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Fantasy author Patrick Doud at Clarence Barnes & Noble Saturday

Fantasy novelist Patrick Doud, who spent part of his youth growing up in East Amherst and is a 1986 graduate of Williamsville East High School, returns to Western New York this weekend for a book 
signing at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Clarence Mall, 4401 Transit Road, Clarence.

Doud, a Syracuse native and 1992 graduate of Bard College who now lives in Gloucester, Mass., is the author of two recent books in his "Winnitok Series" of novels for young readers. "The Hunt for the Eye of Ogin" (2010) and "The Mornith War" (2011) are both published by North Atlantic Books, a leading independent, non-profit publisher that is distributed by Random House Services.

Described as "epic adventures starring Elwood Pitch as a 13-year-old trapped in the land of Winnitok" the books have been recommended for Harry Potter series readers by the Midwest Book Review and praised for their "memorable characters, poetic language, and driving narrative to these timeless tales that recall the classic epic adventure stories” ("The Heart of Dreams," a fantasy blogspot).

Doud began his career a poet, publishing three collections of his work -- "Girding the Ghost," "The Man in Green," and "Hickory Bardolino Poems -- in the 1990s. He describes the transition from poetry to fantasy fiction as a nutural progression -- "there is much traffic between the two."

You can learn more about Doud and his work at The Winnitok Tales.

--R.D. Pohl

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