Spotty Dog. It’s at the Amelia Hotel, 339 Allen St. in Hudson (a short walk from the Spotty).
The Spotty will be there, assisting with hosting and facilitating book sales.


Following her reading Laurie, will be joined by Daisy Alioto, the co-founder and CEO of Dirt Media, in conversation about their work, feminism now, and their various collaborations over the years and across their generations.

Laurie Stone’s collection of essays detail what has been lost and what we joyfully may not miss. Stone likes the secrets people know and don’t tell. Like maybe we don’t want to go back to how things were. Writing in the Next, as she puts it, doesn’t sound like writing from the Before. Working with jump cuts in time and mashups of memoir and criticism, she celebrates the freedom we may have gained from the world’s broken narrative—we can leave behind stories that go in only one direction and end in resolution.

Because she loves you, she will tell you anything—whether it’s the moral ambiguities of buying a lobster from Trump supporters or making the case to let Jeffrey Toobin’s penis off the hook. In a period when most of us felt more alone than ever before, Streaming Now is proof Stone was right there with you all along.


Friday, July 1st 9:00am - Sunday, July 31st 5:00pm

Where's Waldo in Hudson!

For the month of July. Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Hudson!” stamp card and get started! Free!

Where’s Waldo? In Hudson, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Vasilows, Rev, Steiners, Tanzys, and the Hudson Farmers Market.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Hudson!” stamp card, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. To make things a little more challenging, there will be one slightly different Waldo hiding in The Spotty Dog. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. Happy hunting!


Saturday, July 23rd 7:00pm

Author Event: Elisa Albert, Laurie Stone & Paul La Farge

Book Reading and Signing. Free!

Join us with these three talented and formidable authors as they read from their newest work.

is the author of the novels Human Blues (forthcoming in 2022), After Birth, The Book of Dahlia, and the short story collection How This Night is Different. Her fiction and essays have been published in Tin House, N+1, Bennington Review, The New York Times, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, Philip Roth Studies, Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Longreads, The Cut, Time Magazine, Post Road, Gulf Coast, Commentary, Salon, Tablet, Washington Square, The Rumpus, The Believer and in many anthologies. She has taught creative writing at Bennington College, The College of Saint Rose, Texas State University, University of Maine, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. 

is the author of six books including, most recently, Streaming Now: Postcards from the Thing that Is Happening (Dottir Press, 2022), as well as Everything is Personal, Notes on Now (Scuppernong Editions, 2020) and My Life as an Animal, Stories (Northwestern University Press/Triquarterly Press, 2016).  She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has published numerous stories in such publications as n + 1, Waxwing, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Electric Lit, Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, Your impossible Voice, New Letters, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction.

is the author of four novels: The Night Ocean, The Artist of the Missing, Haussmann, or the Distinction, and Luminous Airplanes; and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter. His stories and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Harper’s, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches at Bennington College.MORE

Tuesday, June 21st 6:00pm

Lil' Deb's Oasis Cookbook, "Please Wait to be Tasted" is in stock and available!

by (beloved former Spotty bar manager) Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo and her partner Hannah Black. $35.00ea + tax

Get a copy of Please Wait to Be Tasted from Spotty Dog and then visit Lil’ Deb’s Oasis restaurant in Hudson, NY

About the Cookbook
Home cooks will love serving up bold-flavored tropical comfort food from Please Wait to Be Tasted, the first cookbook from Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, the James Beard Award-nominated hotspot in Hudson, New York. More than a recipe collection, it’s a big-hearted celebration of food, love, and community.

For flavor-craving, art-loving, community-celebrating home cooks, Please Wait to Be Tasted serves up tropical comfort recipes, alongside musings on wine, music, love, sex, friendship, and fashion. At Lil’ Deb’s Oasis in the Hudson Valley of New York, chefs Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black, both art school graduates, have created a bright, welcoming, rainbow-colored, LGBTQ+ inclusive community, where guests are treated to “hot, sticky, juicy, moist fever dreams of flavor.”

Their recipes mesh respect for cultural traditions with a twist: Ceviche Mixto with Popcorn; Charred Octopus in the Ink of Its Cousin, Sweet Plantains with Green Cream, Abuela’s Flan, and more. With Please Wait to be Tasted (a phrase featured in the restaurant’s waiting area), you can bring these recipes home.

In addition to some seventy recipes, Please Wait to Be Tasted shares the knowledge and love that go into making memorable meals at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis: essays on the restaurant’s beginnings and the chefs’ navigation of the colonial histories entangled in their recipes’ origins; tips on techniques, tools, and pantry; and lessons on how to eat well together.MORE

Tuesday, June 14th 6:00pm

Book Club!

Meets at 6pm Every Second Tuesday. Free!

This Month’s book:
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Book Club Description
A group of up to twenty diverse individuals who share a love of reading, conversation, discussion, meeting new people and who are open to diverse life views. Each meeting, a different club member will be designated to host the next gathering. Drinks and snacks are available. We’ll see what happens and build from there!

Book Club Details:

– A new host at every club meeting!

– The Book Club books are available from The Spotty Dog at a 15% book club discount.
– the second Tuesday of everymonth

– 20 people maximum

– 6pm-8pm or so

– Starting date: Tuesday, June 14th.


About The Midnight Library:
Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first placeMORE

Saturday, June 4th 7:00pm

Author reading and Conversation with Mark Rozzo and Michael Lindsay-Hogg


Join us for a reading, signing and moderated discussion with three phenomenal people!

is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, the Oxford American, the Washington Post, and many others. He teaches nonfiction writing at Columbia University. Mark’s latest book, Everybody Thought We Were Crazy: Dennis Hopper, Brooke Hayward, and 1960s Los Angeles, takes readers inside this thrilling and heady time in Los Angeles.

most recent project is, curiously, an old one. His 1970 Beatles’ documentary “Let It Be” contributed all the footage for Peter Jackson’s “Get Back,” which Peter describes as a “documentary about the making of a documentary.” In “Let It Be,” the Beatles asked Michael to film them as they wrote and rehearsed songs to see if they could perform for an audience again. When the project was stuck for an ending, Michael came up with the idea for the Concert on the Roof.

Michael’s career began at the age of sixteen, when he acted at the Stratford Connecticut Shakespeare Festival. He then attended Oxford University, leaving after a year to work with Orson Welles and act in the theatrical version of “Chimes At Midnight.”

Only a few years later, through a “combination of ambition, luck and guile,” he found himself, at the age of 24, directing “Ready Steady Go,” which has been called the “greatest live TV Rock and Roll show of all time.”

Then, because of the friendships he’d made, Michael started directing videos for the greatest rock bands of the twentieth century. He directed several for The Beatles, including “Rain” and “Hey Jude.” He then went on to direct “Let It Be,” due to be re-released later this year.

Michael spent fifteen years with the Rolling Stones, directing videos of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Waiting on a Friend,” as well as “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.” For the Who, Michael directed “Happy Jack” and “Join Together.”

Moving to TV drama, Michael received four BAFTA nominations. In 1981, he won as co-director of “Brideshead Revisited.”

In theatre, Michael received a Tony nomination for directing “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” “Agnes of God” ran for two years on Broadway. Then came Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking drama about AIDS, ‘The Normal Heart.” Michael directed the first production at Joe Papp’s Public Theatre in New York, after every other director had turned it down.

In 1991, Michael wrote and directed “The Object of Beauty” with John Malkovich and Andie MacDowell. Roger Ebert described the film as “cool and witty.”

Michael’s first memoir “Luck and Circumstance” was released in 2011. He is currently working on a second.

Michael has been painting for 25 years and has had shows of his work in Los Angeles, Austin, London and Paris.


Friday, April 29th 7:00pm

Pre-Order Chloe Caldwell's New Book: The Red Zone

And join us for her reading on Friday, April 29th at 7pm! Free.

Pre-order a signed copy of The Red Zone, A Love Story from Spotty Dog and get a signed copy of the book (Or have Chloe sign it for you at her even on April 21st)!

How to Pre-Order and Purchase:
Email us at We will contact you for payment and shipping information. We will send you a signed copy of the book when it is released on April 29th.

About the Chloe’s Book
A searching, galvanizing memoir about blood and love: how learning more about her period, PMS, PMDD, and the effects of hormones on moods transformed her relationships—to a new partner, to family, to non-blood kin, and to her own body—from the beloved essayist and author of Women

Chloe Caldwell’s period has often felt inconvenient, uncomfortable, or even painful. It’s only once she’s in her thirties, as she’s falling in love with Tony, a musician and single dad, that its effects on her mood start to dominate her life. Spurred by the intensity and seriousness of her new relationship, it strikes her: her outbursts of anxiety and rage match her hormonal cycle.

Compelled to understand the truth of what’s happening to her, Chloe documents attitudes toward menstruation among her peers and family, reads Reddit threads about PMS, attends a conference called Break the Cycle, and learns about premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PMDD, which helps her name what she’s been going through. For Chloe, healing isn’t about finding a single cure. It means reflecting on underlying patterns in her life: her feelings about her queer identity and writing persona in the context of a heterosexual relationship; how her parents’ divorce contributed to her issues with trust; and what it means to blend a family.

The Red Zone is a candid, revelatory memoir for anyone grappling with controversial medical diagnoses and labels of all kinds. It’s about coming to terms with the fact that—along with proper treatment—self-acceptance, self-compassion, and transcending shame are the ultimate keys to relief. It’s also about love: how challenging it can be, how it reveals your weaknesses and wounds, and how, if you allow it, it will push you to grow and change.

CHLOE CALDWELL is the author of three books: I’ll Tell You in Person, Women, and Legs Get Led Astray. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, Bon Appetit, The Cut, The Strategist, BuzzFeed, NYLON, VICE, Longreads, and many anthologies. Her essay “Hungry Ghost” was listed as Notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. She lives in Hudson, New York, and teaches creative writing online at Writing Workshops, LitReactor, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Find out more at

More About Chloe
Friday, April 8th 7:00pm

Local Poet Rachel Mannheimer

Reading from her new book, Earth Room. Free.

Selected by Nobel Laureate Louise Glück as Winner of the inaugural Bergman Prize, Rachel Mannheimer’s debut, Earth Room (2022, Changes Press) is a dazzling book-length narrative poem that explores with tenderness how art and love intersect to make one’s life. Transporting the reader across decades and from the Moon to Mars by way of Alaska, Berlin, and the Hudson Valley, Earth Room considers a lineage of sculpture, performance, and land art—from Robert Smithson to Pina Bausch—with observations shaped by gender and environment, history and portents of apocalypse. With an urgent, direct, and unmistakably powerful voice, Mannheimer tests the line between nature and culture, ordinary life and performance.MORE

Friday, February 18th 6:00pm

Shannekia McIntosh and Aristilde Kirby

Book Reading and Signing Event. Free.

Join us on a Friday night for a memorable reading and signing with local authors.

To keep the authors, our staff, and you safe, COVID restrictions apply:
Seating is limited to 35 people. First come, first served.
Proof of vaccination & ID is requiredMasks required when not eating or drinking.

Shanekia McIntosh
is a poet and performer. Her interdisciplinary work, inspired by the black diaspora, aims to disrupt and confront historical colonial erasure. Her work has been featured in the New Museum, Second Ward Foundation, Charim Galerie, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Hudson Hall, NY Live Arts, ICA at VCU, Basilica Hudson and more,with recent work being published in Chronogram, Apogee Journal and The TENTH Magazine. She will be reading from her new book, Spriral as Ritual (Topos Press 2021).

Aristilde Kirby
is a being constellation of given human category: a poet, artist, thinker & more born in the Bronx, NY. She has been featured in Artforum & as a part of Illiberal Arts, an exhibition & publication at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She has published chapbooks with Belladonna, Black Warrior Review, & Best American Experimental Writing 2020. You can call her Aris, like Paris without the P. She will be reading from her new book, Daisy & Catherine (Auric Press, 2022).MORE