Skaneateles, NY 4th Annual LOCAL AUTHOR DAY

Creekside Books & Coffee Presents:
Saturday November 8, 2008 at 1 PM

[Skaneateles, NY]  Creekside Books & Coffee, an independent bookstore and coffeehouse in Skaneateles, is pleased to announce its fourth annual local author day celebration.  Authors include, Dan Roche, Matthew Dunn, Thomas Phillips, Bob Molinari, Rachael Ikins, Barbara Florance and Norman O. Keim. Authors will spend 15 minutes each presenting their work. Following the presentations, enjoy refreshments and time to linger, chat with the authors and get books signed.

“Join us for our fourth annual Local Author Day venue.  It always proves to be a spectacular overview of amazing local talent,” says Erika Davis, owner of Creekside Books and Coffee.  “These people never fail to impress me and their audiences.  Central New York is home to a wide variety of  incredibly talented and giving individuals.”

Dan Roche: Great Expectations, A Father’s Diary
In Great Expectation, Dan Roche gives a man’s perspective on what it means to start and expand a family relatively later in life. Through a series of diary entries in turns humorous, angst ridden, and full of hope and joy, Roche describes his own thoughts and concerns during the nine months of his wife’s pregnancy. With five years of parenting, his irrepressible daughter Maeve under his belt, Roche, already forty-five years old, and his wife, Maura, face the prospect of another arrival and the myriad of emotions that come with a second child. Together, he and his wife face the bittersweet intersections of death and new life, menace and hopefulness. With sincerity and a mature wit, Great Expectation stands as a wise recounting of nine months’ time, with all of its chaos and charms, and offers a fresh perspective for first-time and veteran parents alike.

Matthew Dunn: Erased
Daniel Rayne knows who he is. It means nothing if the rest of the world does not. His memory is clear. His suddenly severed identity, a mystery. With seemingly no means of proving who he is, he fights through the maze of societal convention, struggling to resurrect his existence, hoping against all hope to get his life back. It proves a daunting task until several clues surface, leading him down a completely unsuspected road.  Is Daniel Rayne insane? Unless he can find another answer, it would appear to be the only conclusion left.
The Tiananmen Square Effect (Soon to be Published)
A picture is worth a thousand words. In 1989, a Chinese man stood alone in front of a line of tanks, seeking an end to the violence against student demonstrators. His image inspired the world. Now, nearly twenty years later, one woman attempts to capture that spirit to prevent a nuclear holocaust. Driven by loss and an uncontrollable need for a different humanity, she will use her brain to outwit and her body to manipulate the powerful men surrounding her.
Exploiting the potency of the internet, she will risk her life in hopes her portrait will be understood.

Thomas Phillips: The Molech Prophecy
Former gang member Tommy Cucinelle thought he had left his old life behind when he became a Christian. That’s why he’s surprised when his pastor asks him to use his old skills finding people who don’t want to be found to locate the church secretary after she mysteriously disappears and the church is vandalized. The police don’t have any leads. Tommy’s investigation brings him face-to-face with unpleasant memories from the past that threaten his new identity, but inner turmoil is soon the least of his worries. A local Wicca church is at the heart of the mystery, and Tommy’s search uncovers a startling prophecy about child sacrifice to the pagan god, Molech. When the missing woman’s sister and Tommy’s newfound romantic interest disappear as well, the quest becomes personal. Author Thomas Phillips wrestles with the important issues of faith, new life in Christ, and submission to God in this thrilling tale of adventure and mystery.

Bob Molinari:  Joyce’s Ark: It’s Journey to the Rainbow Bridge
ABOUT THE BOOK “When you get to the tepee stop the car.” These words were part of the directions given to us when we were looking for Joyce’s first horse. A snow-covered young filly found us and changed our lives forever. Joyce’s Ark is a heartwarming true story of one woman and her love of God and animals. Over the span of thirty-five years she has cared for, nurtured, and loved over 70 animals. Horses, dogs, and cats were the main critters, but there were ducks, a sheep, goats, rabbits, a turkey, and a bunch of pigeons. It is a love story that will make you laugh and cry and marvel at her grit and determination. If you love animals and have pets of your own, this book is a must read. Share in the laughs and tears on this Journey to the Rainbow Bridge

Rachael Ikins:  Slideshow in the Woods
Rachael has been an award winning writer/photographer for many years. Her poetry, essays, short stories and pictures have been published in a variety of periodicals.  Rachael began writing at age seven with a Halloween poem. Her interest in photography began in her 20s when she found an abandoned camera in a snow bank…it still worked…, which led to another facet of her creativity.  She is a native of the Finger Lakes region and lives in Erieville with her partner and many interesting animals.  To learn more visit

Illustrator, Barbara Florance
Lester’s Special Gifts  and  Marla Tries Bling
Children have always been a part of Barbara’s life. As a mother of three, a grandmother of five and a teacher of too many to count, she has surrounded herself with the energy of the young.  Her passion for creating began as a young girl. At a young age, her mother taught her to sew, so sew she did: clothes, purses, placemats, table runners, quilts and even sports coats. She even won the Penn Hills Women’s Club sewing contest. Her experience as a color consultant has helped her to refine her eye for color. So the passion still grows. Now her love of those beautiful batiks has taken her on a journey of illustrating books with fabrics.

Norman O. Keim  – Our Movie Houses: History of Film and Cinematic Innovation in Central New York  Norman O. Keim was founder and director of the Syracuse University Film Studies Center and adjunct professor of film studies from 1973 to 1985. He created Film Forum, a weekly presentation of art films in the university’s Gifford Auditorium and the Regent Theatre from 1967 to 1980.       Conventional screen histories tend to concentrate on New York City and Hollywood in chronicling the evolution of American cinema. Notwithstanding the tremendous contribution of both cities, Syracuse and Central New York also played a strategic–yet little-known–role in early screen history. In 1889 in Rochester, New York, George Eastman registered a patent for perforated celluloid film, a development that would telescope the international race to record motion by means of photography to the immediate future. In addition, the first public film projection occurred in Syracuse, New York, in 1896. Norman O. Keim and David Marc provide a highly readable and richly detailed account of the origins of American film in Central New York, the colorful history of neighborhood theaters in Syracuse, and the famous film personalities who got their start in the unlikely snow belt of New York State. Lavishly illustrated, this book will be treasured by both film buffs and Central New Yorkers.
Creekside Books & Coffee is located at 35 Fennell Street in Skaneateles.  The bookstore is the only retail store in the village selling new hardcover and paperback books as well as toys, gifts, greeting cards and other merchandise. The coffeehouse features the freshest roasted coffee in town, a light fare menu and a pleasant atmosphere to relax and enjoy.