The Little Falls Public Library is pleased to announce an in-person reading by local author Sam McManus from his brand-new novel “The Queen’s Legacy” on Saturday, April 24th at 1 PM in the library’s Community Room. It will be a free event, open to the general public, with refreshments provided and copies of Mr. McManus’ newest book available for purchase after the presentation.

Originally hailing from Philadelphia, in adulthood, Sam moved to the Central New York area and is currently a professor in the English department at Utica’s Mohawk Valley Community College. In addition to his teaching duties at MVCC, he is also an advisor to the Phi Theta Kappa honors society there as well as to the college’s short-fiction group. Beyond his vocation as an educator, Mr. McManus is also a regular member of multiple regional writers’ groups such as the Utica Poets Society and the Little Falls Public Library’s own very-short-fiction writers’ group, Wednesdays Flash Fiction. He currently lives in the area with his wife and two children.

Not only a novelist, but Mr. McManus is also well-versed in poetics, short fiction, and creative non-fiction as well. In fact, the series of which “Queen’s Legacy” is a part originally began with his participation in a writing prompt for the collegiate short-story writer’s group he advises. He has had multiple books of his poetry collected on top of his work in short and longer-form fiction. Between his varied life experiences and the influences of family, profession and the many local writers he works within groups both as an educator and as a colleague, the breadth and depth of his creative power is on display not only in the book he’ll be excerpting at the library event but also across the board in his output as a writer in general.

“Queen’s Legacy” is a part of the first series of books Sam has published, having previously written novels conceived as standalone stories. It is a novel to be appreciated both by the young going through the angst, mistakes, and indecisions of youth as well as the older reader looking back on that storm of feelings and questions in that phase of their lives. A young woman coming into the fullness of her responsibility in uncertain times, her brother struggling to find himself in that shared moment of great upheaval, both in their world and in themselves. Though a tale of castles and royals, themes and characters that resonate sharply in our own freshly-overturned and slowly-healing world. Both the author Sam McManus and the Little Falls Public Library family look forward to sharing his vision with a live audience of community members and hopefully you as well.

For more information on this or other upcoming events, you can visit the LF library’s website at, check out their Facebook page at, or call 315-823-1542. The Little Falls Public Library appreciates the opportunity to share local arts and culture with the local community live and in person and hopes to see you there!

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