The Town of Porter Historical Society and the Friends of the Youngstown Free Library will hold a joint meeting on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Village of Youngstown Red Brick School Village Center, 240 Lockport St.
Lewiston author Norah Perez will discuss how Old Fort Niagara, the War of 1812 and Youngstown inspired two of her many works: "One Special Year" and "River Burning." "One Special Year" introduces the reader to life in small-town America at the turn of the 20th century while "River Burning" tells the story of the War of 1812 and the burning of the region in December 1813 from the perspective of a young teenager.
The event will feature a book-signing by Perez and local authors Porter Historian Suzanne Simon Dietz, Gretchen and Dennis Duling, Toby Jewett, Linda Fritz, Michelle Kratts, Teresa Sharp Donaldson, Karen Noonan, Jim Reynolds and Jim Smith.
Dietz is completing her book "From Flames & Four Flags: The Town of Porter Yesterday and Today," which celebrates the founding of Porter 200 years ago. The Dulings, Jewett, Fritz, Donaldson, Kratts, Noonan, Reynolds and Smith compose a binational team of nine who just released "From the Mouth of the Lower Niagara River: Stories of Four Historic Communities" to commemorate 200 years of peace and the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The book focuses on the Niagara River communities of Lewiston, Queenston, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Youngstown.
There will be a basket auction, book raffle, free refreshments and a costumed enactor portraying Iney Wallens. For further information, call 716-745-1271.