Read about Sutton Griggs at the Brighton Memorial Library

Read about Sutton Griggs at the Brighton Memorial Library

[Offering volume to Salman Syed, Friends of the Library volunteer, 8/1/17]

In Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism to reprint “Imperium in Imperio: Sutton Griggs’s Imagined War of 1898”, we shared some literary pleasure about the surprise request that Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism

reprint an essay I had written on the 19th century African-American novelist Sutton Griggs.

In the tongue-in-cheek Says who you can’t get rich being a writer. we took the fun f

urther with a look at how our other writers have been paid to write.

And just yesterday my complimentary copy arrived in the mail.  For fans of Griggs, the volume is an unparalleled collection of critical work dating back to 1983.  But anyone interested in post-reconstruction African-American literature will find the collection compelling.

After reading with consumed pleasure all the essays, today I donated the volume to the Brighton Memorial Library.

I love the library and hope patrons will enjoy the book.

Donations to local libraries is always a delight.  In In search of Shirley Jackson and finding the Brighton High School Alumni author display case, I offered the Brighton High School library some other articles.

In One of the largest LGBTQ libraries in the nation receives historic donation from EUGENE Kramer you saw my father make his own donation to the LBGTQ library in the Gay Alliance building.

So go the Brighton Memorial Library and read all about it.

Also, I’ve donated not just books but candy.   On Halloween 2018, we had two candy bags left

Halloween 2018, BML librarian accepting the candy.

Halloween 2018, BML librarian accepting the candy.

over: Reeses and Milky Ways.  I love Reeses so hoarded them for myself. But I gladly donated the Milky Ways to the BML staff and/or patrons.


Do the troubled spirits of John and Irene walk the Brickyard Trail? Probably not. At the Brighton Library, Matt Bashore unveils the twists and turns of the crime and punishment

A ribbon cutting and the Pages of the Brighton Memorial Library

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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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