(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Authors Mark Baumer, Lydia Conklin and Shane Jones will read from their works at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Saturday, September 10, 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 booksinging and a set by DJ Hallie Goodman.
Mark Baumer lives in Providence, R.I., and works in a library. He once walked across America. His book, “Holiday Meat,” won the 2015 Quarterly West novella contest. His poem, “b careful”, won the 2015 Black Warrior Review poetry contest.
Lydia Conklin has received a Pushcart Prize, work-study scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, Millay, Jentel, Lighthouse Works, Brush Creek, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center, and Harvard University, among others, and grants and awards from the Astraea Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Narrative magazine, New Letters, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Shane Jones is the author of three previous novels, including “Light Boxes” and “Crystal Eaters,” and several smaller works of fiction and poetry. “Light Boxes” was an NPR Best Book of the Year, translated into ten languages, and optioned for film by Spike Jonze. “Crystal Eaters” was a “50 Best Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read” and “50 Best Genre-Bending Books Everyone Should Read” (Flavorwire). Shane’s work has appeared in hundreds of journals in print and online, including The Paris Review Daily, VICE, Washington Square, The Believer Logger, Tin House, The Millions, The Rumpus, BOMB, Salon, and DIAGRAM. He lives in Albany with his wife Melanie and son Julian.
Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French.