Author Series

A night of Mystery with writers Jeff Schober and Suzanne Zewan

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 08, 2018

The Larkin Square Author series presents an evening of mystery writing with authors Jeff Schober and Suzanne Zewan on Wednesday, February 28th at 5:30 pm in the Filling Station in Larkin Square.

Everyone loves a good mystery, learn more about the art of crafting a good one from Jeff and Suzanne.  This will be Jeff’s third visit to the Larkin Square Author Series and Suzanne’s first.

Jeff Schober is the author of numerous crime fiction books including Boneshaker and Broken and Profane.  His nonfiction works include Growing up Gronk and Bike Path Rapist: A Cop’s Firsthand Account of Catching a Killer Who Terrorized a Community.

Jeff’s newest book, Faces and Fingertips, while written  as a stand-alone novel, continues characters introduced in Broken and Profane and Boneshaker. When these lonely souls converge, results are hopeful, electric, and sometimes heartbreaking.

Ken Connell is a former Buffalo detective who has lost everything: his wife, his job, even his striking good looks, thanks to a shotgun blast that punctured his neck. These days he investigates insurance fraud, reminisces about the woman he loved, and dreams of moving south, while convinced he is being followed. R.J. Sorrentino has always lived on the fringe. He was angry before leaving for Vietnam and grew angrier when he returned. He’s a survivor; yet lately, surviving isn’t enough. His one chance at redemption is his ability to draw. Now working as a police sketch artist, a grisly discovery twists him back into uncertainty. Laura Pantera inhabits a world that looks different from everyone else’s. Her cheating husband is gone, and she’s haunted by a painful childhood. Days are long and nights turn surreal when she plunges into an abyss. Yet a mysterious neighbor mat just provide a lifeline to happiness.

Suzanne Zewan  is coordinator at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and is an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College. She has a M.A. in English and Creative Writing and a M.S.Ed. in Career and Technical Education. Other publications include a poem in Jigsaw (2014), a short story and two poems in Jigsaw (2016), and a short story in Amaranth Review (2016).

Suzanne will be speaking about her novel, Shadow by the Bridge. In the book, 11-year-old Fritz Reynolds recalled his father telling him that man is the only creature who can find amusement in killing. Little did he realize that those words would become the theme for his teenage years growing up in the rural hamlet on Linden, New York. In this coming-of-age story, Fritz takes us back to a simpler time when neighbors gathered at the general store to listen to radio shows, drank barrel-aged cider and worshiped at the Baptist Church every Sunday. All was picturesque in his close-knit farming community until terror was unleashed on them.

Refreshments will be available for purchase, a Q and A and book signing will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase at the events through the co- sponsor Talking Leaves.

The Larkin Square Author series and other  public events are presented by KeyBank and Sponsored by Independent Health.

 

 

Seneca Street: South of Larkinville, a preview of exciting new developments

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 26, 2017

Wednesday, January 24 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm, Larkin Square Filling Station.

The Larkin Development Group (LDG) began the transformation of the neighborhood we now call Larkinville in 2002. Through enormous hard work, dedication and investment by the LDG along with  many other developers and businesses, the neighborhood has become a national model for repurposing older buildings to new uses and bringing a neighborhood back to life.

Exciting developments are now in the works down the road from Larkinville on Seneca Street in South Buffalo.  Projects include the former Sheas Theater, a church and school and other buildings finding new life in South Buffalo near the historic Olmsted designed Cazenovia Park.

On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm, in the Filling Station,  The Larkin Square Author and Speaker series invites you to join us for a preview  and discussion with developers Gino Gatti, John Otto and Peter Scarcello, Buffalo firefighters and the partners of  Hook & Ladder Development LLC, Jake Schneider, of Schneider Development Services, who is developing the historic Shea’s Seneca Project and Karl Frizlen, of The Frizlen Group, who is leading the conversion of the former St. Theresa’s parish school.

Established in 2012, Hook & Ladder Development is a real estate holdings company owned and operated by three Buffalo Firefighters. They have dedicated their lives to serving our city and are committed to its continued revitalization.Hook & Ladder has redeveloped a series of storefront properties on Seneca Street and is now working on plans to redevelop the 19th century former St. John’s Church.

Jake Schneider is the driving force behind The Shea’s Seneca project, located at 2178 Seneca St,. this is the adaptive reuse of 50,000 square feet of historic infrastructure originally constructed in 1929 by Michael Shea. When complete, the new mixed use facility will include 23 new apartments (The Skyroom Lofts), a 12,000 sf banquet facility (Shea’s Seneca Catering) and new commercial storefronts (Public Espresso Coffee and Bakery and others storefront tenants yet TBD).

Karl Frizlen, principal The Frizlen Group Architects has been actively involved in the transformation and planning of several historic neighborhoods including projects in the Elmwood Village.  He is now near the completion of a school project in the Seneca Street Corridor, the  redevelopment of the old St. Teresa’s Parochial School into the School Lofts @ Seneca, featuring 37 loft style apartments.

Each Developer will share photos of their projects, talk about their interest in South Buffalo and plans for the future as well. There will be time for questions and answers as well.

 

 

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