If you are looking for a local place to shop on Black Friday that offers unique books, visit the Fenimore Art Museum. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 28, the Fenimore will host a book-signing event featuring 12 local authors who have written the area’s most popular books. The authors will be seated at tables in the first floor of the Fenimore and people are welcome to go in and talk to the authors and ask for personalized signatures.
Sue deBruijn, visitor services and retail manager at the Fenimore and The Farmers’ Museum, said she thinks this event is a great opportunity to purchase gifts.
“Having books signed by the author … adds to the gift,” deBruijn said.
There will be books from various genres such as historical fiction, children’s books, heirloom cookbooks, memoirs, and locally inspired fiction, deBruijn said. The Fenimore will welcome the Beekman Boys (from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. only), authors of “Bucolic Plague,” “Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook” and “Heirloom Dessert Cookbook,” Paul Kuhn, Cooperstown’s Santa Claus and author of “Santa’s Second Home;” Marly Youmans, the author of “Glimmerglass,” “Death at White Camellia Orphanage” and “Thaliad;” Cindy Falk author of “New York State Barns;” Richard Duncan photographer and author of “Picture Books - Cooperstown, Otsego Lake, Otsego County;” Bob and Trish Kane co-authors of “New York State Covered Bridges,” Calvin Boal author of “Last Run of the Whisperer” and “St. George’s Cross;” Chuck D’Imperio author of “Unknown Museums” and “Monumental New York;” Jim Atwell author “From Fly Creek” and “Wobbling Home;” and Anna Membrino who wrote “I Want to Be a Ballerina.”
There will also be pre-signed books available from Dina Falconi, Michael Popek, Jennifer Donnelly, Shannon Hayes, Richard DeRosa, Len Tantillo, Eva Fognell and Paul D’Ambrosio.
The Fenimore and The Farmers’ Museum typically have book signings during other events, deBruijn said. But, this time she decided to make the authors the event. All of the authors attending live in central New York, and many of them are from Otsego County, she said.
“Bringing so many authors together draws attention to the fact that there are so many talented authors in the area,” deBruijn said.
Jim Atwell, one of the authors featured at the event, said the advantage of having an event like this is that it raises attention to the fact that there are so many authors in our area and engaged readers.
“This event highlights (the fact) that Cooperstown is a literate community,” he said.
Youmans said she is excited about the upcoming book signing at the Fenimore.
“I think it’s great that we’re doing such an event here,” Youmans said.
“It’s really wonderful that we have someone who wants to have more events with writers,” she continued.
Marly Youmans is the author of 12 books and many of them are set in a town similar to Cooperstown.
She said Cooperstown has a history of talented writers that dates back to James Fenimore Cooper’s time when he coined the names of various places in Cooperstown and referred to them in fiction.
“The lines between fiction and reality are a little bit blurred in Cooperstown,” Youmans said.
Atwell also draws on the local community to create his books.
His book, “From Fly Creek” celebrates the time in his life when he lived in Fly Creek, he said. Atwell said he did not know anything about farming when he first moved to Fly Creek. But he was surprised and overjoyed by how welcoming people were in Fly Creek and their willingness to teach him about farming, he said.
Another book he will be signing is “Wobbling Home,” about his battle with Parkinson’s Disease and how his faith has helped him get through. Atwell said he wrote the book to give people experiential knowledge about what it feels like to live with Parkinson’s inside one’s own body and to provide caregivers and loved ones with a further understanding.
For more information about this event and the authors attending, visit the FAM website at www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.