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TAUNY Writers' Fair 2017

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) presents The TAUNY Writers’ Fair, a one-day gathering on May 6, 2017 from 11:00am-6:00pm, at The TAUNY Center. The Fair will include established local writers and publishers of “place-based writing,” a concept that is tied to TAUNY’s mission of encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of a sense of place for the North Country. The featured writers come from across the region and have produced work about topics of Adirondack North Country culture and heritage, natural history, ecology, and more.

The TAUNY Writers’ Fair attendees will have opportunities to talk with the participating writers, learn about their special topics and techniques, purchase and have books signed, and socialize. The writers will participate in panel discussions with topics including Writing for the General Public, Writing for Children, and Getting Published. Kids are also invited to participate in a special workshop for young children to learn to write stories. Displays of books and periodicals in print will be set up by publishers as well as an exhibit of historical writing from the Special Collections at St. Lawrence University. The afternoon will conclude with selected short readings by several of those authors attending and a catered public reception.

A full schedule of events and list of participating writers are listed below.

The volunteer committee working on behalf of TAUNY to organize The TAUNY Writers’ Fair includes Neal Burdick, Varick Chittenden, Lois Ann Fitzrandolph, and Karen Johnson-Weiner.

The 2017 TAUNY Writers Fair is made possible by generous contributions from the Canton Community Fund and the Friends of the Owen D. Young and Launders Library at St. Lawrence University. NCPR is the media sponsor for this event.

All Writers’ Fair events are free. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact



Saturday, May 6, 2017   --   The TAUNY Center

11:00am - 12:00pm   

“Writing the Real Story”: A Workshop for Kids [ages 8-12] [Linda Batt, instructor]   

“How to Get Published” Panel Discussion [Lois Ann Fitzrandolph, moderator]

12:00 - 12:45pm   

Lunch reception for Writers [invitational}

12:45 - 2:00pm   

Panel Discussions:

“Writing/Illustrating for Children”  [Rebeccca Donnelly, moderator]

“Writing for a Popular Audience” [Neal Burdick, moderator]

2:00 - 4:00pm   

Meet the Writers/Book Signings


4:00 - 5:00pm

Readings by Visiting Authors  [Jill Breit, welcome; Varick Chittenden, introductions]

5:00 - 6:00pm   

Public Reception for Authors [Appetizers/Cash Bar]

11:00am - 6:00pm


Publishers:  North Country Books, Bloated Toe Publishing, Lexingford Publishing, Adirondack Kids

Periodicals:  Adirondack Life, Thousand Islands Life, NNY Living

Special Collections from St. Lawrence University [from Friends of Owen D. Young and Launders  Library]

Adirondack Center for Writing


Writers, Moderators, & Presenters:

Children’s Workshop:  Linda Batt [instructor]   

Panel 1: Publishing:  Larry Gooley, Art Bell, Holly Boname, Lois Ann Fitzrandolph [moderator]

Panel 2: Children’s Lit: Gary Van Riper, Glenn Guiles, Ray Whalen, Rebecca Donnelly [moderator]

Panel 3:  Popular Audience: Susan Smith, Annie Stoltie, Hallie Bond, Karen Johnson-Weiner, Tom French, Walt McLaughlin, Neal Burdick [moderator]

Readings (tentative list):  Dale Hobson, Darren Bonaparte, Mason Smith, Annie Stoltie, Gary Van Riper, Glenn Guiles [Varick Chittenden, introductions]



Linda Batt        

A DeKalb Historical Reader

A North Country Quartet

Darren Bonaparte   

Creation and Confederation: The Living History of the Iroquois

A Lily Among Thorns: The Repatriation of Kateri Tekahkwi:tha

Hallie Bond           

Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks

Paradise for Boys and Girls: Children’s Camps in the Adirondacks

Neal Burdick           

The Adirondack Reader: Four Centuries of Adirondack Writing,                     3rd Edition

Living North Country: Essays on Life and Landscapes in Northern New York

Varick Chittenden   

Vietnam Remembered: The Folk Art of Marine Combat Veteran Michael D. Cousino, Jr.

Found in New York’s North Country: The Folk Art of a Region

Rebecca Donnelly       

How to Stage a Catastrophe

Tom French           

River Views: A History of the 1000 Islands in 3D

Wind Water Waves: River Stories

Larry Gooley 

Escape from Dannemora: 170 Years of Escapes, Tortures, and Infamous Inmates at New York's Most Notorious Prison

Terror in the Adirondacks: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert F. Garrow

Glenn Guiles & Ray Whalen           

A Hug for Harriet           

Harriet’s Big Adventure

Dale Hobson           

A Drop of Ink: Poems by Dale Hobson

NCPR Listening Post Blog

Karen Johnson-Weiner       

The Amish

New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State

Edward Kanze           

Adirondack: Life & Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East

Over the Mountain and Home Again: Journeys of and Adirondack Naturalist

Mason Smith           

Towards Polaris: A Novel of the Adirondack Foothills

Everybody Knows and Nobody Cares: A Novel

Susan Smith           

The First Summer People: The Thousand Islands 1650 – 1910

Editor, [online monthly magazine]

Annie Stoltie           

Explorer's Guide The Adirondacks: A Great Destination

Dog Hikes in the Adirondacks

Gary Van Riper       

The Adirondack Kids

The Pond Hockey Challenge

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