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

List:
"Vanishing Point by Elizabeth Brundage
"Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
"The Overstory by Richard Powers
"Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
"Letters to Comondo" and "Hare With Amber Eyes" by Edmund de Waal
"The House of Fragile Things" by James McAuley
"The Confidence Men" by Margalit Fox

The Mount
Sarah LaDuke

Susan Wissler, executive director at The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home, joins us in the studio this morning to discuss their 2021 summer programs and events.

Highlights include a variety of outdoor performances, lectures, and the return of the SculptureNow outdoor sculpture exhibit.

And The Mount hopes to embark on a historical renovation project to restore the Laurel Lake shorefront farmhouse built by Wharton and her husband, Teddy, in 1906.

A Lenox Police Department SUV
Lenox, MA Police Department

Lenox, Massachusetts police say a bicyclist has died from injuries sustained in an accident at an intersection described as “concerning.” 

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

List:
Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee
Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris
The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin
Fulfillment by Alec MacGillis
How to Resist Amazon and Why by Danny Caine
Stop Telling Women to Smile by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

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

List:
Land by Simon Winchester
The Good American by Robert Kaplan
Sometimes You Have to Lie by Leslie Brody
Sergeant Salinger by Jerome Charyn
Super Host by Kate Russo
Better Luck Next Time by Julia Johnson

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

List:
“Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables” by Joshua McFadden
“Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House” by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz
“The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III” by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
“Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life” by Bill Madden
“Dodgers vs. Yankees: The Long-Standing Rivalry Between Two of Baseball's Greatest Teams” by Michael Schiavon
“White Snow, Bright Snow” by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin (reprint of a 1947 book)
“The Big Snow” by Berta and Elmer Hader (reprint of a 1948 book)
“Cozy” by Jan Brett
“Invisible Ink” by Patrick Modiano
“The Little Book” by Selden Edwards
“Jewish World of Elvis Presley” by Roselle Chartock

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Tri-Town Health Department / https://www.lee.ma.us/tri-town-health-department

The town of Lenox, Massachusetts remains in the state’s COVID-19 red zone. The high risk designation is based on an Average Daily Incidence Rate of over 70 per 100,000 and a 5 percent positive test rate  over the last two weeks. The spike in cases is tied to an outbreak in the Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center, which accounts for around 40 cases in Lenox alone.

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Two Berkshire County nursing and rehabilitation facilities continue to see COVID-19 cases spike among staff and residents.

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The town of Lenox, Massachusetts was pushed into the Massachusetts Department of Health’s COVID-19 “red zone” designation last week with an average daily incidence rate of 38.4 per 100,000. It was the only Berkshire County community given that high-risk designation through mid-November, with around 30 active cases.

The Lenox Town Seal (founded 1767)
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The Lenox, Massachusetts public schools are suspending in-person teaching until January 19th, 2021.

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

List:
"Schmegoogle" by Daniel Klein
"Reason to Kill" by Andy Weinberger
"Ghosts of the Berkshires" by Robert Oakes
"If Then" by Jill Lepore
"Levon" by Sandra Tooze
"From the Ground Up" by Peter Lazes and Marie Rudden
"Madrid Again" by Soledad Maura

Event: A Grief Sublime A zoom conversation with author Beth Robbins at Jewish Federation of the Berkshires - Thursday Oct 1 at 6:45 p. m.

On Saturday, the streets of Lenox, Massachusetts will be alive with music as five different jazz ensembles perform at locations around the Berkshire town. WAMC spoke with Berkshires Jazz President Ed Bride about the event, as well as the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the county’s music scene.

2020 At The Mount

Aug 28, 2020
The Mount
Sarah LaDuke

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, Massachusetts, was awarded a $300,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities earlier this summer. The grant was a lifeline, funding humanities-related programs and staff positions through December 2020.

The award allowed The Mount to expand its roster of online literary conversations and reopen the historic house museum, in compliance with the current Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount, joins us now.

A drawing of a red barn attached to a black building with windows under a wooded hill and a blue sky
Mass Audubon

The Massachusetts Audubon Society says it’s closing in on the final pieces of a more than $1 million capital campaign. One of the projects to be funded by the campaign is a major expansion to the 18th Century program barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox. WAMC spoke with Mass Audubon West Director Becky Cushing about how the project will expand the group’s mission to spread natural and environmental education in the region.

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Zogics

A Lenox, Massachusetts company that supplies facilities with disinfecting products has landed a $5.5 million deal with the U.S. Navy. WAMC spoke with Zogics CEO Paul LeBlanc about securing the contract, the company’s history of suppling the U.S. military, and how the industry is helping the country respond to COVID-19.

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

List:
Leading off with: “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man” by Mary Trump
“Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War Through the Cold War” by Jonathan Rosenberg
“Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth” by Benjamin Taylor
“What It's Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing--What Birds Are Doing, and Why” by David Sibley
“Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir” by Lou Gehrig (with biographical essay by Alan D. Gaff)
"The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the Hills of New England" by Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner

   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.

The Lenox Town Seal (founded 1767)
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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.
Josh Landes / WAMC

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.

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