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Author Catherine McClure Gildiner to make special appearance in Lewiston

by jmaloni

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Thu, Sep 25th 2014 11:05 am

Catherine McClure Gildiner will appear to promote her new book, "Coming Ashore," Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Historic Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St.

Event sponsor the Lewiston Council on the Arts said readers who met Gildiner in her memoirs "Too Close to the Falls" and "After the Falls" will be thrilled to have another opportunity to follow her life in the third and final installment, "Coming Ashore."

Here, Gildiner describes her experiences in the late 1960s and early '70s, a time when she studied at Oxford University, taught high school in Cleveland, and relocated to Canada to study literature at the University of Toronto. Tenacious, outspoken and intelligent, Gildiner was a magnet for adventure. While in the U.K., she hiked down Welsh mountains in the darkness and dined among the country's wealthiest. As a teacher in Cleveland, she worked to inspire a love of poetry in kids whom the rest of society appeared to have given up on. In Canada, she inadvertently found herself sharing living quarters first with Quebec separatists and later with one of the country's biggest drug dealers.

Gildiner depicts herself as a hardheaded, risk-taking young woman who spoke her mind and fully embraced life.

To round out the evening, refreshments will be served, and there will be live music from the 1960s and '70s while Gildiner is autographing her book, which will be available in hard cover for the purchase cost of $24.95. The book is currently available at the Book Corner, 801 Main St., Niagara Falls.

This "one-time only" event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The Book Corner, LCA, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Supermarket Liquors and DiCamillo Bakery.

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