Genesee Reading Series- January 9: Elizabeth Osta and Susan Moyer

Hosted by: Wanda Schubmehl

Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.

Now in its 34th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It’s up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs – stay afterward and talk to the authors while eating cookies.


January 9: Elizabeth Osta and Susan Moyer


Susan Moyer is an adult adoptee who spent 30 years searching for her biological family. She wrote in her memoir, The Lonely Child, about her search, which spanned from Albany to Toronto, New York City, and Ireland. Now Moyer gives talks helping others learn the process she went through to find her family despite a closed adoption. She worked in advertising and radio as a copy writer and producer for many years, and later in Special Education. She has been married for 37 years and has two sons. She lives in Brighton, New York.



Elizabeth Osta, born in Buffalo and raised in Syracuse, graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester. She entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph, where she served for nine years in the 1960’s and 1970’s. She taught children with special needs, was a school principal and became a training specialist for New York State Education Department. Osta has received numerous awards for her work, including the Democrat & Chronicle Golden Pen Award, the Writers and Books Big Pencil Award, and Honorary Mention for Big Brick Review.



In 2011, her Irish historical novel, Jeremiah’s Hunger, was launched at Pluta Cancer Center, where she had been treated for breast cancer. Her most recent book, Saving Faith: A Memoir of Courage, Conviction and a Calling, was launched at the former Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse forty years from the day she left. Saving Faith was nominated for Best of Rochester Locally Written Book. Osta and her husband Dave Van Arsdale live in Fairport on the Erie Canal.



February 13: Michael Czarnecki and Miriam Lerner
March 13: Joe Flaherty and Steve Huff


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