Celebrated author Paul Pines set for Willows reading event

WARRENSBURG - Acclaimed author and poet Paul Pines of Glens Falls is amongst a strong lineup of writers scheduled to read their works Thursday Oct. 8 at Willows Bistro in downtown Warrensburg.

Pines joins writers Bibi Wein, Glenn Pearsall, Carol Gregson, Susan Dean and Lee Merrett in an ongoing free series of "Third Thursday" evening readings at Willows, a coffee house on Main St.

Pines' books have been hailed in reviews by the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and American Book Review, among others.

Pines said Friday he expects to read poems from his latest work, "Last Call at the Tin Palace."

The book is named for a jazz club he owned and operated in the mid-1970s, where he hosted an ongoing reading series featuring writers from all over the U.S.

"The themes run through four decades," he said of the selections in "Last Call" volume. "The book has allowed me to reconfigure my works.... Publishing this way allows me to arch the poems through time."

Perhaps Pines' most prominent work to date is "My Brother's Madness," a memoir in which Pines narrates his and his brother's family life through the matrix of his brother's mental illness. Publishers Weekly p[raises Pines for "deftly handling the complex structure" and for the "rich characters, black humor and clear evocations."

James Hollis, author of Why Good People Do Bad Things, says of the book, "Paul Pines has achieved a story both profoundly personal and universal." Noted author E.M. Broner said of the work was "one of the most moving, familial, shocking, and ultimately, healing tales."

Pines said he is appearing at the Willows at the request of his friend and fellow author Bibi Wein, with whom he went to college. Wein, whose works include The Way Home: A Wilderness Odyssey, splits her time between Olmstedville and New York City.

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