Memoir A Go-Go!


The signature panel and closing event of the festival is Memoir A Go-Go, led by its moderator, memoirist and executive director of the festival, Martha Frankel. She’s a master interviewer who asks unexpected questions, often with even more unexpected answers. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

martha-frankel-executive-director-woodstock-bookfestMartha Frankel, moderator, counts writing as the only real job she’s ever had, other than a brief stint as a clown at a gas station. However, she was so good at that, even her mother didn’t recognize her.

She 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, at Woodstock Booktalk. Also available on iTunes.

Martha’s all-female panel this year is part of Sunday’s celebration of women writers.

amanda-palmer-woodstock-bookfestAmanda Palmer is a singer, songwriter, playwright, pianist, filmmaker, and blogger who simultaneously embraces and explodes traditional frameworks of music, theatre, and art. She  came to prominence as one half of the Boston-based punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, earning global applause for their theatricality and songcraft. In 2013, she presented “The Art of Asking” at the annual TED conference, which has since been viewed over 10 million times worldwide. The following year saw Palmer expand her philosophy into the New York Times best seller, The Art of Asking: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Let People Help.

Since 2015, Palmer has used Patreon, a patronage subscription crowd-funding platform, to fund the creation of her artwork while enabling her to collaborate with artists all over the world with over 11,000 patrons supporting her creations each month. Amanda lives in the Hudson Valley, and the rest of the world, with her husband, writer Neil Gaiman, and their child. Join Amanda on Twitter.

Nyna-Giles-Woodstock-BookfestNyna Giles’s new book, The Bridesmaid’s Daughter: From Grace Kelly’s Wedding to a Women’s Shelter – Searching for the Truth About My Mother (St. Martin’s Press, 2018) is a powerful memoir of friendship and motherhood., written by Nyna and Eve Claxton. Nyna uncovers her mother’s past to answer the questions she never knew to ask. She knew her mother had been a model in New York in 1947, living at the Barbizon Hotel, where she met the young Grace Kelly. Nyna had seen the photos of Carolyn at Grace’s wedding, wearing the yellow bridesmaid gown that had hung in her closet for years. But how had the seemingly confident, glamorous woman in those pictures become the mother she knew growing up―the mother who was now living in a shelter? Follow Nyna on Twitter.

Nyna has worked in advertising sales with leading media organizations, and is COO of Giles Communications. She is also an advocate for the mentally ill, having served as a vice president on the board of The Association for Mentally Ill Children of Westchester for ten years. Nyna lives in Westchester with her husband, and has three grown children and three stepchildren.

Tina-Alexis-Allen-Woodstock-Bookfest-cropTina Alexis Allen is an actress and playwright. Her audacious new book, Hiding Out, A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives (Dey Street Books, 2018) unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father—a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature, and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies. Tina is swept into his life in unexpected ways, and takes us along on the wild ride.

Tina is a GLAAD Award–nominated actress, producer, screenwriter, and playwright. She appeared on the WGN America series Outsiders, and has co-starred in several feature films. Allen is also the cofounder of Gina Raphaela Jewelry’s mission-driven No More Violence collection. She lives in New York and Los Angeles. Follow Tina 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
Sunday March 25, 2018