Two writers whose lives have led them to publish vastly different works will be featured in the lively Larkin Square Author Series in the next eight days.
Peter Georgescu, who spent part of his childhood in a Romanian labor camp and rose to become CEO of the international ad agency Young & Rubicam, will speak Monday. His book, “The Constant Choice – An Everyday Journey from Evil Toward Good,” was published this year by Greenleaf Book Group Press (310 pages, $24.95).
On Dec. 3, writer Ann Hood will talk about her novel, “The Obituary Writer,” (W.W. Norton and Company, paperback, $15.95) and the book she has edited, which was released Nov. 11, “Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting,” (W.W. Norton and Company, 294 pages, $24.95)
Each talk runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. inside the Filling Station restaurant at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. Leslie Zemsky, director of fun at Larkin Square, said the informal author talks have drawn diverse crowds since the series started in January.
Zemsky met Georgescu at Chautauqua, which she said is “one of the best conduits for getting the out-of-town authors.” After getting to know him, she said, “I’ve always been so intrigued by his life story. I know lots of people come from austerity or difficult situations, but it’s amazing to know that he did that and then rose to the top of his profession in corporate America. He’s such a warm, nice, genuine person that I was really excited to learn he was doing the book, and when I read it, I felt like I had gotten to know him so much better.”
Zemsky is as excited to meet Hood, a Rhode Island author whose book “The Obituary Writer,” considers the lives of two very different women, one a professional obituary writer in 1919, the other a suburban housewife in the opening days of the Kennedy administration. Hood will talk about her fiction and her latest book, “Knitting Yarns,” in which various authors discuss their own interest in knitting. Contributors include Barbara Kingsolver, Andre Dubus II, Sue Grafton and Anita Shreve. The book also includes five new knitting patterns by Helen Bingham.
In her piece in “Knitting Yarns,” Hood, who started to knit after the devastation of losing her 5-year-old daughter, Grace, to a sudden illness, wrote, “After 10 years I am a very good beginning knitter. And that suits me just fine.”
Each writer will speak informally, perhaps read an excerpt from a book, and then take questions from the audience in what is traditionally a lively exchange.
“This whole series is taking on a life of its own,” said Zemsky. “There are a wide variety of people who come, men and women of every age. Each author definitely attracts a different crowd than the ones before, so I feel like there is a trust, that people know the event will be interesting and worth their time.”
The Filling Station will be open to sell drinks and light fare. The series is presented by First Niagara in partnership with Talking Leaves Books, which offers copies of the books for sale.