Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Special Event: Chronicle Book Fair Nov. 1 in Glens Falls

The largest book fair in the Adirondack North Country region – the 14th Annual Chronicle Book Fair – will be held this weekend, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls. It promises to be another successful event, with wall-to-wall authors and booksellers (about 120 vendors) ready to sell visitors and residents stacks of reading material for the winter or bags full of Christmas gifts.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Chronicle Book Fair this year as I will be working on a layout project for the local newspaper (deadline is looming for the annual Winter Guide). I have been selling my books at the book fair for the past several years, and I will miss the camaraderie of my fellow authors and the hospitality of the hosts, Chronicle Arts Editor Cathy DeDe and Editor Mark Frost.

In any case, I hope you are able to get to the Queensbury Hotel Sunday. The first floor will be packed with authors, and the best thing about this event, for visitors, is that admission is free. That in itself is admirable and something that should not be overlooked since authors give presentations all day long: readings, book signings, children’s activities, demonstrations, slide-illustrated talks. It’s free entertainment, a great opportunity to bring the kids along and open their eyes to the world of Adirondack literature: children’s books, regional history, travel books, Adirondack titles, hiking guides, photography, poetry, mystery and detective novels, science fiction, cook books, antique and used books. This is an event that has a conference feel to it, in a comfortable way, and gives readers complete access to their favorite local authors.

The headline author this year is John F. Ross, author of the ground-breaking new book “War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America’s First Frontier.” Ross will speak at 1 p.m. in the Warren Room of the Queensbury Hotel, and he will be available all day to sign books.

Some of the authors who have signed up for presentations include photographers Carl Heilman II, Mark Bowie and Paul Gibaldi. Authors will include: “Dr. Dan” O’Keeffe, Glens Falls physician; Gail Fraser, author of the hugely popular Lumby series of mysteries; Teri Gay, who wrote a new history of the Suffrage movement in the North Country; children’s author-illustrators Sheri Amsel, Bruce Hiscock, Tatine Rehm, Frieda Toth, Marika McCoola and Marlene Newman; and Bill Gates, with his numerous histories of Bolton Landing and Lake George.

The full program and schedule of events will be printed in the Oct. 29 issue of The Chronicle For more information, call (518) 792-1126.

(Thanks to Cathy DeDe for providing the above information.)

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