Book Launch

Wednesday, May 22
4-5:30pm in the Activity Room

The Library will host a reading and author signing reception for Writing in the Ether,  published by Dos Madres Press, 2018, the latest work of local memoirist, writer and poet, Catherine Arra. Arra taught English and Writing in the Rondout Valley School District and serves as facilitator of the Stone Ridge Library Writers’ Group, that meets weekly at the library.

Since leaving the classroom in 2012, Catherine’s poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals online and in print. She is the author of three chapbooks, Slamming and Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014); Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015); and Tales of Intrigue & Plumage (Future Cycle Press, 2017). Writing in the Ether is her first full-length collection.

Publisher Dos Madres Press: “The poems and short prose in Catherine Arra’s Writing in the Ether were born from the connective tissue of memory, the bones of the past, and the spirit that insists not only upon seeing and remembering, but upon reconciling ‘the holy and the unholy’ to embrace what is. Here is a story of a girl growing up in the 1960s with a mysteriously elusive mother, a second-generation immigrant father, and her immigrant grandparents living next door. At the center of the collection is a desire to reach back for clarity and continuity that becomes, in itself, an act of writing in the ether.

“Through an exploration into her own story, Arra invites each of us to go back and become ‘forever the sentinel’ on the doorstep of our history, to find the sweetest joys, the most devastating betrayals, and in doing so, mark each with a cross, a prayer, and perhaps a poem, because, as Arra writes, ‘Love eats you, and this is the only way home’.”

Local author Nina Shengold (Clearcut and River of Words writes, “Arra’s words pulse with a soft incandenscence, like fireflies, or sparks from a distant volcano.”

The public is cordially invited to attend this free event. For information and weather-related updates, please call the library program office at 845 687-7023 or visit the Stone Ridge Library Facebook page.

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