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Genesee Reading Series: Tuesday, December 11 at Writers and Books


Tuesday, December 11,  2012

7:30 PM,  Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.

$3 members, $6 public

Curated by Wanda Schubmehl

Before the holiday rush, give yourself an evening to revel in the writing of Sonja Livingston and Elizabeth Osta.  Fiction, memoir, essay – gifts for you from two accomplished authors.

Sonja Livingston‘s writing has been honored with fellowships from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the Deming Fund for Women, AWP, and the Iowa Review.  Her award-winning first book, Ghostbread, sheds a light on a Western New York childhood, and has been adopted for classroom and book club use throughout the country.  Her work appears in many journals and anthologies, and essays from her latest project were nominated for the Pushcart Prize and a 2012 Arts and Letters Nonfiction Prize.  Sonja is an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program at the University of Memphis.  She will read new work from her collection-in-progress.

Elizabeth Osta‘s first book, Jeremiah’s Hunger (Borelis Press, 2011), is an Irish historical novel about survival that is based on family history dating back to the 19th century. Her great grandfather, Jeremiah Buckley, was a survivor of An Gorta Mor, the Great Hunger, in the mid-1800s.  The book follows his life through starvation, rebellion, and, ultimately, survival.  Born in Buffalo and raised in Syracuse, Osta graduated from Nazareth College with a B.S. in Speech Correction. She taught children with special needs at BOCES I Foreman Center, served as principal in  two parochial schools,  and worked for the City School District as a special education teacher, training specialist, and administrator. She also taught at her alma mater Nazareth College for many years.


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