Abigail Thomas, In Conversation with Rosemary Armao

We are honored to host Woodstock’s own Abigail Thomas, who will be talking about her newest memoir, Still Life at Eighty: The Next Interesting Thingwith investigative journalist and WAMC Roundtable favorite, Rosemary Armao. Abigail helped get the first Bookfest off the ground in 2010, and now her newest memoir is the first publication of Golden Notebook Press. We couldn’t be more delighted to help welcome Abigail’s book into the world.

Author Abigail Thomas embracing her black and white dog

Abigail Thomas’ new memoir, Still Life at Eighty: The Next Interesting Thing, was published this winter by Golden Notebook Press. Thomas worked as both a book editor and book agent before writing her own first collection of short stories, Getting Over Tom. Her second and third books An Actual Life, and Herb’s Pajamas, were works of fiction. Thomas’ memoir, A Three Dog Life, was named one of the best books of 2006 by The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. It received the 2006 Inspirational Memoir Award given by Books for A Better Life. She is also author of the memoirs SafekeepingThinking About Memoir and What Comes Next and How to Like It. In her new book, Still Life at 80, Thomas ruminates on aging during the confines of COVID-19 with her trademark mix of humor and wisdom, including valuable, contemplative writing tips along the way. She lives in Woodstock, New York.

Rosemary Armao is a light-skinned woman with straight brown hair pulled back. Smiling wearing a gray cardigan and black turtleneck, with a silver pin on her left lapel

Rosemary Armao is supposed to be retired but stays busy as a public affairs commenter on WAMC in Albany and as an adjunct professor at RPI and The University at Albany. She is a former editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Project, an International investigative reporting collective, and has worked on media development and training projects in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and north and eastern Africa. She is a former head of the Journalism and Women’s Symposium (JAWS) and of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) in the US. She teaches writing, reporting, investigative techniques, disinformation and the media, and ethics. She loves gardening, cats, and her mother, 97, and is still going strong.

Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker Street
Friday March 31, 2023
Doors 7PM • Show 7:30PM