Parish author to speak at Arts Center

The CNY Arts Center will feature author Tracy Kinne at its next Author Spotlight at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton.

The program highlights local authors and their recently published work. Kinne, a lifelong resident of Parish, was a newspaper journalist for 21 years before taking a buyout and leaving The Post-Standard in 2007.

She also was former editor at several smaller newspapers, including the Phoenix Register and the Valley News.

Kinne is the author of two books. Her first is a memoir about her four years as a low-wage retail worker. Kinne was named a 2013 Central New York Workers Memorial Day Champion of Worker Safety and Health for this memoir, “On Sale: Employers Get Good Workers Dirt Cheap.”

The book also took honorable mention in three international festivals: Paris, New York and New England.

Her second book is young adult fiction, “Little Town on the Shale: A Girl Fights Hydrofracking,” describes the challenges faced by a teen who is an emerging activist but lives in rural poverty much like that in parts of Oswego County.

“I wanted people to understand the growing poverty and economic inequality on a personal level,” Kinne said.

During the program, Kinne will explain how she wrote her books, read excerpts from them and take questions from the audience.

Afterward, attendants can purchase a signed copy of their books, with all proceeds to benefit the Arts Center. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program.

For more information about the event, call the CNY Arts Center at 592-3373 or visit http://www.cnyartscenter.com.

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