HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.4
COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER – Noon-4 p.m. The Chili Bowl cook off returns with hand-painted bowls, delicious entries by area cooks. Cost, $25/bowl. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.facebook.com/CANOneonta/
SUNDAY PROGRAM – 3 – 4:15 p.m. Author Dana Spiotta, award winning author of “Innocents and Others,” “Stone Arabia,” more, speaks at the Sunday Afternoon Program. Free, open to the public. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
COOPERSTOWN – Dana Spiotta, whose novel “Eat the Document” was a National Book Award finalist while she was co-proprietor the Rose & Kettle restaurant in Cherry Valley, will be back in Otsego County at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, to give a talk at the Village Library of Cooperstown.
Spiotta is the author of three other novels, “Innocents and Others” (2016), winner of the St. Francis College Literary Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; “Stone Arabia” (2011), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her first, “Lightning Field” (2001).
Novelists Saunders, Spiotta Join 900
Decrying Strong-Arm Amazon Tactics
By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com
Local writers George Saunders and Dana Spiotta were among 900 authors who took out a two-page ad in today’s New York Times decrying Amazon “directly targetting” authors to extract contract concessions from their publisher, Hachette.
Sherman Alexie, who delivered SUNY Oneonta’s Mills Distinguished Lecture last September after his 2007 novel “Flight” was the college’s first “common read,” also signed the ad.
They join John Grisham, Stephen King, James Patterson and most leading U.S. writers in adding their names to the ad.
Saunders, who teaches at Syracuse University, is living in the Oneonta area, although he has been keeping a low profile locally. Last year’s prize-winning short story collection, “Tenth of December,” was published to national raves.
Spiotta was proprietor of The Rose & Kettle restaurant in Cherry Valley while writing “Eat the Document,” which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. After a year at the American Academy in Rome, she also is teaching at Syracuse.