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Local authors collaborate on book

TICONDEROGA - A group of local writers have collaborated to pen a book about Christmas in the Adirondacks.

Christmas in Port Davis is a fictional account of one holiday, based on actual places and people written by seven authors - each authoring a section.

"We agreed upon the look of the town, the mining history of the town and some of its local businesses and landmarks - the inn, the diner, the library and church," explained Dave Donohue, one of the authors. "Some of the stories even share the same characters and this, we feel, adds to the quirkiness of the whole idea."

Donohue, a Ticonderoga resident and Port Henry native, was joined in the project by Cathy McDowell of Kattskill Bay, Mary Randall of Chestertown, Brian MacAlpine and Zach Donohue of Ticonderoga, Joan Frost of New Hartford and Steve Coe of Amherst, Mass.

The group represents RA Press.

"The book almost reads like a novel as there is both a narrative timeline and character development," Dave Donohue said. "The writers include people from both around the Adirondacks and outside the park, but all with knowledge and a feel for small town life.

"It paints a picture of life in a small town in the eastern Adirondacks," he added. "The book is also a homage to Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, another novel composed of short stories that depicted life in a small mid-Western town in the early years of the 20th Century."

The book is being sold at the Black Watch Library in Ticonderoga, the Sherman Free Library in Port Henry, Crow Books on Church Street in Burlington and the South Burlington Community Library.

"The fact that libraries are involved in this project is special for me, in particular, because one of the stories in the book is set in a library that resembles strongly the beautifully-crafted Sherman Free Library in Port Henry, which played a wonderful part in my reading world as a youth," Donohue said.

"It has been a great project for us and our first publication since relocating to South Burlington," he said. "This book, of all our publications, is probably the most Adirondack in substance and feel."

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