Local author to discuss work at Art in Common on Saturday

Margaretville — Enjoy a local cheese and wine tasting as author Joanne Michaels discusses her work and avenues to publishing for aspiring authors on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. in Margaretville’s Commons building, as part of the popular multi-art event series “Art in Common.”
Michaels will talk to attendees about how to prepare before approaching a publisher, whether to self-publish and if you should seek an agent. While telling the “inside trade” story behind her own work,  Michaels will also steer the discussion towards the needs and interests of her audience.
Joanne Michaels, former editor-in-chief of Hudson Valley magazine, is the author of several books about the Hudson Valley and Catskills. The seventh edition of her renowned guidebook, The Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains Explorer’s Guide, will be published by W.W. Norton in May. The only guide to the region to be recommended by both The New York Times and Boston Globe, it has been in print now for more than 20 years. Her Hudson River Journey (W.W. Norton) and Let’s Take the Kids: Great Places to Go in New York’s Hudson Valley and Catskills (St. Martin’s Press) are also popular with local residents and travelers alike.
Her newest book, Hudson River Valley Farms: The People and the Pride behind the Produce, will be published in August. Featuring 44 farms from Westchester to the Albany area, this full-color coffee table book takes readers on a fascinating journey into the hard-working family lives behind those silos and tractors often passed on country roads. U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey wrote the introduction. Also included are driving directions to the farms as well as a directory of approximately 100 farmers’ markets throughout the region.
Michaels has published three books through her company, JMB Publications, which also distributes regional titles throughout the Hudson Valley and Catskills. A former editor at St. Martin’s Press in Manhattan, she has been a literary agent and professional “book doctor.” She grew up in the lower Hudson Valley and has lived in Woodstock for over 25 years.
“Art in Common” is a multi-arts event series each Saturday afternoon in the Commons Building (businesses will open during events). For more info, visit www.catsguild.org or call 586-3443.