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Friday, 16 October 2015 01:01

An Evening with Anthony Doerr

On October 14, I went to listen to Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See, speak at Shenendehowa High School East. It was actually sponsored by the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, but they had so many people register, they needed to move it to the high school auditorium, which can seat 1,100 people. There were probably 800 people there and that was the largest author event the library has held yet. The event had been booked before he won the Pulitzer Prize.

I went with my mom, Rita, who usually is my partner at the author events, along with my fellow book lovers, Julie Guzi and Karen Patchell. Tony, as he was addressed, is a very tall, thin and bald man. I thought he was much older when I read his book, but he is only 41. He had a very quirky way about him, but in a genuine and very intelligent manner. He began with photos from his youth and explained how he took a ton of different classes in college, not liking the fact that he had to claim a major. He began to record things in his life that amazed and interested him and he was very inspired by the scale of items in relation to the world around him. He had another way of looking at time. According to Doerr, "It is OK to stand silently in the weather and feel the sunlight."

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What's Being Said?

  • "Eyes of the Goddess, Book Two of the Fianna Cycle, takes up where Warriors Within left off. Present-day New York City is entwined with 3rd century Ireland by their respective inhabitants, Michaela Sommers and Maecha Ruadh Mac Art, heiress to the throne of Tara. Michaela is involved in a search for the drug lord who killed her father, Police Narcotics Officer Jack Sommers, while Maecha is about to embark on a voyage to Alba (ancient Scotland) to free her father, King Cormac, who had been kidnapped by the Picts. The two worlds are connected by the dream travel of Michaela, the chief druid Finnius Amergin, and Natalie, a child who exists in NYC but is destined to save ancient Ireland from ruin. Cammarata's keen knowledge of Celtic lore and skill in martial arts combine to create an exciting story of ancient battles, gods and magic, honor, loyalty and love. Young adults who love a good adventure story will certainly love this one. While Eyes of the Goddess can be read as a stand-alone, readers will want to start with Warriors Within to experience the full epic tale."

    Joan Weiskotten

    Young Adult Librarian
    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • Adult Writing Workshop Review

    "This well-thought-out course covered the essentials of creative writing in a logical progression. Class discussion and activities as well as assignments were thought-provoking and stimulating."


     

  • "Cammarata's action packed storytelling never lets up. The urgency of the pacing draws the reader into Maecha's world quickly, but it is the fierceness of her loyalty and love that defines the narrative. Well-developed details ground the magical elements and make a world where people time travel in their dreams and are friends with gods believable. Jumping from the ancient past to modern day is at first jarring, but as the characters' lives weave together, their complicated relationships deepen the meaning of the story and give it a powerful sense of destiny fulfilled. "

    The US Review of Books


  • "I bought The Warrior Within at a fundraiser although it was not the type of book I usually purchase. I have been missing out..! I was immediately hooked and disappointed that it took so long for Eyes of the Goddess to be published. Please know that I purchased Eyes of the Goddess through Amazon and appreciate how quickly it was delivered. I am amazed a the skill of the author in being able to transition from the present to the past without losing the reader in the process. I love the Celtic aspect and the storyline continues to keep me addicted to this trilogy. I am eagerly waiting for the next (and unfortunately the last) book to be published. A whole new world of books has been opened to me though my initial purchase of The Warrior Within"

    Ann Frantti


  • "I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book. I have been an avid reader of fantasy based novels or most of my life and I found this one refreshing and highly engaging. I truly hope there will be a few more books in this cycle. Thanks!"

    Rebecca


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • Adult Journaling Workshop Reviews

    "Being able to take time to journal and focus on myself has been an incredible experience."


     

  • "I loved learning about the Celtic lore that is written about in this book! Can't wait to read the next one :)"

    Cie


  • "I SO enjoyed your work, I didn’t want to put it down, and then didn’t want it to end. I am very excited for the next book in the series, to continue my adventure with the sisters."

    Judi


  • "Your book is excellent – a picture of Celtic landscape and adventure remained in my mind long after I completed the novel - I am looking forward to your sequel!"

    Mary


  • "I usually read mysteries or non fiction. Every once in a while I like to try something different. If you like J.R.R. Tolkien or the Chronicles of Narnia this is a good fit. I enjoyed the story line and the character development. I wonder if and when book 2 will be available?"

    Marla


  • "I really enjoyed this book. I love Celtic stories. I really enjoyed the dreaming aspect to the book as well. How in our dreams we can go anywhere . The characters in this book , knew that and took advantage of it.

    I had read "Warriors Within", which was her first book. I looked forward to reading this sequel (Eyes of the Goddess) and was not disappointed. I look forward to her next book!!"

    V. McCarney


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

Events & Workshops

  • JOURNALING WORKSHOPS

    Must register for each workshop separately:

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13--Program Room C

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17--Jo Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15--TBD

    FROM 6:30-8:30pm

     

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    Adults 18+

    Whether it's in a notebook, blog, or sketchpad journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life. It's a way to keep track of goals, life activities, dreams, and is very fun! Learn the many ways to express yourself! Each workshop will be different so come to them all!

     

     

     

  • MIDDLE GRADE FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

    WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER 1, 18, & 15 FROM  5-6PM

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Jo Piracci Board Room

    Teens in grades 6-8 or homeschool equivalent

    Do you have a story in you, but don’t know how to start, are stuck in the middle or can’t figure out how to end? Join award-winning author Janine De Tillio Cammarata for a writing workshop, which will focus on creating and finishing short stories that may be expanded into a novel! All level of writer’s welcome! Each class builds upon the previous so commitment to all three classes is recommended.

    Bring a notebook and pen

    Register at: CPH Library Website

  • TEEN FICTION WORKSHOP

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    For teens in grades 9-12 or home-school equivalent

    WEDNESDAYS, OCTOBER 18 & 25 FROM 5-6:30PM

    REGISTRATION OPENS 8/28/2017 at 9:30am!

    Fiction writing class for short stories or novels. All levels of writers are welcome. Will touch on character development, setting, dialogue, plot, and more. Group critique is optional, but encouraged. Janine De Tillio Cammarata is an award-winning writer with three published books and has been teaching writing classes for many years.

    Please bring notebook and pen.

    Register at: CPH Library Website

  • Kids' Creative Writing Workshop

    WEDNESDAYS, OCTOBER 4 & 11 FROM 5-6PM

    For teens in grades 6-8th or home-school equivalent.

    JO PIRACCI BOARD ROOM

    Learn all the different topics and techniques you can use in your personalized journal. No experience necessary, just the desire to express yourself!

    Award-winning author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata will explore types of journals and how to personalize them, photo collage, personal motivation, creating stories, and much more.

    Registration opens 8/28/17 at 9:30am

    Register at cphlibrary.org