by Mike Cecconi
The Little Falls Public Library is pleased to announce an in-person reading by author, activist, and historian Deirdre Sinnott from her brand-new novel of historical fiction “The Third Mrs. Galway” on Wednesday, July 14th at 2 PM in the library’s Community Room. It will be a free event, open to the general public, with light refreshment provided and copies of Ms. Sinnott’s novel available for purchase after her presentation.
Originally from nearby Clinton NY, Deirdre Sinnott is an independent scholar, filmmaker, author, and activist whose career in history and the arts began with a fine arts degree in theatre from Syracuse University. She is currently a historical consultant and researcher for the Fort Stanwix Underground Railroad History Project while also working on a book of non-fiction about the American Abolition movement and the Underground Railroad and lecturing on the lingering effects of racial injustice on our society. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Utica’s Observer-Dispatch, the Catskill Review of Books, and Hippocampus Magazine, with her work for Hippocampus receiving a nomination for The Pushcart Prize and publication in its Selected Memories anthology. As a filmmaker, Sinnott has also directed two award-winning documentaries, “23 Reasons Why 23 Years Is Enough” and “Multiple Injuries”. She currently resides in New York State, splitting time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains.
“The Third Mrs. Galway” is Ms. Sinnott’s first work in the historical novel genre, building from her deep experience with documentary filmmaking and non-fiction writing. The story takes place in 1830s Utica, as the abolitionist movement grows throughout the American North, the bubbling of the movement toward slavery’s abolition and Civil War, as the Underground Railroad formed to aid escaped slaves on their flight to freedom in Canada. It’s inside this stew of oppression and social changes the main character, the newlywed Mrs. Galway, stumbles into upon discovering two runaway slaves hiding on her husband’s property. She finds herself, as so many were in that time, torn between her moral, legal, ethical, and marital duties in the face of these refugees. Does she do what is legally correct? Morally right? Can she deal with the consequences that can come with either of those decisions? Aided and hindered by a diverse cast of characters, against a very real setting of upheaval in early-to-mid 1800s Utica, the new Mrs. Galway must make a choice and figure out how to live with that choice. This is what Ms. Sinnott will share with the Little Falls Public Library audience in her reading and presentation on Wednesday, July 14th.
For more information on this or other upcoming events, you can visit the LF library’s website at https://www.lflibrary.org, check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/littlefallslibrary, or call 1-315-823-1542. The Little Falls Public Library appreciates the opportunity to share history and culture with the local community live and in person and hopes to see you there!
Author Deirdre Sinnott will talk about her book, The Third Mrs. Galway.
“It’s 1835 in Utica, New York, and newlywed Helen Galway discovers a secret: two runaway slaves are hiding in the shack behind her husband’s house. Should she be a “good wife” and report the fugitives to her husband? Or will she defy convention and come to their aid?”
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 www.lflibrary.org, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/littlefallslibrary, 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!