Author Captures 1812 Adventure on Lake Ontario

FULTON, NY – The CNY Arts Center of Fulton announces its next Author’s Spotlight.

On February 20 at 7 p.m., local author Art Tirrell will present a reading from his latest book, The Wind from Entouhonoron, an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.

En-two-hoe’-nor-on,” (Lake Ontario), is the centerpiece of the story, which opens near the outlet of the Little Salmon River on the New York shore in the Fall of 1812.

Young Jake Eastland faces an urgent problem: the widow who raised him is dead, and a vulture named Edgerton Smythe is circling her estate. If Jake can’t find a way to redeem the land, he’s sure to be evicted.

When – shortly after Smythe declares his intentions – Jake’s dissolute father appears after a fourteen-year absence. Reeking of whiskey while claiming to be reformed, Jake sends him away – only to see the man return the next day.

“The land at the mouth of the Little Salmon was ours,” his father says, “until they wrote a paper and took it all away. Help me find the wreck of the ‘Ontare and we’ll use the gold to buy it back.”

Jake doesn’t trust the man, not for an instant, but if he hopes to save the homestead, he’ll need to say yes.

Tirrell’s family has spent summers on the shore of Lake Ontario since the mid-1900s.

For Art, the draw of the lake has never diminished.

He has always written, and in 2007 his debut novel, The Secret Ever Keeps, was released.

A second novel, a baseball yarn titled The Vitaman Effect, was released in 2010.

In addition to his novel writing, he is the owner of, where he reports on news of interest to boaters and others who value this amazing resource, and also occasionally publishes an opinion piece.

The Author’s Spotlight program will feature Art’s readings from his book, his discussion about how he came to write the book, and a question and answer period.

Afterwards, attendants can meet with the author and purchase a signed copy of his book.

There is no cost to attend the program and refreshments will be served.

It will be held at the CNY Arts Center, 357 State St.

For more information, please call 315-592-3373 or visit the Art Center’s website at