Sugar Shack To Host Local Author Event

WESTFIELD – A group of nine local authors has teamed up to host the first in a series of book signing events held at the Sugar Shack in Westfield.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Sugar Shack Gift Shop, 7904 Route 5 in Westfield. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

According to Gail Black, owner of the Sugar Shack, each author will present for 10 minutes to give participants an idea of what their book is about. After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to see the book, talk to the author following the presentations and buy a signed copy.

“Artists have art galleries, there’s a wine trail for people who do that, there are all kinds of special interest things – but there really isn’t something for authors,” said Black. “Instead of spending one hour on each author at a single book signing you can come to this and see eight of them in the same period of time. I hope this program will help authors to market their book. So come to meet the authors, see why they write books, talk to them and support their efforts.”

The event will cover a wide variety of genres as well as fiction and non-fiction books. The authors include: Mary Dolce, “How to Cook For a Man When You Want To Be Dessert”; Dick Galloway, “The Medal”; Kathleen Crocker and Jane Currie, “Legendary Locals: The Chautauqua Lake Region”; Yvonne Park, “Murder for Hire: My Brother’s Story”; George Clever, “Dancing With Grandfather” and “Bear Lake Monster”; Black, “Asses and Angels: A Journey From Abuse To Achievement”; Fletcher Ward, “Saving Chautauqua’s Muskies”; and Chuck Spinner, “The Tragedy at the Loomis Street Crossing.”

“There’s novels, memoirs and historical things – there is quite a range in our group,” said Black. “I will carry all the authors’ books in my shop. There is a book rack when you come in the door, and all the books will be there for sale. The Sugar Shack is located near a lot of campgrounds, and people at campgrounds on a rainy day want to read a book.”

Dolce, a Buffalo native who now resides in Chautauqua County, said her Italian-American ancestry has infused her stories with warmth and passion. Her novel offers a fictional account of real-life struggles with domestic violence, alcoholism, homosexuality, fame and personal triumph within a close-knit Italian family.

According to Dolce, in addition to hosting the event, Black will present her memoir, which spans several years of abuse, culminating in personal achievement and love.

“Her soul-baring stories of grit and guts have won her accolades from readers here and abroad,” said Dolce. “Ms. Black, who owns the Sugar Shack, aspires to offer a series of author talks and signings throughout the summer as Westfield continues to expand its artistic and cultural image, attracting visitors from around the world.”

Following Monday’s event, Black hopes to continue hosting others on the second Sunday of each month, and other authors are encouraged to participate. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. For more information, call 326-3351 or visit