ALBION — Author Peter Troy will return to Western New York next month to help promote the community reading project that he credits with boosting his career.
“An Evening with Peter Troy,” a fundraiser for “A Tale for Three Counties,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Hoag library, 134 Main St.
Troy’s debut novel, “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You,” was the 2013 “Tale” book. He will read excerpts from his second novel, “Everything Which Is Yes,” and discuss how writing the follow-up was a “more difficult, more laborious process.”
The event will feature local wine, cheese and chocolate, as well as the official announcement of the 2016 “Tale” program. Tickets are $20 and are available at public libraries throughout Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, as well as the Genesee Community College library.
“Everything” is the second installment of a planned trilogy. It is narrated by Micah Plowshare, a main character from “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You” and spans the time between the end of the Civil War and 1950.
“I wanted to make sure it would stand on its own, but there are plenty of connections to the first book … particularly that old copy of ‘The Odyssey’ that Ethan McOwen carried with him from Ireland and eventually passed on to Micah,” Troy explained. “That book will do plenty of traveling in this story, too, as two of the lead characters see the World Wars up close.”
Troy also served as the guest of honor at an Oct. 2013 fundraiser at the library. At that event, he admitted that he had been in a creative slump when he visited for “Tale” weekend seven months earlier. But a weekend of talks throughout the three counties reinvigorated him.
“The passion that everyone had for reading was just a wonderful experience,” Troy said. “It opened my eyes up.”
Troy told the nearly 80 book lovers at that 2013 fundraiser that his second novel, then titled “The Plowshare Legacy,” was nearly finished. But he has gone through several re-writes in the past two years, as well as the title change.
Now he says he is “even more pleased with it” than he was with “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You.”
“This second book is more deeply personal than the first, even having poems in it that I wrote some 25 years ago in college,” Troy said. “It is more philosophical, darker in some places, and more joyful in others. And I am very excited to share a few selections from it at the ‘Tale’ fundraiser, as well as share my journey in the writing of it. I couldn’t think of a better place to ‘debut’ it now that it is finally complete.”
Troy is currently working on the final installment, which will take place at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st.
“The events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the aftermath will be a significant part of the historical backdrop, and there will be plenty of links to the first two stories as well,” he said.
Troy hopes to have the first draft completed by next spring.