Author Howard Frank Mosher

By Ben Beagle, Daily News Lifestyles Editor
March 23, 2004

Author Howard Frank Mosher won’t simply talk about writing during four visits this week as the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project wraps up its second year.

He is bringing with him a slide program, “Northern Borders and the Writing Life,” that illustrates some of the places that inspired the fictional landscape of his novel Northern Borders.

“Some places, like Lake Willoughby, which is just a gorgeous wild lake, look scarcely different than the way it did 100 years ago,” Mosher said in a recent telephone interview from his home in Irasburg, Vt. “And from my way of thinking, that’s good.”

Other places, such as his grandparents’ Central New York farm that was a model for the Kittredge farm in Northern Borders have changed dramatically. The farm is now a housing development.

“It covers the entire 150 acres of my grandparents’ farm,” Mosher said.

Mosher will present four programs in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Each program will include the slide show and a time for the audience to ask questions of Mosher. Admission to each of the events is free; no tickets are needed.

Mosher’s first visit is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia. The author’s presentation is set for the library’s Reading Room; the book-signing follows in the Gallery Room.

Mosher will present similar programs at 7 p.m. Friday at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave., Medina; and at 10 a.m. Saturday at Arcade Free Library, 365 West Main St., Arcade; and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Letchworth Central School Auditorium, 5550 School Rd., Gainesville.

Mosher said the slide show, which runs about 30 minutes, “is quite personal in that I’m going to talk about how I wrote Northern Borders.”

Donna Urey, a past president of the New England Booksellers Association, owns a book store in North Conway, N.H., where Mosher has presented book signings.

“People absolutely love him,” she said. “They can’t help but respond positively. He’s nice, down-to-earth. He has a big fan base.”

The slide show, Urey said, is “really well put together.”

“It’s not like here, we saw this, and then he shows you another slide,” she said. “He has a little story that goes with all the pictures.”

Also on Friday, Mosher will meet in the morning with a group of students at Attica Central School to discuss writing and his short story “High Water.” In the afternoon, he will join six winners of a book review contest for lunch at the D&R Depot in Le Roy.

Twenty libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties organized “A Tale for Three Counties.” Sponsors include The Daily News, the Arts Council for Wyoming County, the Bank of Castile and Wal-Mart. Additional funding was provided by Friends groups at Arcade Free Library, Corfu Free Library, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, Medina; Perry Public Library, Richmond Memorial Library, Stevens Community Memorial Library, Attica; and Swan Library, Albion. Other contributions have come from the Nioga Library System, the Pioneer Library System, and the Genesee Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services School Library System.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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