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friendship.” This “funny, inventive, poignant, and wonderfully fun” novel is great for readers of all ages, so bring the whole family to what is sure to be a memorable event! Information: 845.677.5857; http://merrittbooks.com

Film: The Band’s Visit

PS/21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Tuesday, July 5, 8:30 p.m.: Written & Directed by Eran Kolirin, this “beautifully understated” film about an Egyptian band stranded in rural Israel was at the center of the 2008 controversy over the Motion Picture Academy’s rules for foreign films. Movies introduced by Frank Farnham, adj. professor of communications at FIT, NYC. Tickets: Free Information: 518.392.6121; http://www.ps21chatham.org

Hudson Valley YA Society: Survivor Edition

Oblong Books, Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Friday, July 8, 7 p.m.: In this “Survivor Edition” we’ll be visited by Libba Bray, Michael Northrop, & E. Archer. David Levithan will be on hand to moderate their discussion. Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Self Published Local Authors

Book Cove, 22 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling, NY 12564 Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m.: Get the inside scoop on self publishing from local authors Alan Ripkin, Dan Kellams, James McCormack and Mike Faloon. Information: 845.855.9590; http://www.pawlingbookcove.com

Chef Suvir Saran Book Signing

bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, 6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 9, 3-6 p.m.: International Chef Suvir Saran signs copies of his cookbooks, “American Masala” and “Indian Home Cooking.” Plus, select tastings. Information: 845.876.1117; http://www.bluecashewkitchen.com

Launch Party: Edie Meidav, “Lola, California”

Oblong Books, Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 9, 7:30 p.m.: Launch party, reading and signing with Edie Meidav for her new book, “Lola, California.” Meidav is the author of “The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon” and “Crawl Space” (FSG, 2005). Winner of a Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, the Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman, and the Bard Fiction Prize, she teaches at Bard College. Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Talk & Book Signing: Jeff Madrick, Age of Greed

Henry A. Wallace Center, FDR Historic Site, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538 Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m.: The FDR Presidential Library hosts an author talk and book signing with Jeff Madrick, author of “Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present.” Information: 845.486.7745; http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/ publicprograms/calendar.html

Film: Topsy-Turvey

PS/21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Tuesday, July 12, 8:30 p.m.: Mike Leigh’s brilliant re-creation of the collaboration of W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan in the glory era of imperial rule....one of the greatest movies about the theatre. With Lesley Manville, Timothy Spall, Ron Cook & Wendy Nottingham.~David

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Denby, The New Yorker 2006 Movies introduced by Frank Farnham, adj. professor of communications at FIT, NYC. Tickets: Free Information: 518.392.6121; http://www.ps21chatham.org

Met Opera: La Fille Du Regiment

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.: Laurent Pelly’s hilarious production stars Natalie Dessay as the tomboy Marie, who has been brought up as the “daughter of the regiment,” and Juan Diego Flórez as the young man in love with her. Encore performance. Tickets: $15; $12.50 students Information: 518.822.8100; http://www.timeandspace.org

Summerscape Film Festival: Before and After Bergman: The Best of Nordic Film

Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 July 14-August 18; Thurs. & Sun., 7 p.m.; 7/24, 7/31 & 8/7, 8/14, screenings at 4 p.m. also: The 2011 film festival celebrates three widely divergent aspects of Nordic cinema including works by Swedish directors Mauritz Stiller and Victor Sjöström, Ingmar Bergman, and contemporary Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. Once again, Bard SummerScape is pleased to present all titles on 35mm film (whenever possible). All silent films have live piano accompaniment. Tickets: $8 Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Film: Buena Vista Social Club

PS/21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Tuesday, July 19, 8:30 p.m.: Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro’s takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, & resurrected the musicians’ careers. Directed by Wim Wenders. Movies introduced by Frank Farnham, adj. professor of communications at FIT, NYC. Tickets: Free Information: 518.392.6121; http://www.ps21chatham.org

Self Publishing and Editing: A Workshop with Sheila Buff

Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front Street, Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-noon: Come learn the ins and outs of self publishing and editing with Sheila Buff, freelance writer and author of seven national bestsellers! Self-publishing has become a wildly successful literary trend, and Ms. Buff will share tips and tricks that will help you produce a book that is well-written, properly edited, attractively designed, and successfully marketed. Information: 845.677.5857; http://www.merrittbooks.com

Joy Gross, “Joy’s Recipes for Living Younger...Longer!” Oblong Books, Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.: Book discussion and sighing with Joy Gross, author of “Joy’s Recipes for Living Younger...Longer!” Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Book Signing: Adirondack Trails with Tales

Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, July 24, 1 p.m.: Authors Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney will do a talk on their book, Adirondack Trails with Tales and how the Hudson River School influenced our view of the Adirondack Wilderness. Tickets: Free Information: http://olana.org

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