We are in the process of curating poets and prose writers to research a vacant property/area and write about it with passion for inclusion in walking tours this fall in the areas where Breathing Lights’ hubs exist: the Albany Barn, the Sanctuary for Independent Media and the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady and project partner Proctors.

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS Finishing Line Press announces publication of chapbook of poems by Kate Mc Nairy In Light to Light, a new chapbook to be published by Finishing Line Press, Kate writes about comforts of love, losses of coming apart and all that is between—the bedlam of life.

She has a previous chapbook, June Bug, also published by Finishing line Press (2014). (Click on “Preorder Forthcoming Titles” at “Bookstore.”) Keith Willis’ book tour continues July 21 & August 18 Join Keith W.

It was a finalist in the Blue Light Press Poetry Contest (2013). Of Kate’s work, Henri Cole states, “Kate Mc Nairy’s poems carry inside them the mayhem of love and the aftermath, which is solitude. Willis, author of Traitor Knight (Champagne Books), for an evening of dragons, damsels and deception at one of the following events during the “Knight Out On The Town” tour: “Breathing These Words” call for submissions (deadline August 15) Breathing These Words is in the planning stages.

I hear a wolf howling underneath their matter-of-fact minimalism.” Order Light to Light by sending $14.99 plus $2.99 shipping per copy (check or money order made out to “Finishing Line Press”) to Finishing Line Press, P. Breathing These Words is a pop-up poetry reading with instructional workshops for youth and seniors funded by Breathing Lights and its community hub partners, Do you live in Albany, Troy or Schenectady?

The Festival, which began in 2006 as a book sale to raise funds for the Academy’s community arts programs, has grown into one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated cultural events of the year, with readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors and a children’s program.

At the heart of the Festival is a giant book sale, one of the biggest in the region, featuring more than 10,000 gently used books, including fiction and non-fiction, hard and soft covers—all offered at very affordable prices.

There’s a special Kid’s Corner for young readers and a media rack full of CDs and audio books.

A first-floor gallery features a handpicked selection of specialty books, limited editions, out-of-print books and new books donated by leading national publishers.

Beginning on Tuesday, July 5, there will be a large bin in the parking lot behind the Academy where donors can drop off books 24/7—in boxes or sturdy bags, but please, no loose books.

Collection times at the Academy, with an attendant present at the back door to receive books, will be on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.

to 2 p.m., July 9 – August 21, which will be the last day for donations. The books need not be perfect, but they should not be damaged.