Monday, December 19th 12:00pm - Saturday, December 24th 5:00pm

Holiday Hours

12-8 Mon 12/19- Fri 12/23. 12-5 on Christmas Eve. Closed Chistmas Day.

We are open 12:00-8:00 Monday to Friday this week (yup – additional hours today & tomorrow for your last-minute shopping needs). Christmas Eve we will be open until AT LEAST 5:00 (after that, call first. It shall be at bookseller discretion). Closed Christmas Day. Happy Holidays, everyone! And thanks for supporting us this year – you are the best MORE

Past Events
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.




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, 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!


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

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