Events and Programs
Author Reading and Book Signing
February 23, 2016
In partnership with The Hyde and The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, W.B. Belcher presents Lay Down Your Weary Tune.
7 pm at The Hyde Collection
author William Belcher’s debut novel has received early praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.
Set along the Batten Kill, Lay Down Your
Weary Tune is about a ghostwriter for a reclusive, mercurial folk music
icon. Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, and Washington County are all players in
the story, which Matthew Quick (New York
Times bestselling author of The
Silver Linings Playbook) calls “a heartening, timeless, and stirring song
for the ‘perfectly broken.’ Beautifully thrown back. Openhanded. True.” Belcher,
who serves as The Hyde’s director of external affairs, will read a few passages
and discuss the book’s local connections.
"[A] richly textured novel about folk
music...Belcher brings the folk music scene to life, but best of all is his
ability to craft a cast of memorable characters."—Publisher's
"Appealing...Mingling elements from both literature and the blues, Belcher has crafted a memorable tale about how the masks and myths we create can become prisons that ultimately disconnect us from ourselves."—Library Journal
"This story will pluck countless heartstrings."—Booklist
“W.B. Belcher's debut novel evokes the legend and timelessness of a true folk song. In the town of Galesville he weaves together a carefully crafted, mysterious, and epic world of characters whose stories will keep you guessing until the very end. A folkloric treasure trove and a great read.” —Jocelyn Arem, author of Caffe Lena: Inside America's Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse
A signing will follow in the Rotunda Gallery.