Events & Workshops - See Below for Specific Events

Author Events

Please remember - most book  events are free of charge and open to all, please see details for each  event.  However, all books to be signed should be purchased at the  Bookworm, the sponsoring organization of these events.

Workshops

Generally workshops are Pre-register and Pre-pay. Our coordinators need to know how much material to prepare and we have limited space available for each event.

Book Clubs

See our Book Club page for information (click below)

Book Clubs

Friday Night Book Club presents Lissa Marie Redmond

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Friday April 5th at 6:30 Lissa will be here to discuss her newest book The Murder Book

 

The Murder Book

Cold case detective Lauren Riley wakes up in the hospital certain of two things: she was stabbed and left for dead...and the person who did it was a cop.

After being brutally stabbed at her desk late one night, Lauren Riley works her way backwards through the haze to piece together who attacked her and why. A mysterious phone message forces her to enlist the help of a retired lieutenant to track down a witness who is desperate not to be found. As she digs into the Buffalo Police Department's hidden past she uncovers a terrible secret, one a fellow officer would kill to protect.

Packed with suspense and featuring a detective who "relentlessly--and with morbid humor--gets the job done" (Booklist), The Murder Book continues a series praised by Kirkus Reviews as "an excellent police procedural combined with a psychological thriller."

About Lissa Marie

 Lissa Marie Redmond is a retired cold case homicide detective. She handled a number of high-profile cases and has appeared on numerous television shows including Dateline and Murder by Numbers. The first book in her Cold Case Investigation series, A Cold Day in Hell was published in 2018 by Midnight Ink Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Buffalo Noir, Down & Out: The Magazine, and other publications. A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, she lives and writes in Buffalo, NY with her family. 

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Saturday Morning Book Club presents Tim Bohen local author

Against the Grain; The History of Buffalo's First Ward by Tim Bohen Saturday April 27th at 9:30am

 Against the Grain tells the story of a group of mostly Irish immigrants who toiled in the hulls of grain ships and in other waterfront industries in an area called the First Ward of Buffalo, New York. The First Ward was a geographically isolated area of Buffalo primarily inhabited by settlers from the south and west of Ireland, but was also home to enough Germans, Poles, and Italians to make life even more interesting. This economically deprived area produced an abundance of historically important people including Fingy Conners, the largest private employer on the Great Lakes; Michael Shea, Buffalo’s greatest entertainment showman; “Wild Bill” Donovan, the founding father of what became the CIA; John Sheehan, one-time Tammany Hall boss; Jimmy Slattery, the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World; and Jimmy Griffin, the longest serving mayor in Buffalo history. The stories of other lesser-known but equally important Ward residents such as Mike Quinn, Jack White, Algie McGuire, Roggie Lavin, Father Thomas Conway, the McCarthy brothers, and even Rick James are also told. Readers will also learn about historical events that Ward residents were thrust into such as the Tidal Wave of 1844, the Fenian Raid, violent railroad strikes, the Great Strike of 1899, the Tewksbury Disaster, and the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway—the ultimate cause of the demise of Buffalo’s waterfront economy. 

About Tim:

 

Timothy Bohen is a business professional and amateur historian who lives in the city of Buffalo with his wife Kimberly Blessing. Various members of his paternal family (the Bohens, Driscolls, Roches, Brinkworths, and Coughlins) lived in the First Ward of Buffalo from 1849 to 1949.

Bohen was born in Buffalo, and raised in Rockville, MD and East Aurora, NY. He graduated from East Aurora High School and then SUNY Geneseo. He later obtained an MBA from Canisius College.

Miriam Lynn Martin-Smith Saturday April 20 1-3pm

My Story: An Amazing True Near Death Experience and Autobiography by Miriam Lynn Martin-Smith

A true story of hope when you don't feel you have any. This story will inspire you and encourage your heart and faith. Learn how a horrific car accident gave new life when there was no hope. 

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Master Gardener Sally Cunningham Sat. May 11th 11am-1pm

 Sally Cunningham is a horticulture professional, garden consultant, and head of the Great Garden Travel division of AAA of Western and Central New York. She conducts tours in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and speaks nationally on horticultural topics. She writes a weekly garden column for The Buffalo News and a monthly column for Buffalo Spree magazine. Cunningham and co-author Jim Charlier are leading figures in Buffalo's "urban garden renaissance" and the much-lauded Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest private garden tour in America, averaging 65,000-plus visitors each year.


Jim Charlier is an award-winning marketing and design professional. An avid gardener, garden photographer, and garden tourism advocate, he consults with gardening organizations across the U.S. He is co-founder and vice president of Gardens Buffalo Niagara, coordinating 20 community garden tours and 75 regional Open Gardens - including the centerpiece event, Garden Walk Buffalo. In total, these garden events attract upwards of 100,000 visitors each summer. His own highly original Buffalo garden has appeared in many books, magazines, tours and on television. 

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