What We Do
The Friends of Moffat Library Proudly Present
Meet the Authors Luncheon
Sunday April 10, 2016 12:00 – 4:00p.m.
Round Hill House Washingtonville, NY
Author, William Klaber is a part-time journalist living in the Sullivan County town of Fremont, on a hill overlooking Basket Creek. The farmhouse he bought with his wife, Jean, in 1980 had a connection to a woman named Lucy Lobdell. William was to find out more about this interesting woman and the legend that surrounded her name when he sat down for breakfast with a longtime local historian. Listening to Lucy’s story and viewing a leather satchel filled with recollections, newspaper articles, letters about her and a copy of a self-written account of her early life sparked Bill Klaber’s interest.
The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell is his fictionalized account of Lucy’s foray into the world of men and her inward journey to a new sexual identity. William Klaber has meticulously researched Lucy’s story and told it with compassion and respect. The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell won the Ben Franklin Award for Historical Fiction. It also won an Amelia Bloomer award for feminist content and a Stonewall Book Award for LGBT content.
Mr. Klaber is a graduate of Wesleyan University and is best known for producing the public radio documentary, The RFK Tapes, and co-authoring the book Shadow Play (St. Martins, 1997). The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell is his first foray into fiction.
William Alexander is the author of three critically-acclaimed memoirs. By day an IT director at a psychiatric research institute, he made his professional writing debut at the age of 53 with the 2006 national best-seller The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden.
His second book, 52 Loaves: A Half-Baked Adventure, chronicled, week by week, his year-long quest to bake the perfect loaf of peasant bread — a journey that took him to such wide-flung and unlikely places as a communal oven in Morocco and an abbey in France — as well as into his own backyard to grow, thresh, and winnow wheat.
Alexander’s feature American Bread, which appeared as the cover story of the May 2012 issue of Saveur, won the 2013 award for best instructional food writing from IACP, the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Alexander’s most recent mission was to become fluent in French, a language that eluded him all his life. In Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart he explores every method of instruction from the Rosetta Stone to immersion study in France. Does he succeed?
In addition to receiving the IACP award, Mr. Alexander was a Quill Book Awards finalist for Debut Author of the Year. Other honors include selection by the National Book Festival and as an NPR Best Summer Reads.
Proceeds will benefit the Moffat Library Building Fund and the Summer Reading Program
Tickets $35 per person includes buffet lunch. Cash bar available
Cocktail hour begins at Noon. Lunch will be served at 1:00p.m.
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Meet William Klaber & William Alexander
Wednesday, October 21 at 6:45PM
Guest Speaker: Mr. Anthony Musso
The Friends of Moffat Library will hold their Annual Meeting on Wednesday October 21 at 6:45 p.m. at the Moffat Library. After the meeting The Friends are proud to introduce Mr. Anthony Musso as their guest speaker. Mr. Musso’s presentation will start at 7:15pm.
Mr. Musso talk about his two volume book “Setting the Record Straight: The Music and Careers of Recording Artists from the 1950s and 1960s…in their own words”. Despite having become household names during their respective recording careers, the biographies of some of the music industry’s biggest names are clouded with inaccuracies, conflicting data, and baseless tales. Learn why Buddy Holly and the Crickets decided to disband and how Brenda Lee came to be billed as a 32 year old midget during a 1959 tour of France. Hear why Paul left Paula in the midst of a Dick Clark Caravan of Stars concert tour. Discover how a backstage discussion and handshake immediately transformed a young vocal group from Harlem into the legendary Drifters. And hear first-hand accounts about the trials and tribulations, the joys and tragedies of life on the road during the rock and roll era’s infancy.
Mr. Musso was born and raised in Brooklyn. He has been a resident of the Hudson Valley since 1986.
With Authors Bill Dedman and Lauren Willig
Bill Dedman’s investigative journalism won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 while writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has subsequently worked for NBC News and has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Presently he writes for Newsday, Long Island’s largest paper. He is the author of the bestselling non-fiction book, Empty Mansions, recounting the life of the eccentric, reclusive heiress, Huguette Clark.
Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association’s annual list of the best genre fiction. She has authored the Pink Carnation series, The Ashford Affair and The Summer.