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Spring is around the corner, or so I have heard, and Downtown Books & Coffee has some very exciting events coming up. We love hosting book events and author talks/signings, but it is tough to plan them during the winter when we cannot predict what the weather will hold. Just a few years back we had an event in February that we were excited about but a snow storm came that completely derailed everything planned. This winter has been awful but hopefully winding down.

March is the start to a great time in the book industry. If you have signed up for our email alerts make sure you are checking them every Tuesday. We will be featuring the biggest and best book releases and giving you the information for our upcoming events.

March 14 will be our first book event of the New Year. R. Thomas Burger will be here from 1 to 3 p.m. to talk and promote his newest release, “Along These Streets and Roads: Stories from Auburn and Cayuga County.” If you enjoy local history than I am sure you are familiar with his works. His two previous books ("Auburn Murder Stories," "It Happened in Auburn") have both been huge successes and top sellers at our bookstore.

Burger, a former Auburn detective, has done extensive research to bring you the stories within this book. This book would be interesting even if it was not about the city that we live in. Auburn is filled with well-known history and R. Thomas Burger was able write a book with stories that most people would not already know. If you like local history this book is a must read; it is as entertaining as it is interesting. Stop in March 14 to meet Mr. Burger and pick up a new book!

Our second book signing in March will be with Jacqueline Cioffa for her new release “Georgia Pine.” Jacqueline is another local author that has a Downtown Books bestselling book. “The Vast Landscape” was one of our top sellers last year in our local fiction section. Her book signing was very well attended and it was apparent the deep connection her readers had with her work. If you were one of the many to stop in last year to pick up her first book, you will want to make a point to stop in March 28 at 1 p.m. to grab your copy of the follow up edition. If not, stop in and check it out. You might just find your next favorite book series!

For more information about both of these books and their upcoming events, go to DowntownBooksandCoffee.com.

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John Colvin is the manager of Downtown Books & Coffee; he can be reached at DowntownBooksandCoffee.com or (315) 515-3411.

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Features editor for The Citizen and auburnpub.com. I also cover local arts and culture, business, food and drink, and more.