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   Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox, Massachusetts.

List:

Plague:
"Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" by Geraldine Brooks
"Severance: A Novel" by Ling Ma

Poetry:
"The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy" by John Brehm
"Inspiring Forgiveness: Poems, Quotations, and True Stories to Help with Forgiving Yourself and Others" by Barbara Bonner

Politics:
"The Romance of American Communism" by Vivian Gornick

Baseball:
"Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask" by Jon Pessah

Farming:
"Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees" by William Bryant Logan
“Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution” by Stephen Heyman

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
"A Bookshop in Berlin The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the Nazis" by Françoise Frenkel
"Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books" by Nina Freudenberger
"Piece of Cake" by Lewis Warsh and Bernadette Mayer
"An Old Man's Game: An Amos Parisman Mystery" by Andy Weinberger
"Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online" by Leah A. Plunkett
"In Another Place: With and Without My Father, Norman Mailer" by Susan Mailer
"Collected Poems: 1946-2016" by Harry Mathews

Book Picks - The Bookstore

Dec 10, 2019

 Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
“Charlie the Tramp” and “Harvey’s Hideaway” by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban
“And Go Like This” and “Reading Backwards: Essays and Reviews 2005-2018” by John Crowley
“The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team” by Matthew Goodman
“Girl with a Leica” by Helena Janeczek
“Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old” from the editors at Plough House

Events:
December 12 at 5:30 p.m. Patty Crane, "Bell I Wake To"
December 13 at 5:30 p.m. Jeffrey L. Diamond, "Live To Network"

Lenox, Massachusetts voters approved a plan to regulate short-term rentals for services like Airbnb at a special town meeting Thursday.

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Lenox, Massachusetts will hold a special town meeting Thursday.

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
"The Lost Words" by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
"Ask Again, Yes: A Novel" by Mary Beth Keane
"Little Boy: A Novel" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
"Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent" by Paul Mendes-Flohr
"The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters" by Mark Wigglesworth

George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s, were leaders of the national and international art scene. Collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetic worlds.

Upon her death in 1988, Suzy Frelinghuysen left instructions that the House & Studio and art collection be used for an educational purpose the House & Studio opened for visitation in 1998.

This summer, the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio presents an exhibition entitled “American Abstract Artists: A Collection: Unseen Works.”

Tomorrow at 3pm, Carol Troyen, Curator Emerita of American Paintings at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will present a lecture entitled “Protests and Patronage: Morris, Frelinghuysen, and the Promotion of Abstract Arts in the 1930s.”

We are joined by Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio Director Kinney Frelinghuysen.

The Capitol Steps were founded in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Since then, they’ve been putting the “mock” in democracy in Washington, D.C., on tour, on the radio, and – during the summer – in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The musical satirists call The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort their summer home – performing here every night except Tuesday through August 30th.

The CapSteps latest album is “The Lyin’ Kings.” We are joined this morning by longtime steppers, Brad van Grack and Nancy Dolliver.

Shakespeare & Company is currently presenting William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" directed by Company Artistic Director, Allyn Burrows. This classic showcases a rich, affecting, and deeply funny story of longing, love, and laughter which paints Shakespeare at his peak. Performances run through August 4th in the Tina Packer Playhouse.

This production of "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" unfolds in a mutable landscape of yearning and surprises, set in a dance hall on a boardwalk by the seashore in 1959. It Is the story of what arises from a shipwreck, the madness of love, and that shipwreck called love.

Helmed by Burrows who has previously acted in three different productions of "Twelfth Night" including the mainstage production at Shakespeare & Company in 1991 joins us this morning. Two of the actors join us as well - Miles Anderson (Malvolio) and Bella Merlin (Maria.)

Shakespeare & Company’s 2019 summer season is now under way – opening last night and running through October 13, 2019. Under the theme,"The Strings of the Heart," the season includes Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” and, in aspecial work-shop production of “Coriolanus.”

The contemporary plays this season are the Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Waverly Gallery” by Kenneth Lonergan; Tony Award nominated play “The Children” by Lucy Kirkwood; Pulitzer Prize winner “Topdog/Underdog” by MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient Suzan-Lori Parks; and “Time Stands Still” by Obie Award winner Donald Margulies.

Allyn Burrows is Shakespeare & Company’s Artistic Director.

An auditorium with every seat filled faces a stage and a screen with the Lenox town leadership sitting behind tables and one person behind a podium.
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Lenox, Massachusetts residents voted against an affordable housing plan at Thursday night’s town meeting. They also moved to open up the town to recreational marijuana sales.

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
“Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce” by Colm Toibin
“This is Not a Love Song” by Brendan Mathews
“The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel" by Alan Bradley
“The Hard Problem” by Tom Stoppard
Poetry by Robert Burns

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
"I Think, Therefore I Draw: Understanding Philosophy Through Cartoons" by Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart"
"The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings" by Leonard Cohen
"Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees" by Hannah Fries
"Evening in Paradise: More Stories" and "Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters" by Lucia Berlin
"She Did It!: 21 Women Who Changed the Way We Think" by Emily Arnold McCuller
"Empty Seats" by Wanda Fisher
"Sleep of Memory (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)" by Patrick Modiano

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public meeting in the Berkshires Monday.

Shakespeare & Company is currently presenting Obie Award-winning playwright Taylor Mac's dark comedy “HIR,” directed by Alice Reagan through October 7.

The play begins with Isaac, who has returned from the war in Afghanistan, only to discover a household in revolt.

The insurgent: his mom.

Liberated from an oppressive marriage with a now ailing husband, and with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, we learn that annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

Mac has said “Hir” was inspired and influenced by Sam Shephard’s “Buried Child” and by his own miserable hometown experience in Stockton, California.

We are joined by actors Elizabeth Aspenlieder, John Hadden, and Jack Doyle.

SculptureNow’s 2018 outdoor exhibition of large-scale sculpture at The Mount in Lenox, MA is on view through October 31. SculptureNow offers free guided tours to the general public, students, and vision-impaired visitors and their exhibitions provide opportunities for sculptors to develop their careers.

This year SculptureNow celebrates its 20th year as a non-profit arts and education organization. There are 30 works on display in and around Edith Wharton’s historic home and gardens. There are two more artist guided tours of the exhibition before it ends at the end of October – this Sunday, September 16 and Sunday, October 14.

Ann Jon and Michael Thomas join us. Ann is the Executive Director or SculptureNow; Michael Thomas has work in the show.

Frelinghuysen Morris House And Studio - Stairway
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George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s, were a remarkable couple at the leading edge of the national and international art scene. Collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetic worlds.

Upon her death in 1988, Suzy Frelinghuysen left instructions that the House & Studio and art collection be used for an educational purpose. The House & Studio opened for visitation in 1998.

Visitors can walk through the House with all of its original furnishings and view not only the works of Morris and Frelinghuysen on the walls, but walk right up to the works of some of their more famous colleagues and contemporaries including Picasso, Braque, Leger and Gris.

Kinney Frelinghuysen is the Director of the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, Mass.

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
"Slipper" by Hester Velmans
"Fruit of the Drunken Tree" by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
"The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis"
"The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England" by Graham Robb
"A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety" by Donald Hall
"The Overstory: A Novel" by Richard Powers
"Third Thoughts" by Steven Weinberg

Event: "Charley's Horse" by Judith Shaw - August 17 at 5:30 p.m.

The Capitol Steps were founded in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Since then, they’ve been putting the “mock” in democracy in Washington, D.C., on tour, on the radio, and – during the summer – in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The musical satirists call The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort their summer home – performing here every night except Tuesday through August 31.

The CapSteps latest album is “Make America Grin Again.” We are joined this morning by longtime steppers, Bari Biern and Jack Rowles.

Aaron Thier’s new novel, "The World is a Narrow Bridge," is a darkly comic road novel about a millennial couple facing the ultimate question: how to live and love in an age of catastrophe.

Here’s the setup:  Young Miami couple Murphy and Eva have almost decided to have a baby when Yahweh, the Old Testament God, appears to Eva and makes an unwelcome demand: He wants her to be his prophet. He also wants her to manage his social media presence.

Equal parts hilarious and poignant, "The World Is a Narrow Bridge" asks: What kind of hope can we pass on to the next generation in a frightening but beautiful world? Thier’s previous novels include "Mr. Eternity" and "The Ghost Apple."

He will be at The Bookstore in Lenox, MA for a joint launch party with Sarah Trudgeon ("The Plot Against the Baby") at 5:30 tonight.

 

Today's special edition of Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:

“On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein” by Charlie Harmon

“Famous Father Girl” by Jamie Bernstein

A few by the maestro (Bernstein) himself:

“Joy of Music”

“Infinite Varieties of Music”

“Unanswered Question”

AND:

Peggy Daniels’ “Tanglewood: A Group Memoir”

2018 Summer At The Mount

Jul 5, 2018

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of author Edith Wharton.

Interpretive exhibits throughout the house explore Wharton and her servants’ lives, as well as her humanitarian efforts and literary legacy.

The Mount also presents lectures, dramatic readings, theater, music, storytelling, workshops, outdoor sculptures, films, and literary panels.

Susan Wissler is the Executive Director of The Mount and she joins us with a preview of this summer’s offerings.

Set over the course of one week in June of 1939, the new novel The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews is a story about siblings, the joys of music, love (mutual and unrequited), and the meaning of home.

It is a New York novel, but also one of the world, of big dreams and big love and what it means to be willing to pay any price for your family. 

This episode was recorded at The Mount in Lenox, Massachusettes. 

This season, Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusettes will be exploring themes of Delight, Deceit, and Desire. The season includes three Shakespeare plays: “Macbeth,” “As You Like It,” and “Love's Labor's Lost;” plus the New England Premiere of “Morning After Grace” by Carey Crim; “Creditors” by August Strindberg adapted by David Greig; “Heisenberg” by Laurence Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens; “Mothers and Sons” by Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally; and “HIR” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac.

Harry Connick Jr.
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Harry Connick Jr.'s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has received Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer.

The foundation of Connick's art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of 5 and he will bring his New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration Tour to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on Saturday, June 23.

NPR's oddly informative weekly hour-long news quiz program, "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!" returns to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusettes on June, 21.

The Peabody Award-winning series offers a fast-paced, irreverent look at the week's news, hosted by Peter Sagal along with judge and score-keeper Bill Kurtis.

Bill Kurtis joins us.

This morning we learn about The Artful Mind Gallery in Lenox, Massachusettes which opened last month and showcases an enthusiastic and fine-tuned professional and passionate group of seventeen artists. The curator at large, Harryet Puritzman, is also the publisher of the well-known 26-year old magazine for the arts, The Artful Mind.

She now wants to give a gift back to artists whose work she’s admired and has been inspired by over the years.

The gallery includes the world of oils, acrylic, mixed media, photography, and sculpture - on view in the front window, throughout the interior space and in the back garden. Harryet Puritzman and Janet Pumphrey join us.

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Lenox, Massachusetts, will hold its annual town meeting tonight.

Known on both sides of the Atlantic as the English American, Alison Larkin is a comedian, award-winning audiobook narrator/producer, screenwriter and the bestselling author of "The English American," a novel. Her autobiographical one woman show about an adopted English women who finds her birth parents in the U.S. was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

As an actress she has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theater and Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Larkin’s new one woman show "Alison Larkin LIVE!" will premiere at the Elayne Bernstein theater in Lenox, MA as part of WAM Theatre’s 9th season on May 4 and 5.

Alison Larkin joined us along with Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director of WAM.

    Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
“The Overstory: A Novel” by Richard Powers
“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories” by Denis Johnson
“The Art of the Wasted Day” by Patricia Hampl
“Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer” by Barbara Ehrenreich
Assorted works of Russell Hoban
“The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Caire
“Werner's Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts” by Patrick Syme,‎ illustrated by Abraham Gottlob Werner

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