JAMESTOWN Gail L. Black will speak and sign copies of her first book, "Asses and Angels, A Journey from Abuse to Achievement," on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Prendergast Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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 world travelers yearly, now sells 27 flavors of these homemade syrups as well as maple products and local crafts.
Gail L. Black will speak and sign copies of her first book, “Asses and Angels, A Journey from Abuse to Achievement,” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Prendergast Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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.
Daniel O'Rourke, columnist for the Observer and author of two books of his own, called Black's book "a fast-moving and gripping read."
"The asses and angels in Gail Black's title are people," he said. "They are the men who have used and abused her and all those folk who have supported and helped. Gail's book reads like a sexy novel. Reading it, I laughed out loud and cried. Gail's grit, creativity, and humor shine through."
At Prendergast, 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, $2 of which will go to the Salvation Army. The author will also present the library with a copy of her book.
Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.