UPCOMING FESTIVAL March 19 - 22, 2015

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  • The-Donahue-Interview-2015 with Abigail Thomas
    The Donahue Interview. Two of the Festival’s best.
    Joe and Abby chat about her latest memoir. It doesn't get much better than this.
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  • Memoir A-Go-Go-Slide-2015
    Memoir-A-Go-Go
    Our signature event, Memoir A-Go-Go tune is a smash hit every year!
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  • woodstock-writers-radio with Martha Frankel
    Woodstock Writers Radio
    Tune in on Sunday mornings at 6:00 or sleep in and catch the show later!
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  • fiction-2015
    Fiction 2015
    Elisa Albert, Stephen Dobyns, Ann Hood and Jane Smiley. Wow.
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  • Locally-Sourced-Writers 2015
    Locally Sourced.
    Come partake of the Hudson Valley’s bounty of writers.
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  • Joshua's Cafe Alchemy Breakfast
    2014 Joshua’s Cafe Alchemy Breakfast:
    Gail Straub and Carol Zaloom
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  • James Howard Kunstler
    A Chat with James Howard Kunstler
    Catherine Sebastian, James Howard Kunstler & Martha Frankel
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  • Stephen Tobolowsky
    2014 Evening Keynote:
    Stephen Tobolowsky with Martha Frankel
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  • Abby and Bar
    Abby and Bar: Writing When a Nap is Preferable
    Martha Frankel, Abigail Thomas & Bar Scott
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  • Biography 2014
    2014 Biography Panel
    Bushkin, George-Warren, Hermes, Folsom, Frankel, Sheehan, Lennon
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The 2015 Festival

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Mark Whitaker
Mark Whitaker is the former Managing Editor of CNN, Washington bureau chief for NBC News and reporter and editor at Newsweek magazine, where he rose to become the first African-American to lead a national newsweekly. His critically acclaimed family memoir, My Long Trip Home, tells the story of his parents--a star-crossed interracial couple who married in the 1950s--and his grandparents, black undertakers from Pittsburgh and French Protestants who helped hide thousands of Jews from the Nazis during World War II. His latest book, Cosby: His Life and Times, is the first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Whitaker lives in New York City with his wife, journalist and educator Alexis Gelber, and they have two adult children, Rachel and Matthew.

WHAT THEY‘RE SAYING

The Woodstock Writers Festival is an intimate affair, a gathering of dedicated writers and enthusiastic readers that's more about the joy of the art than cults of celebrity. I had a blast.