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A glossy, richly detailed new book -- filled with lush photography -- focuses on the impressive historic architecture of New York State.

History buffs, travelers and those interested in architecture and preservation will be interested in "Historic New York: Architectural Journeys in the Empire State."

The book, by photographer Andy Olenick and writer Richard O. Reisem, was six years in the making. It includes scenes and descriptions of historic buildings from all over New York, from Manhattan to Chautauqua County, covering some 400 years of the state's history.

The book is available for $50 from the Landmark Society of Western New York at www.landmarksociety.org or 133 South Fitzhugh St., Rochester, N.Y., 14608.

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Also of interest in Western New York:

"Celebrations," the new poetry collection from July Literary Press, features the works of top local poets, including Ansie Baird, Sally Fiedler and others. The book is available at various local bookstores, through Amazon.com, or by contacting the press, run by local writers Gay Baines and Mary Ann Eichelberger, at www.julyliterarypress.com.

-- Charity Vogel