Events + Chatter about the Book


“Dalton brings culture to life in first book”
April 23, 2009, Times Union, Albany, NY
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“Columnist publishes greatest hits collection.”
March 14, 2009 The Post-Star, Glens Falls
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“Since 2002, Dalton has covered a free-range cultural beat for Albany’s Times Union. He offers dozens of lively, inspiring profiles of musicians, visual artists, and other luminaries, including filmmakers Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, composer Pauline Oliveros, author William Kennedy, puppeteer Basil Twist, and New York City Ballet director Peter Martins.”
– Nina Shengold, Chronogram, February 2009

“Dalton is an enthusiastic, astute follower of the region’s arts, and a wonderful writer as well. His first book, Artists & Activists: Making Culture in New York’s Capital Region (2008 The Troy Book Makers) is a collection of his profiles and encounters with this regions’ painters, composers, dancers and filmmakers, as published in Times Union and numerous other periodicals. If you’re reading this column, there’s a good chance that Dalton wrote about some performance or opening that you attended nearby, so you’ll want to own a copy.”
– Judith White, “Classical Notes,” The Saratogian, Sunday, January 18, 2009


“Glad you’re putting good writing to a second purpose. I feel so bad sometimes when I throw the newspaper out, all those words and hours!”
– Harold Lohner

“Love my copy and have bought two as gifts.”
– Judith Barnes

“Congratulations! The cover looks beautiful and I love the title. Thank you for your amazing contribution to the cultural life in the Capital Region.”
– Helen Cha-Pyo

“Happy to have your book. Feedback from recipients about your entire opus has been very positive.”
– Joseph Fennimore

“I have loved every chapter!”
– Gary

“Thank you earnestly for inclusion of the essay on me in your delightful and very informative book. People seem to look at me a little differently now, though maybe it is my imagination. It is in this sort of initiative that a journalist can have a strong and lasting influence for good in the community. You have given a lot of people great benefit with your collection.”
– William Carragan

“Your book is fun and interesting to read since I know many of the characters covered. Like a book of short stories, it lends itself to reading an entire section about one subject and then one can easily take a break and pick it up again when time permits.  I am enjoying it tremendously!
– Ursula

“I gave a copy of your book to a friend and she was just thrilled!”
– Lynn

“The book is a fun read.”
– Jim de Seve

“We have your beautiful book.  I knew a lot was going in the area but its good to know who is involved.”
– Gerald and Bob

“I finally got a copy of your book. It’s wonderful!”
– Michael Weidrich

“I got home I stayed up later than I had planned, reading just one more section.”
– Dawn

“I read with special interest your profiles on underground artists who are transforming neighborhoods from the ground up. I think it’s true that a lot of this activity is not visible on the surface (unlike performances at SPAC, Troy Savings, Palace, Proctor’s) and I appreciate your pointing out that the energy and commitment is there.”
– Masako

“Your book is WONDERFUL. Rich content of course, but I love the easy writing style.”
– Tom

“I found your book interesting and your writing style impeccable… For those in the area and in the artworld, this is a must read.”
– Laura

“I read a good chunk of your book this afternoon and LOVED it. You have a real gift for that sort of writing.
– Nicolas Shumway



Thursday, April 23, 2009, 7-8 p.m. Albany Public Library

  • A talk, reading and book signing. Presented by the Friends of the Albany Public Library in honor of National Library Month.

Wednesday, March 18  William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie

  • Taping a segment of “Meet the Author” for repeated broadcast on local public access channel.

Friday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. WAMC Northeast Public Radio

  • The hosts of the morning talk show “The Round Table” will be turning the tables on me – for a change I will be the subject of an interview.
  • Listen to the interview here (it’s only 7 minutes)

Friday, February 20, 6-7:30 p.m. Open Door Bookstore, 128 Jay Street, Schenectady

  • Book signing as part of Art Night Schenectady.

Sunday, February 15, 3 p.m. Memorial Chapel, Union College, Schenectady

  • Book signing during intermission and after the concert of Wu Han-Philip Setzer-David Finckel (performing the Schubert trios). Books will be available at a discounted rate ($15) and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Union College Concert Series.

Sunday, February 15, 12:30 p.m. “Homo Radio” WRPI-FM

  • Interview with Dr. Ray Werking.

Saturday December 12, 2008 Noon-1:30 p.m. Market Block Books, Troy

  • Book launch and signing.