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CNY Arts Center Celebrates Local Authors

FULTON – CNY Arts Centers kicks off the 2017 Author Spotlight series with a celebration of new work from favorite local authors Jim Farfaglia and Diane Sokolowski January 29, from 2-4 p.m. at the Arts Center located at 11 River Glen Dr. on the Cayuga College Fulton Campus.

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Promoting their newest books, Jim Farfaglia and Diane Sokolowski doublebill at CNY Arts Center’s first Author Spotlight of 2017. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS (2787) for more information.

The event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Farfaglia will unveil his newest nonfiction “Pioneers: The Story of Oswego County’s Search and Rescue Team” alongside Diane Sokolowski debuting her first fiction novel: “The Angel Motel, Room 4.”

After writing her first book, So, I Wanted To Run a Bed and Breakfast (Was I Crazy?), Sokoloswki decided her next book would be fiction based on the idea of a remote motel in the northern part of Nevada.

It’s a place where people check into Room 4 of the Angel Motel and check out with a life-changing experience.

And it involves a mysterious painting of a pig. Some say that if you stare at a painting long enough, it comes to life, reflecting you, your thoughts and your soul.

Sokolowski is the owner of Treat Me Sweet Bakery and also enjoys success as a painter having learned to paint through CNY Arts Center classes.

Join her at the Author Spotlight to see what her journey was like in writing her first fiction novel.

Farfaglia has spent the past year researching the history of the Pioneers, interviewing founding and current members, and observing their unique search and rescue training.

He describes the compelling circumstances that led to the team’s creation:

“In the summer of 1971, while vacationing with his family in the Adirondacks, a little boy disappeared. Without a 911 emergency system yet in place, his parents were unsure where to call for help. Eventually, nearly one thousand people, most who had no formal rescue training, joined the search, but, tragically, the child was never found. His legacy was destined to end there until an Oswego County man pledged to offer hope for families of future missing people. Gathering others who believed as he did, and without any guidelines on how to begin, the group formed New York State’s first professional volunteer search and rescue team. This is the story of their pioneering accomplishment.”

Farfaglia lives in and writes about the history and culture of upstate New York.

In 2011, after a fulfilling career directing a children’s camp and advocating for youth, Farfaglia transitioned to focusing on his lifelong interest in writing.

Splitting his time between poetry and what he calls “story-driven nonfiction,” he also enjoys helping others fulfill their dream of writing a book.

Author Spotlight featuring both authors will be held at CNY Arts Center at 11 River Glen Drive on the CCC Campus in Fulton January 29 from 2-4 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS (2787).