The Bookstore Plus is pleased to invite you to our Summer Authors Event!
FIVE authors will be joining us at The Bookstore Plus for a multiple author signing event. Come meet and mingle with regionally and nationally published authors! Support your local authors by buying their book and having them personalize your copy.
Rick Henry, Letters:
In “Letters”, a novel set in 1855, Dr. James Grey gets called away to an emergency in the middle of the night, unaware at the time that he will remain on the road, and away from his wife, for the next seven weeks. The novel details his life on the road and communications between him and his wife Sadie. The letters share Grey’s concerns with his patients, gossip, politics, and adventure. Many of the letters address ordinary household concerns—the purchase of a new pair of boots, the health of a horse and Grey’s favorite spoon gone missing. Midst the ordinary, there are the extraordinary stories of babies stolen, a runaway slave, a hidden pregnancy and a fake birth.
About the Author:
In addition to “Letters” and “Lucy’s Eggs,” Henry has published a recent collection of prose poems, “Then,” two novellas, “Chant” and “Sidewalk Portrait: Fifty-fourth Floor and Falling,” and “Snow Fleas.” Henry has been a Professor of English at SUNY Potsdam since 1997 where he teaches literature, linguistics, writing, and he directs the B.F.A. in Creative writing program. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, M.F.A. in Fiction from Bowling Green State University and his B.A. from St. Lawrence University. For more information about his work, visit: www.rickhenry.net.
Barb Delaney, Follansbee Pond Secrets
On an August day in 1858, Myrna Duffney, hunting guide and schoolmarm, leads an expedition of famous Boston intellectuals to an encampment on Follansbee Pond in the Adirondacks, later dubbed the ‘Philosophers Camp.’ The story follows Myrna’s exploits and adventures from North Elba to Boston.
Along the way, she crosses paths with abolitionists, suffragists and a motley assortment of other characters. There is an explosion of deep discovery, wild intrigue and passionate love relationships in the air, with Myrna in the thick of it.
"Barbara’s Delaney’s Follansbee Pond Secrets is a smashing good read, a story chocked with a swirl of well- known historical figures and momentous events affecting the mid-19th century Adirondacks, notably the famous Philosophers’ Camp at Follensby Pond in 1858, seen through the coming of age eyes of a young backcountry woman, a crack shot with a sharp mind. A terrific blend of solid history and a rollicking adventure.’’
—Fred LeBrun, Albany Times Union
"Barbara Delaney’s newest tale invites us to share in the moving story of a young woman living in a rugged mountain community at the edge of the Adirondack wilderness. Myrna Duffney’s coming of age takes place in the twilight of America’s sad experience with human slavery.
Delaney’s story is an intriguing story within a story. Her details of the customs and tradition of the hardscrabble lifestyle of the Adirondacks go well beyond just the tale of a bygone generation."
—Jack McEneny, historian, author and former state assemblyman
About The Author:
Barbara Delaney has authored two Adirondack novels Follansbee Pond Secrets and Finding Griffin (Troy Bookmaker, 2018 and 2012). Delaney has also written a range of articles for magazines such as, Mohawk Valley Heritage, Adirondack Sports and Fitness and North Eastern Caver.
Xu Xi, The Fish is Fowl
In This Fish Is Fowl Xu Xi offers the transnational and feminist perspective of a contemporary ”glocalized” American life. Xu’s quirky, darkly comic, and obsessively personal essays emerge from her diverse professional career as a writer, business executive, entrepreneur, and educator. From her origins in Hong Kong as an Indonesian of Chinese descent to her U.S. citizenship and multiple countries of residence, she writes her way around the globe.
Caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s in Hong Kong becomes the rhythmic accompaniment to an enforced, long-term, long-distance relationship with her partner and home in New York. In between Xu reflects on all her selves, which are defined by those myriad monikers of existence. As an author who began life as a novelist and fiction writer, she also considers the nature of genre, which snakes its way through these essays. In her linguistic trip across the comic tragedy that is globalism, she wonders about the mystery of humanity and the future of our world at this complicated and precarious moment in human existence.
This Fish Is Fowl is a twenty-first-century blend of the essayist traditions of both West and East. Xu’s acerbic, deft prose shows her to be a descendant of both Michel de Montaigne and Lu Xun, with influences from stepparent Jonathan Swift.
About The Author:
Xu Xi is faculty co-director of the international MFA program in creative writing and literary translation at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and co-founder of Authors at Large. She is the author of numerous books, including the novels That Man in Our Lives and The Unwalled City and the memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City.
Nell Painter, Old In Art School
Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school—in her sixties—to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived.
How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, “You will never be an artist”? Who defines what “An Artist” is and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference?
Old in Art School is Nell Painter’s ongoing exploration of those crucial questions. Bringing to bear incisive insights from two careers, Painter weaves a frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art.
About The Author:
NELL IRVIN PAINTER is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. Her acclaimed works of history include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth, and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People, which have received widespread attention for their insights into how we have historically viewed and translated ideas of gender, value, hierarchy, and race. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her visual artwork has been shown at numerous galleries and in many collections, including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Gallery Aferro. She lives in Newark, New Jersey and the Adirondacks.
Russell Dunn, Boulder's Beyond Belief
In Boulders Beyond Belief, Russell Dunn takes you on an incredible journey across the Northern, Central and Southern Adirondacks to seek out mammoth glacial erratics, balanced rocks, perched rocks, historic rocks, painted rocks, split rocks, sculpted rocks, rock profiles, talus rocks, potholes, sinkholes, chasms, tectonic caves, shelter caves, ice caves, and fissures — all as hiking destinations of unbelievable beauty and wonder.
Russell Dunn is a former New York State licensed hiking guide. He has written many hiking and history guides for New York, the Berkshires, and Vermont.