Author Beth Peyton to speak

Ahira Hall Memorial Library, located in Brocton, is pleased to announce local author, Beth Peyton will be speaking about her book, “Clear Skies, Deep Waters,” the challenges of writing a memoir, and more. She will be at the library, 37 West Main, Wednesday evening, September 13, at 6 p.m.

Like so many women, Beth Peyton took time out from a career to care for her mother-in-law who was beginning a downward slide, first with dementia, and then with everything else. After a time, she entered the M.F.A. Program at Carlow University, where she studied in Pittsburgh and in Ireland. The career break turned into a career change when she was fortunate enough to have her manuscript accepted for publication by SUNY Press. Peyton considers working with SUNY a terrific experience, and they made a beautiful book, “Clear Skies, Deep Water: A Chautauqua Memoir.”

Peyton lives and writes in beautiful Western New York state, with her husband Jeff Hunter and their dog Henry. She lives alongside many of the characters in her book, who are all still speaking to her.

Peyton hopes to use her blog site,, as a venue to keep the conversation going about the news in Maple Springs, things related to her book and, as the muse strikes, other writing, or other things about writing.

Call Jenean at the library, 792-9418, for further information or should you have any questions.