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by Shawn Stone on August 22, 2013


THIS JUST IN  The New York State Writers Institute at UAlbany has announced the schedule for their fall 2013 Visiting Writers Series. And so: Jonathan Lethem (Sept. 11, 8 PM, PAC Recital Hall), Marie Howe and Sydney Lea (Sept. 17, 8 pm, New York State Museum), Gilbert King (Sept. 26, 8 PM, PAC Recital Hall), Lydia Davis (Oct. 1, 8 PM, PAC Recital Hall), Bill Bryson (Oct. 5, 7:30 PM, New York State Museum), T.C. Boyle (Oct. 8, 8 PM, PAC Recital Hall), Luis Gutierrez (Oct. 18, 7 PM, PAC Main Theatre), Goli Taraghi (Oct. 24, 8 PM, Science Library), Douglas Bauer (Oct. 29, 8 PM, Campus Center Assembly Hall), Robert Orsi (Nov. 14, 7:30 PM, New York State Museum), David Treuer (Nov. 21, 8 PM, Science Library) and Ayana Mathis (Dec. 3, 8 PM, Page Hall). There are also special film screenings, the regular film series and other special events. Visit albany.edu/writers-inst/ for complete info.

BOOKS, BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS  The Spencertown Academy (790 Route 203, Spencertown) is gearing up for their annual Labor Day weekend celebration of all things literary with the 2013 Festival of Books. The event kicks off Aug. 30 (Friday) at 6 PM with a preview party. For $25, you can enjoy some wine, commiserate with fellow book enthusiasts and get first crack at the over 10,000 books that will be on sale. The sale begins Aug. 31 (Saturday) with an “early buying” session from 8 to 10 AM, to which admission is $20; admission to the book sale is free from 10 AM to 5 PM. There will be kids activities from 10 AM to noon; the afternoon is filled with panel discussions for adults. On Sept. 1 (Sunday), the book sale continues from 10 AM-5 PM; there will also be author readings and talks with Verlyn Klinkenborg (More Scenes from the Rural Life), Peter Biskind (My Lunches With Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles) and Hugh Howard (Houses of the Presidents). The shindig ends Sept. 2 (Monday) with a clearance sale on any remaining books from 10 AM-3 PM. For more info, please call 392-3693.

Please send notices for events you’d like included in our Night & Day events calendar to calendar@metroland.net. It’s almost the one-year anniversary of Metroland’s move to 523 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y., 12203-1617, so be sure you’ve updated your mailing list.