The Hudson Valley YA Society

  Founded in 2010 by Jennifer Laughran & Suzanna Hermans, The Hudson Valley YA Society is a monthly author event series at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, NY. The HVYAS brings the best and brightest YA authors to the Hudson Valley in a memorable and fun, party-like, "literary salon" atmosphere, with refreshments, conversation, and giveaways for attendees.
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Upcoming Events

Alisa Kwitney and Ashley Poston will talk about their new novels with Oblong's Nicole Brinkley

Sunday, March 25, 4pm
Oblong Rhinebeck

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In Alisa Kwitney's CADAVER & QUEEN when Elizabeth Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she’ll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. Alisa Kwitney is the author of On the Couch, Does She or Doesn't She?, The Dominant Blonde, and Till the Fat Lady Sings. Her books have been translated into Russian, German, and Japanese. A former comic book editor with DC Comics/Vertigo, Kwitney holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She lives with her family in the Hudson River Valley and New York City.


In HEART OF IRON, seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. Ashley Poston loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies. When not lost in a book, she’s lost in real life, searching for her next great adventure. She is the author of Heart of Iron and Geekerella and can be found online at




Sunday, April 29:  Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, Michelle Schusterman - THE PROS OF CONS

June 10: Marisha Pessl - NEVERWORLD WAKE



HVYAS Book of the Month


Blood Water Paint by Jody McCulloughBLOOD WATER PAINT
by Joy McCullough

Ellen Hopkins meets Ruta Sepetys in Joy McCullough's stunning debut novel Blood Water Paint. Artemisia Gentileschi is one of the most famous female painters in history—but first, she was a woman fighting for her own voice to be heard. This novel-in-verse tells the tale of her teenage years, of her stumbles into the women who would become the subjects of her most famous paintings and of the rapist who would take everything from her. Raw, unflinching, and ultimately hopeful, this is a must-read and a masterclass in telling a powerful story in few words.

- Nicole


Previous Guests

Dahlia Adler  Renee Ahdieh Samira Ahmed Becky Albertalli ● Tara Altebrando ● Laurie Halse Anderson ● Jesse Andrews ● E. Archer ● Marianna Baer ● Anna Banks ● Leigh Bardugo ● Nora Raleigh Baskin ● Holly Black ● Yelena Black ● Robin Benway ● Judy Blundell ● Gwenda Bond ● Jennifer Bosworth ● Ann Brashares ●  Libba Bray ● Meagan Brothers ● Michael Buckley ● Sarah Rees Brennan ● Jen Calonita ● Kristin Cashore ● Cecil Castellucci ● Jennifer Castle ● Sheela Chari ● Lucy Christopher ● Cassandra Clare ● Laurie Boyle Crompton Rachel Cohn ● Susane Colasanti ● Andrea Cremer ● Katie Cotugno ● Maria Dahvana Headley ● Gina Damico ● James Dashner ● Heather Demetrios ● Sarah Dessen ● Jaclyn Dolamore ● Jennifer Donnelly ● Sara Beth Durst ● Kate Ellison ● Sara Farizan ● Jean Feiwel ● Carrie Firestone ● Gayle Forman ● Mariah Fredericks ● Aimee Friedman ● Margaux Froley ● Kami Garcia ● Isabelle Gillies Anna Godbersen ● Maya Gold ● Carol Goodman ● Shawn Goodman ● Adele Griffin ● Jenny Han ● Heidi Heilig ● Deborah Heiligman ● Anne Heltzel ● Christine Heppermann Jeff Hirsch ● Ellen Hopkins ● Katherine Howe ● Anna Jarzab ● Kelly Jensen ●  Maureen Johnson ● Melissa Kantor ● Gregory Scott Katsoulis ● Stasia Ward Kehoe ● Kody Keplinger ● Kate Klimo ● Zoraida Córdova ● Dan Krokos ● Steohanie Kuehn ● Elizabeth LaBan ● Una LaMarche ● Justine Larbalestier ● Jillian Larkin ● Theo Lawrence ● Emmy Laybourne ● David Levithan ● Kelly Link ● Kim Liggett ● Sarah Darer Littman ● E. Lockhart ● Barry Lyga ● Jannifer Lynne ● Amanda Maciel ● Bennett Madison ● Jessica Martinez ● Morgan Matson ● Meghan McCafferty ● Lurlene McDaniel ● Cammie McGovern ● Amy McNamara ● Marissa Meyer ● Gretchen McNeil ● Megan Miranda ● Sarah Mlynowski ● Goldy Moldavsky ● Carley Moore ● Cristina Moracho ● Lauren Morrill ● Marieke Nijkamp ● Elizabeth Norris ● Phoebe North ● Michael Northrop ● Caragh O'Brien ● Daniel Jose Older ● Lauren Oliver ● Micol Ostow ● Danielle Paige ● Robin Palmer ● Rosanne Parry ● Joanna Philbin ● Tamora Pierce ● Rebecca Podos ● Sarah Porter ● Kim Purcell ● Lindsay Ribar  Peter Richmond Kat Rosenfield ● Jess Rothenberg ● Rainbow Rowell ● Marie Rutkoski Kimberly Sabatini ● Gavriel Savit ● Kate Scelsa ● Robyn Schneider ● Eliot Schrefer ● Gary D. Schmidt ● Tiffany Schmidt ● Victoria Schwab ● Hollis Seamon ● Ilyasah Shabazz ● Alyssa Sheinmel ● Sara Shepard ● Adam Silvera ● Alexandra Sirowy ● Andrew Smith ● Jennifer E. Smith ● Laura Stampler ● Natalie Standiford ● Maggie Stiefvater ● R.L. Stine Nova Ren Suma ● Lance Rubin ● Liz Szabla ● Robin Talley ● Sarvenaz Tash ● Laini Taylor ● Siobhan Vivian ● Len Vlahos ● Tommy Wallach ● Robin Wasserman ● Scott Westerfeld ● Alecia Whittaker ● Meg Wolitzer ● Michelle Zink ● Ibi Zoboi