This fall brings, as always, a rush of new books by local writers and presses, and on local subjects.
The offerings are varied, ranging from history and photography to memoir and religious studies.
There are even a few fiction titles in the mix – and some choices for children.
Consider these books, among those new on shelves this season:
• “The Red Heifer: A Jewish Cry for Messiah” is a thought-provoking offering from Buffalo writer and journalist Anthony Cardinale, who has long studied and written about Jewish subjects. In this book, Cardinale, a former reporter for The Buffalo News and an adjunct faculty member at Canisius College, explores the ideas behind the search for a red heifer by some Jewish people looking to rebuild the Temple and bring on the Messiah. The 317-page paperback is available from Lederer Books, a Maryland press.
• “Young Canaller,” by Lockport resident and longtime teacher Gerry Stafford, is a book for children and young adult readers that takes as its central narrative the story of a boy who works on a boat on the Erie Canal in the 1830s. The book, inspired by Stafford’s interest in an account she heard of a real-life boy who was badly treated on a canal boat, weaves together historical detail with a story of persistence, hard work and determination. The paperback, geared for readers 8 to 12 years old, sells for $9. It is out from Carlisle Press of Lockport, and is available in the Erie Canal Discovery Center in Lockport and the History Center of Niagara County, also in Lockport. The book also features the work of two local artists, illustrator Erica Joan Wanecski and watercolorist Kathleen Giles.
• “Have You Lived Here All Your Life? … Not Yet!” is a volume by East Auroran Rick Ohler that combines a memoir of growing up in Western New York with a humorous celebration of all things East Aurora. Ohler, a columnist and essayist for a newspaper in the village for nearly 20 years, writes of his family home on Oakwood Avenue, local watering holes, summer camp, family adventures and other memories in his book of short and readable pieces. The book, 225 pages, is out from Right Field Press of East Aurora.
• “Niagara Falls: 1850-2000,” new from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, is the latest book by prolific local writer Paul Gromosiak. This collection brings together vintage photographs spanning 150 years of history at Niagara Falls, and detailed descriptions of the photos. Gromosiak, a well-known local Niagara Falls historian, is co-author of the volume with Christopher Stoianoff, the City of Niagara Falls historian. The paperback has 127 pages and sells for $22. Arcadia Publishing is available at www.arcadiapublishing.com.
• “Blind Horse Bluff,” a book for young readers by Niagara County resident C. Ellen Culverwell, pairs a story about young people with disabilities with a tale of horse rehabilitation and training. Culverwell, a former competition rider in equestrian events, coaches her daughter Hayley in hunter/jumper events. Culverwell’s second young adult novel is out from Royal Fireworks Press in Unionville (www.rfwp.com). It is 143 pages and geared for readers ages 12 to 15, and it sells for $10.
• A novel called “The House Enters the Street,” by Gretchen E. Henderson, is new from Buffalo’s Starcherone Books. The book, which is innovative in its approach to narrative, spins stories that weave together the landscapes of Iowa, Arkansas and California. Henderson is a prize-winning novelist who has also written poetry and nonfiction. The book sells for $16.