“Reclusive literati come out and play in a converted firehouse on the second Saturday of every month.” By Benjamin Cassidy, The Berkshire Eagle
HUDSON, N.Y. — For many book-lovers, peak nighttime entertainment consists of curling up with a new paperback or hardcover at home. There, they can embark on intellectual journeys that are thrilling or romantic or humorous without ever having to ditch their blanket cocoons.
Since 2015, the Volume reading and music series has managed to pry a fair amount of these after-dark recluses from their cozy reading spots. In addition to hosting acclaimed authors such as Gary Shteyngart, Maria Dahvana Headley, Nick Flynn and Chaya Bhuvaneswar, the free monthly event at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, N.Y., has used a post-reading DJ set to nudge the literati to socialize. “It’s really raucous for a reading series. It’s high-energy,” Goodman said.