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.

1) THIS IS A FREE, but TICKETED EVENT
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.

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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.

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Past Events
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!

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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

Free.

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

MARK ROZZO
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.

MICHAEL LINDSAY HOGG’s
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.

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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 SpottyDogBooks@gmail.com. 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 www.chloesimonne.com.MORE

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