Local writer to present new book

Local author and writing instructor Jim Farfaglia has released his second book of poems, “People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life.”

A reading from the book is planned for April 11 at 6 p.m. at the river’s end bookstore.

“This book takes a different look at life than my first poetry collection, ‘Country Boy’,” Farfaglia stated. “That book was a testimonial to my rural upbringing and extended family of muck farmers. This book has a wider perspective, taking a look at the people, places and things that have influenced my life. Like the first book, it is a book of gratitude, but it also addresses some of the life’s challenges.”

Farfaglia’s career as a writer began when he retired from his job with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, where he oversaw the operation of Camp Hollis, a residential camp located on Lake Ontario in Southwest Oswego.

Toward the end of that career, he co-authored a book about the longstanding recreational program entitled “Camp Hollis: The Origins of Oswego County’s Children’s Camp.”

“By helping with that book, I realized I wanted to spend more time writing and assisting others who want to write,” Farfaglia noted. “In addition to my reading at the river’s end, the evening will also feature three new writers, Ali Martin, Margaret Nichols and Diane Sokolowski, who have taken a class from me and have shown excellent writing skills.”

The program at the river’s end will also be announcing a series of classes Farfaglia will teach at the bookstore; the first class is entitled “Doorways: How to Turn Memories into Memoirs.”

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