Many local authors will be highlighted at Hoag Library in November
Hub editor kicks off the series on Nov. 4; Bill Lattin debuts new book on Nov. 5
ALBION – Hoag Library will celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November by welcoming 10 local authors for presentations about their books.
Orleans Hub editor Tom Rivers kicks off the local author series at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4 with a discussion about his two books, Farm Hands: Hard Work and Hard Lessons from Western New York Fields (published in 2010) and All Ears: A decade of listening and learning from small-town Western New Yorkers (published in 2013).
Farm Hands is based on Rivers’ experiences working at local farms in 2008. He wrote a series of news articles that are the basis of the book. All Ears includes about 100 of his favorite newspaper columns over 10 years when Rivers was a reporter at The Daily News in Batavia.
Other authors in the series include:
• Delia Robinson (Tea with Dee), November 5, Noon. Robinson, a former Gaines town historian, wrote Historical Amnesia, which highlights contributions of women in Orleans County.
• Bill Lattin, retired Orleans County historian, will share his newest book called Trivial Tales, at 1 p.m. on Nov. 5.
• Melissa Ostrom, author of Unleaving and The Beloved Wild, will give a talk and book signing at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9.
• Hollis Ricci-Canham will be featured at noon and 6 p.m. on Nov. 11. In 2016 she completed a book on local farmers, a two-year effort that culminated in 300 pages after interviewing 150 farmers. Mom & Pop Farming in Orleans County, New York – The past brought to life includes about 400 photographs and includes reminisces about simple days with lots of hard work.
• Stryker Ostafew will do a special storytime and craft at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16. He is the author of the children’s series Bennington & Valentina.
• Eric Weatherbee, also known as “The Humble Bard,” will share his poems and writings at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16.
• George Rollie Adams, president and CEO emeritus of Strong National Museum of Play, wrote the book, South of Little Rock, a novel about race, family and small town life in the South in the 1950s. Adams will be at Hoag Library at 6 p.m. on Nov. 19.
• Mike McLean, children’s book author, will be featured 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 21.
• Kevin Pawlak, an Albion native, has written several books on the Civil War. At noon on Nov. 30, he will discuss his most recent book, Antietam National Battlefield, in the Postcards of America series.