The Donahue Interview | Hudson Valley Secrets

Each year, the Woodstock Bookfest is honored to have WAMC’s Joe Donahue host one of our most popular events, The Donahue Interview.

This year, Joe hosts a panel of writers who live and work in the Hudson Valley, but reach readers all over the world with their work. Their three books recount stories of secrets woven through lives, and the damage — and recovery — that can result.

Alana-Massey-woodstock-bookfestAlana Massey is a writer and critic covering culture, identity, vice, and virtue for publications like The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Vice, Elle, The Guardian, New York Magazine, and many more. Her debut essay collection, All The Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen To Be Famous Strangers, (Grand Central Publishing, 2017) examines the intersection of the personal with pop culture through the lives of pivotal female figures. A cultural critique and a finely wrought fan letter interwoven with stories that are achingly personal, All The Lives I Want is also an exploration of mental illness, the sex industry, and the dangers of loving too hard.

Massey recently completed her second book, an exploration of society’s acknowledgement of women workers across incomes and industries. She lives in Saugerties, NY. Follow Alana on Twitter.

christopher-yates-woodstock-bookfestChristopher J. Yates’ newest book, Grist Mill Road (Picador, 2018) is a dark, twisted, and expertly plotted Rashomon-style tale. The year is 1982; the setting, an Edenic hamlet some ninety miles north of New York City. There, three friends―Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah―are bound together by a terrible and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty-six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves never could have predicted, the three meet again with even more devastating results.

Christopher was born and raised in Kent and studied law at Oxford University, before working as a puzzle editor in London. He now lives in New York with his wife and dog. Follow Christopher on Twitter.

larry-ruhl-woodstock-bookfestLarry Ruhl’s first book, Breaking the Ruhls, (Central Recovery Press, 2018) will resonate deeply with many who have experienced complex trauma, boundary violations, and abuse within the family, and struggle with the emotional and psychological effects. Ruhl mines his own experiences with sexual confusion, shame, PTSD, addiction and recovery, marital issues, career struggles, and therapeutic breakthroughs, while demonstrating it is possible to heal and thrive.

Larry is a board member for Taking Back Ourselves, which facilitates weekends of recovery for female survivors of sexual abuse, and is a registered speaker with RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network). He shares his story publicly to spread awareness and to help others shed the shame and stigma associated with sexual abuse. Larry lives in Accord, NY, with his husband Jeffrey, and a cat named Olivier. Follow Larry on Instagram.

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, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

All of the above PLUS the One Day Intensive of your choice.

Kleinert/James Center
34 Tinker Street
Friday March 23, 2018