Patrick Sawers, author of the recently released Come With Me, his second work of historical nonfiction, will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café for a book-signing event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22. The nonprofit community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

A true crime book, Come With Me is the story of an infamous unsolved crime that took place in Buffalo at the dawn of the 20th century.

A true crime book, Come With Me is the story of an infamous unsolved crime that took place in Buffalo at the dawn of the 20th century. 

A true crime book, Come With Me is the story of an infamous unsolved crime that took place in Buffalo at the dawn of the 20th century.

This narrative is set when Buffalo is on the world stage for its most important historical event to date, the World’s Fair of 1901, also known as the Pan-American Exposition, where the nation’s well-heeled business owners and citizens gathered to marvel at the electrified buildings and walkways and discuss the latest inventions in the decorative temples of industry. Infamously, President William McKinley spoke at the event and was shot and killed there the next day. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president when he arrived in town a few days later.

The Exposition was a financial failure, and the city licked its wounds over the winter and spring before dismantling and relocating buildings from the site in the summer of 1902. It was during this time that 5-year-old Marian Murphy was reported missing from her home near Days Park in Allentown. Ten days later, she was found dead in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The main suspect was Charley We, a Chinese immigrant who had established a laundry in the child’s neighborhood. But is he guilty, or is someone in her family responsible? 

“I was drawn to the story because of this time period,” said Sawers. “It’s the Pan-Am era, the world is watching, and the city is just coming into its own. Then, you have the McKinley assassination and the fair didn’t meet its financial obligations so the city was very conscious of the fact that it had a gray cloud over itself. And then, this terrible crime of an innocent child occurs and people are quick to judge. But, do they have the right man?”

Sawers teamed up with Cynthia Van Ness, author and Director of Library & Archives at the Buffalo History Museum, who gave him access to a digital copy of the 1902 Buffalo City Directory, and with John Edens, historian of Forest Lawn Cemetery, to confirm facts he read about in seven newspapers accessed through the Buffalo Library. The City of Buffalo had seven newspapers at the time and they all covered this crime using hundreds of sources of information.

Published by NFB Publishing of Buffalo, Come With Me is available in paperback on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. It is also available locally at Dog Ears Bookstore and Talking Leaves in Buffalo.

Local author and media personality Jackie Albarella will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday June 15, to sign copies of her latest book, Sons & Their Mothers.

Jackie Albarella has penned everything from documentaries to humorous essays.

Jackie Albarella has penned everything from documentaries to humorous essays.

“My book is a collection of stories about Sons & Their Mothers, and one of the men featured in the book is well-known Dog Ears advocate and South Buffalo resident Joe Mattimore,” said Albarella. “Sons & Their Mothers is a touching and heartwarming look at the bonds between sons and their mothers. From the mothers who baked killer cookies to the mothers fighting their own personal battles, Sons & Their Mothers shares a diverse look at the relationship between men and their mothers. Each story resonates with every woman who is a mother or has raised a son. The unique bond and experiences shared is unlike any other relationship. It defines and shapes their lives.”

Some of the sons featured in the book include Garnell Whitfield, Gerald Mead, Ken Manning, Jack Cummings, Amilcar Hill and Scott Bieler.

An award-winning artist and writer, passionate gardener and member of the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Albarella has penned everything from documentaries to humorous essays, creating compelling stories that connect to everyone. For more information on the West Seneca native, please visit jackiealbarella.com.

 

Summer Reading Guidance Sessions tailored for high school students will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings from July 11 through Aug. 22 at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Dog Ears Bookstore

The sessions will be used to help high school students understand, comprehend and complete their summer reading list/books. Assistance will also be given with assignments that accompany the books. The books to be utilized throughout this camp are extracted from summer reading lists from area schools. Each Thursday night session can accommodate 10 youth at a time and participants must provide their own copy of the book. Parents are welcome to join.

New York State-certified English Language Arts teachers, or those with comparable credentials, will plan and facilitate the sessions.

Pre-registration is required. Applications are available at Dog Ears and spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

This free program is made possible through funding by the Erie County Youth Bureau and City of Buffalo Councilman Christopher Scanlon.

For additional information, please contact Tom McDonnell at tom@enlightenthedog.org. 

Dog Ears Bookstore will be offering free summer programming for students entering grades two through eight. The week-long camps are designed to help build reading and writing skills, as well as comprehensive skills that target the needs for each specific grade level. Throughout the camps, participants will learn helpful tips, skills and strategies that will carry across all subject areas and transition into the NYS Common Core Curriculum. However, lessons and activities will be fun, interactive and hands-on and will utilize multiple methods of instruction to meet the varied learning styles.

All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are limited to 20 students per camp.
• July 8-12 for kids ENTERING grades 4-6
• July 15-19 for kids ENTERING grades 2-3
• July 22-26 for kids ENTERING grades 7-8 (Readers & Writers workshop. A more intense reading and writing experience.)
• July 29-Aug. 2 for kids ENTERING grades 4-6
• Aug. 5-9 for kids ENTERING grades 4-6
• Aug. 12-16 for kids ENTERING grades 2-3
• Aug. 19-23 Camp Kindness for kids ENTERING grades 4-8 (Participants will take part in fun service projects and then journal about their experiences. This is also an opportunity for students to meet community service hour requirements.)

Camps will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, which is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Camps will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, which is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Students can only do one camp at their grade level. However, Camp Kindness is open to anyone in grades 4-8, and they may do one other camp as well.

Camps for the youngest participants are open to children of all reading and writing levels and will consist of an activity in the morning which will include — but is not limited to — music, sports, animals, drama, literature, arts, community awareness and other topics. Students should bring their own bagged lunch each day. After lunch, participants will break into small groups to reflect upon, write about, and share thoughts about their morning experiences and achievements.

The camps for the two older groups will be slightly different. Participants will be introduced to “speed book dating” and book circles to broaden the scope and exposure to different types of literary genres, styles, influences, authors and cultures. Different forms of writing, along with the processes that go into each one, will also be explored. Youth will participate in Writer’s Workshops that will be based on a book that is chosen by the group. Students should bring their own bagged lunch each day.

New York State Certified English Language Arts teachers, or those with comparable credentials, will plan and facilitate all camps. All supplies and portfolios for writing pieces will be provided.

Camps will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, which is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, near Mercy Hospital. Sessions will be held upstairs of the bookstore (enter through the front entrance). Adults must be mindful of the drop-off and pick-up times and are welcome to wait for their children at the end of the day in the café, which will be open for food and beverage purchases and will also provide a specially priced kids menu.

Pre-registration is required and participants are expected to attend the entire week that they are signed up for. Parents can register their children by stopping in the bookstore to fill out registration paperwork. No sign-ups will be taken over the phone. Applications will be available starting Thursday, May 30, and are on a first come, first served basis.

The free camps are made possible through funding by the Erie County Youth Bureau and City of Buffalo South District Councilman Christopher Scanlon. For additional information regarding the camps, please contact Tom McDonnell at tom@enlightenthedog.org.

We would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County for their ongoing support of the arts in WNY, including programs offered here at Dog Ears Bookstore. Please know that your support is greatly appreciated!

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