MBB: Paul Smart signs and discusses Overlook and With Different Eyes on Saturday, June 15th at noon.

Former Capitol Region resident Paul Smart returns to his old stomping grounds to sign Overlook and With Different Eyes at 12pm, Saturday, June 15

Overlook by Paul Smart


An exploration of musical legacy, Overlook: A Rock and Roll Fable delves into the mysteries of intuitive talent and creation. It is a dance between art and appreciation, between star and fan. It is a chronicle of the last journey of a fictionalized incarnation of the great singer Richard Manuel, of The Band, as he travels back to his adopted home of Woodstock. There he encounters Klokko, a lone mountain man, who is himself searching for meaning beyond the music that he has always turned to. The novel moves through landscapes redolent of mid-1980s America, and deep into the effect of rock and roll on our collective soul. It's about coming to terms with ourselves.


With Different Eyes


With Different Eyes began as as a series of newspaper stories in the late winter of 2020 when the coronavirus began to spread. The author Paul Smart, a veteran Hudson Valley journalist of 30-plus years, reported on the unfolding pandemic. A temporary lockdown, New York on Pause, workers sent home. Schools closed & playgrounds taped off. Vicious politics and then George Floyd was murdered. Protests spread, met by an increasingly belligerent institutional response. Violence spiraled as Trump doubled down on his bid for reelection. Through it all, Smart looks deep into his own bereavement for recently-passed parents, even as the lockdown seemed to offer refuge as well as the hope for real change—an epochal forbearance. In turn, Richard Kroehling, filmmaker, installation artist, and the co-maker of With Different Eyes, started painting, playing with images. He dove into his own stew of loss, regret, and undiminished hopes, even as the national angst deepened his visual take. He shared his evolving imagescape with his longtime friend, who was simultaneously sharing his blog entries. Thus this book arose out of friendship, which proves the glue that makes this work cohere in spite of all.



About the Author

Paul Smart worked as a community journalist in the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions of the United States for 30-plus years. He has authored several books, started a couple of radio stations, and is now living in Guanajuato, Mexico. Richard Kroehling is a multidisciplinary artist, painter, and film director. Kroehling’s film work includes dramatic features, non-fiction, video art, poetry, and installation art. Richard’s works have been exhibited at film festivals, art museums, and galleries around the world.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
Market Block Books
290 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
With Different Eyes: A Covid Waltz in Words & Images (Mountains & Rivers) By Paul Smart, Richard Kroehling (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Paul Smart, Richard Kroehling (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781581772180
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Published: Station Hill Press - September 20th, 2022

Overlook: A Rock and Roll Fable By Paul Smart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733746496
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Published: Recital Publishing - October 1st, 2023

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