Gail L. Black will speak and sign copies of her first book, "Asses and Angels, A Journey from Abuse to Achievement," from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the James Prendergast Library.
The book tells how the author triumphed over abuse and eventually founded the Vinewood Acres Sugar Shack, a unique agri-tourism enterprise located in Westfield on Route 5, a mile east of Barcelona Harbor along the Seaway Trail.
Readers learn how she prevailed against religious control, physical abuse and financial manipulation, as she farmed her land and found entrepreneurial success in the business of making fruit syrups from her grandmother's recipes. Her farm gift shop, which is visited by thousands of travelers yearly, now sells 27 flavors of these homemade syrups as well as maple products and local crafts.
Gail L. Black
Ms. Black recently announced the release of her book at the Sugar Shack Gift Shop, the setting for the memoir. She describes the book as a must-read for anyone who has suffered abuse or is struggling with personal hardship.
Ms. Black will speak briefly at the front of the library and then sign copies of the book, which will be sold for $10.75. Gift boxes are available with the book and a sample of syrup for $20, of which $2 will go to the Salvation Army. The author will also present the library with a copy of her book.
The Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.