Keith Elkins, author of “The Old Guy Goes,” will read from his book and sign copies at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, at noon Saturday, June 24.

A Buffalo resident, Elkins retired from Empire State College as a State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor in 1997. In the years since, he’s been a volunteer in several agencies supporting children, working adults and seniors. Up to four times a month for most of those years, he’s facilitated three or four current events discussion groups for seniors in as many different senior residences. He’s also served as founder, writer and performer with the Brainstormers, a group of mostly older actors who create, present and discuss with audiences of senior citizens playlets that dramatize issues of interest or concern to them.

In “The Old Guy Goes,” college teacher Eldred Duker feels he’s not so much slowing down as getting older faster and faster. Childless, he and his wife Marie adopt a six-year-old girl named Hope from the children’s home in which he himself lived as a child. After Hope is grown and on her own, Marie is killed by a careless driver. Slowly losing his grip on reality, he remarries, feels responsible for an accident that kills his second wife, loses control of his daily life, moves into a continuing care retirement community, contracts a lethal disease and, at 80, dies surrounded by his family.   

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Children’s book author and illustrator Wende Essrow will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, for a special event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27. Essrow will be sharing her latest children’s book, “Where’s Your Belly, Nelly?” She will also help children in attendance make paper bag puppy puppets to go along with the story.

“Where’s Your Belly, Nelly?” is Essrow’s third children’s book. She collaborated with local artist Bernice Smith on this sweet story. Essrow has also written and illustrated “The Paintbrush Dreamer” and “If You Listen to the Trees.” Her latest book is about a puppy who just could not learn anything about obedience training. Nelly, the puppy, has learned only one thing — that she loves tummy rubs! She steals the reader’s hearts and is a sweet reminder of what is important in life.

For more information on the nonprofit community bookstore, please call 823-2665 or follow Dog Ears on Facebook for frequent updates.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our annual gala! Special thanks to our judges: South District Councilman Chris Scanlon, WGRZ-TV personalities Patrick Hammer and Kevin O’Neill, and former Buffalo Bill Steve Tasker.

Winners in our appetizer contest were:
People’s Choice: The Brick Oven Bistro with their Short Rib Pasta and Smoked Wings
Most Creative: The Mess Hall with their Brunswick Stew
Overall Winner: Tom Gang & Company Catering with their Reuben Dip

The ninth annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. This year’s theme is “Buffalo’s Small Plate Debate,” and approximately 25 amazing local restaurants will be on hand to compete for the title of “Best Appetizers in Western New York!”

Providing musical entertainment will be the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club, the Grace Stumberg Band and Jay McDonnell. Beer and wine will be included in the ticket price, including a special beer-tasting event by Certo Brothers Distributing. Judging the Small Plate Debate will be South District Councilman Christopher Scanlon, WGRZ-TV personalities Kevin O’Neill and Maryalice Demler, and Buffalo Bills great Steve Tasker.

Gala tickets are $50 and are available in advance at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, and on the bookstore’s website. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door. This is a 21 and older event.

A basket auction and silent auction will also take place during the gala, as well as Dog Ear’s “Lucky Dog Raffle” where one winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000! Tickets for the “Lucky Dog Raffle” are $20 each and only 300 will be sold.

For more information on the nonprofit bookstore, please call 823-2665 or follow Dog Ears on Facebook for frequent updates.