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September 13, 2012

Author to help writers find their voice

The Daily Star

---- — Local author Adrienne Martini will teach a three-part writing workshop on Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each night. “Finding Your Voice” is aimed at helping writers find their voice. The workshop will use a variety of sensory techniques and writing exercises. By the end of the classes, each student should have a 1,200-wordpersonal narrative that captures a part of her or his story. The last class session will be devoted to feedback from both the instructor and students.

Martini is the author of “Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood” and “Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously,” and a columnist for The Daily Star. Registration is required for this workshop and may be done in person or by calling 432-1980.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov.Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature.

The Internet and Out-of-Print Book Dealers

John Carney of Carney Books will present the changes in the out-of-print book selling business in light of e-books, the Internet, and other technological advances in this digital age. Peg Carney will assist. Participants may also bring a book for evaluation. The program will be held from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Sept 24. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Huntington Memorial Library and is free and open to the public.

New Books

Herbert J. Stern spent his career as a prosecuting attorney and federal judge. During his tenure, he successfully prosecuted mayors in New Jersey, a congressman, top administrations in state government, and several organized crime members. He tells his story in “Diary of a DA.”

Some of his other accomplishments include indicting the head of the French CIA for shipping 100 pounds of heroin to the U.S., helping catch the killer of Malcolm X, and prosecuting the real-life Tony Soprano. True crime stories don’t get any better than this.

Tensions between the United States and China have become intense because China has increased its naval presence in the Pacific. China has also developed weapons to target American ships with deadly accuracy. These and other conditions find an epic battle for dominance in the Pacific brewing. Don’t miss Dale Brown’s latest thriller,

“Tiger’s Claw.”

“You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”

by Lee Gutkind is a guide to writing creative nonfiction. There are many different types of true stories from memoir to literary journalism. The author illustrates each type and gives you exercises to practice. He’ll also help you define your concept and establish a writing process to help complete your story. Gutkind is the author of more than 30 books and the founder of “Creative Nonfiction” magazine.

Outsiders are never permitted entrance to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entreles-Loups. The monks live and work in complete silence, except for their world famous chants. When choir director is murdered, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir enter in order to discover the murder. All is not the apparent peaceful life they had thought they’d find inside, and they discover one of the monks had even been contemplating murder.

“The Beautiful Mystery”

by Louise Penny is a puzzler of a mystery.

Library Hours:

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at