Larkin Square Blog

Paul Hertneky, author of Rust Belt Boy to speak September 21st

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 31, 2016

From Pittsburgh to Buffalo, tales of growing up in a Rust Belt City have a similar thread of experience. The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome author Paul Hertneky to speak about his new book, Rust Belt Boy on Wednesday, September 21st at 5:30 pm. Paul’s book shares the experiences of one immigrant grandchild who became an emigrant himself, and in so doing tells the story of a generation.

Cover for UPNE catalog“Nearly all of the essays and stories are set in my hometown of Ambridge, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh,” says Hertneky.  “But every American settlement has seen waves of immigrants.  Those waves often come and go without us recognizing their singularity, their influence, and the pattern they follow.  I have written these essays to acknowledge the boomers who moved away— from Milwaukee and Youngstown and Scranton and all the places in between—and in appreciation for those who stayed home and supplied the gravity, took care of the parents, the towns, and each other.”

Along with the immigrant experience, the book touches on the joys and tribulations of industrial small town life—its foods, cultures, families, workers, bosses and politicos.

Over twenty-five years, Paul Hertneky has written stories, essays, and scripts for the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, NBC News, The Comedy Channel, Gourmet, Eating Well, Traveler’s Tales, The Exquisite Corpse, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Adbusters, and many more. His work centers on culture, food, industry, the environment, and travel, winning him a Solas Award, and two James Beard Award nominations. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, he serves on the faculty of Chatham University.

The Larkin Square Author Series is presented by Key Bank and sponsored by Independent Health. The event is co-sponsored by Talking Leaves books, who will be selling copies of Rust Belt Boy at the event.

Beer, wine, and light fare will be available for purchase. Q and A and book signing to follow the talk.

2016 Local Author Celebration

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 30, 2016

Join us for the 3rd annual celebration of local authors on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 from 5pm – 7pm.

More than 30 authors, along with their books, will be on the Boardwalk in Larkin Square for this special edition of the Larkin Square Author Series. Talking Leaves will have copies of their books available for purchase.  Authors will welcome guests to join them in conversation and for book signings.

There is an abundance of  local writing talent. We look forward to welcoming back some past Larkin Square Authors along with many new writers to Buffalo’s biggest book party! The variety of writing includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and childrens’ books.

Beer, wine and light fare available for purchase during the event.  The celebration is free and open to the public courtesy of Presenting Sponsor Key Bank and sponsor Independent Health.

Authors planning to attend the celebration include:

TheArthur A. Duncan II Esq., Greg Parkes, Matthew Smith, Willie Price, Pat Obermeier, Stephen Eoannou, Nancy Fuentes, Steve Delmonte, Kevin Siepel, Dave Bauer, Gerald Halligan, Jackie Albarella, Christina Abt, Barbara Early, Tim Shannon, Miriam Shannon, Janice Okun, Shane Stephensen, John McGlarry, Mary Mullett Flynn, Paul Lewis, Dave Coleman, Susan Sellingsloh, Patricia Hull, Dianne Sanders Riordan

Tom Dudzick and Holly Caster speaking on September 19th!

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 30, 2016

Buffalo and Larkinville favorite  playwright Tom Dudzick along with his wife, writer Holly Caster, return to the Larkin Square Author Series for a conversation on the Boardwalk, Monday, September 19th from 5:30pm – 6:45 pm.

HC book card-01Holly is the author of the novel, Cape May, a moving novel, set in Manhattan and the seaside town of Cape May, New Jersey. An unexpected romance develops between the lead character, Joanna, married and 60, who has a  chance meeting with a man who could be her soulmate.

Tom is the author of the plays Over The Tavern, Miracle on South Division Street and many more. Tom will be in Buffalo to direct his play Don’t Talk to the Actors performed at the Kavinoky Theatre, September 9 – October 2nd, 2016.

Join Holly and Tom in a conversation and a few laughs with Larkin Square Director of Fun, Leslie Zemsky.  Bring your questions with you or email them ahead to LeslieZ@LarkinSquare.com.

Tom will also be reading a scene from a work in progress, a brand new musical comedy entitled “Christmas Over the Tavern.” With book, music and lyrics by Tom, it’s a quirky Christmas tale featuring Buffalo’s favorite repressed and dysfunctional family, the Pazinski’s. Tom remarked, “The Larkin Square event will be the first time anyone will have heard a scene from the show out loud — including me! I’m very excited.”

Talking Leaves will have copies of Tom’s plays and Holly’s book available for purchase and signing.  Beer, wine and light fare offered as well. The talk is free and open to the public thanks to the support from Presenting sponsor Key Bank and sponsor Independent Health.

Animal Outfitters has opened in Larkinville!

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 24, 2016

We are delighted to share about a new business in Larkinville.  Animal Outfitters at 500 Seneca is now open! They are proud to join the  neighborhood, and  here to meet the needs of dog parents and their canine companions who both live in and work in the city of Buffalo.Animal_Outfitters-0034

Locally owned and operated since 2005, Animal Outfitters recently expanded to a second location at the historic Five Hundred Seneca building. Their new 2,500 square foot indoor facility, along with an accompanying 600 square foot outdoor private dog park, features individualized attention from experienced pet professionals.  Their services include:

  • Dog Daycare
  • DIY and Full Service Dog Wash
  • Private Training, Group Classes, and Educational Workshops 
  • Walking, Exercise, and Fitness Programs
  • Premium Selection of Pet Foods, Treats, Toys, and Accessories

Animal Outfitters | 500 Seneca is conveniently located for employees and residents throughout Larkinville with easy drop-off and pick up at their entrance on Myrtle Avenue. Their hours are:

  • Monday-Friday, 7 am – 6 pm 
  • Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm

Additional information – as well as online booking – is available on their website or by calling  (716) 436-4553. Drop by for a visit with or without your pup! Animal_Outfitters-0193

A message from Community Beer Works & Larkin Square

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 21, 2016

A message from Community Beer Works and Larkin Square

Our intention was to celebrate a band that has been so close to our hearts and a part of our lives, and to make a meaningful donation to the Sunnybrook Foundation in their honor. We know that’s why you came to share it with us as well. We sincerely apologize for all the problems with last night’s event and for taking away from a moment we had hoped would be special. 

CBW will honor all ticket refund requests via email to hiprefunds@communitybeerworks.com . 100% of ticket donations were to be sent to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. As a means to make sure that we follow through on that pledge, event organizers will make a donation to replace any refunded monies. 


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