‘Tale’ contest’s prize is lunch with author Howard Frank Mosher

By Ben Beagle, Daily News Lifestyles Editor
February 14, 2004

There are several ways to get involved with “A Tale for Three Counties” this year, including a book review contest in which winners will have lunch with author Howard Frank Mosher.

Mosher’s coming-of-age story, Northern Borders, is the featured book in the second year of “Tale,” a community reading project.

Six winners from the review contest will meet March 26 at the D&R Depot, Lake Street, Le Roy, for lunch and a discussion with Mosher.

“It gives readers a special time with the author, a chance to share ideas,” said Leslie DeLooze, reference and community services librarian at Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, and leader of the “Tale” organizing committee.

Mosher will also be presenting talks and signing books during four visits in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties March 25, 26 and 27.

Contest entries are now being accepted at The Daily News.

Reviews of 250 words or less must be submitted using an official entry form that can be found in The Daily News. Today, it appears on page B-4.

The deadline for submitting

reviews is March 5.

Winners will be chosen by the “Tale” organizing committee.

Some reviews or excerpts will be published in the Lifestyles/Extra section of the newspaper.

How to write a review

Writing a review should not be intimidating; it’s simply your impressions of the book.

When writing your review, describe and evaluate the story. But remember, a description is not a summary of events.

Here are five other points to help you organize your thoughts:

· What did you like or not like about the novel?

· Perhaps you reacted strongly to a particular part of the story. Tell us what it was, and why.

· What did you find surprising?

· Are the characters realistic and interesting, or do they seem “flat”? Do they change over the course of the novel?

· What goal or goals do you think the author had in writing this novel? How well does he achieve them?

Most of all, the contest wants to know your personal response to Northern Borders.

Libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties are stocking extra copies of the book for loan or purchase.

There are many opportunities to join in book discussions, which run through March 20. The next discussions are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Perry Public Library, 70 North Main St., Perry; and 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott St., Le Roy.

A film festival, featuring adaptations of author Mosher works, begins Feb. 19 at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia. Additional screenings are scheduled for Feb. 27 at Cordelia A. Greene Library, 11 South Main St., Castile; Feb. 28 at Richmond Library, and March 13 at Swan Library, 4 North Main St., Albion.

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