Just Buffalo teaching artist GARY EARL ROSS is a retired UB/EOC language arts professor. His works include the short story collections The Wheel of Desire (2000) and Shimmerville (2002); the children’s tale, Dots (2002); the historical novel Blackbird Rising (2009); and the stage plays Sleepwalker (2002), Picture Perfect (2007), The Best Woman (2007), Murder Squared (2010), The Scavenger’s Daughter (2012), The Mark of Cain (2014), The Guns of Christmas (2014), and Matter of Intent, winner of the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America.
“Story Craft” Taught by: Gary Earl Ross, novelist & playwright Where: Just Buffalo Writing Center 468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor Buffalo, NY 14203 Date: July 9, 2016 Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Cost: $99 | $50 for Just Buffalo members Additional Date (optional): August 6, 2016 | Time: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.More Info
Where: Carnegie Art Center 240 Goundry St North Tonawanda, NY 14120 Date: October 6, 2016 Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.More Info
Taught by: Gary Earl Ross Where: Just Buffalo Writing Center 468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Buffalo, NY 14203 Dates: November 7 & 14 Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $75| $60 for membersMore Info
A searing family drama of Alzheimer’s, madness, and murder by the Edgar Award-winning author of Matter of Intent.
When John Pickett is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his children find themselves in a virtual war with their stepmother. At every turn she thwarts their efforts to secure John’s care and the family’s security. Finally she resorts to a shocking act of violence. Wading into family conflicts and long-buried secrets, Detective Maxine Travis tries to piece together what made Ruthie Pickett point a gun at her husband and pull the trigger.
Welcome to Shimmerville . . . The Urban Refugee Camp sits in the shadow of a crystal gray city. Inside are ghosts in cast-off clothing, wrapped in stolen blankets and damp sleeping bags, human detritus left in the wake of a changing world and unseen by the city that grows with no thought of the bones beneath its cornerstones. For the almost dead, there is nowhere else to go . . . An old man and his daughter appears at the gate one evening in early October. The air is just beginning to grow its winter teeth and the homeless inside are starting to realize how flimsy their clothing really is. The old mans voice is rich and thick and sweet, like Turkish coffee with too much raw sugar. The camp has never had a storyteller before….
At the dawn of the 20th Century, the first city lit by electricity—Buffalo, New York—hosts a dazzling World’s Fair to showcase America’s march into the future. Unknown to organizers, the bold grandsons of a runaway slave plan to conquer the sky during a fateful presidential visit. They intend to show the world that nothing is more powerful than mankind’s oldest dreams-flight and freedom-meeting imagination in an age of possibility.