Literary Death March returns to The Mount for The Berkshires, Ep. 2! Rural Intelligence named LDM’s first appearance at The Mount one of the most memorable parties of 2013 – don’t miss the literary fun this time around!
*Literary Merit: Paul La Farge, California Book Award-winning author of The Artist of the Missing and Luminous Airplanes
*Performance: Jenny Zigrino, comedian nominated for Boston’s Best & featured on IFC’s Young, Broke, and Beautiful
*Intangibles: Sue Smith, comedian voted one of the 10 Funniest Women in NYC (TimeOut New York)
*Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You & humor columnist for Electric Lit
*Ron Currie, Jr., author of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and Everything Matters!
*Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection & winner of the Crawford Award and Dashiell Hammett Prize
*Arda Collins, author of a collection of poems, It is Daylight (2009), which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize
Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga
About Literary Death March
Each episode of this competitive, humor-centric reading series features a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before an audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, performance and intangibles — take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary about each story, then select their favorite to advance to the finals.
The two finalists then compete in the Literary Death Match finale, which trades in the show’s literary sensibility for a comical climax to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.
It may sound like a circus — and that’s half the point. Literary Death Match is passionate about inspecting new and innovative ways to present text off the page, and the most fascinating part about the LDM is how seriously attentive the audience is during each reading. We’ve called this the great literary ruse: an audacious and inviting title, a harebrained finale, but in-between the judging creates a relationship with the viewer as a judge themselves.
Join us from 2:00 to 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 26 as we honor the local students who participated in The Mount’s Edith Wharton Writing Competition.
This event is free and open to the public, all writing competition participants and winners, and their family and friends. A reception will follow.
Formal invitations will be sent to all writing competition entrants. At the Awards Ceremony, formal awards will be presented and winning entrants will read their work aloud. Following the readings, guests are invited to linger on the Terrace and enjoy light refreshments, or explore the house and grounds.
Close Encounters with Music presents Conversations With… intimate and stimulating
conversations about music and ideas! On May 3, American composer and writer Phil Kline will present a composer’s field guide to the most defining works of the 20th and 21st centuries— what endures and what’s changing in classical music.
Phil Kline founded The Del-Byzanteens in the 1980s with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and painter/filmmaker James Nares, and collaborated with photographer Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to her Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Many of his works are moving sound sculptures that include multiple boomboxes, the most famous of which is Unsilent Night. Following a debut performance in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1992, annual December performances have spread to cities across the U.S,Canada and Australia.
Kline’s compositions have been performed at Lincoln Center, BAM, and London’s Barbican Centre and he hosts a radio show on WQXR/Q2 in New York. His CD Zippo Songs, a song cycle based on poems that American GIs inscribed on their cigarette lighters in Vietnam, was named “Best of the Year” by The New York Times, Newsday, Time Out, and Gramophone.
Snowden Wright, the current Stone Court writer-in-residence, will conclude his residency with a reading from his work on The Mount’s Terrace. Wright was chosen to bring a southern voice to the region and has spent the Spring 2015 semester in Stockbridge writing and teaching a creative writing workshop at the Berkshire Waldorf High School.
Wright hails from Oxford, Mississippi. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. His nonfiction work has been published at Salon, TheAtlantic.com, Nerve, The Morning News, Freerange Nonfiction, Thought Catalog, The Good Men Project, Esquire.com, Bookslut, The Millions, and the New York Daily News. His fiction has been published at Dark Sky, The Rumpus, TheLMagazine.com, Emprise Review, elimae, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Wright was the 2012 recipient of the Summer Literary Seminar’s Graywolf Prize for best novel excerpt.
Click here to learn more about the Stone Court residency.
This program is co-sponsored by the Berkshire Waldorf High School, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Stockbridge Library, and The Mount.
Kate Bolick’s Awakening at The Mount:
A Reading and Reception to Celebrate
Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own
Come celebrate the release of journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick’s debut book. Spinster looks at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single, and introduces a cast of pioneering women writers (including Edith!) whose genius and flair have emboldened Bolick to fashion life on her own terms.
The Mount is hosting an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and conversation about what it means to live independently. Kate will read from Spinster, and a book signing will follow the reading.
“In Spinster, her wise and subtle memoir, Kate Bolick explores that freighted term—and the often-maligned woman to whom it is attached—and deftly, persuasively reclaims it. In telling the stories of her literary ‘awakeners’—five vividly-conjured women who escaped the conventional ties of marriage and family—and in elegantly weaving cultural history into her own personal progress to maturity, Bolick shows by argument and example that the single life is not a predicament to be escaped, but a distinctive, demanding, rewarding form of freedom. I wish I could give this book to my thirty-year-old self; she would have taken heart and inspiration from Bolick’s bold and intelligent self-examination—not necessarily to follow her path, but to be tenderly reminded of this simple but easily neglected truth: that there is another way to want to be.”
—Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch
Kate Bolick is a contributing editor for The Atlantic. Her articles, essays, and criticism appear regularly in Elle, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, and Vogue, among other publications. Previously, she was executive editor of Domino, and a columnist for The Boston Globe Ideas Section. Her first book, SPINSTER: Making a Life of One’s Own, will be published by Crown in April 2015.
The Mount will re-open for the 2015 season on May 16, 2015. The buildings and gardens will once again be open to the public on a daily basis.
Photos by John Seakwood.
For ticketing and tour information, click here.
What drew Edith Wharton to Paris? In her own words: “In Paris, I could see people who shared my tastes.”
Wharton spent the last twenty-five years of her life in Paris and Southern France, absorbing and contributing to the artistic atmosphere of the Belle Époque. There, in the European capital of culture, she wrote in the company of Henry James, Giovanni Boldini, Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and many other writers, artists, and students from across the continent and North America.
This lecture by Michael Cassin, director of The Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will look at works by a number of these artists, some of whom are represented in The Clark’s permanent collection, and it will also include previews of The Clark’s forthcoming exhibition Van Gogh and Nature. A reception and open house will follow the lecture.
Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your seat(s), please call Lindsay Codwise at 413-551-5112.
Presented in partnership with The Clark Art Institute.
Have you lived in the Berkshires your whole life and never visited The Mount? Or are you a new teacher in the area and looking to explore the region? We invite all educators to get to know us on May 21! Learn about field trip opportunities, lesson tie-ins, youth programs, and other educational resources The Mount has to offer.
We want to hear from you, too! How can The Mount best meet your needs and support the wonderful work you’re already doing?
Formal and informal K-16 educators of all stripes are welcome. The Main House and formal gardens will be open for exploration, and Mount educators will be on hand for casual conversation. Refreshments will be provided.
Celebrate the release of the 150th anniversary audiobook edition of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, narrated by Alison Larkin with a cup of tea, scrumptious sweets, children’s activities, and a reading! The Mount’s formal gardens will come alive with the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s childhood classic – party guests can play croquet on the grass terraces and eat petit fours in the pergola. Costumes are encouraged!
Wharton’s own battered copy of Alice in Wonderland is housed in The Mount’s Library.
Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
Presented in partnership with Berkshire Family Focus.
SculptureNow at The Mount: June 1 – October 31, 2015
The Mount, in partnership with SculptureNow, is pleased to present 28x26x50, an exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculptures, featuring 28 pieces by 26 nationally acclaimed artists on 50 acres of beautiful, historic land.
Join us for a free guided tour of the exhibit beginning at 11:30 am on the following days:
For additional information about SculptureNow, please visit http://sculpturenow.org/.
Du 5 juin au 28 août, chaque vendredi matin de 8h à 9h30, café et croissant, sur la terrasse pour bavarder en français. $5. Prière de réserver avant 17heures le mercredi. RSVP à firstname.lastname@example.org
Come enjoy coffee, croissants, and some French conversation on the terrace every Friday morning in June, July and August in honor of Edith Wharton’s love affair with France! Petit Dejeuner is open to all French speakers. Conversation begins at 8:00 and costs $5.
Reservations must be made the Wednesday prior at email@example.com
In a nutshell:
Every Liar Show performance is unique. A constantly changing cast of writers and comics tell four short, extremely personal stories that will make you laugh, possibly make you think, and almost certainly make you glad you don’t live with them. But listen closely, because only three of these people are telling the truth. The fourth is making it all up.
After the stories have been told, all four performers return to the stage and defend their stories while the audience rakes them over the coals with a fact-finding question and answer session, refereed by the host.
Each audience member casts a ballot and when the Liar is revealed, the perceptive geniuses who have guessed correctly walk away with a prize T-shirt amid a bitter chorus of “Congratulations, Einstein,” from the empty-handed losers.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for sale before and during the show. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.
ANDY CHRISTIE is the creator and host of The Liar Show. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, in the Thomas Beller anthology “Lost And Found: New York” and on The Moth Radio Hour and WFUV’s CityScape. His humor collection, “I Wasn’t Kidding” was published by Random House in the U.S. and the U.K.
ED GAVAGAN is one of the most popular contributors to Peabody Award winning The Moth Radio Hour and a TED Talks speaker. He tours extensively with The Moth Main Stage and is featured in their bestselling story anthology from Hyperion Books.
LESLIE GOSHKO is a Manhattan Monologue Champion and recipient of the NY Fringe Excellence Award. She is a contributor to Huffington Post and has appeared on Broadway with the cast of “Hairspray” and at the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts.
JIM O’GRADY is a contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” and a reporter and commentator for WNYC. He is author of the biographies, “Dorothy Day: With Love for the Poor” and “Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.”
The Mount and SculptureNow will fete the opening of their 2015 sculpture show featuring 26 pieces, 28 artists, exhibited over 50 acres.
Join exhibiting artists at 3:30 pm for a complete tour of the show, followed by a 5 pm reception on the Terrace.
Reservations are not required. For more information, please call 413-551-5100.
Photos by Donna DeMari
On the following days, the house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 4 pm for special events:
- Sunday, June 14
- Saturday, June 20
- Saturday, June 27
- Saturday, July 11
- Saturday, September 5
- Saturday, September 12
- Saturday, September 19
- Saturday, September 26
We regret any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding, as these special events help considerably to sustain The Mount!
Wednesday Ghost Walks
Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all! For over a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls. Take a special guided tour of the most haunted parts of the estate to find out who may still call The Mount home. You never know who–or what–might happen to show up!
The 90-minute ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas.
Two helpful hints: dress warmly and wear sensible shoes!
Advance reservations for ghost tours are required. To purchase tickets, fill in the ticket form below or call 413-551-5100. If tickets are sold out for a particular evening and you’d like to be added to a waitlist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: This spooky tour is not recommended for children under 12.