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Clarence author scheduled to visit library

The Clarence Public Library’s local author series is bringing in local author and Clarence resident Robert Wilczak. Wilczak will be speaking about his book based on the treason of Benedict Arnold, “Eye of the Eagle.”

Monica Mooney, director of the Clarence Public Library said the local author series is a great way to show off talent in the area.

“The reason we’re doing this is to showcase some of the local talent and local writers because there are quite a few,” she said. “I also try to highlight the Clarence area.”

Wilczak’s visit to the library will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, Benedict Arnold’s birth date.

Wilczak described his book as a much different story and view of Benedict Arnold. He had spent several years doing extensive research on letters and timelines on the controversial events that occurred during the Revolutionary War. He even visited most of the places that are named throughout the story, including West Point and Valley Forge.

“I love history, especially the American Revolution,” he said. “I’ve researched just about as much as I could on it.”

The local author series is supported by the Friends of the Clarence Public Library, a group that focuses highlighting the programs and services that the library has to offer. The program brings local authors to the library to speak, sign and sell their books to the public. Mooney said the schedule is a month-by-month process and they’re always looking for more authors to visit.

“It’s a good way for them to showcase their book,” she said.

This program is one that had been discussed for years but never became a reality until Mooney decided to go for it. She hopes to continue the program for as long as she can. Due to the many programs that are held at the library through the summer, the local author series will take a break during the summer months and begin again in the fall.

Several authors have been contacted and dates are still being scheduled for more visits.

“I just think it shows how we are a place where people can come and hear local talent speak about what it takes to get published because people are interested in that,” said Mooney.

The authors, including Wilczak, will speak about their books, how they got started, how they got published and maybe even what their plans are for the future.

“Eye of the Eagle” is available on Amazon for $17.95. Wilczak said that he’s had orders for his book from all over the country. He is now working on a dryer version of the book, which will be in novel form. It will be pure historical information, with less of a twist as his current book. This novel is scheduled to be released at the end of the year.

Due to the popularity of these programs, registration is highly recommended. To register for this program, call the library at 741-2650. All library programs are free to attend.


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