Brendan J. Cunningham, a business coach, motivational speaker, professionally trained Shakespearean actor and author, will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café for a book-signing event from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 10. The bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Cunningham has been described as the “Patron Saint of Entrepreneurs.” His fourth book to hit the shelves is Potato Chips for the Soul: A Second Bag, second in his Potato Chips series. Many readers are familiar with the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and to those fortunate people Cunningham asks a simple question: How much chicken soup can you eat? His brief stories will delight, entertain and inform you, and from time to time you will find yourself saying, “Gee, I have been thinking that all along.” You may also find yourself laughing out loud, and you might even get a little annoyed, but just when you’re about to put the book down you will find, much like potato chips, that you will go back and grab one more.

Cunningham is perhaps best known for has vast experience in developing people so that their full potential can be achieved. His groundbreaking second book, The Seventh Sense, created quite a stir in the self-help field. It is based on the success formula he discovered and continues to use while working with clients who benefit from his business coaching. With over 1,500 speaking engagements to his credit throughout the U.S. and Canada, this former Fortune 500 business consultant is proud to say that he also makes his home in South Buffalo.

For more information on Dog Ears Bookstore, please visit dogearsbookstore.org, call 823-2665, or follow on Facebook for frequent updates.

Once again this summer, Dog Ears Bookstore will be offering free Summer Reading and Writing Camps for children ages 7 to 13. The nonprofit community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Camps are open to children of all reading and writing levels and will consist of an activity each morning such as music, sports, animals, drama, literature, arts, community awareness and more. After a break for lunch (pack your own or buy lunch at the Dog Ears Café; students will remain at Dog Ears for lunch), children will break into small groups to reflect upon, write about and share thoughts on their morning experiences and achievements. 

The camps for 12- and 13-year-old students are geared toward a reading and writing workshop. These camps will help build reading and writing skills, as well as comprehensive skills that target the needs for each specific grade level. Throughout these programs the children will learn helpful tips, skills and strategies that will carry across all subject areas and transition into the New York State Common Core curriculum. Supplies and portfolios for writing will be provided.

The summer reading camps are funded by grants through the Erie County Youth Bureau and South District Councilman Christopher Scanlon and will be facilitated by state-certified teachers. For any additional information regarding the camps, please contact Tom McDonnell at tom@enlightenthedog.org. Registration forms must be completed at Dog Ears Bookstore. Registrations will be accepted beginning Wednesday, June 5. Students must commit to attending all five days of the camp.

The following dates are for Councilman Scanlon-funded camps. Children must live in 14220, 14210 or 14206 to participate during these weeks:
• July 8-12 for children ages 9, 10 and 11.
• July 15-19 for children ages 7 and 8.
• July 22-26 for children ages 12 and 13.

The following dates are for Erie County Youth Services-funded camps. Children can live anywhere in Erie County:
• July 29 – Aug. 2 for children ages 9, 10 and 11.
• Aug. 5-9 for children ages 12 and 13.
• Aug. 12-16 for children ages 7 and 8.

Each camp is limited to 20 children per session and spots will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Children must be registered at Dog Ears Bookstore by their own parent or guardian. For more information, please visit dogearsbookstore.org or call 823-2665.

Heather Lynn Harris, illustrator of the book Cory and the Seventh Story, will visit Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, for a book-signing event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8. 

Written by Brian D. McLaren and Gareth Higgins, the book tells us about Cory, a young raccoon learning how the stories we tell about the world shape how we live. As Cory’s neighbors live out their stories, readers will discover six familiar ones that have repeated through history, teaching us how to dominate, fear or withdraw from the world and the beautiful people in it. The good news is that there is another story, a path of openheartedness towards others. Cory’s discovery of the Seventh Story will inspire children and adults alike. 

Harris fell in love with art at the age of five when her mother enrolled her in art lessons at their local museum. She pursued art throughout high school, but, like many artists, an aversion to starvation led her to pursue other interests in college. Nevertheless, she knew art would always be there, temporarily tucked away in a nice, warm corner of her heart.

After school, marriage and the birth of her children, the time was right to allow herself to return to her art. She spent the next 10 years experimenting with charcoal and acrylics, dabbling in oils and pastels, and testing pen and ink. Through private instruction, workshops and a whole lot of practice, she was finally ready to formalize her natural talent by earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco’s famed Academy of Art University. She paints landscape, figure and portrait, but her favorite is children’s picture book art. She has three published picture books, The Swing, Clover and The Shooting Star, and Five Hungry Mice.

For more information on Dog Ears Bookstore, please visit dogearsbookstore.org, call 823-2665 or follow on Facebook for frequent updates.

Years in the making, a children’s book written by Tom McDonnell, executive director of Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, will be officially released during an event at the South Buffalo bookstore from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

“Monster in the Morning,” illustrated by Hamburg resident Robert A. Wright and published by RPSS Publishing, will be available for $16.95 (plus tax) in hardcover and just $10.95 for the softcover version.

“Monster in the Morning is about the hectic morning routine in every house in America,” said McDonnell, a West Seneca resident. “It is my childhood recollection of how mornings in our house worked before mom had her favorite drink (coffee). This wild tale is inspired by the most wonderful women in my life, and a green bathrobe where money grew and Kleenex just magically appeared. The illustrations genuinely make the story come to life!”

McDonnell will do readings of the book at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. during the May 4 event.

For more information on the nonprofit community bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road, please visit dogearsbookstore.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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