A six-week Adult Writers’ Seminar is planned at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The seminars will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 15 and 22, and March 1, 8, 15 and 22.

All participants will present current writing efforts that will be gently critiqued. Light refreshments are included, and the cost is $75 for all six meetings.                             

The following participants are ongoing members of the Adult Writers’ Seminar:

Lissa Redmond: Numerous published short stories including Falling on Ice, Buffalo Noir, Akashic Books (2015) and a novel A Cold Day in Hell; Midnight Ink to be released in February.

Rick Williams: Vietnam memoir The Girl in the Oxygen Tent, and The Deadly Writers’ Patrol to be published in Spring 2018.

John Schreier: Short stories published in Queen City Flash; The Writers Den, March 2014 and  Banger to be published Spring 2018; Fahrenheit, Noirville Press.

Mike Breen: Has directed numerous high school drama productions and appeared in community theater productions, winner of an Artie (2017) for the ensemble cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and portrays Joe Keller in All My Sons: Ellicott Creek Playhouse (2018).

Mike Dugan: A voice actor with numerous radio ad credits as well as appearing in movies shot in Buffalo including Manna From Heaven (1999) and Marshall (2017).

All members have had stories included in the group’s self-published anthologies: Mostly Murder and Mayhem (2009), Mostly Mystery and Magic (2010), Mostly Malice and Mistletoe (2012) and Mostly Myths and Miracles (2014).

To register for the Adult Writers’ Seminar, please call the bookstore at 823-2665 or call John Schreier at 824-5174, or just come to the first meeting on Feb. 15 and register in person.

Buffalo-born W.H. Herman spent over 40 years working in the aerospace manufacturing world, retiring to his Orchard Park home where he resides with his wife Sally. With the luxury of free time came the opportunity to finish the novel he had started a decade earlier. He updated, edited and finally self-published South of the City in May 2017, and enjoys sharing his work and hearing the reaction of readers. He is currently in the process of writing a second novel.

At its core, South of the City is a suspenseful small-town murder mystery. The setting is Western New York, specifically Buffalo and the surrounding area. Much of the action is centered just “south of the city“ in the affluent town of Grove Park, where a police investigation pulls back the curtain to reveal a dark and dangerous underside. It’s a study of a handful of fascinating and diverse characters whose lives are intertwined in unexpected ways, and events that spiral out of control.  A missing socialite, revenge, politics, romance, murder … welcome to Grove Park!

Want to learn more? Pick up a copy today at Dog Ears Bookstore!

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café in South Buffalo will host children’s book author Kathleen Mancuso for a book-signing event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the community bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Mancuso’s book, Pooleville Pete, is a different take on an old story. Pete is a groundhog who always cries on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day. Find out how 8-year-old Molly makes a difference in Pete’s life.

“Every elementary classroom needs a copy of Pooleville Pete,” commented one elementary school principal. “The story introduces children to the concept of empathy and social justice. The artwork is stunning!”

Illustrated by Monica Gartler, Pooleville Pete was published locally by Amelia Press, the children’s book division of NFB Publishing of Buffalo. It is perfect for children ages five to 11.

For more information on NFB Publishing, please visit www.nfbpublishing.com. You can also follow NFB Publishing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NoFrillsBuffalo for frequent updates. 

Wondering how you can make a difference in your community this holiday season? Looking to do something that will go a long way toward helping others? If so, please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation to Dog Ears Bookstore that will be used to support our nonprofit organization and future literacy programs. Thank you for your consideration, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Dog Ears crew!

Dog Ears Bookstore & Literary Arts Center is offering an after school program for students in grades three through seven from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Each day targets a different set of skills. Services provides include:
• ELA homework assistance
• Reading comprehension passages
• Vocabulary enrichment
• Test-taking strategies
• Organizational skill building
• Study skills
• Peer tutoring with Bishop Timon High School and Mount Mercy Academy students
• ELA-based games, programs, clubs and projects with community members and groups

For more information, please stop by the bookstore at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, or call 823-2665.