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Genesee Reading Series: Martin Naparsteck & Sara Kersting
November 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Now in its 36th 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 afterwards and talk to the authors while eating cookies.
MARTIN NAPARSTECK has published eight books, more than 50 short stories, over 100 magazine articles, and thousands of newspaper articles. His books include two novels of the Vietnam War (War Song and A Hero’s Welcome), a collection of stories (Saying Things), a book of writing advice (Honesty in the Use of Words), and four works of non-fiction (Richard Yates Up Close, Sex and Manifest Destiny, Mrs. Mark Twain, and The Trial of Susan B. Anthony). His shorter writings have appeared in North American Review, Mississippi Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, Ellery Queen, and more than 100 other publications. He has won two dozen writing awards, including a Book-of-the-Month Club Creative Writing Fellowship in competition judged by Ralph Ellison and William Styron. He has taught writing and literature at 12 colleges in four states.
SARA KERSTING retired 12 years ago from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology, College of NTID) after working in counseling services for thirty years. She has always written short stories, and has had work published in literary journals such as the American Literary Review, the Avalon Review and Pennsylvania English journal. Kirkus reviewed her debut novel, Duty to Warn, as “… A provocative exploration of the ethics of mental health counseling,” as two psychologists are confronted with one’s patient who may be intending to seek retribution for childhood abuse. “The novel expertly shifts perspective among these three characters, maintaining a high level of tension… a well-informed and thoughtful glimpse into…[the] heart’s sometimes-impenetrable mysteries.”