Author Series

Welcoming Hillary Rodham Clinton to Larkin Square

By Leslie Zemsky  
September 29, 2017

In partnership with Talking Leaves Books, Larkin Square was thrilled to welcome Hillary Rodham Clinton for a book signing in The Filling Station on September 28. Secretary Clinton signed 1,000 copies of her new book What Happened as well as her children’s book, It Takes a Village. To purchase tickets, people had to buy What Happened from Talking Leaves Books. In just five days, the event sold out.

Hundreds of eager guests filled the square on Thursday morning waiting for Secretary Clinton’s arrival. About 30-50 people were permitted into The Filling Station at one time, allowing a genuine greeting with Secretary Clinton. She was very kind and chatted briefly with guests, even snapping a few pictures with some of her youngest fans. Smiles filled Larkin Square and new friendships were formed  as Clinton fans and supporters came together for this special event.

The Larkin Square team was extremely proud to host what was an incredibly memorable event for so many. Our team is looking forward to continue hosting unique events and opportunities for Buffalo and Western New York. To see more photos from Secretary Clinton’s signing, check out The Buffalo News photo gallery. Thank you to everyone who made this event successful and fun!

David Goodwin speaks about the impact of artists transforming a neighborhood in his book: Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street

By Leslie Zemsky  
September 28, 2017

The Larkin Square Author Series presents David Goodwin author of  Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, Wednesday, October 10th at 5:30 pm

In the late 1980s, a handful of artists priced out of Manhattan and desperately needing affordable studio space discovered 111 1st Street, a former P. Lorillard Tobacco Company warehouse. Over the next two decades, an eclectic collection of painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, and writers dreamt and toiled within the building’s labyrinthine halls. The local arts scene flourished, igniting hope that Jersey City would emerge as the next grassroots center of the art world. However, a rising real estate market coupled with a provincial political establishment threatened the community at 111 1st Street. The artists found themselves entangled in a long, complicated, and vicious fight for their place in the building and for the physical survival of 111 1st Street itself, a site that held so much potential, so much promise for Jersey City.

Left Bank of the Hudson offers a window into the demographic, political, and socio-economic changes experienced by Jersey City during the last thirty years. Documenting the narrative of 111 1st Street as an act of cultural preservation, author David J. Goodwin’s well-researched and significant contribution addresses the question of the role of artists in economically improving cities. As a Jersey City resident, Goodwin applies his knowledge of the city’s rich history of political malfeasance and corruption, including how auspicious plans for a waterfront arts enclave were repeatedly bungled by a provincial-minded city administration. In writing this story, Goodwin interviewed thirteen artists and residents, two businesses, three government officials, and five non-profits, civic organizations, and community activists. The book chronologically explores the history and business of the P. Lorillard Tobacco Company, its evolution into a bustling arts community, the battle to preserve the warehouse as a historic structure, and the lessons to be drawn from the loss and ultimate demolition of the building in 2007, as well as the present state of the neighborhood.

Setting the facts straight for future generations, Left Bank of the Hudson provides an illustrative lesson to government officials, scholars, students, activists, and everyday citizens attempting to navigate the “rediscovery” of American cities.

Books will be available for purchase at the event through Talking Leaves. The talk is free, beverages and snacks available for purchase at the Filling Station. The Larkin Square author series is presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health and Talking Leaves books.

SOLD OUT: Hillary Rodham Clinton to sign books in Larkin Square, Thursday, September 28th, 12:30 pm

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 24, 2017

Tickets are currently sold out and required for this book signing event at Larkin Square. 
Larkin Square will be open to ticket holders on the day of the event, with limited access to the public. 

NO PURSES, BACKPACKS OR BAGS WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE BOOK SIGNING

The Larkin Square Author Series and Talking Leaves books is hosting a book signing with Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Hillary Clinton will sign copies of her new book, What Happened.

“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.”
—Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.

She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future.

The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath—both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.

Hillary Rodham Clinton will sign What Happened and the 2017 illustrated children’s book edition of It Takes a Village only. She will sign up to two books per customer, one of which must be What Happened. Place in the signing line is determined by time of arrival at the event. 

 No other books or memorabilia, personalizing, or posing for photos.

Parking is free for guests attending the event, please park in the gravel lot at Hydraulic and Seneca Streets. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Filling Station Restaurant in Larkin Square.

This special author event is sponsored  by Talking Leaves.

Media contact for the day of event: Bridget Schaefer, bridgets@larkinsquare.com, 716-346-8053

Phoebe Lapine shares her “Wellness Project” on June 9th

By Leslie Zemsky  
June 02, 2017

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to present a special lunchtime, 12:15 PM, Friday June 9th, edition of the Larkin Square Author Series with the writer Phoebe Lapine. Phoebe is the author of the book the Wellness Project: How I learned to do right by my body, without giving up my life.

Ms. Lapine is a private chef, culinary instructor, caterer, cookbook author, and the voice behind the award-winning blog Feed Me Phoebe, which documents her recipes for healthy, gluten-free comfort foods and tips for achieving a more balanced life. Lapine is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Food52, Serious Eats, and Food & Wine, among other publications. Feed Me Phoebe was a finalist in the 2015 Saveur Blog Awards. She lives in New York.

The Wellness Project is written with humor and smart nutrition tips as Ms. Lapine spent a year investigating ways to feel better through nutrition and lifestyle choices without giving up a bellini with brunch! The book contains 20 recipes and lots of healthy living tips she learned during her 12 month journey of discovery.

Inviting Phoebe to Buffalo and to speak in Larkin Square is a perfect fit with our focus on healthy living here in Larkin Square. From the Healthy Options program at Food Truck Tuesdays to free pickleball, hula hoops and scratch made cooking at The Filling Station, we like to incorporate healthy fun into the programming and food offerings in Larkin Square.”

The Wellness Project will be available for purchase at the event from Talking Leaves. Lunch will be available for purchase from the Filling Station and Amys Food Truck.  For more information about Phoebe Lapine, please visit PhoebeLapine.com.

Lauren Belfer returns to Larkin Square, May 15th, 2017

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 28, 2017

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome back to Larkin Square and Buffalo, Lauren Belfer. Buffalo’s beloved author has invited Frank Kowsky and Stephanie Crockatt to join her in a conversation titled, Buffalo’s Olmsted Legacy: Past, Present, and Future. The talk will include historic images of the Olmsted Parks which inspired Ms. Belfer’s writing in City of Light.

Lauren Belfer is the author of the best-selling novels City of Light, A Fierce Radiance, and and After the Fire.  City of Light is set in Buffalo. Much of the story is set in Olmsted designed parks in Niagara Falls and in Buffalo. This will be Ms. Belfer’s fifth time speaking at the Larkin Square Author Series. This will be her first talk with a thematic subject.  She has invited Olmsted scholars Frank Kowsky and Stephanie Crockatt to join the conversation. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions as well.

Frank Kowsky is the author of The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System.  Stephanie Crockatt is Executive Director of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

We are honored that Lauren Belfer will again return for a spring time talk in Larkinville. May is the most beautiful time of the year along our Olmsted designed parkways and parks, we are delighted to share some of that beauty through conversation and historic images.”

Lauren Belfer’s books will be available for purchase at the event from Talking Leaves.  A book signing will follow the talk. Information on the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will also be shared at the event.   Beer, wine and snacks available for purchase from The Filling Station. For more information about upcoming Larkin Square events, including upcoming author talks, please visit www.larkinsquare.com.  For more information about Lauren Belfer, visit www.laurenbelfer.com. For more information about the Olmsted Parks, visit www.bfloparks.org.