Upcoming Spotlight 6/11/17 2-4pm

GB MacRae

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GB was born in a small town in Vermont, and grew up in the country and attending a rural school. She started telling stories to her toys from a young age, writing her first short story in second grade. They've always been of the fantasy genre, because who doesn't want to let their imagination travel as far as it can? But they've also been about real life: betrayal, suspicion, joy, war, triumph, self doubt, all that good stuff. ...And unicorns and dragons! 

Growing up her hobbies were showing her horses, lots of reading and writing, and creating art. As she aged and life changed circumstances (she moved to the city where having horses wasn't possible) she added folkloric belly dance, costuming, and entertaining in her home to her list of activities. 

She has written several short stories, but novels are her passion. The Avenzyre series has been in the works for better than 25 years, and so far there are nine novels written and waiting for revisions. AWAKE is only a taste of the feast to come. Keep an eye out, because GB is diligently working on getting the next one out as soon as possible. 

Currently she lives just a short drive from Lake Ontario where there is lots of snow, in a rambling old colonial house with her family and pets.

Author spotlight for GB MacRae will be held at CNY Arts Center at 11 River Glen Dr on the CCC Campus in Fulton. Author Spotlight will be held on 6/11/17 from 2-4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Brian Scott

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Brian Scutt was born in the state of New Hampshire but grew up in Central New York. He spent 5 years in the US Navy aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS Alabama as a Torpedoman’s Mate out of Bangor Washington. Since then he has returned to Central New York while pursuing a BA in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.

Brian is currently working on multiple projects and plans on publishing a full-length horror novel, Run Silent, Run Dead sometime later in 2017. He is also working on several short stories and a children's book with illustrator Kelly Cox. You can follow his progress and writing journey at the following websites:
http://www.facebook.com/Brian-Scutt-1354793454539107/
 https://www.amazon.com/author/brianscutt

Brian’s current work is a novella, Korean Road. Follow the journey of one of the many men that gave it all during the “Forgotten War” as he strives to find closure, peace, and family. Join him on his road, the Korean Road as he battles horrors from within and those that he meets along the way to saving his son and last remaining family member.

Author spotlight for Brian Scott will be held at CNY Arts Center at 11 River Glen Dr on the CCC Campus in Fulton. Author Spotlight will be held on 6/11/17 from 2-4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.


Upcoming Spotlight 1/29/17 2-4pm

Jim Farfaglia

Jim has spent the past year researching the Pioneer team’s history, interviewing founding and current members, and observing their unique search and rescue training. Here’s how he describes the compelling circumstances that led to the team’s creation:

“In the summer of 1971, while vacationing with his family in the Adirondacks, a little boy disappeared. Without a 911 emergency system yet in place, his parents were unsure where to call for help. Eventually, nearly one thousand people, most who had no formal rescue training, joined the search, but, tragically, the child was never found. His legacy was destined to end there until an Oswego County man pledged to offer hope for families of future missing people. Gathering others who believed as he did, and without any guidelines on how to begin, the group formed New York State’s first professional volunteer search and rescue team. This is the story of their pioneering accomplishment.”

 Jim Farfaglia lives in and writes about the history and culture of upstate New York. In 2011, after a fulfilling career directing a children’s camp and advocating for youth, Farfaglia transitioned to focusing on his lifelong interest in writing. Splitting his time between poetry and what he calls “story-driven nonfiction,” Jim also enjoys helping others fulfill their dream of writing a book. Visit his website at www.jimfarfaglia.com

Author spotlight for Jim Farfaglia will be held at CNY Arts Center at 11 River Glen Dr on the CCC Campus in Fulton. Author Spotlight will be held on 1/29/17 from 2-4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Diane Sokolowski

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After writing her first book, So, I Wanted To Run a Bed and Breakfast (Was I Crazy?), Diane decide to write another book, but fiction this time.  The idea of a remote motel in the northern part of Nevada came to mind.  Where people check into Room 4 for a reason.  Whatever the reason may be, they all check out with a life changing experience.  
 
The first thing that grabs their attention is a painting of a pig.  Some say that if you stare at a painting long enough, it seems to come to life.  It’s as if while you’re contemplating the painting, the painting is reflecting you, your thoughts, and your soul. 
 
Join Diane at the Author Spotlight to see what her journey was like in writing her first fiction.

Author spotlight for Diane Sokolowski will be held at CNY Arts Center at 11 River Glen Dr on the CCC Campus in Fulton. Author Spotlight will be held on 1/29/17 from 2-4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.


Spotlight On 6/5 2-3:00pm

Stan Wilczek Jr

STAN WILCZEK JR. was born in Utica, NY and attended Whitesboro High School. He graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College with an Associate Science degree in Engineering, the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, and received an MBA from Syracuse University. He is also a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. He spent thirty years at Niagara Mohawk, the last twelve as Vice President. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Management at Keuka College. He is also a consultant to the nuclear industry. He has written four novels: The Kept Secret, The Soma Man, Death’s Revenge, and Last Witness. A lifelong resident of central New York, he lives there with his family and is currently working on his next book.

Stop out and see Stan Wilczek at CNY Arts Center on 6/5/2016 at 2:00pm. You can check out and purchase Stan's work at his website: http://www.stanwilczekjr.com/index.html

Frankie Bailey

Frankie Y. Bailey is a criminal justice professor at UAlbany (SUNY). She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of a number of non-fiction books. She is the 2010 recipient of the George N. Dove Award for her research on mystery and crime fiction. She has been nominated for several other awards, including the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony, and is the winner of a Macavity Award for African American Mystery Writers (2008). She has five books and two published short stories in a mystery series featuring crime historian Lizzie Stuart. One of the short stories (“In Her Fashion”) was published in the July 2014 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The Red Queen Dies (Minotaur Books, September 2013) was her first book featuring Detective Hannah McCabe in a near-future police procedural set in Albany, New York. A second McCabe book, What the Fly Saw, was published in March 2015. Frankie is a former Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America and a past national president of Sisters in Crime. She is currently at work on a nonfiction book about dress, appearance, and American criminal justice. She is also working on her next mystery novel and on a historical thriller set in 1939.

Stop out and see Frankie at CNY Arts Center on 6/5/2016 at 2:00pm. You can check out and purchase her work at:  www.frankieybailey.com


3/13 Spotlight Author: Justin Johnson

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 "I am a school teacher in upstate New York. I have many passions in life. Reading and literature are at the top of my list – second only to my beautiful family. I began writing stories a few years back (maybe more than a few…wow time flies!). I wrote them mostly for myself, with dreams and aspirations of one day becoming a famous author. Then I started teaching and found I was feeling compelled to write stories for my students. This past year (2014), I wrote Coby Collins: Marley Elementary Adventures Volume One and my students loved it! And I loved it! They couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, and neither could I. There was just one problem – I was the one who had to write it! So I did. And then I read Coby Collins and the Hex Bolt of Doom to my class. And they loved it. And I loved it. So I’ve decided to continue to give the writing thing a shot, while continuing to try and inspire my students to be lovers of books." 

Please Join us at CNY Arts Center at 11 River Glen Dr in Fulton, NY for a book signing and Author Spotlight of Justin Johnson. The event is free and open to the public. 

Click the button below to get Justin Johnson's Amazon #1 Best Seller: Farty Marty: A Heartwarming Tale of Farts and Friendship, Free. 


3/13 Spotlight Author: Margaret Streitenberger

Margaret Streitenberger, principal partner of Tails and Tales, LLC, published her first book in 2010 and continues to share her insights and appreciation of animals through her art. She has since published four additional books, one for children, and she continues to write and draw attention from other local authors wishing to self-publish. Margaret has had a rich and varied work life, holding positions as a teacher, music director, and accountant working in such diverse places as schools, home for unwed mothers, orphanage, home for emotionally disturbed children, country club, insurance agency, law firm, hospice, and a community action agency. She was elected and served as Oswego County Legislator for the Town of Granby and has served on the board of Directors of On Point For College, Inc..

Following her retirement from the corporate world, she started a pet sitting business and joined NAPPS (National Association for Professional Pet Sitters) to learn more about the care of pets and meet other professionals in the business. As an adult she chose to share her home with various animals that she found to be wise, witty, companionable, intrusive, creative and entertaining. Margaret became a "Tumbleweed" around 2005 and now lives full time with 6 cats and 2 dogs in their motor home, traveling through 38 states, typically spending summers in the Oswego area. She has worked with Habitat for Humanity in Alabama, Louisiana, and New York.
Margaret keeps up with family and friends through her blog at www.blog.tailsandtales.com. and can be reached at tumbleweeds@tailsandtales.com.

Margaret's titles include What Happened When the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon?, Did the Cow Really Jump Over the Moon?, A House in a House in a House, and Spalls From the Hills: A Collection of Poems by Helen Bigler.

Visit the Tails & Tales website at: http://www.tailsandtales.com/


What Is An Author Spotlight? 

An Author Spotlight is a public Q&A session that explores an author's new work and intentions and helps make that author's work accessible to the community. Typically, an author will sit down and answer questions posed by local writer and historian, Jim Farfaglia, in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the work and it's significance. The writer will also read excerpts from their new work, and answer questions from the audience if they choose. The spotlight gives authors a chance to sell and promote their work and gives local readers and community members a place to meet-and-greet and get a signed book! We're proud to be able to continue this event here at CNY Arts Center and look forward to showcasing more writers in the future.