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Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Two Signing Events
Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Two Signing Events


The nonprofit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will host two book-signing events with local authors on Jan. 11 and 12.

First, a book signing and discussion with author John H. Grandits regarding his new novel, “Canalside Tale,” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the community bookstore. In this intense novel set in 1880, Grandits chronicles the story of Detective Danny “Brick Fist” Doyle, who polices one of the most crime-ridden precincts in the world, the notorious Canal District of Buffalo. Despite a fearsome and oftentimes wayward reputation, the copper is viewed as a useful tool by the department. However, when investigating a society murder and industrial disaster, he resists a rush to judgement as demanded by his superiors. Instead, he embarks upon a redemptive quest for the truth that leads him into conflicts with crime lords, corrupt officials and a bigoted tycoon.  

Set against the backdrop of powerful elites and struggling masses, “Canalside Tale” take the reader on an exciting journey through Irish hoolies, Victorian mansions, forbidden affairs, pestilent sweatshops, elegant receptions, clandestine union meetings and torch-lit political rallies. After winding through a world of colorful and unforgettable characters, the story leads to a surprising yet stirring conclusion.

A former official with U.S. Departments of Treasury and Homeland Security, Grandits is a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and Niagara University. He currently makes his home in Buffalo. 

At noon on Sunday, Jan. 12, the authors of “Have Mercy,” will gather at Dog Ears Bookstore to sign copies of their book which details their time spent as students at the Mercy School of Nursing in Buffalo from 1960 to 1963, a period they’ll never forget! 

In this true story, the authors — Mary Herbst of Grand Island; Maureen Ott, formerly of Kenmore, now living in St. Catharines, Ont.; and Maureen Weber, a Niagara Falls native now living in Lewiston — share their personal collection of stories about nurse training under the strict watch of the nuns at Mercy Hospital. In the book, they vividly recall stories such as the time they tried to give a bed bath to an unresponsive patient who, it turned out, had already died, or the time they attempted to carry a cadaver down stairs during a power outage.

For more information regarding Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, please visit www.dogearsbookstore.org or call 823-2665. You can also follow Dog Ears on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DogEarsBookstore?ref=hl for frequent updates.


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