"What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul."
— Neil Gaiman
Book Signing & Art Show with Steven Weinberg
Saturday, March 25th, 2023 4:00 - 6:00pm
Book signing of both adult & children's books here at
Briars & Brambles Books - books may be purchased day of the event
About Steven Weinberg
Steven Weinberg is a writer, illustrator, and painter in the Catskill Mountains of New York. His work has appeared everywhere from books to beer cans to the Smithsonian.
His children’s books have been called “brilliant” by Dave Pilkey, "thrillingly shameless" by the New York Times, "guaranteed to fuel read aloud energy" by Publisher's Weekly and have won awards and distinctions such as the Virginia Reader’s Choice Award (YOU MUST BE THIS TALL), YALSA Reader’s Choice (TO TIMBUKTU), the Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection (ASTRONUTS: MISSION ONE and THE MIDDLE KID), The Today Show’s Holiday Pick (BIG JOB SERIES), and Parents Magazine Best Children’s Book 2021 (WASHER & DRYER’S BIG JOB).
His fish and landscape paintings are shown regularly at Clove & Creek in Kingston and Hudson, NY. The fish have been featured in Gray’s Sporting Journal, on the cover of Thomas McGuane’s fly fishing classic THE LONGEST SILENCE and are on display at Jimmy Kimmel’s fishing resort The South Fork Lodge.
Along with his wife Casey Scieszka, he owns and operates the Spruceton Inn: a Catskills Bed and Bar. Their annual Artist Residency has hosted more than 80 artists and counting.
Meet the Author: Julie Scelfo
Saturday, February 11th, 2023 at 5pm
In partnership with Main Street Community Center, please click to visit their website and register for this program.
Join author Julie Scelfo as she presents her book 'The Women Who Made New York!
Julie Scelfo is a former staff writer for The New York Times, and a media critic who helps people discover the forces that help shape human thinking. She is the founder and Executive Director of Get Media Savvy, a nonprofit initiative devoted to helping Americans navigate the 21st century media environment. Scelfo is most popularly known as the author of The Women Who Made New York (Seal Press/Hachette, 2016), a collection of intersectional biographies that reveal how it was women — and not just men — who built one of the world’s greatest cities. Irin Carmon described the book as “both a public service and a pleasure;” Maria Popova of Brain Pickings deemed it “rigorously researched and elegantly written.”
This event will take place on February 11th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM at Main Street Community Center in Windham, NY.
5494 New York Highway 23
$50 registration fee includes:
*A personalized, signed copy of 'The Women Who Made New York' *Complimentary Refreshments
Book Signing & Reading with Phil Bayly
Saturday, January 21st, 2023 at 3pm
Book signing and reading with Phil Bayly: author, lifelong skier, morning news anchor on WNYT - TV Channel 13 Albany for fifteen years, here at Briars & Brambles Books.
Winter Solstice Art Opening with Holly Cohen
Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 5pm to 7pm
We're celebrating the Winter Solstice with the Grand Opening of local artist Holly Cohen's beautiful photography which captures the beauty of the Catskills, here at Briars & Brambles Books
Complimentary light refreshments will be served.
Book Signing with Ari Fleischer
Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 4pm to 5pm
Local author and former White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush with be signing copies of his book Suppression, Deception, Snobbery, and Bias, here at Briars & Brambles Books.
Zoom launch of The Counselors
by New York Times Bestselling author Jessica Goodman,
in conversation with Courtney Summers
Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 - 7PM
From New York Times bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake.
Camp Alpine Lake is the only place where Goldie Easton feels safe.
She’s always had a special connection to the place, even before she was old enough to attend. The camp is the lifeline of Roxwood, the small town she lives in. Alpine Lake provides jobs, money and prestige to the region. Few Roxwood locals, though, get to reap the rewards of living so close to the glam summer that camp, with its five-figure tuition and rich kids who have been dumped there for eight weeks by their powerful parents. Goldie's one of them.
Even with her "townie" background, Goldie has never felt more at home at camp and now she’s back as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, to arrive. Because Goldie has a terrible dark secret she’s been keeping and she is more in need of the comfort than ever.
But Goldie’s not the only person at camp who has been lying. When a teen turns up dead in the lake late one night, she knows that the death couldn’t have been an accident. She also knows that Ava was at the lake that same night.
What did Ava see and what does she know? Why hasn’t she said anything to Goldie about the death? Worse—what did Ava do?
But asking questions offers no answers, only broken bonds of lifelong friendship, with hidden danger and betrayals deeper than Goldie ever imagined.
Jessica Goodman is the New York Times bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us, They Wish They Were Us, and The Counselors. She is the former op-ed editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, where she won a National Magazine Award in personal service. She has also held editorial positions at Entertainment Weekly and HuffPost. Follow Jessica on Twitter @jessgood and on Instagram @jessicagoodman.
Courtney Summers is the author of several novels, including the breakout hit Sadie, which was a New York Times bestseller and appeared on over 30 ‘Best of’ lists. In 2018, Electric Literature proclaimed her “a master of the bitch” for her years of writing “nuanced, wrenching stories about angry [and] unlikable girls.” Her work has been released to critical acclaim, multiple starred reviews and has received numerous awards and honors, including the Edgar Award and the Odyssey Award. She lives and writes in Canada.
Zoom with Fiona Davis,
author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, newly released in paperback
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 - 7PM
A Zoom discussion with author Fiona Davis.
An Evening with William Petrick,
author of Ransom for The Many
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 - 7PM
Thirty two people joined us over Zoom for this conversation and reading from William Petrick's book, Ransom for Many.
An Evening of Prosecco & Poetry featuring Jamie Donnelly
Thursday, November 14th, 2019 6-7pm
You know Jamie Donnelly from her double-wide smile and champagne personality. A veteran actress of stage, television, and movies, Jamie is a bonafide cult figure for not one but two major 20th century cultural events: The original "Rocky Horror Show", both at the Roxy in Los Angeles and on Broadway with Tim Curry, in which she coined the roles of Trixie and Magenta, and "Grease" on Broadway and in the movie with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in which she played Jan,
the "brusha brusha" Pink Lady.
Jamie resides in Westkill, New York - she's a Catskills local!
Briars & Brambles, SunCommon
Saturday, March 23rd from 4 to 6 PM
A discussion about the steps we can each take to reduce climate change. The discussion, based on selections from the book Drawdown, will be lead by Bob Braunlich of SunCommon.
Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.
The first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of the book!