(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Authors Lee Matthew Goldberg, Claire McMillan, and Laurie Stone will read from their works at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Saturday, August 12, at 7pm, as part of Volume, the free monthly reading and music series every second Saturday of the month. The readings will be followed by book-signing and a DJ set by Andy French.
Lee Matthew Goldberg’s novel “The Mentor” is out from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment with the film in development. The French translation will be published by Editions Hugo, and in Slovak by Albatros Media. His debut novel “Slow Down” is a neo-noir thriller. His pilot Join Us was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Verdad Magazine, BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.
Claire McMillan’s new novel, “The Necklace,” was inspired in part by family heirlooms: McMillan’s husband’s great-grandmother’s scrapbook of Roaring Twenties house parties and volumes of a great-uncle’s letters and journals chronicling his 1907 trip around the world. A six-month stay in India and McMillan’s past experience practicing law also inform the book, a tale that alternates between women of two generations — a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and a young lawyer who inherits a spectacular Indian necklace, along with an even more valuable secret.
McMillan is a board member at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, and “The Necklace” was completed during a Writer-in-Residence stay there. She is also the author of “Gilded Age” (2012), a modern retelling of Wharton’s “The House of Mirth,” set in contemporary Cleveland. McMillan holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College and describes herself as “a recovering attorney.”
Laurie Stone is the author of “My Life as an Animal: Stories.” She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and has published numerous stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, New Letters, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space. She collaborates with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. The world premiere of their piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf” was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work on The Love of Strangers, a collage of hybrid narratives.
Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French.