Readers discovering other books by ‘Tale’ author

By Ben Beagle, Daily News Lifestyles Editor
March 13, 2004

Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher is gaining a following in Western New York.

Mosher’s decade-old novel, Northern Borders, is the selection for this year’s “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project. But even before the author’s visit later this month, readers are moving on to other Mosher books. Many of the author’s other eight books — from his debut novel Disappearances to his latest, the fanciful The True Account: A Novel of the Lewis & Clark & Kinneson Expeditions — are seeing strong circulation at many libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

“We had an undiscovered author and people are really enjoying his books,” said Leslie DeLooze, the librarian at Batavia’s Richmond Memorial Library who organized the community reading project.

More than a dozen copies of five Mosher books — none of them the featured Northern Borders were checked out at Richmond Memorial Library last week. Videos of three filmed adaptations of his work and a DVD have also been frequently circulating, said DeLooze, the library’s reference and community services librarian.

“A Tale for Three Counties” debuted last year, but author Leif Enger had only a single book to offer readers. That’s not the case with Mosher.

“People are picking up Northern Borders and then asking if we have anything else he’s written,” said Jane Radomski, director of Wyoming Free Library. “They absolutely love them.”

The Wyoming library’s book club has already decided to use Mosher’s A Stranger in the Kingdom for its next selection.

Radomski said that North Country: A Personal Journey Through the Borderland, Mosher’s story of his three-month, 11,000-mile journey along the U.S.-Canadian border, has also been checked out frequently.

“As soon as his books come in, they go right back out,” Radomski said.

Gilbert Jordan of Wyoming is about halfway through North Country.

“From the book, I get the opinion that he is an easy conversationalist,” Jordan said. “Everywhere he goes he strikes up a conversation.”

Mosher is scheduled to make four visits to Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties at the end of this month. He will discuss his writing and sign copies of his books during programs at 7 p.m. March 25 at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia; 7 p.m. March 26 at Lee-Whedon Library, 620 West Ave., Medina; 10 a.m. March 27 at Arcade Free Library, 365 West Main St., Arcade; and 2 p.m. March 27 in the auditorium at Letchworth Central School.

Local libraries are stocking extra copies of Northern Borders and other Mosher books for loan or purchase.

Three films — High Water, A Stranger in the Kingdom and Where the Rivers Flow North — adapted from Mosher’s books will be shown beginning at 2 p.m. today at Swan Library, 4 North Main St., Albion.

The final book discussion is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 20 at Stevens Memorial Library, 146 Main St., Attica.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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