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!
This Saturday–November 16th–from 1pm-3pm we are hosting a great panel of local authors!
We’ll have Alice Lichtenstein (The Genius of the World, Lost, and The Crime of Being), Deborah Blake (The Baba Yaga series, The Broken Rider series, and 11 books on modern witchcraft), and Dennis Fowler (Earth’s Song).
Audience members will be able to ask authors questions about the writing and publishing process and purchase books directly from the authors–and have them signed! A great event for readers, would-be writers and other creatives, and right on time for the holiday shopping season!
Deborah Blake Alice Lichtenstein Dennis Fowler
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!
Also joining our panel of authors on Saturday, November 16 will be Dennis Fowler!
A freelance writer for over 40 years, Dennis Fowler has written novels for adults and numerous articles for computer publications and short fiction on the Internet under various pen names. Earth’s Song is his debut young adult novel.
From the book:
I’ve seen the shapes of endless space,
The boundless curves of midnight lace
That cradle stars in soft embrace,
That guide the spheres and set their pace.
I’ve danced the Milky Way’s bright path,
In time with Terpsichore’s math,
I’ve braved the comets’ baleful wrath,
Climbed the joyous spectral lath.
To save civilizations a girl with an angelic voice learns to fly faster than light.
The panel will run from 1pm-3pm on Saturday the 16th and there will be time for you to buy books that interest you and have them signed by the authors–a great opportunity to support local talent! If you’d like to check out Earth’s Song fore the event, pop over to this link:
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!
Are you ready for some exciting magic and memory tricks, and to enjoy a visit from Animal Adventure? We sure hope so because we’re winding up our Summer Reading Program with a visit from The Amazing Great AND some of the curious creatures from Animal Adventure. We’ll have games in the backyard, stargazing, and popcorn, so bring the family! And, if you participated in our Summer Reading Program make sure and turn in your Intergalactic Passport by noon on Saturday the 10th so Shannon can tally your points and award you prizes. We have so many prizes this year that EVERYONE who participated can win at least a couple cool things! The fun starts at 6pm, so make sure you’re ready to join us!
Join our lively and well-informed Coffee Klatsch crew for some morning caffeination and conversation!
Bring your project and join us for conversation and crafting!
Bring your project and join us for conversation and crafting!