Literary fans fill Willows Bistro to hear wordsmiths

WARRENSBURG - There was a full house at Willows Bistro Thursday, with all of the hand-painted tables filled with patrons for a literary event new to downtown.

Seven local writers read from their works of memoir, fiction and poetry, mingling humor, beauty, mystery and life's truths into a fast-moving program.

Among those presenting their works were Author David J. Pitkin, who has recently published "New York State Ghosts: Volume Two," chronicling accounts across upstate New York of supernatural encounters.

Also, Barbara Edwards read from her memoirs and Doug Deneen regaled his the audience with tales of attempting a rendezvous with his directionally-challenged parents. Both Deneen and Edwards are from Bolton. Also featured on the program were area wordsmiths RayLene Corgiat, Pat Leonard, Diane Golden and Thurman's own Persis Granger.

During intermission, guests visited with each other, with the writers and with local landscape photographer John Parker, whose work is on display at Willows Bistro.

The enthusiastic response to the evening's program has prompted the event organizers to designate the second Thursday evening of each month to host "Readings at Willows Bistro."

Already, additional writers have volunteered to present works joining several who read this past week.

Others interested in being included in future programs should contact Persis Granger at 623-9305 or by email at: PersisGranger@aol.com, or leave a note with Debbie Swan, owner of Willows Bistro.

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