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Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author, Book-signing on February 16
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Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author, Book-signing on February 16


Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will host a book-signing event with Dianne Sanders Riordan at noon Sunday, Feb. 16. Riordan is the author of “The Names of My Mothers,” a new book detailing the reconnection between birth mother and daughter after 50 years.

Born in Lackawanna at Our Lady of Victory's Infant Home in the 1940s, Riordan was up against the giant obstacle of closed adoption laws, laws that are today being repealed, one state at a time. Still, only eight states have unsealed their records for adult adoptees. 

“The Names of My Mothers,” published by Friesen Press, tells of the tender and all-too-brief relationship forged between Dianne and her birth mother, Betsy. A powerful and moving memoir detailing the profound need for connection, it is also a story about identity, the hunger we feel for a sense of belonging, and the ineffable significance of blood.

“This is a wonderfully written book. In it Dianne gives a sensitive account (of reuniting with her birth mother) that is neither saccharine sweet nor emotionally bitter,” wrote author Margaret Maron. “Once I began reading this book I  couldn't put it down,” added poet Sara Ries.

A graduate of Mount Saint Mary Academy, Riordan received a B.A. in English from Rosary Hill College (now Daemen College). Her poems have been published in “Women of the Vineyard,” Volumes 1 and 2. She and her husband Frank have seven daughters, four sons and 12 grandchildren and reside in Buffalo. 

For more information about the nonprofit bookstore, please visit www.dogearsbookstore.org or call 823-2665. You can also follow Dog Ears Bookstore on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DogEarsBookstore for frequent updates.


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