Beth Peyton To Discuss Memoir

BEMUS POINT – A local author plans to speak with area residents about life in Maple Springs.

The Bemus Point Library will host a book chat and signing Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. The chat will feature Beth Peyton, author of “Clear Skies, Deep Water,” who will discuss her memoir. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

According to Kathleen McCarthy, library director, Peyton’s memoir centers around the appreciation of moving to Maple Springs and the healing process that Peyton and her husband experienced following a year of devastating personal and financial loss.

“This is an awesome book,” McCarthy said. “There’s a bit of nostalgia for people who have lived in a small community and connect with it. Bemus Point residents will be interested in hearing the story because it’s that same sense of community.”

According to Peyton, she is planning to discuss her writing process, answer questions and read passages out of her memoir during the event.

“I may also talk about how I came to be a writer,” Peyton said. “I wanted to do something where I paid more attention to my life, and for me it was writing.”

Peyton added that it is not necessary to read the book before attending the chat – she aims to include both people who have read the book and those that have not.

“I want to talk a little bit about what the book is about, which is an exploration about how Maple Springs became home,” Peyton said.

Hard copies of “Clear Skies, Deep Water” are currently available at the Chautauqua Bookstore and Off The Beaten Path Bookstore. Both e-book versions and hard copies can also be ordered on SUNY Press’ website at

The Bemus Point Library is located at 13 Main St. in Bemus Point.