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NaNoWriMo Write-In

Date: Monday, November 20
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Susman Room

If you're participating in National Novel Writing Month (NanNoWriMo) this November, stop in on Monday nights to chat, commiserate, or just get some writing done! We'll have plentiful tea and encouragement on hand to welcome you. No registration required.

The Devil's Room

Date: Thursday, November 30
Time: Noon
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Saratoga Springs author Jeff Durstewitz, writing under the name Joe Fegan, has crafted a comic Irish Gothic thriller set mainly in two fictional towns—Ballymorda, Ireland, and Tuscarora Falls, NY (which has a track and a small college). The Devil’s Room, a novel based on a true story with roots in the U.S. tax code, follows the deepening misadventures of an American writer who buys a cursed Irish manor house (with an odd, walled-off space that the locals seem strangely sensitive about) while under the influence of Guinness stout. Temptation is the Devil’s specialty — but can he be beaten at his own game? With many a hilarious twist and turn,The Devil’s Room provides the answer. The Albany Times-Union called the book a “funny, phantasmagoric tale.”

The author will discuss the book’s unlikely origins, read a chapter with the assistance of actor Patrick Donovan, who will voice two characters, answer questions and sign and sell copies of The Devil’s Room and his award-winning memoir, Younger Than That Now —A Shared Passage From the Sixties.

Brown Bag Lunch: Saratoga Mineral Baths - Not Just for Saturday Nights

Date: Thursday, December 14
Time: Noon
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Saratoga Springs was founded as a health resort and has had a very strong history of mineral water use found not only in drinking the waters but also in bathing. Many Saratogians know about the proud history of the Spa State Park and their mineral bath houses, but did you know Saratoga Springs was offering mineral baths to visitors as early as the 1790’s? This Brown Bag Lunch will discuss the roots of our mineral baths and how mineral bath use helped to make us the number one tourist destination in the 1800’s. No registration required.