Every year we bring the discards and donations out and onto the porch for our library fundraiser. This year, due to COVID-19 we ask people to observe social distancing and mask-wearing and place donations in the library Book Return!
As we approach the New Year, reading challenges are popping up all over, so we’ve devised one for library patrons! Pick up your challenge sheet at the library any time during 2020 and, for every 10 reading prompts you respond to, you’ll get to enter another chance in a drawing for the end of the year. Read 10 books, you’ll have 1 chance, for 20 books you’ll get 2 chances, 30 books equals 3 chances and so on.
Maybe one challenge isn’t enough for you! If so, hop over to A Book Worm’s Musing for a 20 in 2020 Challenge. Or pop over to Ginger Mom for an A to Z Challenge. Ginger Mom also has a Picture Book Challenge, and if those still don’t satisfy, here’s a list featuring a larger selection of reading challenges–something for everyone!
Meet 3 amazingly talented local authors: Alice Lichtenstein, Deborah Blake, and Dennis Fowler to learn about their processes and paths to publication. You’ll also be able to buy their books and get them signed in time for holiday gift giving! Come support local talent!
In 1972 Dennis Fowler was out of work, and, with a pregnant wife and a fierce need for money, began to write. With wife Peggy at his side, he launched a writing career that has lasted more than forty years, utilizing several pseudonyms and jumping through the genres. His earliest works paid him between $500 and $750, and though it might not sound like much today, it kept the family fed. He wrote a Gothic for Berkeley and romances for Jove. Suffering from writer’s block he jumped genres and wrote articles for Computer Shopper and other magazines–some paying a dollar a word, and it, as Dennis puts it, “feathered our nest nicely.”
The shifting markets focused more on technology and webpages and, now retired, says, “I still write. If I’m not writing I’m not breathing. But I have no illusions of making a living at it. I’m living off our IRAs. My most recent effort is Earth’s Song, self-published through Lulu, 90,000 words, available at The Green Toad in downtown Oneonta, as well as online from the printer, Lulu, as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. A sequel is planned.”
Dennis also suggests, having seen the changes in the writing marketplace, “If you want to be a writer today, don’t quit your day job.”
Dennis Fowler will be one of three local authors on our Author Panel on November 16th. Earth’s Song is his debut young adult novel. The panel will include time to ask authors questions, and opportunities to buy their books and have them signed.
Author and Hartwick professor Alice Lichtenstein will join us on Saturday, November 16th for our Local Author’s Panel (running from 1pm-3pm). For those wondering about ripped-from-the-headlines writing, Alice’s current work is influenced by an event that hit the region’s news several years ago. Perhaps you’ll remember it…
Here are some glowing endorsements for Alice’s most recent novel:
During the brilliant and explosive opening pages of Alice Lichtenstein’s The Crime of Being, bullets fly. Thanks to one teenager’s violent and racist act, the minds and hearts of people in a small Upstate New York community are forever fractured and divided. Alice Lichtenstein delves deep into the viewpoints of an astonishing range of characters, presenting the disparate voices of victim and perpetrator, and those who surround them. It’s a feat of extraordinary writing, all mounting toward a terrifically tense final confrontation. A tour de force of unsparing insight and empathy.
–Adrienne McDonnell, author of The Doctor and the Diva
“The Crime of Being” is a fast-paced,
urgent story of how we live now.
Alice Lichtenstein tells some hard truths with
poise, wisdom, and compassion.
–Hilma Wolitzer, The Doctor’s Daughter
Join us for this wonderful event and consider taking home one of the stunning books that will be available for sale!
Author Deborah Blake joins us for our Author’s Panel November 16 from 1pm-3pm.
Here’s a bit about one of Deb’s most recent books, Wickedly Unraveled:
“Another resounding hit.
The characters, the story-line,
everything about this book
keeps me wanting more.“
“…an absolutely awesome story.“
Barbara Yager is used to traveling alone as she tends to her duties as a Baba Yaga. She sometimes brings Babs, the adopted daughter she is training, but her sheriff husband stays behind.
This trip, though, she has made an exception. After all, the task seems so simple, and shouldn’t take long to accomplish. When it is done, the three of them can indulge in a long-overdue family vacation. What could it hurt? Quite a lot, as it turns out. What Barbara thought was a minor problem ends in a violent magical confrontation she never expected. The resulting backlash sends them all into a warped timeline where Barbara and Liam never got together, and only Barbara and nine-year-old Babs remember the truth. Liam is still trapped in his grief and all the good they’ve done together in the past few years has come undone.
Even worse, her Baba Yaga sisters, Beka and Bella, don’t believe her, and the wicked Brenna is still out there, planning who knows what kind of mischief. The children stolen by the rusalka Maya are trapped in the Otherworld and she is loose in this one and up to no good. It is up to Barbara, Babs, and their faithful dragon-dog companion Chudo-Yudo to knit together the unraveled timeline and make things right again, before it is too late and Barbara loses her one true love forever.
In a completely different vein, Deb also writes nonfiction about witchcraft and magick, including The Little Book of Cat Magic and The Witch’s Broom.
A bit about The Little Book of Cat Magic:
Learn about cats throughout history as well as the myths, folklore, and deities associated with them. Explore spells for living with cats, improving their health, and saying goodbye when their nine lives have run their course. You’ll also enjoy crafts and divination techniques involving cats as well as paw-some advice from Deborah Blake’s extraordinary familiar, Magic the Cat.
A bit about The Witch’s Broom:
Take a magickal flight into the history, tradition, and modern uses of broomsticks. Whether sweeping the floors or helping with spells, rituals, and crafts, the broom is a more versatile tool than you ever imagined.
Join Deborah Blake on a journey through the ages, exploring why broomsticks and witches have always been an inseparable pair. Enjoy broom lore, insights from well-known witchy authors, and instructions for buying or making your own for special occasions. From besoms to broomcorn, The Witch’s Broom is the perfect guide for adding a new facet to your magickal practice. Have a nice flight!
Our panel runs from 1pm-3pm and includes time for questions, and for you to buy books from your favorite local authors and have them signed!
We are very pleased to announce that author Alice Lichtenstein will be attending our Author Panel on Saturday November 16!
Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and received her MFA from Boston University where she was named the BU Fellow in Fiction. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony.
Her first novel, The Genius of the World (Zoland Books, 2000), a Booksense 76 selection in paperback fiction, received favorable reviews, most notably in The New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio. Lost (Scribner, 2010) received rave reviews, including: The Boston Globe, The St.-Louis Dispatch, The Buffalo News and Good Housekeeping. People Magazine touted Lost as a “Great Read”; Alan Cheuse, reviewing for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” called Lost, “a novel that delivers much reading pleasure.” Lost appeared in audio-book and e-book formats and was translated into Chinese among several other languages. In 2011, Lost was a long-list Finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
The Crime of Being, Alice’s third novel, is forthcoming from Upper Hand Press in November, 2019. Pre-publication reviews have called The Crime of Being, “a story for our divided times.”
In 2012, Lichtenstein received the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant Award for Fiction based on a submission from The Crime of Being.
Additionally, Lichtenstein’s short stories have appeared in several literary journals, including: Revision (Narrative Magazine Winter 2018 Story Finalist and “Story of the Week”); Dead Friends, Post Road (Winter, 2010) and White Ladies, Short Story (Spring, 2010). The above stories were nominated for Pushcart Prize Awards.
Alice lives in Oneonta, New York, where she teaches fiction-writing at Hartwick College, and in Surry, Maine.
The panel on the 16th will run from 1-3pm and will include a book sale and book signing, so you can do some holiday shopping that supports our local artists!
If you’d like to look at (or order) one (or all) of Alice’s books, here are the links for you to investigate!
November 16 from 1pm-3pm we’re hosting an author panel, book sale, and book signing and Deborah Blake will be there!
Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga Series from Berkley (Wickedly Dangerous, Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Powerful), the Broken Rider Series, and has published eleven books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide.
When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.
Deb will have select copies of her books available for sale (and she’ll sign them on the spot so you can take care of some holiday shopping, too),
but, if you’d like to preview her books or buy them ahead of time, or follow her online, here are some links!
To check out the books online, click one of these:
To find her online and learn about her process, Patreon, and publications, you can click on any of these links:
Story Time is a fun bonanza of singing, fun, books, and a craft that’s related to the book being read. Come enjoy a highly interactive and enjoyable time in our Sun Room!
If you’ve read Mira T. Lee’s book “Everything Here is Beautiful” and let the library staff know you’ll be attending (988-6661), you are certainly invited to join in on a discussion of the book and have some food that’s related to the story. Come join us for book discussions that never fail to be interesting!