Thursday, September 9, 2010

Chronicle Book Fair set for Nov. 7 in Glens Falls

If you’ve ever attended The Chronicle Book Fair in Glens Falls, you’ll remember the warmth and hospitality of Cathy DeDe, former arts editor and current managing editor. She’s been organizing the event for many years and does an excellent job.

Calling all authors! Cathy recently sent out her annual email asking authors in the region to sign up for the book fair, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Queensbury Hotel. The book fair basically takes over the entire first floor with tables to meet the authors and buy signed books and rooms where the public can hear panel discussions and author presentations. It is free and open to the public.

The table fees this year will remain the same as last year: $25 for individual authors; $25 for booksellers/publishers/non-profits with fewer than five titles to sell; $45 for booksellers/publishers/non-profits with five or more titles; and free for non-profit groups who are not planning to sell anything at their tables. The fee must be paid by Friday, Oct. 22. The sign-up isn’t official until The Chronicle receives your table fee.

Cathy wrote: “Again last year, more than 120 authors, book sellers, publishers and non-profit groups participated in the Chronicle Book Fair. We’re expecting a good turn-out again for the anniversary year! It is possible that we will run out of space. Please don’t be left out. Be sure to get all of your sign-up forms to us as soon as possible. Please note that The Chronicle reserves the right to select the mix of authors, book sellers and other presenters we believe will best serve the local reading public.”

For more information, call (518) 792-1126 or email

Monday, September 6, 2010

Historic Saranac Lake to host Adirondack Artifact Night Sept. 14 at Saranac Laboratory

Historic Saranac Lake is inviting area residents to dig out historical artifacts from their homes and businesses and share stories behind the objects for their first-ever “Adirondack Artifact Night” on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Author Andy Flynn will moderate “Adirondack Artifact Night” starting at 7 p.m. in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory, 89 Church St. in Saranac Lake. During the first half of the program, he will present a brief “Community History Writing Workshop” and show the audience how he performs research for his award-winning Adirondack Attic History Project with the Adirondack Museum. For the second half of the program, the show-and-tell portion, audience members will be showing off their artifacts and telling stories about the objects. The program is free and open to the public.

“This is community history at its best,” Flynn said, “but Adirondack Artifact Night only works if people bring in historical objects from home. The more the merrier. Piece by piece, we’ll get an interesting and very personal snapshot of Saranac Lake history.”

Flynn’s Adirondack Artifact Night program was inspired by the Warrensburgh Historical Society, which holds similar programs throughout the year. In 2010, Flynn has presented successful Adirondack Artifact Night programs in North Creek, Wilmington and Tupper Lake.

Flynn reminds residents that Adirondack Artifact Night is set up differently from the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” in which experts appoint monetary value to antiques that guests bring in from home.

“We will not be identifying or appraising objects,” Flynn said. “We expect that people will bring historical artifacts, photos, paintings, etc. to the library and share their stories with the rest of the audience. In this case, the guests are the experts.” 

For more information, call Andy Flynn at (518) 891-5559 or Historic Saranac Lake at (518) 891-4606.