Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Thursday, November 13, 2014

late-November events, upstate New York

The butter cream book.
Cake for a double launch reading
with Luisa Igloria in Norfolk, Virginia.
September 2014, Café Stella
Reading in Delhi
Chat, dinner, talk/reading... 
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
November 18
Delhi Women's Club
Delhi, New York

Gossip is that there are 42 reservations so far--should be fun!

Reading in Saratoga 
Thursday, 7 p.m.
November 20
Northshire Bookstore
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York

Book Signing Event With Twelve Regional Authors at The Fenimore Art Museum 
On Friday, November 28

COOPERSTOWN, NY (11/13/2014) —The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown offers holiday shoppers an opportunity to acquire signed editions of many of the area's most popular books by twelve regional authors. The event will take place on Friday, November 28 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and feature genres such as historical fiction, childrens books, heirloom cookbooks, memoirs, locally inspired fiction, and more. Authors include The Beekman Boys (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. only), Paul Kuhn (a.k.a. Saint Nicholas), Marly Youmans, Cindy Falk, Richard Duncan, Bob and Trish Kane, Calvin Boal, Chuck D'Imperio, Jim Atwell, and Anna Membrino. The Fenimore Art Museum Shop will also have pre-signed books by other authors on-hand (see website for complete list). There is no charge for entry into the book signing event.The day will also feature character tours of the current Fenimore exhibition Dorothea Lange's America, led by Dorothea Lange herself - actually one of the museum's talented and entertaining Templeton Players. Tours will take place on Friday and Saturday at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm with a cost of $2.00 plus regular museum admission.For more information, visit


For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547­1472 / E­mail:

About Fenimore Art Museum
The Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake ­­ James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass Lake” ­­ in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide­-ranging collection ofAmerican art including: folk art; important American 18th­ and 19th­century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; an extensive collection of domestic artifacts; more than 125,000 historical photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 800 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Founded in 1945, the Fenimore Art Museum is NYSHA’s showcase museum.


  1. Wow! As a northerner transplanted to the Redneck Riviera (where the local idea of "culture" includes crawfish eating contests and mullet-tosses across the state line), I am envious of so many opportunities in your neck of the woods. Tell me, do you live near Yaddo? Is it still a viable "enterprise"? Have you ever considered being a writer-in-residence there? Now, with all of that out of the way, there is this: Have a wonderful November -- and a great Thanksgiving. And watch out for snow and ice on those roads (i.e., something I do not miss from my northern days).

    1. Oh, there are plenty of silly contests up this way too!

      I'm about 75 minutes from Yaddo, I think... I stayed there for six weeks in '07 and wrote the draft of a book that's coming out next year. (It really precedes Glimmerglass, but I held on to it longer.) Not planning to do that sort of thing again while I have children at home.

      Thanks! You have a great one as well. My birthday is often on the Day, but not this year, so I'll get several feasts. I'm looking forward to January, when there are no commitments, or not many. It's a bit hopeless to plan events for that month, so I can use it to catch up, or do personal travel, or something...

      The sky is pouring snow here at the moment. I hope it has a mind to stop soon.

  2. Wow, you're getting a lot of good reviews and cake! Why would anyone not want to be a novelist? I hope Glimmerglass does well for you and Mercer!

    No snow here, but we awoke to heavy frost and frozen birdbaths.

    1. Whew, I just arrived home from a college visit with my youngest. Night-time blizzardish conditions, ugh! And a very long day.

      Cake was quite tasty... Thank you!

  3. Wow, you really are keeping busy with promotions! Wish your book all success - can't wait to get it when it is available up north!

    Sorry to hear about the wintry weather in your part of the world! After some rather early stormy rains and high winds, we've been enjoying clear sunny days and frosty nights. Soon we'll be back to rain though. Some of the ski hills are making snow to get a head start on the season.

    1. Thanks, Marja-Leena! I don't know how busy I am with the book--it feels like less than the arduous business of college applications and visits...

      I am not enjoying the start of winter. Am trying to get into the spirit of the Great Cold, but it's not working so far. I seem colder than ever this year. Just turned up the heat, as it had fallen down to 60. Brrr. I am never going to make a proper faux-Yankee.

  4. I could not survive there. My thermostat is at 78 during the day and 75 at night.

    1. Well, I just keep putting on layers and turn up the heat. And then I start a fire in the fireplace if I cannot get warm. But it's not a great climate for a southerner...


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.