Former local resident will be signing award winning book at numerous locations

Former local resident Dottie Rexford, who now resides in Florida, is busy visiting relatives and promoting her latest book “Cora Pooler.” The public will have an opportunity to meet her, hear about her work and purchase the book at a variety of events this week and next.

Rexford won the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Awards in the categories of Women’s Fiction (unpublished) and Book of the Year (unpublished) for this book.

The title character is a young Amish woman who abandoned a newborn child. Her deed was discovered and because she was unwilling to repent, and would not explain the circumstances of her actions, she was placed under the ban. The shunning caused her to leave the Amish community to live in the English world. Twenty years later, she returns to the Amish community to learn what happened to her child and her sister and to decide whether she is English or Amish.

In this compelling story of a divided heart aching to find truth and resolution, Rexford captures the longings and emotions of those who seek deep and rich relationships, who doubt and seek answers, and who seek to be whole.

Rexford will visit the WCA Home in Fredonia this Thursday at 2 p.m. She will be in the community room to give a short reading from the book. Copies of the book will be available for sale and for signing. Light refreshments will be served. According to Community Relations Coordinator Carol Sheldon, the public is invited to attend.

On Saturday, she will be at the Sinclairville Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rexford will be guest speaker on Monday, Sept. 8 when the United Senior Citizens will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club. For reservations or further information call Charlie St. George at 672-4432.

The town of Portland’s Ahira Hall Memorial Library will host her for a book talk, questions and answers and a book signing Wednesday Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Ahira Hall Memorial Library is located at 37 West Main, Brocton next to the Green Arch Diner. For more information, call the library at 792-9418.

Rexford will visit the Ripley Library on Sept. 11 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and the Busti Library on Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Rexford graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a degree in English. Before she retired, she worked at BOCES, for the county Department of Social Services and for the New York State Department of Labor.