Martha Frankel

Martha Frankel, executive director of Woodstock Bookfest, began her writing career at the original Details magazine, writing a column about plastic surgery called “Knifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” She went on to write book reviews, essays and celebrity profiles for other magazines, such as Movieline, Cosmopolitan and The New Yorker.


Her memoir, Hats & Eyeglasses, chronicling her family’s lifelong love affair with gambling and her own later addiction to online gambling, was published in 2008 (Tarcher/Penguin Group).


“Hats and eyeglasses” an old gambling expression, describes an unfortunate run at the table. In Frankel’s childhood, gambling equated to friendship, food and laughter. “We bet on everything, from sports to how much our mothers would lose at Weight Watchers,” Frankel recalls in the book.


Nowadays, Martha finds friendship and laughter in all sorts of places, including her radio show, Woodstock Booktalk, heard every Sunday morning on Woodstock’s WDST 100.1, and online anytime by going to Woodstock Booktalk. Also available on iTunes.


In addition to Hats and Eyeglasses, Martha co-wrote a lifestyle book, Brazilian Sexy, and is delighted to have an essay in Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, an anthology edited by her friend Ann Hood.


Martha writes, teaches and lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, artist Steve Heller.


During the Woodstock Bookfest, she can be seen shuttling writers to and fro, hauling books from one venue to the other, telling a story or two, and loving every minute of her life.