The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library recently announced its fall schedule of programs. Events are held at 7 p.m. Mondays at Huntington Memorial Library, at 62 Chestnut St. in Oneonta, and are free and open to the public.
This Monday is "Murder in the Adirondacks: Did He Do It?" Jack Sherman, Tompkins County Judge and Co-Editor, will discuss "The Prison Diary and Letters of Chester Gillette." The diary and letters kept by the convicted killer of Grace Brown in 1906 in the Adirondacks became the basis for Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy," the movie "A Place in the Sun" and a 2005 Metropolitan Opera. Sherman has studied and written about the case for more than 30 years.
Monday, Oct. 19, is "Antiques and Appraisals." Kevin Herrick, owner of the Lettis Auction Service, will discuss antiques and collectibles. Audience members may bring one item to be discussed and given its value.
Monday, Nov. 16, is "Night Navigation." Ginnah Howard will read from her recently published novel, "Night Navigation," which focuses on one year in the life of what's left of a troubled upstate family after the death of the father and brother. This novel has been cited in "Genealogy." In a review given July 5, the New York Times said, "The strength of this story pulls Howard's readers along, unable to turn away from a fierce mother and son who are determined to negotiate the future without having to detour around every moment of their past'."
Details of programs can be found in Huntington Memorial Library Director Marie Bruni's "Library Corner" column, which appears each Thursday.