Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
By Ben Beagle, Special to The Daily News
Peter Troy, the author whose debut novel inspired an entire community of readers in the spring, hopes to inspire a group of Albion High School students when he meets with them today.
“I’d like to encourage them to pursue whatever creative goals and passions they might have by way of sharing my story, too,” said Troy, who presented a series of talks and booksignings in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties in March for the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project.
Troy is returning today for a fundraising dinner tonight at Hoag Library, Albion, that will benefit the Tale reading project.
Tale, which for the past 11 springs has encouraged readers to pick up the same book, discuss it and meet the author each spring, will reveal its 2014 author at the dinner. Dates for next year’s author visits are March 20 to 22.
The project’s 2013 select was Troy’s “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You,” a novel about immigrants, slaves and the Civil War. It is the first in a planned sequel. Troy will read from his manuscript for the sequel – called “The Plowshare Legacy” — at the fundraiser, making the local audience among the first to see or hear from the forthcoming novel, which is due next year and will continue the story of characters introduced in the first novel.
But first, Troy will meet for an hour or so this morning with 27 students from a creative writing class at Albion High School.
Troy said he expects to talk with the students about what the writing and publishing process has been like for him.
The students, said teacher Kristin Roche, are eager to hear Troy speak.
“The students have been writing for a few weeks now and often ask me ‘why?,’ ” Roche said. “I think that by hearing a published author speak they will be able to see that writing isn’t simply an academic activity; it can be a career and a way to have one’s voice heard.”
The school visit was arranged through the efforts of Tale, Hoag Library in Albion, the high school library and Roche, following a class field trip to the public library.
“We are striving to make the connection between the community and school that is both engaging and educational for our students,” said Della Morales, Albion High School’s library media specialist. “Hopefully this will open the door to more opportunities like this in the future.”
Troy has donated his time for the talks “in appreciation of his time as the featured author for ‘A Tale for Three Counties,’” said Leslie DeLooze, the librarian at Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, who leads the Tale project.
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