Join us for an afternoon featuring new works from our own Shires Press. Learn about these authors' new books, and participate in a q&a about Northshire's publishing program.
The afternoon will highlight these books & authors:
The House on the Fondaco Plain by Natale Caruso, translated from the Italian by Marino D'Orazio
At the beginning of the 1970s, Teresa Licciardi, a young widow, shutters her ancestral house and leaves her small town in Sicily, with her sons, for a new life in America. Her departure is the culmination of this beautiful novel, in which the story of a family across generations and continents becomes a hymn to the memory of lost time, people and places, and a celebration of the courage, dignity and love of the author's family and ancestors. Images of daily life, popular beliefs and superstitions, historical and magical events overlay cinematic scenes spanning the frozen Russian steppes in World War II and the boundless prairies of Australia, the gentle Sicilian hillsides and the tunnels and skyscrapers of Manhattan. This is a stirring epic of the immigrant adventure.
How Do You Know When It's Saturday? by Joyce Rubin
In this collection of poetry, prose and pastels the author shares her life from growing up in the Bronx to post-retirement in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Her stories tell of adventures in and out of the classroom as a student and educator spanning fifty years. With humor and warmth, the author recounts memories that range from being a “Latchkey” kid to bringing student teachers to teach in Antigua. In her poems, such as “Hides of March” and “A Nursery Rhyme for Adults,” the author makes witty observations of familiar experiences. Joyce enjoys her life in Saratoga Springs with her husband of 56 years, Don, and sharing her interests in writing, painting, and traveling with their daughters Rochelle and Madalynn, son-in-law Scott, and granddaughters Sara and Emily.
Suddenly Single: A Life After Death by Miriam Russell
Suddenly Single: A Life After Death is a tragi-comedy telling how a former Miss New York State in the Miss America Pageant became a feminist and reinvented her life after the sudden death of her husband. While dealing with a series of cringe-worthy bumper car rides, she got a doctorate, adopted two dogs and created a satisfying encore career despite urgings to find another husband. Along the way, she toured with a choral group before a surprise family member appeared.