A Tale that ends well

Commentary
March 25, 2004

On behalf of Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans county readers, we’d like to welcome author Howard Frank Mosher to our communities today.

Mr. Mosher is the author of Northern Borders, the book that has been the subject of this year’s “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project. He is presenting a series of programs at various libraries, beginning at 7 tonight at Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia. His talk, “Northern Borders and the Writing Life,” will be illustrated with a slide show of some of the places that have inspired his books.

People who have seen his presentations say they’re much more than slide shows — he uses pictures as props to tell little stories in the same down-to-earth, warm style he uses in Northern Borders. It’s a style that makes readers feel like the narrator is a friend who has just stopped by to chat for an afternoon. If longtime Daily News columnist Dan Winegar were alive, he would have found in Mr. Mosher a kindred spirit.

Other presentations are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina, 10 a.m. Saturday at Arcade Free Library and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Letchworth Central School Auditorium in Gainesville. He will be available to sign books after the programs.

Admission is free of charge, and no tickets are needed.

The author will also meet Friday morning with a group of students at Attica Central School, and then will have lunch in Le Roy with six winners of a book review contest.

We’re sure Mr. Mosher will be well received. Twenty area libraries participated in the project, and librarians report that Northern Borders generated a lot of enthusiasm. Many readers went on to read other works by Mr. Mosher.

Our thanks to librarians who organized the project, from selecting the book and hosting book discussions to arranging Mr. Mosher’s visit. We know that a lot of hours of work go into “A Tale for Three Counties” — hours that won’t be counted, but can only be appreciated by readers who’ve found a new author to add to their list of favorites, and readers who get to actually meet that author and greet him as a new friend.

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