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Of interest in Western New York:

* "Lake Erie: A Pictorial History," by Julie Macfie Sobol and Ken Sobol, a Toronto couple who traveled around the lake taking pictures and writing about its history through the years. Great old photos here, and new ones, too. From Boston Mills Press.

* "Nailing It," an audio book about a young man who's a volunteer firefighter living in a small Buffalo suburb called "Oliver" during the Great Depression. Three hours' worth of story, by Norman Dietz of Lancaster, Pa. Available from Blackstone Audiobooks.

* "I Never Looked for My Mother and Other Regrets of a Journalist," by Joseph P. Ritz, a newspaper reporter in Buffalo for many years. In this book, available through Booklocker.com, Ritz recounts stories of his career, including stints at the Buffalo Courier-Express and Buffalo News. The Hamburg resident also tells of his childhood in the Midwest, and his later-in-life experiences as a writer of plays.

New between covers:

Fresh as the day's headlines comes "Pandemic," a novel by Patrick Daley of Cheektowaga.

Daley, 63, formerly worked for Erie County in the areas of emergency planning and response. He drew upon his counterterrorism training in writing the novel, his second, which is put out by Authorhouse. "Pandemic" is a suspense tale of bioterrorism involving terrorists who unearth and release the strain of flu which swept through the world in 1918.

"It's funny," said Daley, a native Western New Yorker. "When I published 'Claddagh' [his first novel], people asked me, 'What's the name of your new novel?' and I would say 'Pandemic' and people had no idea what it meant. Now it's a household world."

With writing, sometimes it's all in the timing.

Also recently released:

"The Train" by Kenmore resident Barbara N. Brown, by Xlibris.

-- Charity Vogel

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