2013-04-04 / Lifestyles

Local author accepts honor

Garden woman’s book recognized by NY town

GARDEN – Donna Winters, a resident of Fayette on the Garden Peninsula and the author of 17 novels about the Great Lakes, recently received an honor from her hometown of Brockport, New York.

Winters grew up in the Erie Canal village and it was the primary setting of her latest novel, “The Bluebird of Brockport”. The mayor of Brockport recently proclaimed April 2013 to be “The Bluebird of Brockport” month.

The proclamation reads, in part, “Now, therefore, citizens are encouraged to join with the Village Board in this salute to Erie Canal life and read The Bluebird of Brockport in April 2013.”

Bluebird of Brockport tells the story of Lucina Willcox and Ezra Lockwood who live in the 1830s.

“In 31 years as an author, I have never received such an amazing response to my writing,” said Winters. “The book is my cultural legacy to my hometown, accurately portraying Brockport life in 1830, and to have it recognized as valuable to its citizens by official proclamation far surpasses my wildest expectations.”

Winters credits Archie Kutz, the owner of the Lift Bridge Book Shop, where her book launched in 2012, for getting the village “onboard” with the proclamation idea.

“He proposed the concept and convinced them of its merit. This is not something I could have done for myself, or even conceived of,” said Winters.

To learn more about Donna Winters visit www.greatlakesromances.com.

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