An Evening with Ryan Grim

On a cold wet November Saturday, before the 2012 Presidential Election, Ryan Grim spoke to a large audience crowded into the vestry at Emmanuel Church in Chestertown. He was one of several speakers at the 4th Annual Chestertown Book Festival. The topic of the talk was his book, This is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America, published by Wiley in September 2010.


Reality Boy by A.S. King

Good News!

Reality Boy, the newest publication by author A.S. King is now available. And here are the reviews.

"Heart-pounding and heartbreaking...This is no fairy-tale romance, but a compulsively readable portrait of two imperfect teens learning to trust each other."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)


One Heck of a Dinner

Imagine being able to sit at the dinner table with authors and artists like T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Proust.

Below is an article, on this very idea, written by the 2010 Chestertown Book Festival keynote speaker Michael Dirda

National Book Critics Circle Award winner Paul Hendrickson

Hemingway's Boat is a brilliantly conceived and illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived
and understood.

Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961—from Hemingway’s pinnacle as the reigning monarch of American letters until his suicide—Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's exultations and despair around the one constant in his life during this time: his beloved boat, Pilar.

Marcy Dunn Ramsey

Artist Marcy Dunn Ramsey will be the first guest in the Children's Reading at the Bookplate on Saturday, September 21. 

Ramsey has had a long and varied career in the arts as a parotrait artist, teacher, graphic designer, illustrator, printmaker and painter. She began her fine art career as a printmaker, but has been painting almost exclusively for the last eighteen years in her studio on the Chester River in Chestertown. 

The Beautiful Music All Around Us with Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade’s book The Beautiful Music All Around Us presents the extraordinarily rich backstories of thirteen musical performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the Great Plains. Musician and researcher Stephen Wade sought out the performers on these recordings, their families, fellow musicians, and others who remembered them.

Bobbledy Books

Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson of Bobbledy Books and Idiots Books will be part of the Children's Reading at the Bookplate set to begin at 11:00 a.m.

Bobbledy Books is a (very) small press that publishes odd, commercially non-viable illustrated books and distributes them through a subscription service (six books a year).