Parties & Openings
May 19 - Great Barrington
IS183 Camp KitchyKinky
May 18 - Sharon
May 17 - North Adams
NBUW Spirit Of Caring Awards
At Sharon’s Summer Book Signing, Real Books Still Rule
Lisa Green reports from Sharon. Kindles and iPads be damned: People are still buying hard-cover books, and when they receive the books right from the hands of the authors themselves (and autographed to boot), so much the better. Now in its 21st year, the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s Summer Book Signing still reels in the authors and readers under the tent on the edge of the town green. On Friday, Aug. 4, more than 30 mostly local but nationally renowned authors manned their tables and met with readers at the library’s primary annual fundraiser. The event is staffed by a large crew of dedicated volunteers and the proceeds will help the library promote literacy throughout the community. The book-themed activities continued with the annual used book sale on Saturday and Sunday. [Above: J. Barclay Collins, II, president of the board of directors, with board member and event chairperson Gretchen Hachmeister.]
Martha Zimilez and author Laurie Lisle, who ran the this event for six years; Meg Szalewicz, a volunteer, and Susan Hassler, vice-president of the library’s board of directors.
Socializing among the book buyers: Tara Cafiero of Pink Cloud (those dog and cat clocks with the wagging tails, made in Sharon), Dick Gottlieb and Jessica Fowler, a selectman in Sharon.
Caught with their purchases: Melissa Walker, Sarah Curtis and Anita Tiburzi-Johnson, an event volunteer.
From Salisbury, Jim Gillespie and Athena Fliakos of The Good Hood Company; Sheila Nevins, Emmy winner and president of HBO Documentary Films, signs her book, You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales.
Bookseller Kira Wizner and family: Cecily Wizner and Jake Wizner.