Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

  • 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    Contact: The Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3

    How do two novelists who live on two different continents write a psychological thriller together? The process was a unique one that produced our first novel, State of Innocence, which was published in August of 2021. Australian therapist S.K. Mason and I met on-line through a mutual writing coach. She was trying to write about her own experience of getting through the loss of an infant, at the same time she was beginning her own career as a family therapist.  An avid fan of American thrillers, S.K. decided to turn her fictionalize her experiences to explore what the loss of a child can do to struggling families.

    Something about S.K.’s story spoke to me: a story of two families, from opposite ends of the social spectrum, both experiencing the loss of a child. There was a mystery involving one of the families. And there was the main plot line about a therapist with her first real case, who comes to realize that she is not yet experienced enough to be able to help her clients – especially their two sweet, innocent girls who were experiencing emotional distress. I loved the idea of a newly-minted professional being plunged into a new career and finding herself “in over her head” in a way that would ultimately create real cracks in the foundation of her own marriage and family. By setting the story in the Hudson Valley, and drawing on all my experiences as a community reporter in Newburgh during my time at the Times Herald Record, I added to her original story, and together we turned her initial idea into a more expansive, richer novel, filled with intrigue, heartache, and suspense.

    Debra Scacciaferro is a former newspaper reporter and arts critic for the Times Herald Record of Middletown, and the Daily Record of Morris and Sussex County. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York, where her first novel "State of Innocence" is set. After leaving the newspaper business, she worked as a researcher and assistant to her husband, bestselling author Jim DeFelice. A member of several writers groups, she wrote three unpublished novels, and began helping other writers polish their books and novels. She is grateful to her dear friend and colleague, Lorraine Ash, author of “Life Touches Life,” for introducing her to her "State of Innocence" co-author S.K. Mason, an Australian therapist and writer who was looking for an American writing partner.

     

    Location:
    AWPL Community Room
    Age Group:
    Adult
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Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

  • 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Contact: The Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3

    When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave.

    In Entangled Life, the brilliant young biologist Merlin Sheldrake shows us the world from a fungal point of view, providing an exhilarating change of perspective. Sheldrake’s vivid exploration takes us from yeast to psychedelics, to the fungi that range for miles underground and are the largest organisms on the planet, to those that link plants together in complex networks known as the “Wood Wide Web”,  to those that infiltrate and manipulate insect bodies with devastating precision.

    Fungi throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They are metabolic masters, earth makers, and key players in most of life’s processes. They can change our minds, heal our bodies, and even help us remediate environmental disaster. By examining fungi on their own terms, Sheldrake reveals how these extraordinary organisms - and our relationships with them - are changing our understanding of how life works.

    We will be discussing this book at our September and October meetings. Books are available at the Circulation Desk for checkout.  New members are always welcome!

    Location:
    AWPL Board Room
    Age Group:
    Adult
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Monday, October 18, 2021 - 11:15am to 11:45am

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

  • 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
    Contact: The Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3

    Starring Tom Hanks. War veteran Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd embarks on a new mission five years after the conclusion of the Civil War: he goes from town to town to share news about presidents, queens, catastrophes, feuds, and other interesting affairs from all around the world. In one of his stops, he meets Johanna, a 10-year-old girl who has been living with the Kiowa people for the last six years. When she is ordered to return to her biological aunt and uncle, Kidd decides to accompany her. Rated PG-13; 118 min.

     

    MASKS ARE REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS. SEATING LIMITED TO 30 ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS

     

    Location:
    AWPL Community Room
    Age Group:
    Adult
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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 10:15am to 10:45am

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