Readings


Jim Farfaglia
river's end bookstore on October 15, 2015, for the launch of my Blizzard of '66 and Bob Sykes books.

river's end bookstore on October 15, 2015, for the launch of my Blizzard of '66 and Bob Sykes books.

One of the things I truly enjoy is sharing my writing with others. If it's my latest books of poems, how nice to have an opportunity to read them aloud. If it's a local history book, I not only get the chance to explain how I came to write about the subject, but I also get to hear the audience's reactions and memories of the topic. I am available to speak for libraries, clubs, organizations and school groups. Often my program includes a PowerPoint presentation. If you belong to a group that may be interested in me as a speaker, please let me know by using the "Contact" link at the top of the page.

Upcoming Readings and Book Signings

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017   7:00 p.m.

Sterling Historical Society, 1294 State Route 104A, Sterling, New York

Utilizing information from my latest local history book, Pioneers: The Story of Oswego County's Search and Rescue Team, I'll be presenting a PowerPoint program. Come and hear the inspirational story of how in 1971 a group of local men and women created the first professional emergency rescue team in New York State. Members of the current team will be in attendance to talk about the important work they do.

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017    6:30 p.m.

Clay Historical Association, Clay Historic Park - Welcome Center, 4939 Route 31, Clay, New York

It's two for the price of one - and there's no entry fee! I'll be providing full length programs on both The Blizzard of '66 and The Oswego County Search and Rescue Team for this group. Come join us as I present PowerPoint overviews of both the famous storm and the incredible story of how this volunteer search team formed and thrived. Included in the program will be some new stories about the Blizzard and excerpts from both of my books on these topics.

 

Looking for a program for your group or organization?

Here's a couple of ideas:

1) Based on the research I conducted for my Blizzard of '66 book and biography of Oswego weatherman Bob Sykes, I have put together a one-hour program about Central New York winter weather as seen through the eyes of its longtime residents. Using some of the incredible stories about what happened to people during the blizzard and anecdotes about our area's most memorable meteorologist from hisSUNY Oswego students and colleagues, I shine a spotlight on the hearty people who manage to survive winter after winter of our amazing weather. A PowerPoint presentation brings the stories and memories alive. The program concludes with a question and answer period.

2) I have developed a presentation for my latest book of poems, Reach Out In The Darkness: How Pop Music Saved My Mortal Soul. Working with musicians Gina Holsopple and Matthew Wood, we mix some of the great pop tunes of the '60s and early '70s with my poetry,  bringing to life the singers, songs and culture of that great era. We've done this program at the river's end bookstore and the Fulton Public Library and both times, the audience response has been wonderful. People sing along to their favorite songs and reflect on that time gone by. Those who've attended have said that the evening's program leaves them feeling uplifted. Matthew, Gina and I are looking for other places to present the program. Let me know if you are interested.

3) Over the past few years, I've been presenting a slideshow program at various locations in Central New York based on my latest book Of the Earth: Stories From Oswego County's Muck Farms. The book is a compilation I created after interviewing local muck farmers, their family members, neighbors and agricultural agency representatives. In the book I weave the interviews together to tell the story of how this unique type of farming got established in Oswego County, how it developed and prospered into a major industry and what the future holds for the mucks. The slideshow program includes photos from the farms and families I interviewed, as well as stories from the book. After the presentation I introduce any muck farm families in attendance and take questions from the audience.

4) In 1971, a family was vacationing at their summer home in the Adirondacks. One July afternoon, their eight-year-old son became lost. Despite a major search effort that drew nearly 1,000 people, the boy was never found. Many who participated in the search called it unorganized. As word spread about the boy's tragedy and the struggles in trying to find him, a man in Fulton, New York decided he would take action to address the lack of trained support when a person went missing. Gathering a group of like-minded people, this man started the first volunteer professional search and rescue team in New York State. I had the privilege of writing the story of how this group formed and they are the subject of my book Pioneers: The Story of Oswego County's Search and Rescue Team. My PowerPoint program includes stories of how the team developed their effective search techniques, descriptions of the high-profile searches they have participated in and information of how they continue to evolve and serve the families of those who go missing. Former and current members of the team often join me for these presentations.

In the last few years, I have had the pleasure of meeting people at:

 

The Red Creek Free Library

The New Haven Seniors

The Rome Historical Society

The Clay Historical Society

The Liverpool Library

Cayuga Community College, Auburn and Fulton campuses

SUNY Polytech College, Utica, NY

Porchfest Oswego!

Granby Town Hall

Hannibal Senior Center (The Elderberries) 

Hannibal Historical Society

Phoenix Senior Nutrition Center

Alliance Church

Fulton Senior Nutrition Center

Scriba Historical Society

Volney Town Hall

Town of Oswego History Group

Oswego Library Author program

Towpath Towers

Mill Apartments

Sterling Historical Society

Porchfest, Oswego, NY

Barnes & Noble, Clay

Fair Haven Artisans

Springside at Seneca Hill

The Niagara Mohawk Retiree's Organization

The Town of Minetto Historical Society

The Oneida County Historical Society

The Auburn Bookstore

The Singing Seniors of Trenton, New York

The Parish Library

 If you know of a group or organization that would like to have one of my programs, please contact me by using the "Contact" link at the top of this web page or by calling (315) 402-6164.