New Forms for Personal Stories

Together with moderator Melissa Holbrook Pierson, these writers explore boundaries between writing genres, with new books that stretch prior definitions of novel, collage, travelogue and memoir.

Using themes such as nature, culture, design and obsession as backdrops, each explores how we experience today’s world on different wavelengths.

melissa-holbrook-pierson-woodstock-bookfest-2019Melissa Holbrook Pierson is the author of five books, including The Perfect Vehicle and The Place You Love Is Gone. She has contributed essays to Harper’s, Orion, and others, and writes about film and books for a number of publications.



akiko-busch-author-woodstock-bookfest-2019Akiko Busch is the author of How To Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency, published by Penguin Press in spring 2019, and recently featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. Her previous essay collections include Geography of Home, The Uncommon Life of Common Objects, Nine Ways to Cross a River, and The Incidental Steward. She was a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine for twenty years, and her essays about design, culture, and nature have appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogues.

She has taught at the University of Hartford and Bennington College and is currently on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  Her work has been recognized by grants from the Furthermore Foundation, NYFA, and Civitella Ranieri. She lives in the Hudson Valley.

james-lasdun-woodstock-bookfest-2019James Lasdun has written books of fiction, memoir and poetry, as well as two screenplays, including Sunday, which won Best Feature and Best Screenplay awards at Sundance. His second, Seven Lies, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. The Fall Guy, published 2017, was a Book of the Month Club Selection and a Guardian Best Book of 2017. He has written for the New Yorker and the London Review of Books, and is a regular reviewer for The Guardian.

Afternoon of a Faun is his fourth novel. In a starred prepublication review, Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Of the novels to come out of the #MeToo moment to date, none is more riveting, insightful, and unsettling.”

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
Saturday March 30, 2019